I have read this site for awhile and it has been extremely helpful in helping me overcome my cardiophobia. Since my last visit to the hospital on June 3 for chest pains (probably my 10th in a five year span), I have finally seen my cardio fear subside. I find myself no longer worrying about my heart and finally believing the many doctors who have told me it is okay. I stopped taking Cymbalta in January and had been off of medicine since then. So after this latest bout with anxiety in the beginning of June, my doctor thought it would be best to put me back on something. This time it was Paxil.
So in the middle of June, after taking Paxil for about a week, I began to experience pain in BOTH of my legs. The pain was located partly in my calves, but mostly in the area between my main calf muscles and Achilles tendon. The pain tends to come on mostly at rest or when I have been standing for awhile. The pain is pretty dull, and tends to be more of an annoyance than anything. My legs sometimes feel tight and weak. The area is tender to the touch. I am probably 30 or so pounds overweight, but have began exercising almost daily over the last month or so. Often time the exercise can bring relief to my symptoms but the pain eventually returns. Of course I have gone through the gauntlet of conditions I think it is such as MS and Vascular issues.
So after a month of Paxil, my doctor thought maybe the Paxil was causing these leg issues and took me off of it. That was in early to mid July. The leg pains still are continuing to this day. I recently went back to the doctor late last week and he ran blood tests to check my muscle enzymes and to test for inflammation. Both came back fine. He did a variety of physical tests to check to see if it could be vascular, but he also said that didnít seem likely.
I am just frustrated by not knowing what is going on. Has anyone else every experienced pains like these they have lasted for months at a time? I mean I certainly have some stressful and anxious moments over the summer, but not everyday. Of course, looking up and researching my symptoms has become an addiction. I just can't convince myself that anxiety could do this to someone. In fact, outside of my legs, I am in the best shape I have been in in years as I am eating right, working out, and losing weight. Is it just a coincidence that once I started to shake my chest fears I started having issues with my legs? I just canít seem to shake these leg pains. Please help!!!