My name is Ben and I'm 31 years old. I'm about 5'9'' tall and about 15 lbs overweight (210 lbs). I first experienced severe anxiety symptoms about one year ago. When I experienced my first symptoms, I felt an unknown pressure going down my left arm into my hands and fingers constantly for about a day. Then, the following day I started experiencing SEVERE shortness of breath and dizziness/light headed. It was so bad, I could hardly sleep......however I wasn't actually nervous about anything particular. I finally had enough and saw my doctor (even though I don't have any health insurance). Well, he did an EKG test to make sure my heart was normal and ran a blood test. Everything came back normal, so the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and told to just cut back on the caffeine, $500 later. Anyway, after taking a couple days off from work to try and just get some rest and re-coupe, I actually did start feeling a little bit better. This all started in October, 2009 and by the end of the year, my symptoms gradually got better but never went away completely. I finally started a food journal as a friend of mine in med school recommended and started noticing that my symptoms got worse everytime I had anthing with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. I'm not sure if this was just an ironic coincidence.........but as soon as I completely stayed away from these foods (mayo, ketchup, many sauces, ice cream, reg. soda, etc..) my symptoms actually completely went away by March, 2010. Now, just this past weekend (August 20, 2010) I went to a family BBQ and without thinking ate some potato salad and a lot of snacks with dip. Well, for the past 4 days, my symptoms came back pretty bad for the first time since March!! Now, a week later, they finally seemed to settle down a little bit again. So, is it HFCS?? I'm just so tired of dealing with this and having symptoms for no reason whatsoever and a doctor who obviously is not helpful. If anyone can relate or want to comment on this........please do so. I appreciate any advice and info you can provide......especially from any doctors who actually realize that anxiety is REAL and is something that should be treated without having to pay to see a shrink for no reason.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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