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Nausea, diarrhea, trouble focusing vision

About a month ago I ended up at the emergency room because I felt extremely light headed. They did an ekg and some simple blood work and everything appeared normal.

The day after my emergency room visit I started experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and trouble focusing my vision. I had also been feeling fatigued for a week prior to my initial emergency room visit and have been feeling fatigued since.

For the past month, my vision problems have remained, I have been nauseous off and on and have had continually loose stool (although not always what I would term diarrhea). I have also had occasional chest discomfort/pains and muscle soreness, expecially in my left arm.

I have also had occasional "attacks" during which I feel light headed, flushed, have trouble taking deep breaths, and have trouble concentrating.

I've had a number of tests at this point including a CBC, SED Rate, thyroid test, and a lyme disease test. All have turned up nothing unusual.

I'm 26 years old, have never had a serious illness before, and am getting quite scared about what could be causing these problems. I am particularly concerned about heart problems or carotid artery blockages at this point, given my occasional chest pains. I am slightly overweight, but I have also bounced back and forth between weights as low as 190 pounds when I was 18 and 300 pounds when I was 23 (I am now about 230), and I'm concerned that this may have weakened my heart or that the bad foods I was eating may have raised my cholesterol levels. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Since your EKG and tests were normal, I suspect that most of your problems with diarrhea, nausea, and chest discomfort are related to anxiety over this problem.  The one symptom that gives me concern is your vision changes. This single symptom may indicate several things could be a problem, none of them good. If you have not seen your regular doctor since your ER visit, go see him/her as soon as possible and get a diagnoses.  Request an ultrasound of the carotids (neck blood vessels) and heart to check things out, or get an ultrasound stress test done to make sure the heart is okay. You can request an MRI or CT be done of the brain to check out the vision problems.  You can also get an appointment with an eye doctor to check out the overall health of the eyes themselves.  Don't delay.  good luck
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This may seem like a silly question, but with the diarrhea and the nausea are you eating properly and staying hydrated? Dehydration can cause your blood pressure to be low which could cause dizzyness and trouble focusing.... I hope you feel better.
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I am pretty sure you have LYME disease. It is definately not anxiety.  I had the same symptoms and was diagnosed with lyme. You should talk to a lyme specialist because a lot of doctors aren't knowledgeable enough about it. I saw many clinic doctors and went to the emergency 4 times with similiar symptoms and soon lyme was mentioned to me and i saw a specialist.
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