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HELP: wired, headaches, chest pain, shaky, low body temp, cold, faint, and more

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 18, 2006
  • 10:10 PM

My life is miserable because of the way I feel and because I can’t stop thinking about it because it affects everything I do. Doctors tell me it's just anxiety. Bulls***. I don’t believe I am a hypochondriac because I don’t think I have some major disease, I just know I don’t feel good and want to feel better but no one will take me seriously. I have had anxiety for quite some time now and know what it feels like, and it’s doesn’t feel like this. I feel wired, get daily headaches, chest pain, am shaky or trembling, low body temp, sensitive to cold, fainting and come close to fainting a lot, and my whole body in general feels awkward. I also believe that the way I feel makes my anxiety worse, not vice versa. The wired feeling didn’t start until I started taking Paxil but has remained a couple months after stopping it. It’s more of an agitated energy and it also affects my sleep. And when I say wired, I don’t mean drink a couple mountain dews wired, I mean about to blow a fuse wired. When it is real bad it will actually worsen or give me a headache, stomach cramps, gas, and chest pains. I believe my heart is fine, but the chest pain is still a symptom.

I also get twitches in my armpit that move my whole arm or sometimes most of my body.

When I eat, food gets stuck in my stomach and if I force it down with a beverage, it hurts. It also feels like there is something in my throat. I feel it more when I swallow but can feel it when not swallowing. I also get sharp pains right below my belly button, usually upon standing. The sensation of something being stuck in my throat just started on Sunday, 12/17, so hopefully that gets better.

I can’t breathe well. I am not wheezing, but breathing very hard. Feel short of breath. My girlfriend sometimes asks me why I am breathing so hard, so it’s not just me. I use my inhaler and don’t get much relief and the little relief I do get lasts for a very short time. I also constantly have to clear my throat and it feels scratchy. My dad was diagnosed with emphysema and my grandpa died from it but don’t think it’s that because I am too young.

Currently I am on Neurontin 400mg, Atenolol 25mg, Inhaler as needed, and Clonazepam .5mg as needed. I am on the Neurontin for the wired feeling but have seen no improvement yet, and don’t think it’s mania because I get it everyday and it doesn’t feel good like mania should, it’s more of an agitated energy although I do get real hyper and giddy at times. I have tried Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Buspirone, and benzodiazepams for anxiety. The benzodiazepams help my anxiety but that’s the only thing it helps.

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  • I have similar symptoms since 9/17. I had tremors, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, heart palpitations and told it was anxiety. Placed on ativan, seemed to help a little but did not want to be on valium b/c I know that one can become addicted over long periods of time. Since then my symptoms have improved except now I have intermittent dizziness. I have had CT scan, chest x-rays, upper endoscopy all negative. Have seen all doctors everyone is stumped. I had these issues that came on all of a sudden and just snow balled. All I can tell you is keep asking for tests to rule everything out and consider practitioners who think outside the box. Your body is telling you something and you need to keep listening.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 03:04 AM
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  • hi, I have all those same symptoms had an echo cardiagram. came back sinus taccycardia. The doc says this can cause anxiety and fainting..put me on lexapro, benicar hct and ativan. helping somewhat so far....hope this helps....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 00:57 PM
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  • HAve you been tested for Lyme disease and low thyroid. If antidepressants do nothing to help, please look into these two things. Be sure to ask for the sensitvie tests...Hope you feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 11:07 PM
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  • I noticed the "throat lump" symptom...which no one else addressed. Have you had a full body CAT scan? The throat problem could be outside of the trachea or esophagus. Depending on where the lump is, this could mean a swollen thyroid, or possible tumors. If that hasn't cleared up yet, get it checked out.
    deadlysauce 67 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 08:56 PM
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  • I agree with deadlysauce. It sounds like hypothyroid symptoms. The pain in your throat could be a goiter or thyroiditis. Get your thyroid checked and make sure they test for antibodies. If antibodies positive it's called, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. It's an autoimmune illness that will make the doctor shrug, unless your thyroid function is abnormal. Since you're having symptoms, your function is abnormal no matter what the test says. If you do need thyroid hormone, take Armour Thyroid - it's a natural. Synthroid is synthetic.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 01:48 AM
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  • You are NOT a hypochondriac, and don't ever let a doctor tell you that...that is just a lazy doctor who doesn't feel like looking into the cause of your symptoms! How is your diet? do you eat 3-4 meals a day? Do you take any supplements? A lot of your symptoms may point to nutritional deficiencies, a common occurance that is often underdiagnosed. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), B vitamins, chromium, folic acid, iodine, magnesium/calcium can all cause these symptoms. Get yourself a good quality multivitamin - I like EmergenC as it is easy to take, cheap, and readily available. Drink at least 8-10 cups pure water a day. The stuck feeling in the throat is known as "plum pit Qi" in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is a good herbal formula for this - very effective, called Ban Xia Huo Po Tang...if you can find an acupuncturist who specializes in Chinese herbs it would really help get you back in balance. I do agree with other posters concerning the thyroid. Please keep in mind that a lot of hypo and hyper thyroid conditions are cause by nutritional deficiencies (Iodine and Copper respectively) Most western anti anxiety meds just mask symptoms...and lots of times cause awful side effects. Please try the nutritional route at the very least, and consider complementary medicine.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 03:25 AM
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  • THANK YOU IM NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THIS WORLD WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS im only 13 and i have these probelms and i dont kno wut 2 do and my mom wont even take me 2 the doctors and i jus need 2 kno cuz i think i have a disease or sumthin and ppl dont take me serius either and i need some help to and i get the worse head aches almost every single day. its been goin for a while and ive been looking for someone to help on google so i typed in chest pains head ahces bodys aches and this popped up cuz thats wut i have then at sometimes i feel short of breath then my heart is beatin fast and i cant like sit still and have 2 keep taking deep breaths and feel hot i juss hope nothin happens 2 me : ( someone plzzz help
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 02:02 AM
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  • honey, if you are really feely bad, sit your mom down and make her listen to you. I am sure when she sees you are serious, she will take you to the doctor....good luck.......:)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 00:24 PM
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  • Yes, I have dealt with the same experiences you are - in the beginning a strange and overwhelming anxiety in which you are certain you cannot breathe, that you will surely die. Then, as I began taking medication for hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormones in the blood system) my anxiety and panic attacks began diminishing and now, finally, I don't suffer from these attacks any more. I take Armour Thyroid hormones which are natural in origin (from a pig). I was originally given sythroid which caused shortness of breath and other problems. Slowly but surely you will solve this problem, and you will begin to feel normal again.Stay calm, take notes of each and every step along the way...Good luck. I know it is most challenging, scary and difficult.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
    • 06:26 AM
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  • u can feel diffrent in the head from axiti attacks when they come thats wat they have been doin to me now sence ive been checked out it makes my head feel like its goin nuts or insane like somethings wrong and you dont feel like your havin a axiti attack i kno man i kno but guess wat it is man its all in your head i promice u cuzz see because latly all i can think about is me havin axiti attacks its kinda like i wake up and its automaticly there like if my mind was sayin ehheheheehhehe u have axiti attacks (((((( ps. my minds not really sayin that but i do just keep thinkin and thinkin bout ***n i have axiti attacks like its a big thing but its not, its all good man) see i felt just like that and now im ok sence ive been typin i typed a long long message but delted it because i want u to feel more confertable in your head its ok man trust me 100% aight ok now when u think to much or freak out to much about axiti and **** or freak about otha **** like o no im dyin my chest hurts everytime i breath my chests hurts i kno because that happend to me last night i got checked out everythings ok they checked my heart with a ekg or wateva u call it and took x rays wit my chest and everythings ok u kno why your head hurts because your thinkin 2 much i promice thats wat mine did and i searched my exat feeligs and this poped up while havin a axiti attack so ur good man but also stressin your self 2 much can tignin the chest muscles and make u feel like if u really where havin a heart attack but ur not if u where u would be on the ground in the nexed minite dyin in pain coldness comes from axiti chest pains come from axiti also from stressin 2 much about it trust me everything u have said has happend to me more than once and its all axiti it can make u feel diifrent in the head than other times while havin them its just all about chillin out trust me ull be ok man i get shaky and cant control it my body does it by its self my hands go real real numb sometimes up 2 the middle of my arm and cramp sometimes also or just get real tingly and so does my face like near my cheek bones and sometimes mine stays there for hours i have axiti attacks for 4 hours sometimes i freak out alot and now im startin 2 chill more because i kno everythings ok. my body gets real real cold sometimes, u can get real real cold and start sweatin from ur head alot and faint or maybe not faint but most people do when that happens thats just bad axiti get better pillz man if urs aint helpin 2 good get real real mad at ur doc psycitist and tell them how much ur pillz are not workin and they'll hook u up but check this out man just chill sit back take a deep deep breath from your nose....hold it .1.2.3.4.5 now exhale out your moth now keep doin that and tell your self relax relax its ok tell your self relax again and everythings ok because it is man just start knoin everythigs ok but check this out man when u have another axiti attack hit me up on yahoo cursed_from_birth Thumbs up
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 08:16 AM
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  • There is an alternative possibility. This may sound far fetched if you are not accustom to thinking outside of the realm of western medicine, but there is an ancient phenomenon know as a kundalini awakening. On a more scientific level it is mother nature's way of pushing humans to the next step in evolution and involves a cleansing of old emotions (which will cause rapid heart beats, heart ache and aniexty while doing so), and the rewiring of the central nervous system. This will feel like electrical charges rushing up your spine and is usually accompanied with extreme heat...sometimes followed by cold spots as areas of the body experience muscle release. When western medicine offers no other explanation than aniexty, it may be worth looking into.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
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  • I was told by specialist after specialist that my symptoms were psychological for over a year. The abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, chest pain, trouble breathing, blacking out and other symptoms I had worsened and eventually led to seizures. I went to my regular doctor's office because it felt like there was a rock on my chest and I couldn't breathe. I had a seizure in her office, she called 911. I was taken to the ER and sent home STILL gasping for air because the lung scan and MRI didn't show anything. I was "fine". Does that sound fine to you?! I went to a Russian internist. European doctors are actually trained to be doctors. American doctors are only here to get you in, get their money and refer you to someone else because how you feel is not their problem. The russian told me in 1 visit that I have a nervous system disorder. Meaning, of course, when they looked at my organs they were fine and healthy. It's my brain not telling them to function that was the problem. That's a pretty ***n big problem. I would've died if I hadn't seen Dr. G. I was thisclose to cardiopulminary failure. Jerks.
    Drunkandfullofpills 2 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 06:58 PM
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  • have you ever looked up wilsons temperature syndrome?
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  • hey man i know how u feel i felt this way when i was like 14 and it wasnt that bad well im 20 now and it has gotten so much worst to the point i dont want to wake up and get outta bed. well i want to get it cheacked out but im not one with alot of money so if im going to pay to get it looked at i want to only have to go to one doc and have them nail it right on the spot and not have to send me to a bunch of places and cost me a pretty penny. so yeah if u know what is wronge so i can tell them whats up and get it fixed for once that would rock like so much. well any ways if u or any one knows anything plz let me know on here i would perfer u e-mail me at z3rosn0n3s@gmail.com and let me know whats up.welp thanks so much and i hope who ever feels these ways gets better real soon because i know it sucks so so much.
    z3rosn0n3s 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Regarding your symptoms......you may want to look into OI (ortostatic Intolerance) Just a sugestion. Best wishes =)
    aliceanna 41 Replies Flag this Response
  • Im not sure if this is relevant but I had bad chest pains, headaches, nausea, faintness and fevers and it was Bornholm's disease. Unfort there is no treatment as its virus based but if you have chronic pain and chronic fatigue you need support/management from a health professional or psychologist. Even if you cant find an answer to the cause, why not see a psychologist to help you mentally cope with the anxiety that the not knowing causes...and all those other scary thoughts in your head about what's happening to you. It's not a "treatment" but rather a support mechanism. Try it.
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  • Here's to being the umpteenth person to say that your symptoms and history sound a lot like mine! My story in a nutshell- After 10 years of seeking help from doctors for various symptoms, including all of those that you have described, I have finally been properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over those ten years I was misdiagnosed with general anxiety disorder, panic attack disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It turns out that SSRI/SSNI medication that is prescribed to a person with bipolar disorder (without any mood stabilizer) can trigger the person into a manic or hypo-manic state. Antidepressant-induced manias have been reported with all major antidepressant classes in a subgroup of about 20-40% of bipolar patients. My reaction to SSRI/SSNI medication (I've tried the four that you listed and maybe another over those 10 years) was much the same as what you have listed in your title. Here is someone’s account of their bad experience with SSRIs:http://www.drugtalk.com/depakote/drugthread.php/t-171032.htmlYour agitated energy sounds like it could be a symptom of some variation of mania or a mixed state. Many people don't realize that mania is NOT all about feeling great and it’s common for those with bipolar disorder to not get the elated/great feeling. Here's an overview of the differing symptoms that those with BP feel:Symptoms of mania * Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior * Physical agitation * Increased physical and mental activity and energy * Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence * Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue * Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance * Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas * Impulsiveness, poor judgment, distractibility * Reckless behavior * In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinationsSymptoms of depression * Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells * Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns * Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety * Pessimism, indifference * Loss of energy, persistent lethargy * Feelings of guilt, worthlessness * Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness * Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal * Unexplained aches and pains * Recurring thoughts of death or suicideThe following sites are good at covering all the symptoms of BP and not just a few:http://wrongdiagnosis.com/b/bipolar/intro.htmhttp://www.healthyplace.com/communities/bipolar/types.aspI think that this persons account of how they feel when manic is a great way of showing that the mania you described of feeling good doesn't always occur.http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/bipolar/jinnah/feel/Page_C_010.html This explains the mixed state a bit more along with giving an overview of how different mania and depression can be for each person:http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/Bipolar/Site/depression/mixed_state.aspBP usually gets worse with age. Studies show people with bipolar disorder may suffer progressive brain damage. One study was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and a Stanley Foundation Research Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.Hope you figure out what's wrong.
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  • Have you been or have you ever used energy drinks, capsules, tablets (this encludes highly caffinated products) etc.?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
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  • Perhaps you can have your mom get on this forum and ask some questions. Keep trying to talk to her. As parents we try to push our kids to do well and move forward. Some kids are not motivated and we don't want that to happen to our children, so we push them. But some kids are ill and parents don't get it. Some strange bugs out there can cause things that others can see in us, but we feel these symptoms very strongly. There are several illnesses which can cause your symptoms, please have your Mom get on here. Good luck and Don't Give Up looking for help! But DO trust in your parents and MAKE them listen. Hugs...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
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  • Lyme Disease can cause your symptoms here is a partial list: Persistent swollen glandsSore throatFeversSore soles, esp. in the AMJoint pain Fingers, toes Ankles, wrists Knees, elbows, Hips, shouldersJoint swelling Fingers, toes, Ankles, wristsJoint swelling Fingers, toes, Ankles, wrists, Knees, elbows, Hips, shouldersUnexplained back painStiffness of the joints or backMuscle pain or crampsObvious muscle weaknessTwitching of the face or othermusclesConfusion, difficulty thinkingDifficulty with concentration,reading, problem absorbingnew informationWord search, name blockForgetfulness, poor shortterm memory, poor attentionDisorientation: getting lost,going to wrong placesSpeech errors- wrong word,misspeakingMood swings, irritability,depressionAnxiety, panic attacksPsychosis (hallucinations,delusions, paranoia, bipolar)TremorSeizuresHeadacheLight sensitivitySound sensitivityVision: double, blurry,floatersEar pain
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
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