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19 yr old, undiagnosed symptoms - panic attack or something else

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 3, 2010
  • 06:39 AM

19 yr old female, heat intolerance, headaches, nausea,vomiting, racing heartbeat, constipation, low potassium, elevated heart rate while resting (120-160), currently on Metoprolol for racing heart. Originally diagnosed with panic attacks, but feel this isn't correct. Need help with a diagnosis. Tested for thyroid and levels normal. All blood test show now problems. Family history of melanoma, adrenal gland tumors and cushings.

Any help would be appreciated as noone is taking this seriously. Can't work due to symptoms and want a normal life again! Stress never an issue previously so why now?

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  • 19 yr old female, heat intolerance, headaches, nausea,vomiting, racing heartbeat, constipation, low potassium, elevated heart rate while resting (120-160), currently on Metoprolol for racing heart. Originally diagnosed with panic attacks, but feel this isn't correct. Need help with a diagnosis. Tested for thyroid and levels normal. All blood test show now problems. Family history of melanoma, adrenal gland tumors and cushings.Any help would be appreciated as noone is taking this seriously. Can't work due to symptoms and want a normal life again! Stress never an issue previously so why now?Hi,You are not alone! My husband has been dealing with a racing heart, tachacardia, for a more that a month now. His doctors just beleive it to be due to panic, however we were not convinced that was all either. He too would just be resting and his would go 150-160bmp. I can not even begin to tell you how many times we would end up at the hospital because it would not come down. Here's some advice that we have done not sure how much will apply to you but I hope I can be of some help. We have seen a cardiologist and have had a sress test, and several ekg's when this is happening. I reccomend also a holter monitor so that when this happens, the doctor can pin point what's wrong and what triggers it. This has been going on for some time, like I said and you can read more of our story from my forum if you would like. What helped oddly enough in my husbands case is wearing a C-pap machine for sleep apneia. He was diagnoised and has been wearing this mask for almost a week and notices that durring the day now his heart rate is completely normal. His blood prssure was even a problem but that has even significantly dropped. They have explained this as the heart speeds up if you have sleep apneia so as to wake you up enough to breathe. Obviously this long term we have been told contributes to elevated heart rate and high blood pressure as well. Not sure this being what's going on with you, but something to keep in mind. He was prescibed Toprol xl 25mg for blood pressure and every doctor he has seen says this works well, if the medicine you are on is not working well you might want to ask about this. Last, Some of the experiences that he has had in the past have been due to panic attack and there are great resources and even medicines that can help, depending on how much of this, if any, is related to panic disorder. My husband developed panic disorder earlier this year. Lorazepam, aka Ativan is very good for relieving symptoms. It is the most fast acting out of all the benzodiazipines. It works within 30 minutes, which is good for people who have panic episodes. Also, I would reccomed just good old counseling and therapy, just to rule out physical and psychological elements to this. Lucinda Bassetts program called "Attacking Anxiety and Depression" is remakable and focuses on helping people overcome the problems that they are facing. She focuses primarily on people with Panic Disorder. Sorry to be so long winded, but I do hope some of this helps you. Definitly don't stop looking for answers. The heart is something you don't want to mess around with. We just got second oponions when we needed to and though were still looking for some answers, a lot more makes sense to us now and we have a progonises that nothing life threatening is wrong. Just make sure no matter what, your'e comfortable with what the doctor tells you. Remember it is not his body but yours, and if something happens, it happens to you and not him! Good luck and God bless! I hope you get this taken care of and nothing serious is wrong with you.By the way, he also has the other symptoms, low potasium, headaches and heat intolerance.
    ALovingWife 6 Replies
    • December 5, 2010
    • 02:03 AM
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  • Experiencing overheating even when it's cold out. Clammy skin, chills and feel lousy. Heart pounds. I can sit in front of a fan, go outside on a 20 degree day and still become hot. I take temperature and it's always around 97.6. Normally range for me. Not stressed except when doctors says it's stress related. Just trying to figure out how I can be stressed. Couldn't have an easier lifestyle then I have. Nothing major going on in my life, but they feel because I'm so young it can't be anything to be concerned about. Checked for thyroid and adrenal issues but all test came back normal. Read alot about other people have overheating without sweating and similar symptoms, but no one has ever gotten a diagnose. Seems if doctors can figure it out, they just don't bother with it and say Panic Attack. With all their training you would think someone could figure out what is going on. Totally disgusted!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2011
    • 00:44 AM
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