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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 15, 2008
  • 03:05 PM

Hi all,
I’m 24 years old, I've been experiencing some scary stuff recently and was hoping someone could help, or at least relate. Would be nice to know I'm not alone in this:
About threes weeks ago I started to experience extreme exhaustion, shortness of breath and nausea. Nothing too severe. I could usually shake it off. But then I felt "weird" for a days until one night I started having nausea and chest pains. I immediately got anxious and went to the hospital, they gave me an ECG, nothing showed. Told me it was indigestion.
Since then, however, the chest pains intensified, radiated under my left arm, to my left back, arm and leg. The nausea increased and was accompanied by morning diarrhea (which I’m not worried about since I had IBS before this started, although the frequency of it is concerning). My resting heart rate is now 100 on average, with a heavy pulse, and makes it hard to relax. I did go back to the hospital once when the chest pains intensified, but again, nothing turned up. They gave me numerous ECG’s while the pains were present and tested my blood sugar and cardio enzymes. Nothing out of the ordinary.
But now, I feel a “rushing” sensation in my limbs, experience occasional twitching in random parts of my body, and my head feels strange - not dizzy, but more like a light depersonalization. I find it hard to concentrate. The nausea is near constant, making it hard to find an appetite unless I’m starving, and sleeping is a bit of a chore as my nights are restless and I only seem to average about 5 hours of sleep. I need lorazepam to help me sleep most times. (I tried kicking it for 48 hours to see if it was the cause of my depersonalization, but no luck).
Obviously, the doctors are saying I’m suffering from anxiety - and for certain I do sometimes feel a causeless rise in my anxiety levels almost everyday. But at the risk of sounding like a hypochondriac, I can’t help but wonder if I should be pursuing other avenues as to a cause? I’m supposedly getting set up with an appointment with an internist, but should I speak to a cardiologist as well about my high resting heart rate? Or can anxiety be the cause of that too? My thoughts are going in circles.
As a bit of history, I should probably add that a week before this began, I stopped smoking marijuana. I smoked it, on average, about twice a day since last winter, but decided I wanted healthy lungs. I also developed a bad habit of drinking a large energy drink every work day to combat some fatigue I’ve been experiencing for a long time now. I used to sometimes use the weed to bring me down from the “energy” high. But its been four weeks since I stopped smoking and my caffeine has been sparse since this all started.
Any advice would help at this point. This is really freaking me out.

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  • Be sure to check your thyroid levels; an increased thyroid can cause some of your symptoms (increased heart rate, anxiety, muscle twitching) but not all (probably not the nausea). Please let us know when you find out what is wrong...I have many of these symptoms without a diagnosis.As for anxiety; you may have been smoking marijuana because of anxiety, without realizing it.Check the thread on Vitamin B12 Deficiency; you could have that too.
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 01:59 AM
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  • Thanks for the reply. The B12 deficiency got me thinking; I am taking a multi B-vitamin that includes b12, (I only started it last week) but should I be taking a dedicated b12 supplement also? But with my diarrhea problems, how much of that will be absorbed? That's why I need to see that internist soon. I'm hoping he can determine whether this is something nutritional or neurological, and forward me appropriately. I'm tending to think neurological at this point. The nausea may well be caused by the constant anxiety I keep feeling, but other things like the weirdness in my head and the now growing gait imbalances seem neurological in origin. Or the lorazepam could be making me a bit woozy. It's really hard to tell where a side-effect ends and a symptom begins.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 02:30 PM
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  • Please see a neurologist before you attribute everything to anxiety. Depends on huw much lorazepam you are taking as to whether it will cause the gait instability.o to the thread on "B12 Deficiency...you'll find it under new posts, as it is posted almost daily.As for absorption of B12...you need methyl B12; and take it sublingually. The thread will explain all the types of B12 you need; place a post about your symptoms and you will get good answers there. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 03:28 PM
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  • Reading it now. Thanks for your help. I'm going to ask the doctor about seeing a neurologist - I'm also going to ask both about a b12 deficiency. I'll post here whatever results they give. Thanks again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 04:07 PM
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  • You're welcome, GNDN; hope you get better soon. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 03:52 AM
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  • Hey, read your post and can relate in some ways. A few years ago I went through a lot of what you talk about, especailly the shortness of breath, chest pain and frequent visits to the ER for EKGs. I ended up going to see a pulmonary doctor because I was convinced that I was dying and luckily he recognized my symptoms to be acid reflux related and he sent me to a ENT doctor who in tern sent me to a gastro doctor. They ran some tests (barium swallow) and confimed this. I have what is called LPR where the acid comes up into your throat and sort of sits there and makes you feel like you cannot breath. I did not really believe that I had this because I had no heartburn, nor did I eat bad foods, but if you look up LPR you may find some of the symptoms the same. It took a lot of docs to figure it out, but eventually they did!As for the diareaha and heart racing, it could be anxiety over the other issues. It took me a long time to understand anxiety and what it can do to your body. I finally was put on Nexium for the LPR and Effexor for my anxiety and my life changed so much! I am now pregnant and had to go off all meds and again am suffering from anxiety, but that is another story!! Look into it--I hope this helps you!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 04:36 PM
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  • Anxiety is pretty powerful stuff. I can't deny that now! I never thought of myself as a nervous person. But, yikes, these hospital visits and tense times waiting for answers have shot my nerves to ***l. It seems I can't take a casual breath without getting all worked up.Depression's gotta be a factor in this too, I think. Perhaps that's why my head feels strange? Anyway, I am going to ask the internist about acid reflux and see if he can point me in the right direction there. It was my first diagnosis, but , as you can imagine, I'm not entirely convinced. I have been taking maximum doses of zantac in the meantime. Takes the edge off, if nothing else. Thanks for your reply, though. Makes me feel a little less insane. On another note, I am definitely going to be seeing a neurologist as well. Started feeling some strange prickles and burns that weren't there before. Don't know what it means - maybe a side effect of the nervous tension?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 11:44 PM
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  • GNDN, I agree with Marionstar, check your B12 and thyroid. Make sure it's a complete Thyroid test not just the TSH. Also remember that even if you fall in to the "normal range" for the TSH it doesn't mean you don't have a problem. Make sure they test you for Hashimotos too. The symptoms remind me of my B12 and thyroid issues but I wonder if coming down from the weed and drink can be causing a lot of your anxiety. It takes quite a while for your system to reset itself. With the other meds that too can have a great affect on your system. Try to eliminate things easily over a period of time. It took me six months to get of clanozapam (sp?) and even then it was a bit longer to feel completely free from the effects of it. Don't cold turkey those meds! Keep in mind if you've been taking this stuff for quite a while it's gonna take a while to get straighten out. Keep up the good work!Sue Vit.
    suevit 24 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 02:32 PM
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  • I went to get my B12 checked last week. No word on results yet. I also kicked the lorazepam in case it was adding to my weirdness. It was. And I feel a little better. Most of the strange sensations are gone, and any anxiety related to dose cravings have also disappeared. Though occassionally I still find myself randomly throttled by a rise in anxiety/ nervous tension - This time without the chest pains though, so that's an improvement. Still have some problems with gait imbalance. I think because I generally feel weaker on my left side, my body is overcompensating. I tend to veer right a lot when I'm walking and that's causing me to clip some corners and bump into things. It takes some conscious effort to straighten out. My left arm also trembles somewhat when I use it. Still no word on when I'll get to see a neurologist, so I feel like I'm flying in the dark still. I'm not pushing to see a cardiologist just yet, as it seems like anything heart related is still fairly far from what's going wrong. Still, I'll look into it as I go. My pulse is not as heavy as it use to be, though it averages still about 90-100. At least it doesn't keep me up at night. I'm actually falling asleep now without need for medication. I'll take that as a good sign. Thanks for all your help, I'll definitely keep everything you said in mind and refer back to this thread so I know I'm asking the right questions when the time comes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 04:54 PM
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  • You're welcome; let us know how you progress. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 09:42 PM
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  • Well, things have been better. Got the blood tests and chest x-rays back - nothing shows. B12 fine, liver's alright, cholestorol and blood sugar all normal. Saw an internist, he's got me sheduled for a spinal x-ray to see about pinched nerves. But now things have gotten a little stranger. The pain almost seems neurological to me, although since I have yet to see a neurologist no tests have been done in those areas.In the last 48 hours my brain fog has increased, fatigue comes in strong waves. My body feels "rubbery" and uncoordinated. Though apparently I'm not shaking or trembling, it sure feels like it on the inside. Travelling facial and head pain (pain that goes around my skull and head) have also cropped up in the last few weeks. I was doing well up until 48 hours ago. I was content to wait for answers but now this jolt comes along. I don't know if I brought this on myself as a few hours before this happened I had an energy drink (hadn't been at them in over a month) and then my system goes nuts. But you'd think it'd be out of my system by now?Going to ask my doctor tomorrow about an MRI, or CT scan at least if MRI's are overbooked. Does anyone have any suggestions about what else I could be looking for?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2008
    • 06:57 PM
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  • If you are off the lorazepam, and still veering to the right, it is very important that you see the neurologist...even an energy drink shouldn't do all that. Insist on an MRI or CT. Be firm about the brain fog you are feeling, too. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • October 13, 2008
    • 10:31 PM
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  • Insist on an MRI or CT. Be firm about the brain fog you are feeling, too. Marionstar Done. Went to ER today (my doctor at the walk-in clinic said nothing short of going to ER would get me a CT scan faster than I could see a neurologist, which is in january).Good news: CT scan is clean. My brain shows no sign of stroke, hemorrage, tumor or perforation. Bad News: Still have no ideas, and they cannot bump me up to see a neurologist sooner (at least for nothing short of any of the things that they didn't see in my cat scan.)So, major worries assuaged. Lots of little ones remain. Can depression cause weakness or disorientation? Cause I've been feeling pretty depressed about all this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 10:41 PM
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  • Depression does not cause the symptoms you are describing. Your depression is secondary to being ill, and even worse, not knowing what is wrong. Many things, even transient ones can cause your symptoms, so hang in there...do you have an appointment to a neurologist? I can't remember and don't have time to look back at the thread right now.
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • October 17, 2008
    • 03:28 AM
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  • My sister suffers from depression and when she isnt on meds for it... she's suffered all kinds of strange symptoms eg terrible memory and mind fog, insomina, bad fatigue, clumbiness etc etc .. so much so I thought she was getting chronic fatigue syndrome (which can also cause all kinds of symptoms). So get the depression treated. From your first post which mentioned the "energy drink" ive been thinking it could cause some of your symptoms. Some of those energy drinks guarana?? (sp??) drinks.. naturally contain a lot of caffiene so could give you a faster heart beat and other symptoms if you are regularly drinking them.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 07:20 AM
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  • Hi all,I’m 24 years old, I've been experiencing some scary stuff recently and was hoping someone could help, or at least relate. Would be nice to know I'm not alone in this:About threes weeks ago I started to experience extreme exhaustion, shortness of breath and nausea. Nothing too severe. I could usually shake it off. But then I felt "weird" for a days until one night I started having nausea and chest pains. I immediately got anxious and went to the hospital, they gave me an ECG, nothing showed. Told me it was indigestion.Since then, however, the chest pains intensified, radiated under my left arm, to my left back, arm and leg. The nausea increased and was accompanied by morning diarrhea (which I’m not worried about since I had IBS before this started, although the frequency of it is concerning). My resting heart rate is now 100 on average, with a heavy pulse, and makes it hard to relax. I did go back to the hospital once when the chest pains intensified, but again, nothing turned up. They gave me numerous ECG’s while the pains were present and tested my blood sugar and cardio enzymes. Nothing out of the ordinary. But now, I feel a “rushing” sensation in my limbs, experience occasional twitching in random parts of my body, and my head feels strange - not dizzy, but more like a light depersonalization. I find it hard to concentrate. The nausea is near constant, making it hard to find an appetite unless I’m starving, and sleeping is a bit of a chore as my nights are restless and I only seem to average about 5 hours of sleep. I need lorazepam to help me sleep most times. (I tried kicking it for 48 hours to see if it was the cause of my depersonalization, but no luck). Obviously, the doctors are saying I’m suffering from anxiety - and for certain I do sometimes feel a causeless rise in my anxiety levels almost everyday. But at the risk of sounding like a hypochondriac, I can’t help but wonder if I should be pursuing other avenues as to a cause? I’m supposedly getting set up with an appointment with an internist, but should I speak to a cardiologist as well about my high resting heart rate? Or can anxiety be the cause of that too? My thoughts are going in circles. As a bit of history, I should probably add that a week before this began, I stopped smoking marijuana. I smoked it, on average, about twice a day since last winter, but decided I wanted healthy lungs. I also developed a bad habit of drinking a large energy drink every work day to combat some fatigue I’ve been experiencing for a long time now. I used to sometimes use the weed to bring me down from the “energy” high. But its been four weeks since I stopped smoking and my caffeine has been sparse since this all started. Any advice would help at this point. This is really freaking me out. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=135906#post135906 Come on over the the b12 forum to find out about b12 deficiency and what brands and kinds work. Check out the list of symptoms to see how well you match.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 01:28 AM
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  • Certainly have your thyroid checked. Coming off of pot can cause withdrawals like you are experiencing but it should be over by now. Does the lorazepam help your IBS? It might be a good idea to take small doses while you are waiting for a diagnosis...pay close attetion to whether or not it relieves the rapid heart rate and chest pain. Hope this helps. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
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