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    Old 09-12-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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    My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Right now my entire body has all kinds of pains and I really don't know what to do. I can describe myself as if "in flames" or "in ice", though it can be both and at different intensities.
    I fear - though I can't really trust my own logic - that all this is the long term effect of excessive use of pharmaceuticals (especially NSAIDS), anxiety, stress, insomnia and a few colds.

    I'm aware that there are more serious illnesses or posts on this forum. So please read this one only if you have time, because it's long and detailed.
    All I need is some opinion on what might be happening to me and whether I should be worried (and what I should do to prevent/cure anything that is happening), and some general advice on what to do.

    I'm almost 21, male and live in the EU.

    All started with muscular stiffness in the cervical area in June, when I did a bad yoga posture. I probably failed to use immediate protection (like ice or warm water) on the spot of the injury and the pain persisted from that day on. Initially, GP said there was nothing to worry about.

    In July the pain got worse - especially accompanied by paresthesias along upper limbs and other nerve pain around the neck - and I went to the emergency dept, where they first put me a cervical collar and prescribed me with Ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail, Ketoflam) and Tizanidine (Zanaflex, Sirdalud) to take for a week.
    That had a pain-killing effect but didn't heal the source of all stiffness.

    A week later I returned to emergency dept, and this time I was told to take intramuscular injections of a Betamethasone (a corticosteroid) and a Diclofenac (Voltaren) + Thiocolchicoside (Muscoril) each day for 9 days.
    I took the Betamethasone only on the first day, because the next day the GP told me that it might be too much for me, and instead told me to take Voltaren+Muscoril twice a day.
    At the end of each day I also had to take Lansoprazole (proton pump inhibitor) to reduce side effects of the injections, especially on the stomach.
    All this had a relaxing effect on me. Especially the Betamethasone - even if I took it only once - felt really "cool, icy, burning, tingling" in the whole body for the whole day; and please keep this in mind!

    On July 20th I had an MRI of my spine, the result of which was that the cervical region was visibly stiff. Nothing else.
    I was relieved for a while, but in time the effects of the muscle relaxant injections wore out.
    In the beginning of August, following a routine check up, the orthopedic doctor prescribed me Aceclofenac (Airtal) to take twice a day for 15 days.
    Didn't help much. Arm paresthesias and other pains continued and were quite strong when at peak, generally getting worse and surrounding the entire neck and shoulders.
    He also told me to get some physical therapy.

    As I'm living in a country where it's difficult to find a physical therapist during that period of the year (summer vacation...) I went to an osteopath while I was on holiday abroad.
    After two sessions with the osteopath I was really much, much, much better and rarely felt the stiffness anymore, though the nerve pain and paresthesia would slightly return when I was stressed or didn't sleep much.
    According to the osteopath, the muscles were tight and when one muscle is tight the others get tight as well (or that's what I remember him saying), which causes the nerves to get trapped and thus the paresthesia.

    I thought that was the end of the story, and moved normally again (I generally moved like a stiff mummy before that, and basically didn't do any physical exercise ever since I did that bad yoga posture which caused all of these problems).
    But as soon as I came back home I got a cold. Felt better after a week. And then another cold, this time with lot of cough.
    I generally get excited, nervous and anxious when I get too ill...
    (especially when I get two colds within such brief time), but however much stressed I've been in my life I've never felt the current level of pain throughout the entire body. The past few days I probably slept only 3-5 hours per night.

    In addition to the paresthesia, pins/needles in neck and arms (but no stiffness this time!), I feel similar pains throughout the entire body, around the chest, the back, the knees and even the feet.
    Whenever a part of my body presses against some object, it feels sore/sour.
    And somehow the things I feel in my body remind me of that "icy, tingling, burning, etc." feeling the day I got that one Betamethasone intramuscular injection, even though it was 2 months ago...............

    Any help and advice (also preventive) is appreciated.

    Thank you and have a pleasant day.

    (N.B. I previously had an account with the nickname "nighteclipse" but wasn't able to recover my previous e-mail account and therefore my password)

     
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    Old 09-13-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Are you running a high temperature?

     
    Old 09-13-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Thank you for answering.

    Well, I did have high temperature the first time I got the cold (I thought it was flu, since I also had a bit of diarrhea, but it actually healed after 3-4 days).
    The second time I got the cold, I didn't have high temperature.

    Right now... well it's burning/sore but not real fever.

     
    Old 09-14-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Ah... it's getting a bit worse now.

    I thought that I could explain that feeling of cold also as
    "rushes of icy water in variable sizes through random spots in the body".

    It happens in the eyes, the fingers, the toes, the belly, joints, everywhere...

    Has nobody got a single clue what this might be?

     
    Old 09-15-2007, 01:41 AM   #5
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Nighteclipse,

    More likely than not, this is - as you say - your anxiety running away with you. If you get panicky, you probably hyperventilate which can cause the odd sensations that you have. If that sounds like a possibility, you might even try breathing into a paperbag for a minute or two when it's at its worse.

    If you don't think it's anxiety, a visit to a neurologist would probably be a good idea.

     
    Old 09-16-2007, 02:10 AM   #6
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Anxiety... possible.
    But do you think it's normal that I have the pain and feel "pins and needles" all over my body (at this moment in particular my whole head and face) even when I'm very happy and enjoying my time?

    What I'm pretty frustrated about is that all this time - nearly 4 months! - none of the doctors or specialists ever suggested me any preventive cure from what seems to be an aggravating condition.
    I could've accepted chronic pain in one spot, the spot where I was injured, but it's getting worse, and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse...

    What else is going to happen to me?

    But, above all, what IS this in first place?
    Is this really only trapped nerves?
    Or is it becoming something worse?
    And can nothing really stop this, before it gets really bad?

    I really don't know what to think.

    To be honest, I really believe that the entire healthcare system needs more revenues and therefore waits till the patients get completely ill so that they have to pay more for medicine and treatment.
    Does this make sense?

    I'm waiting a while and then going to a neurologist... but meanwhile I'd appreciate your opinions especially on what this whole pain could possible mean.

    I read about radiculopathy. The symptoms coincide with the description...
    but all this time the doctors said I have neither problems with the spine, discs, nor with the nerve roots.

    Could they have been wrong?

    Could this be a long-term side effect of what the osteopaths did to me (even though for a while I really had the impression that they completely cured me!)?

    Last edited by nighteclipse86; 09-16-2007 at 02:13 AM.

     
    Old 09-17-2007, 12:43 AM   #7
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Do you drink diet sodas or use aspartame as a sweetener?

     
    Old 09-17-2007, 12:58 AM   #8
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    I think a neurologist is a good idea. But really, I'm thinking that a bad yoga posture is not going to cause permanent damage,(been there, done that) especially when the Xray only showed muscle stiffness, now, if you would have fractured a disc or something, ok, that's different but you didn't.

    I've had a few exercise/related injuries myself. I'm normally very cautious and strict on not overexerting and always pay attention to form, yet we all get lazy or overzealous and these injuries are sometimes the result as that's how it happened to me a few times.

    So I've noticed sometimes these injuries linger awhile....but in your case, not only were you injured but you seem to have been bombared with alot of medication, which could have some after-effects but again most likely not permanent. So maybe you just need some more time to heal up and also recover from any ill effects. The verdict will be at the neurologist, if he sees normal results then accept that this might take awhile for you to completely recover.

    You need to perhaps do some very light exercise and some mild stretching to help ease the tensions, while eating well and trying some slow breathing a few minutes a day along with a cup of chammomile tea.

    Above all, don't panic. It might not be as bad as you think, and as others posted here, anxiety over one's health can be a powerful force!!

    If you go to the neurologist and they find something terrible....then panic and have an anxiety attack, since it actually might be appropriate at that time, but not now!!!

    Hope they find everything ok... I have a feeling they will..good luck to you!

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    Old 09-17-2007, 06:12 AM   #9
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    Re: My body feels like hell (excess drugs? anxiety? worse?)

    Quote:
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    Do you drink diet sodas or use aspartame as a sweetener?
    I didn't drink diet soda's regularly, and in the past months probably never.

    However, one of those medications, Airtal (Aceclofenac), which I took like from 7th August to 22nd August, contained Aspartame (and had that strange Bubble Gum taste).

    It didn't seem to have any immediate effects, and I didn't take it ever since.

    By the way, currently the "pins and needles" feels like real scorching; even the soles of my feet when I walk. Anxiety?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jennita
    I think a neurologist is a good idea. But really, I'm thinking that a bad yoga posture is not going to cause permanent damage,(been there, done that) especially when the Xray only showed muscle stiffness, now, if you would have fractured a disc or something, ok, that's different but you didn't.

    I've had a few exercise/related injuries myself. I'm normally very cautious and strict on not overexerting and always pay attention to form, yet we all get lazy or overzealous and these injuries are sometimes the result as that's how it happened to me a few times.

    So I've noticed sometimes these injuries linger awhile....but in your case, not only were you injured but you seem to have been bombared with alot of medication, which could have some after-effects but again most likely not permanent. So maybe you just need some more time to heal up and also recover from any ill effects. The verdict will be at the neurologist, if he sees normal results then accept that this might take awhile for you to completely recover.

    You need to perhaps do some very light exercise and some mild stretching to help ease the tensions, while eating well and trying some slow breathing a few minutes a day along with a cup of chammomile tea.

    Above all, don't panic. It might not be as bad as you think, and as others posted here, anxiety over one's health can be a powerful force!!

    If you go to the neurologist and they find something terrible....then panic and have an anxiety attack, since it actually might be appropriate at that time, but not now!!!

    Hope they find everything ok... I have a feeling they will..good luck to you!
    Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate it.
    The thing is each time I think, "Okay, no need to panic, etc." and go out trying to live a normal life again a new symptom turns up.
    (now my chin is scorching, there seems to be some kind of "acid raindrops" for a few seconds along several nerves, and my hand seems to get painful/weak when I do tasks like writing with a pen or holding a phone and typing SMS)
    So, I kind of don't rely on my body anymore, don't know which posture is best, which movement I should avoid, etc.

    I'm actually a very positive person, and my parents also tell that I'm only panicking... But the pains (and length of period) are simply weird.

    Yeah, I will ask for a neurologist visit.

    Thanks again.

     
    Old 09-20-2007, 07:54 AM   #10
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    Hi. What could be happening to you is that your nerves was injured and inflammed due to the yoga injury. When that happens, oxygenation throughout your body is some how slower. Nerves at the groin area is also connected to the upper and lower body region.

    I once had a similar problem like yours. It all started when I was doing some re-potting of plants and twisted my wrist while carrying the flower pots. The pain near the wrist area spread to my upper arm and shoulder (tinggling pain by now). I took paracethamol to kill the pain and thought maybe it would be gone the next day. Thought its just muscle sprain. When I woke up the nest day, my shoulder was stiff, arm and hand tinggling pain. I took another pain killer and went to have a shower. I was washing my hair (head bent) and was unable to lift up my head. There was excrutiating pain along my spine from neck to waist. I literally had to use both hands (1 hand on top of head and 1 hand at chin) to push my head up.

    I did not go to the doctor as they'll just give me pain killer. A friend recommended me Mycelium (food supplement made from mushroom) and Cordypine (himalayan cordycep with pineapple enzymes). Mycelium will improve blood circulation and oxygen. Cordypine will reduce and heal internal inflammation (nerves, blood vessels, etc).

     
    Old 09-20-2007, 01:13 PM   #11
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    Okay, I got an appointment with the doctor.

    ...

    mushroomLady, thank you for answering.
    Did Mycelium and Cordypine help you and did you see positive effects?
    If so, I'm happy for you. I might try them as well (and see whether they're actually available here, contraindications, side effects etc.)

    ...

    Meanwhile I wanted to say that in one part of the neck, the burning tingling pain started occasionally turning into real, acute and pulsating pain.
    I don't know what this sudden worse pain means.
    Plus (my summer vacation finished and I'm at university again) I get some vertigo when I take notes writing fast at lectures...

    My mother asked me to reconsider an event that happened to me when I was 16/17 years old (4 years ago). I had a strong [probably nerve] pain in the right side of my face (along eyes, nose, teeth, and jaw) for what cold have possibly been the effect of a decaying tooth that is now almost totally covered by flesh.
    The pain went away after I took Aulin (Nimesulide) for some time, but I still didn't have any dental surgery.
    My mother thinks there might be some connection between what happened then and my current pain.

    What do you think?

     
    Old 09-21-2007, 03:22 PM   #12
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    Hi. I think you might be too young to be having vertigo, my friend. Vertigo is imbalance of the middle ear. Another case of lack of Oxygen (going to brains). 8 yrs ago, Vertigo knock me off completely! Complete 9 days in bed. Cant eat. Cant drink. Each time when I open my eyes, I see my whole room spinning. Tht made me throw up and feel nauseous. My specialist doctor told me tht there is NO cure for vertigo. I told him I could not accept his words.

    Sounds like your body is 'loaded' with toxin and side effects of consuming too much pain killer and other drugs (through the years). All your present pain are nerves related pain. I had nerves related pain for 12 yrs! Tried everything (prescribed medications, pain killer, massage,etc) and nothing really works. But those pain are 'history' after I took Mycelium and Cordypine (juice). I have been taking Mycelium and Cordypine for 2 yrs now and am still taking it as food supplement. Mycelium and Cordypine is completely 100% natural and has no side effects.

     
    Old 12-16-2007, 08:08 AM   #13
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    In the meantime the pain has been getting worse and worse and worse and worse. This is 6 and a half months post-accident. The vertigo comes and goes occasionally.

    I went to the neurologist and he did numerous neurological tests, but he said everything was OK. To be safe he wants to do some test by putting needles into the nerves and check their activity.

    But he looked again at the MRI I took in July and said "Your discs actually don't look good at all. They look too small and dry for your age (21)."
    As a solution he only suggested me to do some swimming and not to do anymore HVLAT manipulations.
    He also said that there is no real solution to heal the discs.

    Why didn't the previous doctors tell me this? For six months?
    Isn't that medical negligence?

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    Old 12-23-2007, 06:37 PM   #14
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    You might have Lyme Disease. I know a lot about Lyme, so ask me any questions you have about it.

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