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Offline LotusFish

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One thing leading to another and so on
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:41:32 PM »
My symptoms started 6 months ago with chest pain. I went to the ER and everything (EKG, chest x-ray, blood work) came back clear and that's when I was diagnosed with anxiety. I was given Hydroxizine which didn't help and still continues to do nothing.

Four months later, more chest pain but now working into my left arm and tingling fingers. Went back to the ER (different hospital because of my work location) and this time they only did an EKG, said it was my asthma, prescribed me Ventolin and Ketoprofin and sent me on my way.

A month later, abdominal pain starts on the right. I'm often nausious, have no appetite or only eat very small meals. If I don't eat, I get the shakes and feel worse so I make myself eat enough to settle everything. It is still unsolved but I see a specialist tomorrow. My GP confirmed that my appendix keeps flaring up but I don't need it removed.

Cue the random left leg pain. I was sent to a spine specialist last week because I am still having arm pain and my GP was convinced that I had a pinched nerve. He found nothing and told me it had to be anxiety and added that it was all in my head. Gee, thanks doc. Way to be supportive and sorry for wasting your time.

I'm hoping to get some answers tomorrow but I have to admit, I think it's causing MORE anxiety that all of my symptoms are being caused by anxiety. Has anyone else gone through something similar?
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Re: One thing leading to another and so on
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 04:37:12 PM »
I had to come back and add the over the course of the last 6 weeks, I have lost over 10 pounds. While that doesn't see too concerning, 6 of those pounds have been more recent. My doctor doesn't seem concerned but it sure freaks me out because it is not a healthy loss and I of course turn it into something more serious in my head and try to avoid "Dr. Google" as much as possible.
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Re: One thing leading to another and so on
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 07:26:12 PM »
I can relate!!!

In January, I strained muscles in my back, shoulders, neck & chest carrying around my then 20 lb. 1 1/2 year old while we were all sick with nasty colds. I started getting freaked out when the chest pains started. I knew it was muscle strain, but I saw a doctor just in case. She assured me it was. About a week later, it was still freaking me out, so I saw another doctor. Seeing how upset I was, she had them do a full cardiac workup (chest x-ray, EKG, bloodwork). Everything came back perfect; they said it was muscle-related. I started stretching & trying to relax a bit (meditation isn't really something I can do well with 2 little kids & a dog always bothering me!). The muscles in my chest, neck & shoulders loosened up, and my back was on & off, so it was improvement.

Then in April, my right foot fell asleep & it would do that on & off for a week. When that spread up my leg, it freaked me out. My first thought was that I had a pinched nerve, but of course, I thought it could be a bloodclot (even though I had no other symptoms of one). So a nurse that spoke with had me go to the ER. Pinched sciatic nerve. More stretching & exercises to work on that.

The week before Easter, I started feeling "off". Kind of lightheaded or dizzy, but not really. Looking online, I read up on derealization, which described exactly how I was feeling. On Easter, my ears wouldn't pop & were like that for 2 days before draining for a few days. I assume it was my seasonal allergies starting, even though that's not a symptom I normally have. But apparently that was the week a lot of people's allergies kicked in. Since then, I've had more normal symptoms, like red, irritated eyes in the morning & a stuffy, runny nose.

Last week I had a tender spot on my lower right abdomen, which I assumed was from one of my kids doing something to me. I was ignoring it until I had sudden sharp pains on my lower right side. It happened several times while I was cleaning, so I sat down & it happened a few more times. Long story short, went to the doctor & she said it was more than likely muscle-related. (She asked a ton of questions & did a good physical exam of the area. I didn't have any of the symptoms she was looking for.) And the spot I figured was something my kids did to me eventually produced a nice big bruise.

On Saturday, my back muscles tensed up nicely, making me miserable. I'm assuming the stress caused it, since I had been fine for a over a week. I had some nausea on & off, which I was told was probably from the muscles spasming. (This has happened a few times when my back was REALLY bad, otherwise I don't have nausea or else I'd be concerned over that, too!) Today my back seems to be loosening up, but I'm having the "off" feeling again. I'm starting to notice that I feel that way when I have a headache, which is usually being caused by tight neck or shoulder muscles. Ugh. It really never ends. I was normal before all this began a few months ago. I've worried about so many things being wrong with me. It's like I can't except that my problem is probably that my chronic stress is causing muscle tightness. I have a lot going on over the next couple of months, so I'm hoping that will distract me without causing further stress. I'm also having my first professional massage on Friday, which I'm hoping will help.

Sorry for a long response...but I definitely know what you're going through!!!
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Re: One thing leading to another and so on
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 11:47:23 AM »
Wow! It's exhausting! Isn't it?!

I will tell you that I have done a couple of professional massages by a massage therapist who works on athletes and it really does help. The downfall? It's expensive and I can only afford it once a month when I really need it about once a week; I feel good for about 4-5 days after and then everything sets back in.

I too wish I could find time to meditate but with an 18 month old running circles around me, it's hard. lol. Ideally, I would like to take up yoga again but I also work full time so finding time is often difficult. They even have a "mommy and me" yoga class here where you can bring your kid(s) to yoga but I don't know if that would actually help or hinder.
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Re: One thing leading to another and so on
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 01:39:09 PM »
It really is exhausting! I keep telling myself to calm down when weird things bother me -- not to immediate freak out, call the doctor's office, Google anything, etc. I try to at least give it a few days to see if whatever it is gets better. But there's always that voice inside that worries it could be signs of something wrong with me. And I hate that so much! I used to ignore things unless it was something that went on for a while or could really be serious. Why did this suddenly happen to me? Why am I like this now? And will it ever stop? Can I control it? I really don't want to go on meds unless it's my last option. And I'm definitely one of those people who try to rationalize my various issues, which helps as long as I don't obsess over them. And since I'm a little OCD, I do tend to get stuck on my thoughts & then have to start all over again (I do this with other things, as well). So that's not good at all. Ugh.

I'm hoping the massage will help. I can't afford to do it every week, either. But I am really lucky that a close friend happens to be a massage therapist & she has a friends & family discount, so I will save some money.

And I hear you about the kid part! As I wrote in my last response, I definitely get that! When my doctor talked about meditating or yoga to help with the stress, I laughed. When I explained it to her (the kids climbing all over me as I try this kind of stuff), she laughed, too, and totally understood. It's not easy to get in that time for yourself, especially at times when you really need it.
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