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    Old 05-24-2003, 06:43 PM   #1
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    Question Symtoms are getting worse. Doctor says its anxiety

    I'm 28 years old and I've been having alot of trouble with my health. Most of the time I get very dizzy for long periods of time. Other symptoms include hot flashes, numbness of random parts of the body followed by a cold chill. Other symptoms include muscle spasms chest pains over my heart and swelling feeling in my throat. Sometimes My energy level drops very rapidly to the point were I feel I,m going to fall. This all started four years ago when I was 24. My symptoms since then have become more frequent and more intence. had many blood tests and heart test done over the years since this started. All my tests always come back normal. These tests included ekg, treadmill, heart monitor, thiriod testing. I've been to the ER several times. My doctor says its all anxiety attacks. He recently prescribed me Alprazolam medication for anxiety attacks. I'm taking my med just like he asked. I will be seeing a nuerologist next month. I am going to request a MRI and hopefully they will find the cause of my problem.
    I need your input on what i should ask my nuerologist and what i should request.

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    Old 05-24-2003, 09:13 PM   #2
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    I would ask to have your trigger points checked by the neuro. Many of the symptoms you have named can come from knotted and tensed up muscles ( from anxiety )pressing on the blood vessels. This in turn, affects the blood supply to your brain causing the dizzy spells etc. I dealt with this for 6 months with no diagnosis before I finally found relief through physical therapyy. Good luck to you

    Old 05-26-2003, 08:35 PM   #3
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    Thanks for your input on my situation Kanden. I will ask the nuero to check my trigger points. For now I have been reading books on anxiety to learn more about it. My symptoms are always there. I have found that worrying about my symptoms just makes them worse. The best thing anyone can do in a situation like mine is just relax and not worry. You could only do so much. Worrying can only make your health worse then it already is. Sometimes I feel so dizzy and weak that I forget not to worry. Everyday for the past four years has been a fight to live a healthy life. Hopefully I will get some kind of revelation on what could be causing these symptoms.

    Old 05-27-2003, 03:46 AM   #4
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    its nice from my point of view to hear im not alone. i too have been having these symptoms for 5 months now with the exception of my heart going fast. I have the dizziness and the weakness and i know how you feel. it made me so depressed. i too went to casualty a few times but was told it was anxiety and my Gp kept telling me that too, but i didnt realise anxiety could make a person as ill as it did me. the diziness and sickness and weakness was unbearable. Finally i got an MRI on friday. still havent heard the results but feel so much more relaxed that the symptoms have almost gone (touch wood) hope u get relief soon as i know how you feel. email me if you want to chat further about whats been happening its:[email protected]

    Old 05-29-2003, 03:03 PM   #5
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    Your symptoms I'm afraid are more in the order of panic attack not general anxiety attacks. Alprazolam (Xanax)is a short term medication with short term effects. It is very easy to get addicted to it and very hard to get off or find an alternative after you have gotten use to it. Have a thyroid test also. Thyroid problems can cause attacks. You might want to research and consider talking to your Doctor about putting you on Klonopin instead of Alprazolam. It is similiar but longer lasting for regular long term dosage. Alprazolam also has many side effects and after long usage, withdrawal symptoms as your body gets use to it. I take Alprazolam 4 times a day with other meds. and I can no longer switch to Klonopin or any other med. that will work for me. I still get attacks, symptoms and side effects daily. People swear by it though. I agree it is strong and it works but if I would have known the out come I would have never started it. For some it is the only answer. Just make sure you are one of them. Good luck

    By the way, think and research for yourself and don't just agree with what Doctors tend to tell you. I have found that in my opinion, the only Doctors that are Specialists for specific Drugs are ones that are actually taking the drug themselves. This actually happened to me and the Doctor on the drug tried to give it to everyone becuase He was on it This does not work either because everyone is different. Learn you drugs, the bad as well as the good and be in control of your treatment.

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