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  • Posted By: mdunford
  • May 2, 2008
  • 07:50 AM

Hi:
I am 31 years old who lost a fair amount of weight.
Unfortunately, I am rapidly gained it back as I have not been able to move for a long period of time before I experience severe "skin" pain in my legs and sometimes even my arms. I am also unable to work because of the pain. If I walk for more than (maximum) 30 minutes I experience either an electric shooting sensation from my foot to my left hip. If I try to walk quickly I experience a feeling of a "vice" gripping the area behind my knees. Later I will experience a more burning pain from my foot to the interior of my thigh. In fact, even if I sit in certain positions I experience burning pain in my leg and sometimes a feeling of excessive warmth in my feet (as if my feet were really hot water bottles). Loose clothing feels like small razor blades on my skin if it brushes against it. Now, I am even experiencing bubble-like sensations toward the crown of my head. Many times, these trigger panic symptoms as well.
I have been taking Lorazepam for panic attacks for some time, but I am certain that this pain and strange sensations are not the result of a panic attack as I have woken up to it in my sleep. I am told that I have panic attacks though my doctor never actually met with me in person before diagnosing me and prescribing the medication. These attacks are also worsening in both intensity and frequency. I used to experience them perhaps once every six months; now I have them nearly every day.
I wear glasses for near sightedness but I have also started to experience sensitivity to light, especially at night. I cannot drive after dark any more as the stark contrast feels like knives to my eyes.
Other symptoms include sudden fever or chills and the need to sleep all the time.
I have had blood work done which ruled out diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and various vitamin deficiencies. I have also seen an MS Specialist who ruled out muscle and joint problems. I have an appt set up for an EMG with a Neurologist in two months, but I would like to ensure that I am looking in all the right avenues. My family doctor believes that it is all a result of "panic attacks". But other doctors have said this is nonsense.
I don't drink or do drugs. I would just like to know which direction seems most plausible as I'm not getting much help from my GP. When our files were first transferred to his office, after our previous family doctor passed away, my family was advised that he didn't accept "high maintenance" patients. So, I think he is just hoping I will find another doctor.
I'm in the process of looking for a new GP, but in the mean time, any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm becoming very afraid and starting to lose hope.:confused:

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