Hello to everyone :)
I'm hoping by posting this lengthy (sorry) letter that someone might be able to advise me or tell me if they have similar symptoms.
I am also starting a diary to see if I can figure out how its triggered
Recently my daughters bf was diagnosed with Epilepsy. To become more familar with this, I started reading online only to find that many symptoms that
were described were similar to what I've been going through for many years. I am definately not a hypocondriac...but for years have been trying to get
answers to what I go through. Recently I was checked for Diabetes and Thyroid. I have been checked in the past for restless leg syndrome and do have that.
The only answer I have gotten is that I have Panic/Anxiety attacks, restless leg syndrome and possibly Traumatic Stress. I honestly think myself, that I have these
weird symptoms and that makes what makes me feel the panic/anxiety.
I do recall times when I was young that I would have a weird visual when lying in bed...it was a huge rock that would come rolling down our hallway towards
my room. Geez writing that is hard...I feel like I am nuts. It was so vivid, it was 3 dimensional. Other then that, I can't remember anything else that would seem like a symptom. Perhaps there was but I've forgotten. Unfortunately my parents and sibling have passed away so I have no one to ask. Oh and lol this was way before Indiana Jones :)
The first time I really remember this all starting was about 18 years ago when I was with my husband on a Reno trip.
I was stressed but excited as well, because it was our first trip together since we'd been seperated for a short time. Lack of sleep, lots of caffeine & alcohol and slot machine playing started giving me these strange feelings while we were there. I remember having dinner one night after having a day of feeling totally like everything was surreal or foggy and I kept getting this overwhelming feeling and visual of back handing hubby. I had a sick feeling that I was also going to yell out loud.
This feeling of strangeness still occurs occasionally but has been better with Effexor which was prescribed for depression in 2005. I have also been on Xanax for many years. Every once in awhile I still have this visual if I am feeling funny and I even visulize doing this to complete strangers.
-lights suddenly get brighter and brighter then go back to normal. Looking at bright coloured clothing, like neon solids makes this happen also.
-when walking I sometimes feel like the floor, ground etc is squishy?? mainly this feeling is in my right foot and leg.
-tingling on lips,tongue and chin to the point where my lips feel chapped.
-upper body feels hot, especially my face will feel like its burning.
-both hands shaky, twitching index finger or thumb at times.
-distorted vision...things appear foggy and surreal. This creates a sick feeling in my stomach. Hard for me to talk directly to someone during this..I will feel like I'm going to burst into tears for no reason.
Also during this time I get the nausea, slight headache which comes and goes and feel like I'm walking off balance and leaning towards the right.
-feelings of electric zaps which go through my head and immediately down my arm to hands and also into my feet. Walking or turning my head causes this. Its almost like a strobe light effect but comes with the electric zap feeling. I know this feeling can posibblt occur if you miss taking Effexor on time, but that is not the case for me.
-sometimes as I'm falling asleep I get this rushing sense of doom or death. Also have experienced feeling my body is rocking back and forth..I guess I am half asleep but can still feel this motion.
-I also have racing thoughts in my head when trying to get to sleep if I am having a spell...I can't seem to connect the thought though. Not sure how to explain that any better.
-some nights when half asleep I continually swallow like I'm trying to clear something out of my throat.
Thanks so much for reading this and I hope you can help.