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Is this a common misdiagnosis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 18, 2007
  • 08:31 AM

About a year ago I started feeling a lot of chest pain, and overall anxiety. I let it continue until it just about overwhelmed my life and I went to see one of those urgent care doctors with the symptoms of a panic attack- shallow breathing, angina... the works. So, I got the usual prozac and xanax. Since then, I've been diagnosed with Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Restless Leg Syndrome.... you name it. I've seen two different family doctors, two neurologists (for my increasing migraines), and a psychiatrist.
I'm now stuck with a resident family doctor who doesn't know what he's doing, to put it nicely, and I think the psychatrist enjoyed piling on the 'disorder' diagnosis after only talking to me for 15 minutes. After dealing with anti-depressant withdrawl, and benzo-withdrawl, because i've tried a laundry list of different meds (paxil, effexor, klonopin, ativan) to help, with no relief... I'm turning to other causes.
But, after looking up Hyperthyroidism, the symptoms seem the same.
Maybe this post is just a cry for help because I'm sick of these symptoms, hoping someone else has found relief. (Symptoms: Muscle spasms, insomnia, nervousness, nausea, heart palipatations, sudden heart rate/bp increase lasting for 30mins to an hour, headaches, heat flashes) Or maybe I just want to rub it in my doctor's face and say I'm not a mental case like they think I am :-P
Right now, the only medications I'm on is 300mg of topamax and 75mg of effexor, trying to ween off the effexor.
Thank you for reading, any help, or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
My e-mail is fadedhorizon@hotmail.com

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  • It might be your thyroid. I'd make sure they're checking your TSH and free T4 and even the antibodies.Just a thought. Have no clue if this will help. Good Luck, and don't let them treat you like a mental case. They do that when they don't know what's wrong!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hyperthyroid can cause those symptoms. Even if your doctor is a dope, you can still ask for a thyroid blood test. If the doc thinks you are a psych case, make it clear that "going along with you" will help you calm down, and then the doc will follow through with it, even if he doesn't think you are right. Hah. Anna
    Anna cat 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • CFS/ME? symptoms are similar...worth a look
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
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