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Please Help! Dizziness/weakness, extreme fatigue & Anxiety

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  • Posted By: mplucky13
  • March 19, 2007
  • 10:29 PM

I am 22 years old and for the past while I have been taking a low dose of hydrocodone for moderate stomach pain and problems as approved by my doctor. Several days ago I came home from work and layed down for a nap, when i woke up with a horrible panic attack. My heart was racing, my palms and feet were sweating, and I felt the very real sensation that I was going to die! Since this event, I have felt incredibly weak, tired, mentally unfocused, and very dizzy. I have had several of these panic attacks before, but none this severe. I am trying to figure out what is wrong with me, and what is causing this mental torture, and the length of these symptoms! I went to the doctor today in hopes of some answers, but I was just sent to give blood samples and a urine sample at the lab. Immediately after the panic attack I did slightly cut back on the hydrocodone because I was nervous to take it again, and have read that the decrease in the pain meds may lead to some of these symptoms. I would like to state however that I have NEVER felt this miserable before and I am worried that the doctors are missing something more severe. My overall health just seems to be deteriorating since that event. Is it possible that these may still just be symptoms from the attack? How long could this last? I have also been told to have my adrenal function checked and my throid function checked, is this necessary? Also what about liver and kidney function? Does anyone know of anything else that could be causing this. Also, I did try taking my usual amount of the pain med, and it did NOT alleviate any of my symptoms! Before this event I was feeling very well except for some stomach discomfort, but now since that attack it has changed my mental state severely! Your input would be absolutely appreciated. I am desperate for help! Thank you!

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  • I am having some of the same feelings mentally and I did not have these feelings before I took this medicine with Atropine in it. Here is what has been happening to me I am 30yrs old and I was in shape and dealing with a stomach ulcer. I am wondering how long side effects can last anxiety can be caused by meds.Head Fog Out of body possible side effect of AtropineMy gastro was treating me for an ulcer, gastritus and a hiatel hernia. I was on nexium which cleared up my ulcer and down graded the gastritus to mild. I thne at a hamburger that didn't looked cooked well so i stopped eating it threw it out. I got extremely sick three hours later. I took an immodium so i could get home and then got more sick but never vomited. This happened on the 11th of february.The gastro put me on Boca - metscoplomine bromide, I took this drug for 2 days and then cut the medicine because it was making me feel worse. I went to the emergency room and they really did nothing but I got off that drug he then treated me with Xiafaxin which is an antibiotic to get rid of a parasite which they did not find in the stool sample I gave. The Xiafaxin I was feeling better but still had Diarea so he put me on asacol and that did nothing. So he put me on Pamine Forte which I didn't realize was methscoplomine bromide. I can't believe he did this but I took 2 doses and a half and got extremely sick. Ever since I took these doses I have had and out of my body feeling and congested I took the last dose on march 9th. I am still feeling wierd in my body and wonder can it still be in my system? I went to a doctor all my vitals are fine, i have been tested for celiacs disease and I don't have that. I went to and opthomologist and he said my eyes are fine he noticed that my pupils were half dilated and said it could be due to the Atropine in the medicine. It seems like I am on some kind of relaxer he said but eventhough he said he has heard side effects lasting up to three weeks I am on two weeks and a couple of days I feel better personality wise but my head fog is still here and my eyes being senstive to light is still here. Can Atropine be causing this, how do I get it out of my system so I can go back to work. Any Ideas would be much appreciated.
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  • Hey guys,I am 24 I have had the similar symptoms from the past 12 months... I've been running back and forth with doctors... have had all kinds of blood tests, urine tests and things seem to be fine.. except I am just getting weaker on the daily bases... and I am tired all the time. I have fixed my Anxiety problem over time... it still comes and goes, but its not nearly as bad... I do some yoga, and meditate to keep my mind clear.. and it has helped a lot. I have changed my primary 4th time now.. and this doctor seems to be the best I've had so far... so if I get somewhere with it.. I'll keep you guys posted. Good luck guys.. and don't give up hope... Keep your mind clear(its hard I know), and don't stop eating regardless of your stomach symptoms. Also look up this guy on www.youtube.com " baba ram dev " he teaches some breathing techniques, that have had some fantastic results in India with some serious illnesses. I was there couple years, and I've meet people who've told me about their experiences. Just nothing more than 5 minutes of your day... give it a shot :).
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  • Hello,Anything new, especially a med can be a trigger. Plus, your stomach problem is probably stress - anxiety related. The stomach, the doctor, the meds, the attack, all have the same root cause. Good luck my friend, God bless your journey
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
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  • Hi, I am very interseted in this topic. I am 21 years old and was someone who until recently thought that i had 'beat panic attacks' i got them when i first went to college 4 years ago. I was a terrible expeiernce but through power of mind or whatever American way you want to lable it I overcame their effects on my life. While they still occurred infrequently they did not effect me. I am now at another crossroads in life (leaving College) And I developed regard as serious life affecting gastrointestinal problems. Which my Gastro regards as IBS, which is unfortunate becuase I don't like have a condition with no known cause esspecially one which is so ***n upsetting. Having these symptons cused me to have much higher anxiety levels, causing more panic attacks, although they were still negligible. Although i did see correlations of my old panic symptoms with these new gastro symptons (i.e. slight agrophobia, unwillingness to socialise, unhappiness). Now I went on these new tablets for my IBS cause Diarrhea which contained ATROPINE!! Now i felt slightly more anxious over the week but i thought this was just because i was away on holidays in Paris if you want to know. When i came home and was finally on my own - I FREAKED out, thought i was going crazy. Strang pressure in my head and behind the eyes, psuedo-compulsive behaviour and feelings that i was going crazy. It took me a few days to realise that these were just cks, albeit worse than i had ever expeirenced. Being a scientist i fingered the blame on Atropine, knowing that it can cause glucoma and restlessness. However I was taking very low doses and also know that the half-life of atropine is 2 hours. (althought it may presist in plasma proteins for a lenght of time which i dont know) I went off Atropine and felt better only 10 days later. becuase of ymptonms persisting for so long i thought i wasn't the atropine. I took one more tablet last week and a day later it all came back. and has been with me since. I am glad to hear that someone else may beleive that atropine can cause this I hope it is the cause. I have been unable to find any primary scientific evidence for our symptoms. I would love to know if anyone else knows anything about how long the phycological effects of atropine can presist for. I am going to traul up medline to msee if i can find any evidence!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
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  • Okay, so im 19, on paxil for anxiety and have similar symptoms. My heartbeat is always a little quicker except when I first wake up, or sitting at home. So basically any social setting. I can't even excercise because I wig out and become weak. During any social time I feel a fatigued "feeling" in my chest, stomach and arms. Occasionally I get dizzy at random times, I get random sharp, dull, or just annoying pains. Sometimes upon standing my heart does something weird that I can't really describe, like....if my hearts being pumped past its capacity? I dunno how to explain it. I have stomach problems like dirrhea or something. Lots of gas too. Uhh lets see what else, there's times when I just feel like im litterally losing my mind...which makes me anxious. I get pressure behind my eyes, prickly...crawling feeling on my head. Blahhhh all I wanna do is pick up jogging haha but im afraid ill like....explode or something ! Lol....ugh....Any insight/ideas/advice?My doctor says its stress but....im 19.....I have a good job...I live on my own, in a house that belongs to my dad, with no real bills practically, just your standard utility bills..... I mean....I dunno, I feel stressed a lot too. So I don't know. I try meditating, but I fall asleep. I do take deep breaths a lot. I have no ability to maintain an erection, like...the drive is there but no ability to do anything if I wanted to. Is there like....nothing that can help?
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  • im 21 n i have similar symptoms started wen i finished some prescribed drug for acidity its lik stronger than zantac n i guess it workd differently.. i became very anxious at times my heart wud beat faster than normal and one day i was taken to the emergency for a panic attack. wen i walk i feel unsteady my legs feel so heavy so im basically so fatigud i thought this unbalance was from an inner ear infection but it wasn't as i checked with my ENT. Ive been lik tht for over a month. the extreeeeme fatigue started about 2 weeks ago i really dunno wats wrong im taking ativan to calm me down but its making me so sleepy. sometimes i walk normally n i suddenly get this slight panic sorta lik the feeling wen ur falling asleep and somebody makes a sudden noise.. it's lik fear has taken over me. i thought i had some infection all this time n now its making me so depressed with a lil nausea i dunno if ativan is good enough for these symptoms..and i have a feeling the dizziness is rlated to depression or fatigue cuz wen im in good mood i dun feel dizzy at all .. i dunno if sumone knows sumthin plz reply i will be checking this post
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
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  • Hi, I've experience a bad panic attack 4 months ago and till now i feel meserable. so weak and fatigued and i get headaches and left sided weakness along with tightness in muscles in back while drills all the way to my chest ( the heart area) and i feel like the muscles are pinching on the left side of my spine. I'm only 21 and this seems lik its lasting forever and i have no diagnosis despite all the MRI, CATSCANS and bloodwork i had. Have they figured anything wrong with you please let me know.are you still feeling as miserable? Thanks!
    rmk_1987 20 Replies
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    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
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  • hey, i've been going through the same exact thing. im also 22 and have been experiencing severe panic/anxiety attacks. my doc has me on paxil and its not helping whatsoever. My heart beats so hard you could literally see my chest pounding (its pretty freaky) This has really taken a toll on my general health but rest assured, all it is is anxiety. I hate my job and i know that my anxiety won't go away till i quit, so you just need to find out whats causing you to stress out and rid that from your life, whether it be a job, a person or whatever, nothing is worth living like this (im quiting in 2 months!:D) btw i too feel extreme fatigue, dizziness, weakness and a zoned out dazed feeling after my attacks, along with tingling/weak legs. hang in there, its a mental battle! hope that helped.
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  • testing for celiac isn't enough to confirm diagnosis for gluten sensitivity. celiac test is only for one particular type of atibody response. gluten sensitivity makes your internal cell lining of small intestine to breakdown, and severe exposure may cause internal bleeding (have you noticed very very dark stool coloring?) that may cause anemia. anemia causes dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, etc, and these are too symptoms of gluten sensitivity. gluten sensitivity is correlated with age (gets worse as you get older) perhaps because your immunity declines with age (no one knows for sure, yet). i suggest that you wean off gluten completely for two weeks (which is very hard) and see if your symptoms improve. basically, you need to be on aitkins diet (meat and vegetable, no grains except rice).
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  • I am 24, and have been having the same symptoms as everyone else. I am tired allllll the time. I get really light headed, and dizzy to the point where i need to sit down, I take panic attacks, and feel like i'm going crazy...sometimes I feel like I am really going to die. I have LOTS of stomach problems as well...pains...gas...everything! I feel so rundown..like by body is just going to give up on me. I was on anti-depressants a few years ago, but latley I haven't been felling depressed...just emotional and panicky and not wanting to be around anyone. i'm not on any medication now though...so I have no idea of what can be causing this for me...I can't blame it on a side effect from some drug!!! anyone have any ideas of what is wrong with me? I have been running to the doctors for ever! LOTS of bloodwork and other tests...but nothing....
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  • Hi 24Anxiety and Panic AttacksThe fact that you have stomach pain, and gas in the intestines suggest that you may a virus infection, from Epstein-Barr virus or enterovirus.Enterovirus loves to replicate in the gut and intestines, which may explain your stomach symptoms, fatigue, etc. These viruses are very common, and can directly cause anxiety states.Try something like MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), an extremely safe supplement, working up to a high dosage of 10 grams daily of MSM powder a day. MSM is antiviral, and may just fix your symptoms on its own.Many viruses and pathogens cause both the state of Anxiety and Panic Attacks, as well as the various other symptoms such as stomach problems, trouble concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, as the infection spreads around the body. Some doctors say that the anxiety itself causes all these physical symptoms; but more probably, it is the virus that causes both a brain chemistry imbalance that results in anxiety, as well as the viral infection firing up all these other physical symptoms.http://chronicsorethroat.wordpress.com/http://chronicsorethroat.wordpress.com/site-map/viruses-in-perspective/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2009
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  • Hi Guys, I'm so happy that there are others out there with the same thing. Almost got to the stage where I thought it was some unique thing that somehow was born into me alone! Jimi86 and Toronto, I am exactly the same. The weak legs thing was just something the doctor didn't have a clue about and just kept saying, if you feel the same in 3 weeks, come back. Thing is, for me, it only really lasts about 5 weeks before soon getting back to normal. I train very hard in the gym and used to be extremely fit but I keep getting this thing and it knocks me out for a month solid and I cant do anything. Even smiling becomes an impossible task. Weakness, Tiredness, DIZZINESS (very bad), and the very weak legs (almost feels difficult to walk). I used to think it was cos I was training too hard but it cant be that as there are loads of fitness freaks also out there. I used to get the odd panic attack and anxiety but that was years ago and I haven't touched a spliff since 3 years ago which is what I put it all down to originally. (Just made me anxious and paranoid smoking too much at uni!) Do you all think that this is a mental thing rather than a recurring virus? In which case, do you think that anti-depressants would have any effect in getting rid of this thing? I think even if it doesn't, I will need them anyway as its so depressing having it and it just takes it out of me. I am not at all down before getting it so I cant put my finger on why it ever starts. Often a cold will trigger it I think so perhaps that is a catalyst? If any of you find an answer or any further information is brought to light, then please get something over to me and update this site. I'd be very much appreciative. Good luck all and we'll get over it in time I'm sure. Baz
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    • January 14, 2010
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  • does the weeakness of legs or watever become better when you rest? if yes then this could be an autoimmune disease "Myasthenia Gravis" I have it. you can get tested for it and control it with medicaltion/good luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 14, 2010
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  • Hey there everyone! Well, these symptoms could really be from anything, and there are so many posts here! I know it's been said before, but believe me, eating a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies, and regular exercise can do wonders! Just go for a half hour walk 3 times a week! I know that it is easier said than done, especially once you are in that apathetic / lethargic state. Personally, I have experienced many of these symptoms and no doctor has ever been able to pin in down. I have also found that taking B vitamins helps, especially in the winter. It helps to re-learn how you talk to yourself (use positive words), when you are in an anxious state. Learn to overcome your fears (again, easier said than done). How many of you have had some sort of experience that might be considered traumatizing? It is possible that the social anxiety and general anxiety have a deeper cause? I've found that medications such as "anti-depressants" and "anti-psychotics" (which are actually just complicated speed and sedatives with a legal label), can actually exacerbate the symptoms.. in fact, if you read the labels they will say just that... and also there is a disclaimer that basically says that the drug companies don't really know what those drugs do. The main thing is to really, REALLY research anything you are going to put into your body, and read the ***n labels - even though that fine print is so tiny and it seems like it will take forever to read. You only get one body, might as well take care of it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2010
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  • I have had all of these symptoms. They too started in my early 20s. I am 30 now. All my doctors told me it was anxiety....But I knew it wasn't...How can you go from feeling normal one day to a constant mental fog, heart palpitations, weakness and all the other symptoms you all have discribed. I went to a cardiologist and had an EKG done and she told me it was all normal that I had anxiety....Well that wasn't good enough for me. I had my cardiologist put a heart monitor on me (I think it was called the King Art) I wore this for a couple days. Well there it was...They found a heart problem. Every time I had a mental fog or dizziness or any kind of "anxiety" symptom I had to press a button that would record what my heart was doing at that moment. I have a form of SVT called Sino atrial reentry tachycardia...Not deadly but makes you feel miserable without the right medication. I wish you all luck. Don't just take your doctors word for it. Make sure you have everything checked.
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    • February 18, 2010
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  • I am 22 years old and for the past while I have been taking a low dose of hydrocodone for moderate stomach pain and problems as approved by my doctor. Several days ago I came home from work and layed down for a nap, when i woke up with a horrible panic attack. My heart was racing, my palms and feet were sweating, and I felt the very real sensation that I was going to die! Since this event, I have felt incredibly weak, tired, mentally unfocused, and very dizzy. I have had several of these panic attacks before, but none this severe. I am trying to figure out what is wrong with me, and what is causing this mental torture, and the length of these symptoms! I went to the doctor today in hopes of some answers, but I was just sent to give blood samples and a urine sample at the lab. Immediately after the panic attack I did slightly cut back on the hydrocodone because I was nervous to take it again, and have read that the decrease in the pain meds may lead to some of these symptoms. I would like to state however that I have NEVER felt this miserable before and I am worried that the doctors are missing something more severe. My overall health just seems to be deteriorating since that event. Is it possible that these may still just be symptoms from the attack? How long could this last? I have also been told to have my adrenal function checked and my throid function checked, is this necessary? Also what about liver and kidney function? Does anyone know of anything else that could be causing this. Also, I did try taking my usual amount of the pain med, and it did NOT alleviate any of my symptoms! Before this event I was feeling very well except for some stomach discomfort, but now since that attack it has changed my mental state severely! Your input would be absolutely appreciated. I am desperate for help! Thank you!Hydrocodone often causes anxiety and sleep loss - no matter how much. Tell them and they will change your med. Ask for low acetemetaphine pain (Narco brand, generic 7.5/325) to avoid the effects tylenol has on your liver. You are worrying about it now, so the anxiety continues. Have your liver checked. You would get sicker if you had a contributing factor (such as Hep-C or other diseases that attack the liver. Not only could that be the ongoing problem with feeling ill at the stomach, but would worsen with pain meds -as it is ******n the liver. Ask your doctor) PS: The feeling of anxiety if due to Hydro will go away.
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  • I know it may sound unlikely, but people with the above symptoms might want to look up Lyme Disease and consider being tested for it.I'm 22 and was diagnosed with Lyme Disease several months ago after years of mystery symptoms which docs treated as unrelated. First came intense fatigue and daytime sleepiness which was diagnosed as narcolepsy; then anxiety and panic attacks; then severe itching and rashes; then gastrointestinal problems and nausea. Again, these developed in stages over a period of years.Lyme can cause neurological problems if left untreated. Panic attacks are a symptom that has been reported often, although there's no way to "prove" that panic attacks are a direct result of Lyme. Many Lyme patients (including me) report having been sent to psychotherapy and being put on drugs like the ones described above, prior to their Lyme diagnosis.Many docs will not order Lyme tests, especially if Lyme is considered uncommon in your region. However, its prevalence is estimated at 10 times the rate it is reported. If you have a number of Lyme symptoms, consider finding a doc who will test you, if your regular doctor won't. -AB in Michigan
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  • I know it may sound unlikely, but people with the above symptoms might want to look up Lyme Disease and consider being tested for it.I'm 22 and was diagnosed with Lyme Disease several months ago after years of mystery symptoms which docs treated as unrelated. First came intense fatigue and daytime sleepiness which was diagnosed as narcolepsy; then anxiety and panic attacks; then severe itching and rashes; then gastrointestinal problems and nausea. Again, these developed in stages over a period of years.Lyme can cause neurological problems if left untreated. Panic attacks are a symptom that has been reported often, although there's no way to "prove" that panic attacks are a direct result of Lyme. Many Lyme patients (including me) report having been sent to psychotherapy and being put on drugs like the ones described above, prior to their Lyme diagnosis.Many docs will not order Lyme tests, especially if Lyme is considered uncommon in your region. However, its prevalence is estimated at 10 times the rate it is reported. If you have a number of Lyme symptoms, consider finding a doc who will test you, if your regular doctor won't. -AB in MichiganI'm 24 and I too have all of the above mentioned symptoms and have been diagnosed with Celiac's disease through a GED biopsy, and have been (in my opinion) informally diagnosed with Lyme Disease, although my blood results were equivocal. Even though I am on a gluten free diet, my symptoms have been coming in cycles for 4 years now and are getting worse and worse. The fatigue hits so hard I almost pass out now. It really does feel like you're dying.AB in Michigan,What actions have you and your doctor taken to heal the Lyme disease? Has any of it helped with your symptoms? Have you experienced many herxheimer reactions and how bad?I believe Lyme disease absolutely could be the culprit as it is very difficult to detect and can manifest itself in over 200 possible symptoms. I also think it is very ironic that we are all in our 20 and experiencing the same symptoms. Makes me wonder if it might have something to do with the vaccinations in the 80s.I will be checking back here regularly so please ask questions or post suggestions. I understand that it feels releiving to express our frustrations with the symptoms, but we need to work together to determine the cause and develope the solution. Obviously we are on our own as most of the doctors out there are totally clueless.Although we have no clue what is going on (yet) praise God, the one who knows all things (even the crazyness inside of our bodies). What a wonderful hope there is in ****s that one day sickness will be done away with and those who are in *****t ****s will be free from sin and it's awful effects to live forever with Him in perfection! 1 Peter 5:10, "The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in *****t, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."
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  • OMG it feels so good to know I'm not alone, I'm 27 and suffered this crap for about 2 years always thinking I was the only one, I used to have a drink problem and based it on that, but I've been sober a year and still suffer. The mental fog has to be the worst, it causes my panic attacks and I fear I'm going to fall down and pass out! My legs also get very weak. Funnily it doesn't happen when I'm at home, but at work it's a nightmare, the only thing that gets me through the day is the thought that I have never passed out or fell down, even then I still panic that todays the day I am gonna fall. I pray for help, it makes me just want to stay at home. The positive is that I'm now glad I know it's not just me!
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