I have been experiencing symptoms off and on for most of my adult life, ranging from shortness of breath to heart palpitations. I have been diagnosed with mild asthma, pre-diabetes, possible hypoglycemia, back problems (which resulted in surgery) Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Bi-polar Disorder. I am one of those people who always seems to have something going on, despite not thinking of myself as a hypochondriac. I do realize, though, that I have a very strong mind-body connection and as such, attribute many of the symptoms to mental/emotional/spiritual embalances. Nevertheless, the symptoms and discomforts that I experience do affect my quality of life and add to my overall anxiety.
Lately, I have been experiencing the following symptoms, but cannot place an exact possible cause...a common issue that connects these symptoms. Maybe someone can help?
Here is what I've been feeling off and on for the past year, in particular;
heaviness in the chest...like shallow breaths
wheezing, sometimes bad enough to take my inhaler
fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches, especially in my back
low blood-sugar type symptoms, that make me sleepy and tired
the "shakes", especially after I eat certain things like breakfast cereals
heart palpitations & pounding in my ears
numbness, tingling, shooting pains in my body, chest and left arm and hand
feeling a bit 'disconnected"...like somewhat detached from my body
irritability, especially when I cant breath or feel the "shakes"
A sinking feeling in my upper body, like Im about to "cave in" on myself
pain in my lower left flank...either a shooting pain or a dull ache (kidney area?)
high levels of anxiety, panic attack type symptoms
very mild depression
indigestive problems that cause my stomach to extend signifigantly after eating
I am currently not on any prescription medication for any of these symptoms. Despite being diagnosed with bi-polarism, I havent had and manic episodes or any MAJOR depressive states in a few years. I have been tested for diabetes several times, but never confirmed. My symptoms come and go, but there is always SOMETHING "off". Sometimes I think its all in my mind, and so I put off going to the doctor. but when I finally do go, I never feel like I actually get any answers. In the mean time, I never feel 100% ok and im only 37 years old.
Is this all anxiety related? Or could I actually have some physical issue causing these symptoms? Or could it be both? Does anybody have any ideas?