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  • Posted By: Nadine Davis
  • March 13, 2011
  • 11:39 PM

This is a long story so try not to fall asleep. A few years ago I took an herbal diet pill and that is when my whole world turned upside down. That same day I was taking my daughter to dance and almost passed out driving down the freeway. I threw the diet pills away thinking that the feelings would go away once out of my system. They only got worse. I had numerous tests done on my heart and had an MRI to rule out a brain tumor. All the tests came back normal. At this time my iron and thyroid levels were normal and I was not diabetic. The doctors gave up and diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder. A person does not go from being perfectly normal one day to having an anxiety disorder the next. When driving down the road I felt like I was going in and out of consciousness without actually pass out, if that makes any sense. I went from being a heavy coffee drinker to being extremely sensitive to caffeine all in one day. I am very sensitive to bright lights, and heat. When I try to focus on items I can't see them, yet I can see around me. I get this pressure in my head unlike a headache. This goes on no matter where I am, meaning that I do not have to be in a stressful situation. My doctor did another blood test. Before I had even got home he called me and told me that I had severe iron deficiency anemia. I had a couple of iron infusions and was put on iron pills. The symptoms continued. About a year after all of this started I had a grandmal seizure. This was my first seizure ever. I tried to tell the doctors that the symptoms that I had been experiencing all this time were similar to the ones I had right before the seizure.They ignored me. My neurologist put me on a low dose of lamictal. Eventually I got to the point of feeling like I was going to faint no matter what I did. I would get really weak and would be drenched in sweat. I went back to the doctors because I couldn’t take it anymore. He put me on Lorazepam. This helped but it also confirmed their diagnosis of having an anxiety disorder. I hate taking the pills because they make me so tired yet if I don't take them that feeling of going in and out of consciousness comes back. They did another blood test and my iron levels are still really low even with taking iron pills every day. I do have heavy menstrual cycles but the doctor said that my body should be replenishing my iron stores. They took this test before my period. He said that I would probably be on iron pills the rest of my life. My hands are shaky when I try to write, I feel unsteady on my feet, and recently my head feels twitchy especially in the morning or when I am trying to concentrate. I do not have an anxiety disorder. Obviously I am experiencing anxiety for these pills to be helping, I will not argue that point, but it is not anxiety causing these symptoms. Had it come on gradually I could understand, but when it comes on in one day after taking a diet pill I find it hard to believe that it was nothing more then a coincidence. Thank you for the articles. It will probably take me a few times to read and actually understand them.

Thank you again,

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