Hello, I hope I can get some advice here. Let me lay this out for you as best I can. I'm 24, male. First I'll start with some symptoms that have been with me for 2-3 years that may or may not be important. 2-3 years I've had heart palpitations when laying down and a resting heart rate around 96, my heart pounds easily and I'm often aware of my heartbeat, this may be anxiety but I'm not sure because it happens when I'm mentally calm. I've also had free-moving palpitable lymph nodes around my neck for 2-3 years and some fixed lymph nodes near my groin around the hip joint for 2-3 years, along with general fatigue for all of this time. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and fatigue, I've pretty much just lived with it - the neck lymph nodes may have been from tooth infection/root canal that I needed to have done, the entire nerve was almost dead by the time I went to a dentist. On my dentist visit with the dental X-rays he told me there was something wrong with my sinus' but that I should see a specialist about it. I never did because I never had sinus pain, I do have what I can best describe as a small swollen bar I can feel going across (inside) half my right cheek starting at the ear, the same on the left but not so swollen.. I always assumed these were sinus and they have never been painful. Also I have fairly bad teeth, I've had a lot filled but need more fillings. ok now on to present day One day a little over 2 months ago I started getting brief pain in my back and around my chest. Having been in a position years earlier where pneumonia went undiagnosed and winding up in the hospital to drain fluid, I went to the ER the next night when the sharp pains persisted and my fingers began tingling and muscles were weak. At the ER they did a chest X-ray, took blood, and monitored my heart. My heart was racing, but they didn't find anything immediately serious and it did slowed down eventually, Xray came up fine, EKG (heart test with the sticky pads and wires?) was fine. They also took arterial blood gas levels which showed by carbon dioxide levels were very low, there was plenty of oxygen. They told me I was probably hyperventilating and told me to make an appointment with my general doctor to check up, and gave me a prescription for 20 lorazepam, to reduce anxiety. The days to my appointment with my doctor were filled with the same occasional numbness and tingling, but the pain in the chest and back were less. I saw my doctor and told him about the ER visit and that the only thing they found odd was the low Co2. I told him the xray came up clear. He ordered a CT-scan with that fluid injection (I forget the name) of my lungs, he thought I had a clot or something along those lines. I had that done, it came up clear. My doctor wanted me to come back for another appointment. When I got there he said the scan of my lungs came up clear, he then asked me about family history of lung problems and what-not, then turned into a brick wall and wouldn't offer my any explanation for my symptoms. I still don't know why he scheduled a followup appointment if the clear CT-scan of my lungs was enough to convince him I was fine. Mind you he didn't take my blood gas again or examine anything else than my lungs, and on the followup he just listened to my lungs and took my pulse; my pulse was racing with palpitations. I simply wanted the discomfort to go away, as I work on the computer and when my hands go weak I can't work.. so no explanation or solution is unacceptable to me, this is affecting my life. Unhappy with the my doctor, I changed to another doctor who who came highly recommended. I scheduled an appointment. By this time a couple weeks went by, and in those weeks I started getting lots of burning sensations on my feet and hands, along with the side of my neck. My neck was also very stiff and the muscles felt pulled every day. Some days I'd wake up and try to lift my neck and there would be a bunch of cracks. This is on top of the weakness and nerve issues which I assumed by now was due to low Co2, which came up quickly, often after eating but pretty much any time.. relaxed or active it would strike at any time and last hours. I started paying attention to my breathing by now, taking seriously that it could be anxiety, but these attacks seemed to come on even when my breathing was normal and I was in a great mood and calm. I also had a few instance of my jaw cracking / hurting when I opened my mouth, around the time when my stiff neck was at its worst.. along with ear popping when I chewed, and I've had a click near my ear/jaw I hear when I try to jog, doesnt seem like a big deal, it's not painful. I saw the new doctor who suggested I see a neurologist for the burning sensations and finger tingling. I told him my blood works had been fine but he ordered another to make sure. He then suggested maybe it's anxiety, and gave me 10 xanax to take whenever it happened or started to happen. I felt good about this doctor because he was listening to my symptoms and seemed to want to get to the bottom of them, though I wasn't fully convinced it was anxiety; I've felt anxiety before and I've never had such extreme physical symptoms. He also had me do a 3 hour blood sugar test for hypoglycemia and diabetes testing. The blood work came back fine as I expected, both the normal one and the blood sugar tests. The xanax wasn't doing much except making me feel more tired and the "everything is ok" mood boost I guess you'd expect from it, but the weakness and what I think are low co2 effects persisted. The doctor said on the phone that I probably didn't need a followup with him and to keep taking the xanax. At this point I told myself it was all anxiety and that it would be ok, and that if there was something seriously wrong then the doctor would have noticed. The symptoms persisted but I told myself it was nothing to worry about and just ignored them best I could and sat back for hours whenever my hands were too weak to work. Then I started getting dull headaches, they lasted all day every day. I told myself they were probably tension headaches and that it could all be anxiety, so I ignored it all. A week afterwards I started getting spots in my vision. These were small spots in the center or near the center, the kind of spots you get from looking a lightbulb but persistant. Each would last a couple minutes but quickly replaced by another. These aren't floaters, I have plenty of those, these are like small spots of light. My eyes were also more sensitive to light impressions, as in white things started leaving light impressions (like when you look at a light and then away) but they wouldn't go away as fast.. mostly white/light things, or lights. Also what looked like sparks occasionally,a nd occasional blotches/bigger spots in my side view - not as common. The spots started off just a few hours a day, which is when I went to an eye doctor. They checked my retinas with the eye drops and everything and told me there was no retinal tearing, referring me to a retina specialist to make sure. The specialist also found nothing, did the same checkup with the drops, and said that because the spots were in both eyes it could be a neurological thing or something with the connection from the eyes to the brain. He suggested I get an MRI and was going to send me for one, but from the root canal I mentioned earlier I have the tip of the dental tool stuck in my tooth.. so he didn't make it because he wasn't sure if it was safe. At this point I wasn't sure what to do. The closest neurologist appointment I could get was 1-2 months away. I decided to wait it out, telling myself it was some freak occurance of spots in my vision and nothing more. The spots got worse, becoming a problem for almost all of the day, the all-day head tightness/dull headache where it hurt when I moved my head around persisted, as did the random onsets of low-Co2-like effects on my arms and legs. At this point I -was- starting to get lots of anxiety, I was worried about my eyesight (and still am), I was frustrated at my inability to work, and as much as I told myself it was all anxiety I doubted I was hyperventillating every day while I was calm. I didnt want to go back to my general doctor because I figured I'd just look like an anxious person, but as the spots got worse. I started getting ear pain and kept waiting. As the ear pain got more pronounced and I was getting occasional reduced hearing in my left ear along with some throat soreness I figured at the very least he'd see something in my ears so it wouldn't be for nothing. I thought maybe these were allergies or some other unimportant problem, even though I've never had seasonal allergies before.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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