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tony8919 06-17-2012 09:00 PM

People say its anxiety please help!
 
So this all started 5 weeks ago and is starting to affect my life extremely.

To start for the past 3 years i have always been a heavy college drinker if thats what you want to call it i am 22 years old now. Not sure if that has anything to do with my problem.
About 5 weeks ago I started to get short of breath at times. i did not take much notice to it and simply pushed through it for a week or so. but as time has gone on my symptoms have become much more severe. after the shortness of breath came lightheadedness, which was only slight at first but came on bad at times during the day. about 3 weeks ago i got so lightheaded and short of breath i ended up in emergency, they did all the blood tests and chest xrays and nothing came up wrong or off. they contributed it to being dehydrated although i did not do anything to warrant dehydration.
(i should also note i am a college athlete, hockey player, except i have not been training for the past few months)
after this visit to emergency lightheadedness and shortness of breath became an all day occurrence to the point where i needed to sit or lay down and relax.
during this time it has gotten so bad that i could not even function normally throughout my day.
fatigue set in after this and i was taking naps for the next week almost constantly by 2 oclock everyday.
i returned to the hospital and they did EKG tests, blood work, ecocardiogram, and CT scan. saying everything came back normal except my blood pressure was very high 160/98. (this has happened a few times i have gone into the doctors lately.)
my chest also gets a very bad discomfort in my right upper chest at times.
since this and up till now i have stopped all my daily tasks and basically been housebound for the past week and a half. i can not even go 10 minutes of walking without becoming short of breath and lightheaded and also at times get numbness in my arms or legs. and fatigue is also very consistent.
The final doctor i have seen along with the one emergency room contributed all these symptoms to anxiety and have prescribed me xanax.
first off i do not see my self as an anxious person at all and never truly get panic attacks. the lightheadedness and shortness of breath is definitely associated with physical exertion (even the most minimal amount and i am used to training very hard)
could anxiety truly onset this quickly and last the entire day all day and cause these symptoms?

sorry if there is spelling mistakes but i am becoming very frustrated with this all and even taking the xanax does not take away my physical symptoms of being short of breath and lightheaded.
if anyone has any ideas or have been in a similar situation and found a conclusion please let me know.. also im sure this is not the most clear description so if you need any clarification i am happy to do so.

(i have tried looking up everything from b12 deficiency, to allergies, to a parasite no doctors have any idea so far... please help!!!!!)

tony8919 06-17-2012 09:04 PM

Re: People say its anxiety please help!
 
i should mention when i the lighteheadedness gets worse i feel like i am about to pass out any second!

Brookietrip 06-18-2012 10:34 PM

Re: People say its anxiety please help!
 
I have had panic attacks and anxiety got half my life, after 16 years of it I know what it feels like and yes it can come on quickly and comes in many different forms. I am sure that after test after test your mind is reeling without you even knowing it which could be bringing on your form of panic. Anxiety and panic are different, anxiety can bring on panic. I did not know there was a difference but I now know there is, anxiety brings on physical symptoms that appearantly continue to plague you even when you feel everything is fine. Xanax does not take away my anxiety either, it only helps my panic attacks. I pressed the issues I have with my doctor because I know there has to be something going in and we figured out I have a slipped rib that is causing most of my physical pain... It leaves me short of breath and heavy chested, back pain etc... I have exercised and danced basically my whole life, I stopped doing it over 2 years ago and now my lack of exercise and movement and training has begun to catch up to me, maybe during your hockey game you were hit or suffered a trauma that you were not aware of and now that you are on a training break it is catching up to you? Our brains are so powerful they tell us things that aren't there, muscles and bones are powerful too, they thrive on certain things or become used to one way of life and when we change them it goes into shock or withdrawal... I am not a doctor only a long time anxiety sufferer and I know the anger, irritation and fear running through you right now. Try to do what your doc days and if it doesn't work go back and ask for further exam. I myself will be seeing a therapist, I do not feel stressed or depressed except for not knowing why my anxiety came back, but I am willing to try it all to feel better. I wish you the best.

Misty800 06-19-2012 08:47 AM

Re: People say its anxiety please help!
 
Your breathing may have gotten off track for unknown reasons and is causing a "hidden hyper-ventilator" situation. That is, your breathing is causing an imbalance of carbon dioxide and oxygen. This will cause the vital organs to be deprived of oxygen. The vital organs being deprived of oxygen will cause the body to panic resulting in symptoms you mentioned. This will also raise blood pressure. Google "hidden hyper-ventilator" and learn all you can about the condition.

I had this happen to me. Two cardiologist, 3 internal medicine physicians kept telling me it was anxiety. I went to Dr. Kaplan, hypertension specialist (Nobel Prize Winner in Hypertension) at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for proper diagnosis. He recognized the problem immediately and my prescription was to re-breathe in a lunch size paper sack 5 minutes every hour and every 4-weeks fax him my blood pressure readings. I did this for 3 months and symptoms had reduced drastically. I continued re-breathing in sack as needed for a couple years. It takes a while to get the breathing back on track. Dr. Kaplan explained to me the problem was not caused by anxiety, it was caused by oxygen deprivation to vital organs causing my body to panic.

This may give you another path to travel for proper diagnosis. Doctors to this day still do not believe me when I tell them what the problem was. Doctors simply do not recognize the problem and have engrained in their head it is caused by anxiety and do not bother to treat the real cause. Have you noticed that "anxiety" is used for all the ailments doctors have no clue.

mamagoos1 06-19-2012 09:40 AM

Re: People say its anxiety please help!
 
[QUOTE=tony8919;5001106]So this all started 5 weeks ago and is starting to affect my life extremely.

To start for the past 3 years i have always been a heavy college drinker if thats what you want to call it i am 22 years old now. Not sure if that has anything to do with my problem.
About 5 weeks ago I started to get short of breath at times. i did not take much notice to it and simply pushed through it for a week or so. but as time has gone on my symptoms have become much more severe. after the shortness of breath came lightheadedness, which was only slight at first but came on bad at times during the day. about 3 weeks ago i got so lightheaded and short of breath i ended up in emergency, they did all the blood tests and chest xrays and nothing came up wrong or off. they contributed it to being dehydrated although i did not do anything to warrant dehydration.
(i should also note i am a college athlete, hockey player, except i have not been training for the past few months)
after this visit to emergency lightheadedness and shortness of breath became an all day occurrence to the point where i needed to sit or lay down and relax.
during this time it has gotten so bad that i could not even function normally throughout my day.
fatigue set in after this and i was taking naps for the next week almost constantly by 2 oclock everyday.
i returned to the hospital and they did EKG tests, blood work, ecocardiogram, and CT scan. saying everything came back normal except my blood pressure was very high 160/98. (this has happened a few times i have gone into the doctors lately.)
my chest also gets a very bad discomfort in my right upper chest at times.
since this and up till now i have stopped all my daily tasks and basically been housebound for the past week and a half. i can not even go 10 minutes of walking without becoming short of breath and lightheaded and also at times get numbness in my arms or legs. and fatigue is also very consistent.
The final doctor i have seen along with the one emergency room contributed all these symptoms to anxiety and have prescribed me xanax.
first off i do not see my self as an anxious person at all and never truly get panic attacks. the lightheadedness and shortness of breath is definitely associated with physical exertion (even the most minimal amount and i am used to training very hard)
could anxiety truly onset this quickly and last the entire day all day and cause these symptoms?

sorry if there is spelling mistakes but i am becoming very frustrated with this all and even taking the xanax does not take away my physical symptoms of being short of breath and lightheaded.
if anyone has any ideas or have been in a similar situation and found a conclusion please let me know.. also im sure this is not the most clear description so if you need any clarification i am happy to do so.

(i have tried looking up everything from b12 deficiency, to allergies, to a parasite no doctors have any idea so far... please help!!!!!)[/QUOTE]

I am a 57 year old who has suffered with panic/anxiety disorder for years...First of all..stop drinking...it dehydrates you and can and will bring on attacks. I took Xanax for a few years until I finally found the right physician who told me that Xanax would only make the attacks more frequent and eventually not help at all. He switched me to Klonopin and it has made all the difference. I take half of a 5mg in the morning and i am at the point now where I take it every other day and have had great result. Great breathing techniques work and a good therapist can help as well. I wish you all the best!

gardenandcats 06-20-2012 08:42 AM

Re: People say its anxiety please help!
 
Often docs if they can not find the problem blame it on anxiety! Yes it can be anxiety. But I would pursue this and seek a 2nd or even a 3rd opinion.


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