I have dealt with lots of odd symptoms the past few months and I don't even know where to start assigning them to a problem. So I came here.
As for background... I have had Crohn's Disease for years but I've been pretty much in remission on the same meds for years. My Dad passed away with melanoma this past December (we found out last March). He had no other medical problems. My Mom has an underactive thyroid and also deals with panic attacks. I've never had any problems other than the gastrointestinal problems and I just had a colonoscopy/upper GI done last December (no problems).
Just this past March is when my wierd symptoms started. It started with flu-like symproms and I assume it was the flu since my friends had it and it had the same symptoms (fever, headache, stuffy nose, sore throat). It went away but morphed into a bronchitis (hacking cough, hurt when I breathe hard). I treated this with anti-biotics but it was stubborn to go away. I had a slight lack of breath, like I couldn't breathe in as hard as usual. I used a nebulizer and anti-biotics and it gradually got better. Oddly during this time (April) I had a couple odd episodes at night where I woke up with chills... now these weren't everyday chills, they were chilled to the bone radiating from my center out to my extremities. Yet I was still warm to the touch. I was afraid so I went to the hospital and they did the usual vital tests and they said it was anxiety. I tend to hold things in so I accepted it.
Now, here's the problem that's been nagging me for like 2 months. The biggest thing is sometimes I am aware of my heartbeat (palpitations). I've never had heart problems but my heart will RANDOMLY start palpitating. It's usually slightly faster than usual (like 80-120bpm) but it's nerve-wracking because I can feel the heartbeats and it's not normal. Other times it is back to normal but there is no correlation between a certain activity and the palpitations. I can be watching a movie or driving or sleeping and it comes. Every once in a while, when I take a nap mostly, I will wake up to very fast heartbeat that makes it feel like my bed is shaking! The beat is much faster than a normal palpitation. It goes away in at most a minute but it really worries me and makes me not enjoy going to sleep anymore!
In addition to the heartbeat, a feeling of anxiety and really feels like a slight bit of andrenaline in my system is common. This is associated with the palpitations. I feel on edge and not in a good mood. It's hard to explain the feeling because sometimes it feels like lightheadedness or an "on edge" feeling.
Third, I have burping associated with these other symptoms. Although I will burp more after eating, I also can burp on an empty stomach. They are more like hiccup-burps and I can make myself do them whenever (I just try and burp and it comes up) This can cause acid-reflux symptoms so I take Tums. I've seen GERD as a possibility.
The last, most recent thing is a slight tingling in my hands. It's not numbness or extreme tingling, just a slight tingling (enough for me to notice when I'm laying there). It is not located in one spot, it changes location from my hands, sometimes my feet, sometimes other places. This is all random and it goes away often just to come back later. I also have slightly numb spots on my scalp sometimes and also my face but this comes and goes. I have NO CLUE what this is all about... I've never had problems with circulation or neurological.
Sorry for the essay, but as you imagine all of these things are causing me anxiety and I see alot of these things under panic attacks/anxiety. I know that Googling symptoms is the worst thing I can do but I need to figure this out. I am a graduate student with no money and adequate insurance. I can't be going in (like alot of people on the forums) and doing all of these tests only to find nothing. Can anyone give me ideas on what could be wrong with me. I am thinking anxiety/panic attacks since the symptoms all fit this. But all at once? Could Crohn's be causing any of this? Is this all linked to my holding things in and my Dad passing? Do you recommend any test I should do? Could it be a mix of anxiety/GERD/ and some nutrient deficiency? I am taking b-12 now to see if the tingling goes away... please, someone ease my mind!
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