I am hoping some of you can shed some light on my problem. I have been reading the board all day and am so darn frustrated I am on the verge of tears.
37 year old woman.
Seemingly fit and a healthy good eater. I must admit to a glass of wine or two an evening of the red.
At age 14 I had my first episode. They almost always come on the same way. Very often I am eating or in the car. I feel an odd numbness. A feeling of being detached. Then I become aware of a taste in my mouth. It tastes like a handful of old pennies. I become very flushed and hot. I feel completely claustrophobic. The next thought....
I MUST get to a bathroom to relieve myself.
Usually on the way to whatever bathroom....tunnel vision, hot and sweaty combined with cold and clammy. I feel absolutely rubbery in the legs and can't catch my breath. Once I get to the bathroom one of three things happen.
1. explosive diarrhea. As in, I never knew so much waste could come out of someone in one sitting. It is watery, no blood and usually undigested.
2. I faint. I have also woken up to having a "release" of my bowels while I had fainted.
3. Vomiting and the need to lay down on a cool surface.
The episodes usually last about 15-30 minutes and the feeling afterwards is like you have just been chased by a lion.
I have been on Effexor for almost 6 years and prior to that Paxil but to be frank nothing has helped much.
In daily life I can easily sleep 12 hours and still feel a mess. I am a walking zombie. I can't do much of anything and I am held hostage by my fear of having an episode.
I lived in New Orleans during Katrina and my doctor for a time was convinced this was PTSD or some sort of emotional issue. Now that he sees the other elements he is thinking this is a Gastro issue.
I have had my cortosol and ACTH levels tested and they came back normal. Also no Anemia.
My life is filled with a lot of stress. My father and Stepfather both are terminally ill. I have been looking after and moved both my mother and stepdad into my home. I just don't think this is anxiety.....it's manifestations are too physical.