Ok, I found a medical doc here that speaks pretty good english and went to talk to him, to rule out any physical cause for the symptoms, and he said with confidence that i was physically healthy. i said i was concerned about the previous event and he said that it was most likely dehydration and overheating (heat exhaustion). I was frank with him about some of my fears (aneurysm, or some physical defect on the brain) so (i think to ease my fears) eh is sending me in for a CAT scan (i specifically asked for some kind of brain exam). Also a whole round of blood tests were done, showing everything in perfectly healthy levels and no signs of infection. i have to go in for more blood tests on wednesday morning, because these tests need to be done before eating any food. i should get the results of those (i specifically asked for information on my thyroid, since that is a common cause of anxiety, and i am unusually skinny for the amount and content of what i eat. mostly alot of pizza and burgers!) and some other tests that weren't performed in the first round. Finally after i get my good results (doctor said there was 99.999999% chance that my cat scan would come back normal) back from the cat scan, he is going to send me to a english speaking counsellor, a specialist in anxiety <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">. I'm glad I finally spoke up to the doc about my fears. I didn't want to say anything before, because i thought he would just tell me to get over it. But he seems very supportive <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Thanks for your encouraging words. As I type this now, reading over it again, especially the parts about my blood being normal and the doc saying my CAT would be fine my symptoms disappear <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> (that is until i started thinking about them again... aarg)
I'll keep you posted <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
So glad you found a good doctor and everything checked out fine (assuming the CT scan is normal, which it will be <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">). Does being in a different country contribute at all to your anxiety? I don't mean in light of what happened in NYC, but medically? Anyway, be sure to keep us posted as to how you're doing, and how you like your counselor.
well, i didn't think it was because i was in another country because i rather like it here, but my doc seems to think it is some form of culture shock/homesickness (i don't miss home that much at all) and i actually feel more relieved to be here than in the US right now because of the NYC stuff <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Sweden is a nuetral country and won't get into the conflict either way.