6 years ago my 50 year old husband started having what seemed to be panic attacks. These would start suddenly and cause much distress, eventually I managed to drag him to our GP who thought it was stress but he did a full blood test and we waited. The blood tests came back as normal but the symptoms continued. When the attacks started he would sweat, become extremely agitated, want to run outside, and believe it or not want to eat bananas. This continued with frequent visits to the GP who although he listened really felt it was stress and suggested we 'modify' our lifestyle. My husband gave up his successful but busy career and we thought this would help and he would gradually recover. :confused:
Although he no longer was working and in effect retired, the symptoms did not go and in fact became worse, eventually culminating in him being taken by ambulance to our local A & E. By the time a doctor saw him the symptoms had gone and we were back to square one. Eventually I visited our GP alone and pleaded with him to send us somewhere for a second opinion. I explained that my husband was not a panicker and never had been and that these outbursts were so out of character. Luckily our GP was a lovely man who agreed that we needed more tests.
We luckily had private health care and saw a specialists who ordered more blood tests and various other :rolleyes:tests. He explained that although the GP had done tests that there were at that time only a few labs that could test for what he suspected was wrong and that our GP would never have been able to get the right tests.
It transpired almost 18 months after the start of the symptoms that my husband had a malignant medullary carcimona of the thyroid. This was a surprise to all as the symptoms were not right for the condition but his thyroid was removed successfully. His specialists are still seeing him on 6monthly basis and they are still looking for other things which should relate to his original symptoms.
The moral of the story and the thing we tell all who listen is if we had listened to the STRESS diagnosis it may have been too late for him and the tumour may have spread, so please if you are not happy with a stress diagnosis push and push hard for more tests.