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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 13, 2010
  • 07:58 PM

Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help...

Personal history
I am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.

For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day.

Medical history
Up until 8 months ago I was in perfect health
8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down.

About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.

The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.

About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety.

I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm.

He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills.

I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice.

Right now, these are my symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)
- Chronic dizziness
- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over
- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs
- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards
- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping
- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing
- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body
- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)
- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.
- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent
- Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like
- Something that looks like a jock rash

Please can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply.

I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?

Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this message

All the best

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  • I forgot to mention that I also have extreme sensitivity to sound. The slightest noise can tip me over the edge.
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  • I forgot to mention that I also have extreme sensitivity to sound. The slightest noise can tip me over the edge.i understand ...been having the ssame problems for 3 months now extreme lightheadness numbnes in hands and feet, heart palptations......but no answers been through all the tests and an angiogram ......uggg hated that now im going to see a gastointestinal dr for the few cramps ive had . If i figure it out ill write back or if you do repost im so tired of this:(
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  • Hi there, thanks for the reply. It really does suck, I have been having these for around 8 months now and being sent from doctor to doctor and still not making any progress on finding a diagnosis. The best thing ever, I have blood clots all over my left arm due to a angiogram that I went for. I found a blood clot in my leg and went to the ER to see if this is something to worry about. The doctor took a medical history and told me I have anxiety and depression and refused to look at my veins because he says I am looking for attention and its all in my head.... Well some of the the symptoms are in my head, dizziness, headaches, seems to be in my head alright lol.Going to see a neurologist next week to find out if its a brain tumor or something. Arg...I just wish it would go away now.Anyway keep me updated with what they find.Ciao
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  • Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help... Personal historyI am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day. Medical historyUp until 8 months ago I was in perfect health8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down. About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety. I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm. He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills. I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice. Right now, these are my symptoms:- Chest pain- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)- Chronic dizziness- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent - Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like- Something that looks like a jock rashPlease can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply. I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this messageAll the bestI bet stress, anxiety, insomnia is about 90 percent of your problems. That could lead to real problems, so do not ignore them. I have/had similar phenomena, and happy pills helped.
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  • Thanks for the reply. I have been to another doctor and he decided to try something. He treated me for stress and gave me 2 weeks worth of Xanor. For the first time in 8 months I had my life back. Can you believe after all this trouble its all gone. I love happy pills. They make the pain stop :PI cant get hold of that doctor who prescribed the xanor now and my family doctor seems to hate xanor, she says its dangerous and addictive. I should go on another course of treatment. I have had these other pills for 1 week now and everything starting to come back. I think I would rather deal with addiction than feel like death 24/7. Anyway, thanks for the feedback and all the best. Cheers
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    • August 14, 2010
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  • Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help... Personal historyI am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day. Medical historyUp until 8 months ago I was in perfect health8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down. About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety. I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm. He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills. I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice. Right now, these are my symptoms:- Chest pain- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)- Chronic dizziness- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent - Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like- Something that looks like a jock rashPlease can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply. I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this messageAll the bestHi!:o)Sounds to me like you may have MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse)I share some of your symptoms, and I have been diagnosed with MVP. I hope this helps you, please do go to your doctor and have it checked out (I believe its easily found by performing a cardiovascular ultrasound). If you do have MVP, there are a lot of steps you can take to help it feel better (it never gets better, but you can reduce the symptoms and also prevent it from getting worse).You also need to know if you have MVP because there are several precautions you need to take in order to live a full, healthy life, if indeed you do have this disorder.I hope you feel better soon and I hope you find out what's wrong with youI wish you all the very best
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    • September 15, 2010
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  • I have some of your symptoms. And it was low potassium. 2.1 to be exact. I was hospitalized after passing out a couple of times. I was admited with heart block and put in the ICU. They put a temporary pacemaker in .They pumped me full of potassium and did numerous heart tests which showed not heart problems. They sent me home after five days in the ICU. My mother in law was dying of a brain tumor and I had a lot of stress at work. I was home for one week and my mother in law passed away. I got through the viewing and funeral only to be taken to the hospital by ambulance 3 days later. This time they put a temp pacemaker in until they could get me to the OR for a permanent pacemaker. The low potassium screwed up my electrical system and my heart was not beating properly. I still have numbness in my extremities and severe weakness. My potassium will not cooperate. One day it is up and the next it is very low. I have been working with the kidney docs for 3 months now and I have more bad days then good. The doctors do not know why I keep losing the potassium.Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help... Personal historyI am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day. Medical historyUp until 8 months ago I was in perfect health8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down. About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety. I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm. He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills. I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice. Right now, these are my symptoms:- Chest pain- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)- Chronic dizziness- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent - Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like- Something that looks like a jock rashPlease can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply. I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this messageAll the best
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    • September 16, 2010
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  • The pain in your arms and pins and needles suggests a nerve impingement. The fact that you get pain in your back at the same time as the chest pain also suggests a nerve impingement. The tie in with the cranial symptoms - I would be guessing something is not right on your vertebra between C6-T1... In that region anyway. Go to a decent chiropractor - one who preferably does AK therapy. Please post to let me know if this works..Cheers
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  • I'm sorry to say, but just because you're feeling better on the "happy pills", it doesn't mean that whatever is causing your issues is gone. I mean, you can take a pain killer for a wound on your leg, and it might stop the pain, but the wound is still there.And, frankly, the vast majority of those pills are really not much more than sedatives to keep you calm. What's going to happen when you come off of the medication, because eventually, you'll have to.I'm having a lot of the same symptoms you are - in fact, I'm going in to have a stress test in a few days for the heart palpitations, then getting a halter monitor. Though, for me, it's that I have tachycardia now and then, and unusual beats at least once every two days.Stress can very much play a large roll in making symptoms worse, but these symptoms came to you pretty much out of the blue, not when you were stressed out. Just because you feel better isn't reason enough to think that your problems are over. I would seriously advise you to keep seeking medical help, until you find someone who doesn't treat you like it's all in your head. If you can't, start threatening lawsuits without a settlement. That should scare at least one or two professionals into going further with testing, instead of telling you it's just stress. Because, literally, since all they've really said is that it is stress, it still could be anything from mitral valve prolapse, to fibromyalgia, to CFIDS or MS. If you just take those meds, and let it go, it could easily get worse, but you'd be on the medication and possibly too 'chilled out' to notice or care.I was on that kind of medication for 6 years (it was a very low dose, so I wasn't being over-medicated), and a lot happened in that time, but the medication made me too relaxed to care much about any of it. I almost didn't bother to get help when I developed a blood clot in my leg. When I did get help, I was admitted to the hospital for a week and placed on blood thinners - I was still too relaxed to care about it.Frag-not much bothered me at all, until the meds made me obsesive-compulsive, and I almost tried to kill one of my pets. Thank God I stopped just in time before anything happened, but that was when I finally snapped back to my senses and started weaning myself off of the pills.That may or may not happen to you - I'm not the Lord, I can't see into your future, and everyone's experience on those meds is different. I'm only saying that it is possible, and it might be better not to take the chance. Especially when you don't know what the actual cause of your symptoms are to begin with.Remeber that those medications are ONLY suppsed to be for a limited time - most of them are only supposed to be prescribed for no more than 6 months. NOT years, like so many doctors insist on. So if you do feel you really need it, then make sure it's not on a long term basis. And, continue looking for medical help. Though, if you tell doctors that you're on the "happy pills" most of them are going to write you off anyway. That happened to me over and over again on those occasions where I was actually mentally awake-usually when I forgot to take the meds for a few days.
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    • September 18, 2010
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  • Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help... Personal historyI am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day. Medical historyUp until 8 months ago I was in perfect health8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down. About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety. I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm. He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills. I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice. Right now, these are my symptoms:- Chest pain- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)- Chronic dizziness- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent - Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like- Something that looks like a jock rashPlease can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply. I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this messageAll the bestThe symptoms that you describe is the same symptoms I have. But my doctors told me that I have vertigo and Anxiety. Pressure in you head and sinuses is what I get, chest pain and arm...everything you describe I get the same ones and Im concerned as well. What you should do is go to a Neurologist and ask them to find out if you have Vertigo. Anxiety sounds like majority of your symptoms. So you should speak to your Primary Care physician and see if he can assist you with Anxiety medication or maybe a Therapist. I wish you well and please keep me posted with your results!
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    • February 7, 2011
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  • Have you had blood work checking your electrolytes? Low magnesium and potassium levels can cause 90 percent of your symptoms.
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  • Frankly, I don't think it's a good idea to trust any doctor that jumps on the anxiety bandwagon. I wouldn't be able to tell if they really thought it was psychological, or if they were just being pressured to diagnose it so they can get you on psych medication that, in most cases, doesn't work to get rid of your physical symptoms (but, it does have a way of mellowing you out so much that you stop caring and complaining about the problems).I was on psychological medication for six years because medical doctors had me convinced my physical problems were in my head. Six years, and my physical pains just kept getting worse. Now that I'm off those meds, it's easy for me to look back, and see that the only thing those medications did was turn me into an apathetic freak. I may as well have been a zombie. I still had every physical problem I had before taking the meds, but I was too complacent to bother reporting that they were still there-much less getting worse.There ARE people that need the medications. I was one that did not. However, because of my being on them, and thanks to the doctors who kept telling me they were a good idea, I can't go to any doctor now without having them see that on my file, and jumping to the conclusion that the edema in my leg, or the degenerative disc disease in my back, or any thing else I now have or might have, is somehow caused by the "anxiety" that I never actually had to begin with.I seriously believe now that, if I were hit by a bus and bleeding to death, the ER doctors would say my blood was moving so quickly because it wanted to get away from the anxiety I was feeling. Either that, or they'd think my imaginary anxiety made me want to take my life and jump in front of the bus - which, BTW, I would actually have to be on their medications to ever attempt.Yes, psychology can have a large effect on on health. If people don't know that, they don't have brains. But for what seems like every doctor now to diagnose psychological disorders (which, by the way, only a psychiatrist is qualified to diagnose-NOT a medical doctor), is disturbing, unethical, and can get those doctors sued if that diagnoses allows them to miss a life threatening condition because they didn't look any farther than that.Do what ever it takes, and see as many doctors as you have to, to get a real diagnosis. Anyone who says it's anxiety during your first or second visit, without having you actually evaluated by a psychiatrist who doesn't push you to take medication right away, is being lazy and isn't worth the time it takes to wait in his or her office.There IS, however, the slim chance that it really is caused by psychological factors, so as much as I'm against medical doctors diagnosing it, please don't think that I'm saying it can't happen. I'm saying not to settle for a psych diagnosis just because the doctor you see doesn't feel like spending more than two minutes to look into it before moving on to the next patient.I really hope you find a diagnosis. If you have already, please come back and let readers and posters know.
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  • Folks what's a doctor got to do to convince you it really *is* anxiety then if you've already made up your mind ? Fact is they get to see a lot of patients, and having done that, they have a pretty good sample size when they make their diagnosis.Ever thought of re-evaluating your life, attitude and job choices - rather than taking drugs ?Your health is more important to you than any job - and some occupations and/or situations are not worth persevering with. On the other hand, if you still want to keep doing what you're doing because you love it - even if its stressing you out - then you need to find a way to be more cognitive about how you approach your job. Don't let fear (and its accompanying adrenal reaction) be such a dominant motivator in your day-to-day life. Try to get more sleep. Try to eat less fatty foods - that ironically we crave when we're stressed.Look at your young children and think about what you're teaching them with your behaviour too: do you want your kids to be taking happy pills ? Forget it. Make better choices about how you live... get organised by slowing down a bit... and breathe.My 0.02c worth!From a recovering stress junky who had *exactly* these symptoms.Fremantle, Western AustraliaFrankly, I don't think it's a good idea to trust any doctor that jumps on the anxiety bandwagon. I wouldn't be able to tell if they really thought it was psychological, or if they were just being pressured to diagnose it so they can get you on psych medication that, in most cases, doesn't work to get rid of your physical symptoms (but, it does have a way of mellowing you out so much that you stop caring and complaining about the problems).I was on psychological medication for six years because medical doctors had me convinced my physical problems were in my head. Six years, and my physical pains just kept getting worse. Now that I'm off those meds, it's easy for me to look back, and see that the only thing those medications did was turn me into an apathetic freak. I may as well have been a zombie. I still had every physical problem I had before taking the meds, but I was too complacent to bother reporting that they were still there-much less getting worse.There ARE people that need the medications. I was one that did not. However, because of my being on them, and thanks to the doctors who kept telling me they were a good idea, I can't go to any doctor now without having them see that on my file, and jumping to the conclusion that the edema in my leg, or the degenerative disc disease in my back, or any thing else I now have or might have, is somehow caused by the "anxiety" that I never actually had to begin with.I seriously believe now that, if I were hit by a bus and bleeding to death, the ER doctors would say my blood was moving so quickly because it wanted to get away from the anxiety I was feeling. Either that, or they'd think my imaginary anxiety made me want to take my life and jump in front of the bus - which, BTW, I would actually have to be on their medications to ever attempt.Yes, psychology can have a large effect on on health. If people don't know that, they don't have brains. But for what seems like every doctor now to diagnose psychological disorders (which, by the way, only a psychiatrist is qualified to diagnose-NOT a medical doctor), is disturbing, unethical, and can get those doctors sued if that diagnoses allows them to miss a life threatening condition because they didn't look any farther than that.Do what ever it takes, and see as many doctors as you have to, to get a real diagnosis. Anyone who says it's anxiety during your first or second visit, without having you actually evaluated by a psychiatrist who doesn't push you to take medication right away, is being lazy and isn't worth the time it takes to wait in his or her office.There IS, however, the slim chance that it really is caused by psychological factors, so as much as I'm against medical doctors diagnosing it, please don't think that I'm saying it can't happen. I'm saying not to settle for a psych diagnosis just because the doctor you see doesn't feel like spending more than two minutes to look into it before moving on to the next patient.I really hope you find a diagnosis. If you have already, please come back and let readers and posters know.
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  • Hi there, hope someone can shed some light into this matter. I have been from doctor to doctor and they don't know what is wrong with me. Please can someone help... Personal historyI am 26, married 1 year, 8 month old baby. I am a senior project manager in a very big creative agency and can admit that I do work in stressful conditions.For about 2 years I have not done much exercising (I use to train up to 3 times a day and when training started I weighed 78. 3 Months later i weighed 98). I have also started smoking again, around 15-20 per day. Medical historyUp until 8 months ago I was in perfect health8 months ago I started getting the sensation of skipped beats, which I later found out was in fact extra beats. These beats can go on all night and I can feel them radiating into my entire body. They make my head throb. They also seem to be worse when sitting still or lying down. About 6 months ago I started getting really dizzy and feeling faint. I though at first that I was busy having a heart attack and rushed to the ER. They checked me out, did an ecg, blood pressure, etc and found nothing was wrong.The very next night was the same thing, when I arrived at the hospital, the nurse did an ecg and when the doctor examined me thought at first I was having an heart attack so admitted me. They did blood pressure again, chest x-ray and blood works and sent me home with pain killers.About a month after that I started to get bad chest pain and pins and needles in my left arm, you guessed it, off I went to the ER. All the test done, they sent me home saying it must be stress and anxiety. I then saw a cardiologist, he performed a rest ecg, stress ecg, heart sonar, blood works, 2 24 hour ecg's and then finished off with an angiogram. All these tests came back clean and they found nothing wrong. I did a follow up after the angiogram with a electro physiologist who said my form of extra beet are normal and i just have to live with it. The frustrating part is that he didnt bother about the chest pain and pins n needles in my arm. He then suggested that I go see a ENT specialist, which I did. and guess what, he to gave me a 5 minutes onces over and subscribed nose spray and anti inflammatory pills. I understand his approach, but really a 5 mins checkup and thats it. At least he was nice. Right now, these are my symptoms:- Chest pain- Left arm pain (Pins n needles, tingling, itchy feeling on the inside of my hand)- Chronic dizziness- headaches - especially in the front sinus area but can be all over- Pain in my back when pain in chest occurs- Pressure in my head, feels like its pushing outwards- Pressure in my ears, feels like ears are popping- cramps - all over my body, these are deep aching cramps that feel almost numbing- Electric shock type feelings are various places in my body- Tingling in my mouth (its around here that doctors diagnose me with anxiety)- Pressure in my head and chest increases when bending over and swimming.- Palpitations - extra beats. Can be frequent or infrequent - Feeling like a sinus attack only I know what those feel like- Something that looks like a jock rashPlease can someone shed some light here, It would be nice if a doctor or someone with similar symptoms whom have had a diagnosis and treatment can reply. I am really worried and fed up for not getting a diagnosis. I am more than willing to take on the concept of anxiety, but cant just settle for that diagnosis after a quick brief checkup, surely!?Thanks guys and appreciate the time that you spent reading and replying to this messageAll the bestAre you still having these issues. I believe I can help you but I don't want to waste time writing a response due to the age of the thread and given the time past since. If however you are still suffering I will happily share what I think will help cure you. MAc
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  • Hello parkthecamel, I have very identical symtoms for 2 months now. I'm a 30 yr old male.Any advice and help from you would be highly appreciated.Thanks
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    • October 19, 2013
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  • Are you still having these issues. I believe I can help you but I don't want to waste time writing a response due to the age of the thread and given the time past since. If however you are still suffering I will happily share what I think will help cure you. MAc
    budwizer 4 Replies
    • October 19, 2013
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  • Hi parkthecamel, I'm a 30 yr old male with identical symtoms. Would apprrciate any advice or help from you.Thanks
    budwizer 4 Replies
    • October 19, 2013
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  • Hi mac, I have similar symptoms. I would apprrciate any advice or help. Thanks
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    • October 22, 2013
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  • Did you stop or start an anti depressant by any chance? Lexapro?
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