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Anxiety, Depression or more?

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  • Posted By: JennNYC
  • October 6, 2008
  • 06:39 PM

About a year and a half ago, I started having stomach problems (no appetite, nausea, some vomiting, heartburn, lightheadedness, etc) so I went to my dr and was put on nexium for GERD. After it didn't help, I was given an endoscopy that found nothing wrong. I lost 25 pounds in the course of about 4 months.

When I went back to my dr for the 3rd time in 2 months, he suggested that my problem may not be stomach-related, it was anxiety related and suggested I see a psychiatrist. I was going through some family stuff at the time and instead saw a psychologist (not ready to admit I needed meds). Working with her for 6 months, we "unpacked a lot of baggage" and since I still had some physical symptoms (the lightheadedness, periods of no appetite, general moodiness and some pain issues), I decided to see the psychiatrist to see if meds would help.

The psych gave me Lexapro, which I took 5 mg for a week then 10mg. Well, I never felt worse! I got headaches, felt disconnected from everyone and everything around me, had strange jaw clenching and parathesia at all times (hands and mouth), had positively murderous thoughts when I was woken up by BF's snoring, and I barely slept. I decided after a month to stop, and informed the psych I was going to wean myself off. She instead told me to switch to Zoloft, so I did and experienced many of the same issues. I stopped for good about 3 weeks ago.

My overall issue is that the lightheadedness/dizziness hasn't gone away, as most of the physical symptoms I started out with. And to boot, the lexapro withdrawal is giving me hot flashes! I'm 36, I shouldn't have hot flashes yet. Anyway, I'm starting to wonder if the lightheadedness is all in my head (ha ha) or if there are some real medical issues behind it. I saw a neurologist for the headaches but she said my xrays were normal.

I'm unsure if I should start over with a new doctor? However, I feel my dr did a great job of listening to my complaints and doing tests and probably has accurately diagnosed my condition. But...the lightheadedness/dizziness is driving me nuts. Help/suggestions?

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  • You can get dizzy from a tick-bite. Have they checked Lyme disease?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 08:16 PM
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  • Coincidentally (well, maybe not but it seems a long shot), I have a patch of morphea scleroderma on my back that was diagnosed in Feb 08. They did all the autoimmune tests - ANA, anti-scleroderma antibodies, sed rate, and the lyme blot. They all came back neg.
    JennNYC 14 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 08:29 PM
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