Hi I have been having these sharp pains all over my body the past couple of days and tonight I have been having sharp stabbing pain by my left armpit into my arm. My armpit feels a little swollen. I am also feeling sick to my stomach. Is all of this stress and anxiety or could I also have a blood clot in my arm. I am worrying about this so much along with the leg pain I can't sleep or think about anything else and my doctor keep telling me nothing is wrong. Can someone help me?
I've began to experiance sharp pains all over my body....one minute in my stomach the next in my arms, the next in my little finger....the next in my tow....all over really. PLEASE do not think that it is a blood clot for I had these feelings as well......I thought it was MS the works.
Previous, I've had almost every test possible which has come back clear. Just today my doc says that I have a panic/anxiety disorder and that these "pains" are all very common with Panic.
I've no real advice to help you other than just try and distract yourself, for I always find not keeping busy sends my mind into overdrive and I begin to analyse every pain/heartbeat etc that probably is usually always there but never noticed it before.
Regarding the sleeping maybe you could try natural remedy/sleeping pills from your doc. The pains will go...it just takes time.
Thank you so much for writing me back! You made me feel alot better. I keep thinking they are from panic and anxiety because they are all over my body. Last week it was the side of my head and now they are in my legs which I had one leg looked at today with an ultrasound and they said there was no clot. But the past couple of days I have been noticing some discomfort in my left armpit and the pain is going into the side of my arm right out side the armpit and then into the side of my chest. It comes and goes but my armpit does feel a little bit swollen. But I know if I say something to my doctor he is going to say I am crazy because I just had alot of blood work done and an ultrasound. I am so scared of blood clots. Do you know if it is unusual to get a blood clot by your armpit? Thanks again for writing me back. I hope your pain starts to feel better too. Please let me know what you think.
I seriously doubt that there is anything really serious up with you, but if you are really worried then I would pay a visit to the docs. I don't want to scare you but Blood clots can happen anywhere in the body, including the armpit.
Again just to reinterate these blinking pains all over are not very nice but like my doc said its Anxiety. He said when a certain part of the brain gets worked up, then it reacts, sometimes by making us tired....and sometimes by giving us all theses crazy symptoms. The other part of our brain cannot understand were these signals are coming from....hence we panic...and it turns into a vile vile circle.
By accepting (yes it is hard) that it is Anxiety we gradually can overcome it, though some people need meds to block out the bad signals until they can manage it themselves.
I have been doing pretty good by like you say "accepting" and using positive thinking ...the power of the mind.Anyway,i too have these left arm pains with no explanation had some heart tests and things anyway today was worse then ever with these left arm pains.I felt drug down and tired and my left arm had stabbing pains in it off and on I tried to nap and could'nt because of these dang pains.I have had this off and on left arm pain since sheesh I dunno like 7 or 8 months ago.Does this sound familuar to you? I mean especialy those stabby pains there all day? I cannot let myself slip back into anxiety hell but I just wanna find reassurance I guess.
daisy I do not wanna hijack your thread we just really do seem to be having alot of the same symptoms
Last edited by tnmomofive; 09-28-2006 at 08:29 PM.
Tnmomofive, it does sound familar to me. Left hand/arm, Right hand/arm.....the works! I can go one day without thinking about it and "accepting" it, but once I start thinking (and I realise this it is very hard not too) about it.......WHOOOSH.......of I go and strangly the pains move all over......then comes the frantic typing into the internet sites which throw up "heart attacks/disease" at me!!!!
I've had the ECG's/bloods/4 week heart monitor et al and my heart is in good condition so I'm learning to ignore the "SEARCH ENGINES AND THERE VILE SYMPTOMS!!!!!" Oh and the "MEDICAL BOOK" which was kept in the study has been chucked out in the trash!!!!
You've had the heart scans as well so I would doubt there is little to be concerned with.
Thanks ultracool it is a relief to hear but unfortunate at the same time.I used to franically search the medical book too ugh back when I was a kid at home.Then as an adult in anxiety mode it turned into internet searching.Great thing the internet but not for anxiety filled people symptom searching.
This makes me feel better that you have both had these symptoms. It is so hard for me to ignore them. Like today it hurts on the left side to breath in deep and up by my collarbone and into my lower back a little bit. And the armpit thing I keep thinking all of these symptoms are blood clots. I do get alot of indigestion at night especially and I know it sounds gross but alot of gas. Can that cause sharp pain by my collarbone? I mean everything hurts especially at night. I am going to try and tell my self everything you guys have been saying and see if it works. It's just really scary. I guess when we think about the pains they get worse. Thanks!
While blood clots CAN occur in different places, blood clots in the arm are on the rarer side and USUALLY occur in athletes or people who have severely stressed the arm or had trauma to the arm, including surgery. From someone who has had blood clots including pulmonary embolisms, and thankful to still be alive, I can tell you that you don't just walk around feeling great when you have one! Unless you've recently been totally immobile, had surgery, have a blood disorder or very strange family history, or have recently started hormones such as the birth control pill, it would be very unlikely that you have a blood clot. Hope that helps a little. I, too, have had left arm pain (from sharp pain to just pressure) for a long time and have had EKGs and things, but it still bothers me sometimes. Take care.
Thanks for writing back~The pain seems to be getting worse but I was only sick with a virus for a week and I am sure I would have moved my arm some I was not in a cast or anything. I just keep getting the sharp pains and it has been going down into my left breast and also in my arm. My doctor just said I should see a pain specialist since I am so worried about it. But they will probably tell me it's either a pinched nerve or stress. Would I have any other symptoms if this was a blood clot or something really bad?
Bless your heart. What you just described in your last post is what I've been dealing with for the past 6 months. I actually prodded around deep and hard enough in my left armpit that I found a lymph node, made my doctor feel it which started a sprial of tests: mammogram, ultrasound and consults with top surgeons in my area. NOTHING, NOTHING showed up - nothing at all. I was all ready for the big C diagnosis. In the end, the pains: down my arm, in my arm pit, up my collar bone, sometimes yes even through my breast have all been caused, in all probability by a stomach ulcer and some cervical disc neck problems. I do have a stomach ulcer, in large part due to some steriods I took along with a strong antibiotic back in March, plus tons of anti-inflammatories. As for the neck problem - this is self diagnosed but confirmed by my GP - not tests run for that because I'm trying to get out of this horrible cycle of worrying.
Anyway - hang in there. Has anyone thought to look at possible herniated cervical disc in your neck/upper back? This can explain almost all of your pains. What about GI problems? Ulcers also cause all kinds of weird referred pains as well.
Thank you for writing me back I really appreciate it. That makes me feel so much better to know you had these problems too. I do get alot of stomach upset but I take alot of advil liquigels on an empty stomach alot so I wonder if that has anything to do with it. I don't know what I would have done to hurt my neck or back but the pain does go down into my lower back at times. But the pain seems to get worse at night. Everyone keeps telling me that these pains are stress related. I have been going through so much stress lately, I am worried all the time. I always feel like my heart is going to just stop beating, that's just how it feels sometime. Is all of this really weird? What can I do to stop all of this besides going on antidepressants? I hope you feel better too.
I have had those dreaded left arms pain again today but not as often.Tonight I am dealing with pains in my gut and low chest feel like indigestion or gas but ya know how the mind can wander and I know for some indigestion can be a symptom of heart problem ughhhhh lol I swear daisy its just crazy what us anxiety sufferers deal with.I have been doing really good I think for qwite awhile.Sure I have been having some anxiety over the last few days here (worrying) but the worrying is'nt even close to what I have experianced in the past.I used to take meds on and off they helped me greatly when I felt I had no other real option.So anyway what I do now is try to keep a positive outlook and not just over the anxiety but all other things in my life this has helped me tons.I also try and talk myself out of the anxiety cycle before it gets so bad I try and just accept what I am feeling,breathe deep,and tell myself its anxiety again and it will pass.I try to steer clear of googling by my symptoms because it is just not good it just contributes to the whole vicious cycle.If I feel I must have some reassurance I either post here on this forum or go to my doctor.Have you tried any therapy? like cognitive behavorial therapy? I hear it has helped some alot.The things I do to cope have been from reading about people in that therapy and I just tried it out on my own.
Anyway, hope you have a good night
Daisy (and others TNMOMOFFIVE) - it also helps me to hear from you guys as well, while I may be a little be better now, it still is a bit of a struggle for me.
I know what it feels like to be under so much stress and worried all the time.
The liquid advil on an empty stomach is not such a good idea, and yes can lead to ulcers. Ulcer pain hurts and travels-this I'm sure of. I think you should go back to your doctor and tell him about the advil and that your stomach hurts - just give the objective facts and see what he can do to rule out an ulcer.
Here's what I do know has worked for me and how I deal with all these anxiety/health worry issues.
1) STOP THE INTERNET SEARCH FOR CAUSES!! That's been the biggest factor for me - it's hard, but find one place, this board or another support place to go to, to air out your issues/concerns. Think about it - if we didn't have the internet, 90% of us would be a lot less worried that we have some horrible illness. Ignorance is bliss I guess.
2) If I really feel concerned about something going on, I go to my doctor and let HIM worry about it! That's his job. Now, I found a new GP and met with him last week to talk about all this. First and foremost: he takes whatever health worries I have seriously and will do whatever it takes to "get to the bottom" of what is ailing me. Also, he recognizes that my worries are tied to anxiety and they feed off one another. I think it's very important to find a doctor who is going to listen to you and not blow off your worries to just anxiety. It may take going to a few to get there, but the good doctors are out there. My new Dr. even admitted to me that even he gets worried about health issues for himself - that it's natural.
3) Lifestyle changes. Cut out the bad crap and get moving!! Seriously. No more junk food, no more white processed foods for me, no more anti-inflammatories (unless I really need it). It's all about healthy eating - fruits, lot and lots of FRESH veggies, good quality protein, lots and lots of water and cardio exercise EVERYDAY! It's only been one week since I started this routine, but I can already feel a difference. I just feel better. I still have worrisome thoughts and some anxiety but it's not bringing me down like it would in the past.
4) Vitamins everyday. I never really took on a consistent basis a good multi-vitamin. I also added in to the regimen vitamins that are suppose to help regulate seritonin levels and help with anxiety/depression: B6, calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium. I also added St. John's Wort to the mix. Studies have shown it to be as effective as Prozac for mild to moderate depression - it may take 6 weeks to show it's effect, but it's been proven. I don't have the study handy or else I would publish it here.
5) Reading everything I can get my hands on about depression/anxiety and coping mechanisms. I'm learning not to worry about the stuff we have no control over and to work on the things I do have control over, i.e., diet, exercise, healthy/natural supplements.
My hope is to avoid going on prescription drugs - I personally feel there is too much evidence out there to NOT try a more natural approach in all this. That's not to say I'm against prescription drugs, they have their place and many people do well on them - for me, I just want to try the alternatives first.
If you feel you really have a medical problem going on, promise yourself you won't worry about it, that you'll let your doctor worry about - that's their job and don't hesitate to make the appt. and go see them, no matter how many times it takes. Let the Dr. know that in all likelihood, you will be seeing them quiet often until you feel comfortable and if they have a problem with that, it's time to find a new Dr.
For me right now, I'm having problems with either acid reflux, hearburn or an ulcer from all the anti-inflammatories I've taken (2 failed shoulder surgeries in the past 6 months, but that's another story) and I'm going to make an appt. next week with my Dr. to let him figure it out. I'll ask him about the locations of referred pain and also will see if he can confirm with an MRI if I have a neck disc problem - I'm tired of worrying about it, so I'll let him.
This post rambled a little, but hopefully there's something you can take away to help you.
run 262 Your post was excellant! I totaly agree with all the things you listed you are doing.I have done most of these as part of my way to get better only problem is I have slacked off bigtime in the last few weeks.Then this arm pain and crap surfaced again coincidence? well probably not lol.I always had the arm pains off and on even during using those techniques but not to the degree I have been experiancing lately.Anyway, thanks for that post I think I need to get back to BUSY been sitting on my butt too much with too much time on my hands. Take care and GOOD LUCK