To cut a long story short, after many years of doctors scratching their heads, shrugging shoulders and saying I don't know mate, probably anxiety or stress or something, my latest specialist (whom I have been very impressed with) clearly thinks it is CFS as I have virtually all the possible symptoms and have had many tests which have come back normal e.g. - echo cardiogram, ECG's 24hr ECG Stress test, x-rays and a whole load of blood tests.
Chest tightness and pressure
Head/ neck tightness and pressure
Shortness of breath
heart beating very fast when I stand
Chronic tiredness and fatigue
Stomach problems Ė gut pain/loose motions (though this may be caused by medication)
All this started when I was 25 (am now 31) with some heart palps which scared me to death though looking back some symptoms such as depression, tiredness, headaches etc had been there for much longer, just didn't think too much about it.
Treatment so far has been Ativan which is the only drug that seems to force my muscles (neck/chest) to relax when they start to clamp up which causes much discomfort). Have been taking them for 5 years or so Ďcause nothing else works for me. Have also been taking Tramadol as it gives me a lift though Iím coming off those for obvious reasons. Iím hoping my specialist will prescribe a stimulant as I feel so tired all the time, sometimes unable to function at all which is not an option with a young family and a job.
She is trying me on a new type of SSRIs after trying quite a few already.
Can anyone think of anything I could try or suggest. I have tried a type of antiviral med after seeing some positive info on it as a possible treatment, though no look.
Safe to say this has screwed my life up and Iím worried it will take a great toll on my life span. It has placed a strain on my marriage and soured what has been a very interesting life otherwise.