Re: Anxiety Disorder or something else???
My symptoms started about 7 years ago when I was sat at work. I suddenly felt as though I was falling backwards off my chair along with the same falling kind of feeling you sometimes get when you are falling asleep. These feelings only lasted a few seconds and I seemed to be able to snap myself out of it. About 2 or 3 weeks after these symptoms I had a really bad dizzy spell, I just felt like I was losing consciousness, felt really confused and scared. I went home and went to bed for about a week, feeling like I had flu or something. Really weak and shaky and cold and dizzy.
After that I had occasional bouts of dizziness and feeling unsteady on my feet but eventually seemed to return to some normality although I never really felt 'right'.
A year or so later I started getting dizziness along with feeling flu like symptoms. I could usually tell in the morning if I was going to have a bad day, just a feeling. My symptoms then started with cold feet and lower legs and just feeling generally grotty.
I have had periods where I felt ok, but not anymore. I remember feeling ok for a good few months then one day I had stabbing pains in the front of my left shoulder and I was feeling clammy. I went to the cinema and while I was sitting there I suddenly felt like the room had been turned upside down and almost fell of my seat. After that I didn't feel good again for a long time.
Since then it seem like I have a constant level of dizziness which never really goes away along with nausea, chest pain etc
Over the years I have often thought there might be a heart problem because I have had chest pains since being about 16, but the tests that have been carried out so far have been negative. I even remember asking my parents when I was about 8 if children could have heart attacks, not sure why!
I used to be fairly active, mountain biking , walking, gym. I even did a bungy jump in New Zealand which I thought I'd never do, but these days I don't do anything because I feel so bad
During this time I have been checked for Marfans Syndrome, have had ECG's blood tests, exercise tests and echoes of my heart, and tilt tests for blood pressure. I recently saw a neurologist who suggested I may be suffering from Basilar Artery Migraine. He put me on beta blockers which seemed to help a little bit for a while but then I think I passed out, I was so scared I went to the Emergency dept who said there was nothing wrong with me. I went to see my GP and he took me off the beta blockers.
I have been to the Emergency Dept about 4 or 5 times over the years because I have felt so bad like I was about to pass out
My symptoms seem to be getting more frequent these days and lasting for much longer periods of time. I have this constant dizziness, and worse still this feeling of being unreal, dreamlike, numb, somehow detached from reality
I have not had a full week in work since last October when I had a really bad episode of feeling like I was losing consciousness; I was really pale and cold.
I feel like crap the whole time and my GP doesn't seem interested in my symptoms or how scared I am.
I used to be quite sociable and I like the outdoors life and going to the gym etc, but now I am scared to go anywhere. Last time I went a decent walk I got the same symptoms again, feeling like I was passing out and feeling numb, and it also happened last time I went out on my mountain bike, so now I don't do any exercise.
I have lost my girlfriend of 2 and a half years because of this and I think I will lose my job
I have trouble leaving the house these days as I am worried about having a bad attack when I am out somewhere
I went back to see a cardiologist as my Mum has contacts and got another tilt test which proved negative, however he now wants to do an Angiogram soon just to make sure, but I am so scared about this test. I have read about the risks and you can have a stroke, heart attack, kidney failure etc. My GP has expressed reluctance in letting me have this test and I don't know what to do. I had a stress echo about 2 weeks ago but that didn't show anything.
I have also been to see an ENT and have had balance tests which seemed negative
I have been feeling really bad the past few weeks. Feeling lightheaded as though I am about to pass out almost constantly. I am also getting pains in my left arm and shoulder that can last a few hours or even days. along with occasional chest pains and back pains and jaw pain. I am falling apart