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I'm having a hard time with this. I have MULTIPLE scary symptoms that are a range of anything from brain tumor to MS to fibromyalgia, etc. These symptoms could be symptoms of just about anything. And there's a pattern to them...they've been happening off and on for the past 3+ or so years now. I have gotten an MRI done 3 years ago and they say it shows up clean (other than a "change in white matter in right frontal lobe", which the doc said is really nothing). Extreme stress seems to make my symptoms worse...that's when these symptoms mostly pop up. However, sometimes even when I am not stressed, I will have bouts of the symtoms, randomly through the year. These bouts can last anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months at a time. 

My doctor is convinced that this is just stress, depression, and anxiety issues. I can't help but feel that it could be something far more serious. Could stress, depression/anxiety REALLY cause such horrible symptoms?? 

Here's a list of the most troublesome: 

--head pain on left side of head

--constant dizziness

--tinnitus/ringing ears, mostly left side

--vision issues/changes

--the entire right side of my body goes numb and tingly

--my right arm and leg feel sore/bruised and get weak/tired much quicker

--fatigued

--anxiety attacks

--pain in left breast

--feeling like I'm not getting enough oxygen

And there are even more symptoms than just these. These are the ones I deal with every day and are the most annoying for me. 

Have any of you EVER experienced things like this with extreme stress or depression or anxiety??

by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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lovegrandbaby
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I agree - get a second opinion.   Have they ever tested you for thyroid problems?  If you have a thyroid problems, that can affect alot in your body.  I have thyroid issues, and I have to take medication for it. 

hollydaze1974
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM
Soooo, you are more scared of a medication that may help, than the symptoms you describe?

Quoting Meg_the_Mermaid:

Yeah and that too...I have incredible tension in my neck and shoulders and the entire right side of my body. Sometimes I have to lay down to give my tired neck a rest. 

My doc did prescribe Celexa for me, but I haven't taken it yet. That was like two weeks ago, but I'm still super nervous about taking it, so the pills are just sitting here. 

Quoting lyrick24:

 i have experienced something like that. i couldnt hold my head up for a year and had to wear a neck brace. it felt like there was a fifty pound wt. on my neck. i went to every dr under the sun and then had every test including mri's done on me. they finally put me on something for depression and anxiety and it got better and i havent had a probem since. so yes stress can cause things like that to happen.


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Meg_the_Mermaid
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I really truly don't believe that my symptoms are being caused by anxiety issues. At all. Sorry, not sure if I mentioned exactly what my symptoms are, but I'm having issues that are most likely caused by one of my other diseases (like my fibromyalgia) and my doc suggested I may have MS and I will be going through the tests for that in the next month or so (whenever I can get an MRI, I'm still waiting on that). 

She prescribed Celexa for me because I cried in her office and she knows I'm going through a rough separation/situation from my abusive/bipolar husband. 

Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe depression can cause MS symptoms and I am really that severely depressed? Yet I don't think I am...I'm able to get up and go about my day and smile and laugh and take care of myself and my daughter. My body is in pain, my entire right side of my body goes numb and tingly, I'm getting weird bruises on my right leg, I have shocks go through my right side and sometimes can't use my arm or leg...but maybe that's what depression does and the celexa will help? 

I did just tell my sister the other night that I would try out the celexa this weekend though. I mean, I'd start taking it...I know it takes a couple weeks to really kick in. I just HATE being on medications. And I also have resentment that *I* have to be on this crap when the person who REALLY needs it (my husband/stbx) refuses to take any of it. Thus causing ME health problems from having to deal with his shenanigans because HE isn't stable. Yes, I'm a little bitter and it kinda feels good to finally say that and let all that out. *sigh*

Quoting hollydaze1974:

Soooo, you are more scared of a medication that may help, than the symptoms you describe?

Quoting Meg_the_Mermaid:

Yeah and that too...I have incredible tension in my neck and shoulders and the entire right side of my body. Sometimes I have to lay down to give my tired neck a rest. 

My doc did prescribe Celexa for me, but I haven't taken it yet. That was like two weeks ago, but I'm still super nervous about taking it, so the pills are just sitting here. 

Quoting lyrick24:

 i have experienced something like that. i couldnt hold my head up for a year and had to wear a neck brace. it felt like there was a fifty pound wt. on my neck. i went to every dr under the sun and then had every test including mri's done on me. they finally put me on something for depression and anxiety and it got better and i havent had a probem since. so yes stress can cause things like that to happen.



Meg_the_Mermaid
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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I'm hypothyroid and have been for a few years. I get tested every 6 months (or sooner, if there's something weird going on). I just had my TSH levels tested again and everything is fine there. I assumed it was my thyroid at first, but my levels are within normal ranges, so it's obviously not that. I take my thyroid medication like clockwork, I don't miss any. 

Quoting lovegrandbaby:

I agree - get a second opinion.   Have they ever tested you for thyroid problems?  If you have a thyroid problems, that can affect alot in your body.  I have thyroid issues, and I have to take medication for it. 


Meg_the_Mermaid
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I've been dealing with this flare-up of symptoms since November. I went to the ER twice in December. They didn't do anything but offer me pills that would relax me, and run some tests on my blood and that was it. Sent me home when they couldn't find anything. So that's when I finally got in to see my own doctor and she's expressing more concern for my symptoms. 

Quoting icn_mom:

what I would do in your shoes: wait for another "flare up" of these symptoms, like when they are at their worst and go to the emercency room.. where we are with a list of symptoms like those they will do mri or CT.. some things cannot be truly diagnosed until they are flared up. I know that anxiety and depression can present themselves with symptoms of serious disorders, because during these times our bodies are on "defense" mode, and tighten up, and with an anxiety attack, your NOT getting enough oxygen when your breathing patterns change drastically, and can most deffinatly cause you to become light headed with chest pain... good luck and try to relax :)


icn_mom
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

 


Quoting Meg_the_Mermaid:

I've been dealing with this flare-up of symptoms since November. I went to the ER twice in December. They didn't do anything but offer me pills that would relax me, and run some tests on my blood and that was it. Sent me home when they couldn't find anything. So that's when I finally got in to see my own doctor and she's expressing more concern for my symptoms. 

Quoting icn_mom:

what I would do in your shoes: wait for another "flare up" of these symptoms, like when they are at their worst and go to the emercency room.. where we are with a list of symptoms like those they will do mri or CT.. some things cannot be truly diagnosed until they are flared up. I know that anxiety and depression can present themselves with symptoms of serious disorders, because during these times our bodies are on "defense" mode, and tighten up, and with an anxiety attack, your NOT getting enough oxygen when your breathing patterns change drastically, and can most deffinatly cause you to become light headed with chest pain... good luck and try to relax :)


ok, glad to hear your doctor is listening to you.. our ERs are much more aggressive!

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Yes my friend like you I leave the same thing every day I'm oready for 4 years and yes is very bad because  most of the time you feel horrible and like you said is a lot more symptoms. Y hope the you feel Better

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