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Old 07-25-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Symptoms that worry me. No sufficient medical attention


Well I'm a long-time sufferer of OCD (pure-O), anxiety and the sorts, for starters.

Obviously I have different symptoms that are somato-form in their essence and I have a tendency to become anxious about my health.

But I would really like to have a scan of my brain and my doctor doesn't want me to prescribe it. It would be at the governement's expense in my situation, in teh country I'm in. He doesn't want to prescribe it to me, he says there's no relevant reason.

- after a nervous breakdown, I got several annoying symptoms, such like dizziness, feelings of the pavement waving, vertigo, etc.
- my right vision is strange, i don't know how to explain. Not really blurry, something else. I can see, and read, but it's still weird. And three months ago, i started noticing floaters. Grey spots on my right eye.
- I have general teeth pain. X rays showed a benign odonthoma in the right jaw. Might be caused by this.
- Different types of headache all the time.
- Once, had such a severe vertigo I couldn't stand. Just once.
- Weak or heavy legs.
- Balance problems. I hit my shoulder to the wall sometimes, I just don't feel straight. It worsens if I haven't slept much, or if I walked. Could this ever be anxiety? Also the doctor told me could happen for cervical problems (I do have compressed disks in my cerebral area, and low back too) involving the ear nerve too.
- Sometimes I have the following "attack":
headache fits somewhere;
more blurry vision;
more unsteadiness/clumsiness. Difficult to walk;
more teeth pain;
feeling of weakness to arms, hands, legs. I can still move them.
They scare the hell out of me. Could they be panic attacks? They feel neurological. That's why I want a scan.
- Memory problems that come and go. Could it be anxiety, brain fog? A feeling of physical obstruction in my mind, by wich I can't think or visualize something. I forget things easily.

This list of symtoms wich I told to my doctor doesn't sound so not worrysome to me. In my opinion it does call for a scan.

So what do you there some doctor in here?


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Old 08-04-2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: Symptoms that worry me. No sufficient medical attention

Please anybody?

Old 08-04-2008, 11:09 PM   #3
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Re: Symptoms that worry me. No sufficient medical attention

Any or all of the symptoms you describe can be caused by panic attacks or anxiety. Do you take any medications for your OCD? Or has your doctor prescribed any type of medication at all?

I know with some types of OCD it is common to have extreme anxiety about one's health. There can be a strong propensity to obsess a simple headache into a brain tumor. But there are medications and therapy that can help.

If you haven't already done so, I would suggest finding a psychotherapist or other psych professional for counseling. There is help out there.

Best of luck.

Old 08-04-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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Re: Symptoms that worry me. No sufficient medical attention

I think that all of your symptoms can be explained by severe anxiety or panic. I have some of your symptoms as well. I obsess over my health and every ache to me means cancer or some other incurable disease. I too, have vertigo and weakness in my legs. I've had pain in my eyes, but the eye doctor couldn't find anything wrong with my eyes. After I got reassured that I wasn't losing my vision, the pain disappeared. I've had tingling in my limbs and face. I had severe throat ache for a couple of months and was sure I had throat cancer. I went to an ear/nose/throat specialist and he found nothing. I've embarrassed myself in doctors offices more than once by crying loudly out of fear that they'll tell me I have cancer.
I totally understand you and your worries. Try to get your life as calm and stress free as you can. I am going to the gym a lot, but I have to admit that when the anxiety gets unbearable and I can't handle it, I do take a valium.

Old 08-06-2008, 04:08 AM   #5
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Re: Symptoms that worry me. No sufficient medical attention

Thanks a lot for your replies. Yes, I believe it's just anxiety now...

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