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  • Posted By: anieromircarinon
  • June 27, 2008
  • 07:29 AM

On and off for the past month or so, I've been getting the same thing every few weeks it seems.

It starts with indigestion (or what feels like it), aches, burning sensation throughout my body, pain in one of both of my arms. Sometimes it feels as if my heart is racing, and usually it's worse when I'm lying down. Sometimes I can't even get to sleep.

I have seen the doctor several times.
First he thought it was one of the stomach bugs going around...though he did check my pulse.

A few weeks later, I was in again, and sent for lower gastro-intestinal x-rays, with a follow-up. My doctor told me he'd contact me if there was anything to worry about in the reports. I never heard from him, so I'm guessing it there wasn't.

Last Sunday, after lunch, I was feeling really sweaty, and felt as if I had to pass a stool, to use the medical term, but just couldn't. I asked my dad if my pulse was really fast. He thought it was, so I made him take me to emergency. I was there for atleast two hours...they tested my pulse, blood pressure, even tested for urinary infection. Nothing. They seem to think it's anxiety related.

To be honest, I am experiencing anxiety. I've moved out on my own.

My boss just changed the pay system...and it's going to take a long time to get used to.

I am not a social creature, so I've never been at ease with large groups of people, but it's never been this bad. Being around my ex-girlfriend doesn't help either, but it's hard not to see her, since she's my boss's daughter. Thankfully I don't see her all that often.

And there's these recurring symptoms, and a lack of answers. Sometimes, it's quite frightening, because I don't know what's happening.

Could it be anxiety and stress? Some times I wonder if it's my last moments on earth.

As it stands, I have another doctor's appointment on the 3rd. I will try to get him to refer me for mental health counseling. It did help the last time I really had to deal with anxiety and depression.

I just hope something works and makes this go away, because as I said before, I'm getting scared.

I have noticed this is worse just before I'm about to do something, or just before getting in the door at work. While I'm working or doing something, it's manageable, but then afterwards it seems to come back.

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  • hmm. The heart racing can very much be connected to anxiety, and so can indigestion. Anxiety/panic attacks can be terrifying and cause a faint, sweaty feeling--but get checked out by your doctors first before your go to mental health. It's wonderful that you recognize the connection between your physical symptoms and your mental state...and a mental health doctor could really help if this is the case.Best of luckKC
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks. I am definitely going to see the doctor first, before I try anything else.Hopefully it is just anxiety-related, and not something physically wrong. But, the former is the impression I'm getting from my two trips to the hospital. They checked, and both times couldn't find any physical cause.
    anieromircarinon 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you drink caffeinated drinks? Energy drinks? Anything like that? How much water do you drink daily? Do you eat regular meals or do you skip meals? How is your sleep? Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Trouble waking up in the am? One very helpful and safe thing to take for stress/anxiety is called Rescue Remedy. It is a Bach Flower remedy and you can find this at any good health food store. FANTASTIC STUFF! I've used this for years, and have used it on my kids and even my dogs (very helpful during fireworks season:rolleyes:). Rescue remedy works best if you take 4 drops in a glass of water and sip slowly. Take 4 drops under the tongue for acute trauma or acute stress. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do drink a lot of coffee, but as a result of this, I've decided to drastically reduce that. Maybe the caffeine withdrawl is part of this. As for energy drinks, I haven't touched them in months. I am pretty good with having regular meals, though sometimes it just doesn't work. I try to drink pleny of water through out the day. I am having trouble sleeping..and getting up in the morning. Rescue Rememdy, eh? I'll look into it, but I will wait until after my doctor's appointment, and see what he has to say.
    anieromircarinon 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do drink a lot of coffee, but as a result of this, I've decided to drastically reduce that. Maybe the caffeine withdrawl is part of this. As for energy drinks, I haven't touched them in months. I am pretty good with having regular meals, though sometimes it just doesn't work. I try to drink pleny of water through out the day. I am having trouble sleeping..and getting up in the morning. Rescue Rememdy, eh? I'll look into it, but I will wait until after my doctor's appointment, and see what he has to say. Well your doc may or may not be informed about this remedy...again I suggest to do your own research on this product and know that it has no contraindications whatsoever. Sounds like you have been taking quite a bit of caffeine. Caffeine can cause heart palpitations, anxiousness, restlessness and more, especially if you are sensitive to it's effects. Energy drinks are a real problem and some countries in Europe have banned their use...the combo of caffeine, herbal stimulants and taurine can be a dangerous combo. I am an Oriental Medical practitioner, and we treat anxiety as a mental symptom of a physical inbalance. I think allopathic medicine does a great disservice to patients by just calling anxiety a "mental/emotional" illness. It is a sign your body is out of balance. Stress impacts the liver, which in turn can cause the kidneys and heart to be out of balance, causing insomnia, anxiety, frequent urination, night sweats and more. Glad you are cutting back on your caffeine intake. I'd also consider trying meditation (or prayer) to help better manage your stress levels. When you go to your doctor I'd ask for some blood workup to check for B12 deficiency and other nutritional deficiencies. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok, time for an update. I was ok for about a week, and now it's back. However, it's not as bad, though, as I write this, I'm finding I cannot sleep. Of course, I did have two half cups of coffee today...after two days of none. I did see the doctor, and was sent for a chest x-ray, and bloodtest. Since I cannot read my doctor's writing, I don't know what it was for, but he did say he was trying to eliminate anything rare.He still thinks it anxiety related, though he did promiss to call if anything showed up in the test results. The appointment was on the 2nd, and I have as yet to hear from him. I'm assuming that means nothing was out of the ordinary.I also went to a naturopath, though I'm really don't think it's working at all. I was feeling mostly better already...and since I've been taking the stuff he 'prescribed', some diluted mix of viruses, and some nasty capsules (in addition to a two week yeast and sugar free diet), I actually seemed to get worse. While it was interesting the way he 'diagnosed' a yeast imbalance, I'm really having doubts as to its legitimacy as a form of treatment. Sure, he said it wasn't guarenteed, and I accept that, but I shouldn't be feeling worse, should I? I'm only going through with this because of how much my mom paid for the visit, and the...'treatments'. If I'm not better in a few days, other than going back to my doctor, I'm seriously considering dropping the whole naturopathy thing. As for Rescue Remedy, I actually took some when I was at my mom's on Sunday night. It seemed to work too. I'll have to go look at a local health food store, to see if I can find it.Right now is a really anxious time; my supervisor is leaving tomorrow, and I've learned that my boss is also wanting to get out of the non-profit housing managment business. So, I'm not sure what'll be happening with my job. Atleast Rob's not going right away. Guess I'll just have to wait to see who replaces him. That, and I'm getting nervous about getting paid...it should be later today, but..well, I'm nervous...I'm broke.Maybe it's just the current overload of anxiety...
    anieromircarinon 3 Replies Flag this Response
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