I'd love some comments about my situation as I don't know how to proceed. Two years ago exactly I was diagnosed with anxiety or anxious/atypical depression - I can't remember which but my doc refers to it as my 'anxiety problem.' Never felt any blue/hate my life type of symptoms instead I had a ton of physical symptoms and a constant sense of worry and a stressed-out feeling. I was also quite preoccupied with my health - do I have cancer? Is this a bruise a sign of leukemia? and so on. I also had anxiety attacks or panic attack -don't know the difference, and felt agoraphobic. I had slowly developed these symptoms over about a two year period before I was diagnosed.
To make a long story short I was prescribed Lexapro which only made me feel nuts and stressed out of my mind - then I was switched to Wellbutrin which after a few weeks of incredible sleepiness worked very well. I also had Xanax as a back-up. At the same time my doc did a hormone panel and thyroid test on me and everything looked fine except one hormone called Pregnegnelone which was very low and I was put on supplements. I'm currently 39 so doc was concerned that all this could be related to hormone changes.
So everything was great for about 18 months. Then I started becoming preoccupied with my health - ended up having a brain scan because of my weird headaches, developed high blood pressure (which now needs medication) and freaked out over my newly diagnoseed fibrocystic breast condition - convinced I had breast cancer etc. Now I'm getting chest pain -a weird pins and needles feeling in my chest sometimes accompnied by tightness and shortness of breath. Doc did a EKG about 6 months ago when I develped high-blood pressure and said that my heart looked fine. My blood-pressure is totally fine now and doc strongly suspects it's related to my anxiety condition.
So the kicker is - I don't feel this all the time - only badly about 10 days out of each month (mostly consequtive days) and I can't QUITE relate it to my monthly cycle.Other days I'm either COMPLETELY fine or have just minor symptoms. Though overall things are getting worse.
I'm not sure if I should go back to my doc and have her check out my heart or ask for new meds - I'm scared to because of happend on Lexapro. I'm also considering having a full-body MRI that I've seen advertised that costs $1000 or so - am I nuts? When I am feeling this way I worry about silent cancers like colon cancer, ovarian cancer and so on CONSTANTLY. If I distract myself by gardening or something else I'm usually OK even at the worst of times. But a couple of days ago I had a major chest pain attack while surfing the net looking at holiday decorations.
How should I proceed? I guess I need to go back to the doc. But I'm embarrased because I've gained back 12 pounds - I'm overweight to begin with.
Thank you for your reply. It must be hypochondria - I am going through one of my high-anxiety periods right now but this afternoon I was outside digging holes and planting - I totally forgot about my symptoms and I don't recall any chest pain.
I'll be seein my doc in about a month and I'll ask her if I should up the dose of Wellbutrin. It just seem so strange that I can feel so good/normal and then poof - the next day I'm a total hypochondriac stress-bomb.
just wondering what kind of symptoms have you had over the last couple of years? i really think mine have to do with hormones! im 35 and since christmas ive had all sorts of symptoms if its not one thing its another, and when im busy i dont have any, doctor said its all anxiety. she wont test any of my hormone levels, my symptoms are a feeling of somethings just isnt right, tingly lips,numbness in left arm, temple spasms ect,ect,ect im suppose to be taken paxil but havent touched any, i worry all the time about cancer ect.i would love to have a whole body mri, but i cant even get them to test my hormones. well good luck stacie
It all started with mild agoraphobia - I felt uncomfortable when I went out by myself - it wasn't so much of a problem if I was with others but whenever I ran errands I would always come home before I was done. Then I started to feel "spacey" when I was out like in stores and such. At about the same time I started to get worried about my run of the mill aches and pains - is my sore leg bone cancer? is my stomach ache a sign or colon cancer or ovarian cancer, and so on. I also became a nervous wreck whenever anyone but myself was driving - particularly my husband (but then again this might be legitimate!) because I thought that we would all die in an accident. For the most part I kept it all inside and didn't let on that I felt this way.
Around this time my blood pressure started to become irregular and I started getting weird headaches on one side of my head. I also think that my face, throat and chest are flushing but I don't really feel a "hot flash" per se. Doc ran a complete hormone panel and thyroid test but everything checked out OK. Around here if you want a complete MRI then you can just schedule and and pay for it yourself - you don't need a referral. I'm thinking of doing it for my 40th b-day which is in 5 months. Frankly, every body part that's been tested has made me that much less worried (about that particular body part). I also get chest pain.