anxiety vs medical conditions

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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
My name is jennifer. I have been reading many posts regarding physical associations related to anxiety.Iam a psychotherapist and have experienced symptoms that were related as well. It seems as if many doctors are quick to assume such Symptoms to be psychosomatic. For two years I suffered from symptoms including dizzy episodes,lightheadedness, twitches, digestive problems, chest tightness, irritability, and fogginess. I was tested for various diseases which came back negative. My pcp concluded to me that it was anxiety. I was furious as I work with ppl dealing with anxiety on a daily basis. I continued to pressur my doctor to refer me to a neurologist.I finally was reffered,and an eeg was performed. They discovered I was experiencing complex partial seizures and I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I am now on meds but still having symtoms of dizziness, tachycardia,sweating,and foggy feelings. The neuro is doing further testing to determine nerve damage related to the autonomic system. Since my experience I have advocated that my patients I see in my clinic have all medical conditions be ruled out prior to diagnosing a mental illness.since that time I have seen patients who were origionally diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar do, later discover underlying medical conditions such as pituitary tumor, epilepsy, and adrenaline do. So please advocate for yourself. Questions

Post Edited By Moderator (nervymeg) : 9/18/2008 8:01:05 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi jennifer,

Welcome to HW, I just edited your post in case that name you put at the bottom was your email address? Best to put it in in your profile through the control panel and escape the spammers. Thanks so much for your input. We sometimes take what our doctors say without reasoning because we are so anxious. On the other hand, sometimes it is just anxiety. Best to examine all aspects and be armed with the best knowledge we can. Thanks,


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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Jennifer,

Thank you for sharing your story with us.  I agree that people with physical sx should receive a medical screening exam to R/O any medical problems.

Our members are encouraged to be their own advocates and seek answers and ask questions of their PCP.

Welcome to HealingWell.



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   Posted 9/19/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Hear, hear! And welcome!

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