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Sick for over 2 months..help please..

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  • Posted By: Lemmiwinks410
  • May 17, 2008
  • 00:40 AM

Hello all, new to the boards. Here's what's goin on:

I am a 19-year-old male college student. I am in pretty good shape, and I smoked cigarettes for 15 months before this event. I also drank pretty heavily around 3-4 days a week before I had this event.

On March 14th, I was in class when my heart skipped a beat, and then began racing. I went outside and a janitor helped me out through what I think was a panic attack (I thought I was dying, my heart was racing, I was hyperventilating and my arms and hands tingled and then started going numb, and I was lightheaded). I went to the hospital where all they found wrong was high blood pressure (probably from the attack). I went home that day, and the next morning I woke up with a pounding/racing heart and full body shakes. I went to the hospital again later that day because I had a similar, but less serious attack.

Note, for the three days prior to the first attack I had basically been drinking nonstop. The night of the 12th I drank heavily, wokeup and went to the bar at noon for a basketball game, and then went to the bar again later that night, drinking heavily each time..

Ever since then, I have had these following symptoms, which come and go at random times:

-Heart Palpitations/Racing Heart
-Hand Tremor (Both Hands) – Cured with drinking alcohol
-Breathlessness/Shortness of Breath
-Occasional Lightheadedness/”Dizziness”
-Chronic Diarrhea
-Occasional Ringing In Ear
-Occasional Chest Discomfort
-General Malaise
-Fatigue/Sluggishness/Body Weakness
-Occasional “Vomiting/Burping Food Up”
-Stomach Bloating and Gas
-“Sleep Paralysis”
-Occasional Cold/Hot Flashes
-Very dizzy few seconds after waking up
-Occasional burning sensation on lower end of sternum

I have had diarrhea/loose stool for over 2 months now.

I have had multiple blood tests done, and they ruled out Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Lyme's Disease. They also did basically a full test, which checked red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and basically for inflammation/infection in any organs. The only thing that did bring up some concern was my IgA antibody levels for the test for celiac's. I think I was at 364, when the range was 48-340 or something. I goto the gastroenterologist on the 21st.

I also went to a cardiologist. I wore a heart monitor for 2 weeks (a loop monitor: where I press a button everytime I feel something different). I also had an echo cardiogram done, which checked out.

So, I come to you guys asking if anyone has any ideas? The racing heart has subsided. The more prominent symptoms I have now are random events of lightheadedness, malaise, some abdominal pain.

I have been both sober and cigarette-free ever since March 14th (64 days or something around there).

I want to believe it is anxiety. There is no history of anxiety in my family, but many of the symptoms, besides the gastrointestinal ones, are similar to those of anxiety. However, can anxiety cause random symptoms at random times, or does some event have to trigger the symptoms? The only event I can think of is the constant worrying about what is wrong with my and why I feel the way I do.

Thanks a lot for any help.


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