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Offline JesserCat88

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Do you have this happen to you too? Am I alright?
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:33:22 PM »
So I am no stranger to health anxiety. I was diagnosed with anxiety when after being diagnosed with Costochondritis and not heart failure. I swear I had all the classic signs of a heart attack, chest ached, left arm went numb, I felt impending doom, and I was sweating. However, my entire left side also went numb, not just my arm. That was really the indicator to the ER doctors that my heart was alright, however, I did get the complete heart work up and as they suspected, it had come back completely normal. Since this dreadful day back in August of 2013, I have had an ultrasound of my heart, multiple EKG's, blood work, a chest CT Scan, and a CT scan of my head and neck as well.. oh yes and a ton of xrays. I should accept the diagnosis of anxiety. However, lately, I have the weirdest sensations and I just want to know, is this anxiety, MS, stroke, what?
I get these headaches, not unbearable ones, just annoying, lasting for days/weeks kind of headaches. They stick to the back of my head mostly but lately I get temple headaches. The left side of my face begins to feel tight and thick and when I rub both sides of my face with my hands, the rubbing sensation on the left side is much duller than that of the right. My left arm will begin to feel heavy. It's not, I can lift both arms at the same time to the same height but when it lays at my side, it just feels different. I have ocassional aching in my left arm/hand. I am still battling the costochondritis, I was one of the unlucky ones to have this as a chronic issue, so I do still get chest pains. I have run to the Urgent Care more times than I care to admit and they keep doing the heart workups and each time, it comes back just fine. So is this really just anxiety? I am in the process of changing my primary care physician because she point blank told me (after 4 different ER doctors confirmed that I did have it) I did not have costochondritis and that all of these symptoms were all in my head. She has been of no help to me beyond sending me to specialists, she does nothing in office. I went to her with tonsillitis and she prescribed me amoxicillin (sp?) even though the appropriate antibiotic is penicillin (sp). And when I returned to her because the pain from the tonsillitis was so bad I couldn't stand it any more, she told me there was nothing she could do for me, she had already given me antibiotics, so her job was done. Her dismissiveness is why I decided to find a new doctor.
So anyway, back to the question at hand, should I continue to beat a dead horse and talk to a doctor about these symptoms or should I just let it rest and acknowledge I have anxiety and ask about appropriate anxiety medicine?

Please some one help me
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Re: Do you have this happen to you too? Am I alright?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 06:42:49 PM »
I also forgot to add my lower jaw aches like a bad tooth ache but I have seen a dentist and my teeth are fine. Again, the pain is only on the left side.
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Re: Do you have this happen to you too? Am I alright?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 09:26:28 PM »
we're very alike in that our health anxiety spiral started from fears of something heart-related. i had costochondritis two years ago and, like you, i was CONVINCED it was a heart condition. numerous trips to the ER later, i finally came to terms with my heart being in totally good condition, but instead of moving on from the health worries, they only shifted onto something else. many, many, many times.

we're also alike in that we both worry about headaches! my headaches are usually at the back of my head where my skull meets my neck, and also behind my eyes. they cause me a great deal of anxiety and it's hard for people to convince me that it's just tension. but when i see your post, i can see that your physical issues are just that - tension from constant worrying. long-term anxiety can wreak havoc on our bodies because we aren't giving our brain any time to return to a normal calm state. because of this, our bodies are bombarded with stress hormones that make us feel very ill and can give us aches and pains all over the place. in our case, they manifest in tension headaches.

it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you're having - not because i think they're anything to worry about, but because it's always good to get the worries off your chest to a professional who can reassure you that they're harmless. doctors do know much more about health conditions that we do; they've been to school for years and years studying the human body, whereas we only have google to turn to. my former doctor knew all about my anxiety and was very good at telling me that my symptoms were due to that.
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