Stomach ache and dizzyness after anxiety attack
Some info about me, im 32, 6 foot 220 pounds. No medications (anti histamines when I was young but thats it) and no major complications in my life. I havnt been active much in the past but the last 3 years I have been working a very physical job, on my feet and walking for 6+ hours a day lifting and pushing moderately heavy products. I don't really have a special diet but I usualy cook my meals, dont eat out much, and dont snack much. I've never smoked nor drink.
That said, my family history includes high blood pressure. About 9 months ago I had a doctors visit for strep throat and he said my bp was a little high but didn't touch on it any further. So recently having access to a nurses portable electronic cuff thingy, I took my blood pressure. The first reading was a 190/120 which kind of sparked off a rather bad anxiety attack (I never get anxiety attacks either. However my body is kind of sensitive about itself, ie I get very light headed and nauseated at the sight of my own blood and so unconsciously it got scared). When I was able to get ahold of the nurse she measured both arms and her readings were down, to about 160/110. Not as bad but thats still something to worry about now.
Unfortunatly this anxiety attack pretty much lasted through the night, and the next moring when I went to work I was very light headed and would sweat easily. No matter what I told myself, my mind was analyzing every heart beat, every little pain, trying to determine if I had any damage from HBP. When I got home however and told my father of this, he knowing very well how high blood pressure works told me to sit down and take my reading again. It came up as a normal 120/80, and he explained that exorcise helps bring it down and that because I had the last 2 days off where I did nothing but sit around, it read high. So I was somewhat releaved, of course it was hard to tell my body that.
I was able to calm down abit from then, however some symptoms didn't go away, or I got new ones. It feels like irritable bowl syndrome, but I am missing like half of the required symptoms. I have an ache in my stomach area, normaly its a feeling I get when I have large pockets of gas in my intestine. I can also "feel" gas moving around alot. But I don't have any unusual amounts of gas expelling from me. I am not constipated, my bowl movements are regular (often one a day, sometimes none, sometimes 2 or 3) and they look perfectly normal. With these symptoms I am also feeling light headed (a more accurate description would be the urge to fall asleep. At night and anytime im laying down I have to fight the urge to close my eyes and fall asleep right then and there), and one that I can't figure out is I am feeling small, sporadic "pains" in my limbs. It dosn't happen often, but for a few seconds I might get a slight burn in my armpit, a twinge in my arm, or my leg (a spot on my upper thigh felt like it was getting scrapped by a pointy tip of something when ever my pants touched it). Sometimes my low back might hurt but I think that happens when iv'e had the stomach ache for a long period of time.
Now for WHEN this happens, I have lowered the cause down to 2 things. The first being physical, the pain usually starts up at night when im infront of the computer (several hours at a time) and it may slightly be there in the morning when I wake up. The pains tend to all but disappear however after several hours of being at work and moving about. Yesterday I had been walking for approx 5 hours, eating a small lunch which included meat, cheese, and an orange juice, and I felt great.
The second cause I have lowered these symptoms down to is chemical, what I eat. I have found yogurt and small or medium sized meals seem to go down well, However within several minutes of eating some chocolate while at the computer, my stomach cramped right up. A pasta meal take-out that I cut in half only produced mild symptoms. Alot of my symptoms seem to point at a digestive disorder, however the fact that my movements are regular and normal makes me think digesting things isn't the problem.
All these symptoms frequencies have gotten less since I got them 5 days agom but that can also be inpart to my adjustment of eating habits to accommodate it, what ever it is.
I dont have health insurrance so I am trying to find a doctor I can visit (and afford), but until then I am hoping I can diagnose this so I can figure out if anything is serious or requires urgent medical attention.
Last edited by jeffdaemon; 02-26-2009 at 07:08 PM.