So glad you found us . . . sometimes it takes a while for anxiety to build up until there is a substantial trigger that brings it right to the forefront . . . it appears from your posting that you have always been focused on your health and getting ill and when you overdid your work at Habitat, then this seems as if it triggered an extremely substantial invasion of anxiety . . . the bad thing about anxiety is that it can make us feel as if we have symptoms that may not (and I am saying may not) be based in actual real causes . . .the symptoms are real to us, without a doubt, but that is often because anxiety brain has us in its firm grasp . . . . the good news is that you have had quite extensive testing and you seem to be healthy from a physical perspective but you are not from one of mental health which is equally important. Sometimes it is easier for us, especially during the first stages of very visible anxiety, to prefer a physical cause (one we can see, touch, deal with directly and immediately) over a mental health cause (which often takes an extended amount of time to process and recover).
Now, why do you think that a CT scan and an MRI would reassure you? And, by the way, how do you know about spinal stenosis and neuropathy? Have you been doing research on the Web because sometimes for some of us this is dangerous because we start to assume symptoms that we read about?
I am also wondering and this is just a question . . . could you going to college have triggered anxiety? Were you concerned about going to college?
That you are seeing a psychiatrist is good and meds can help bridge the process from the initial overwhelming event to the process of recovery, but you should also consider guidance to determine the causes of this anxiety and strategies to manage it . . .it is not a quick fix but a process so I would not give up on the psychiatrist or, at least, engage with a psychologist to guide you on an ongoing basis . . .
Yep, anxiety and panic are scary without a doubt . . . and for most of us, if not all, it does feel like death is knocking at the door . . . I'm not sure that going to the hospital and demanding anything is going to work and might intensify your reactions if you are refused . . . perhaps you need to give the process a chance but if you absolutely cannot exist, then it might be a good idea to speak with your parents and find a hospital with an inpatient unit for you so you might be able to speed up the initial stages of the process and become stabilized . . . you and / or your parents need to investigate the hospital / unit carefully to ensure that the process and the care that you will have is consistent with your issues and perhaps your psychiatrist can recommend a place . . .
You do need help, epeach . . . but self-diagnosing is not the route to go . . . .you need to engage with your parents, explain to them your experience recognizing that the doctors have told you that it is not a physical cause but that your mental health is causing you to believe that the symptoms are . . . going for an MRI or whatever may reassure you for the moment, but I can almost guarantee you that anxiety will find a new set of symptoms . . . .recovery comes with understanding what is going on, looking at options, and deciding what is best for you . . . please check in here as often as you can . . .never worry about the length of your posting as writing stuff out can sometimes help with lessening the anxiety . . . although we cannot cure you, we will do our best to support you . . .take care, kc