Are these manifestations of anxiety?

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Las Vegas
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   Posted 5/27/2009 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Presenting problem 
My symptoms started over one year ago after overcoming two bouts of a non resistant staph infection that was successfully treated.  Shortly after my infection I started do get back pain in the lumbar and cervical spine. After negative results on X rays and MRI'S I began manipulation.  Despite the treatment I still felt rigid and was not as flexible as I was a year prior.  As a few months progressed my athleticism further diminished as I could no longer train in muay thai kickboxing and noticed my mile run had diminished from 5.5 minutes to 9.  I recall waking up one morning as though I was in a dream like state.  What was odd was my sence of smell diminished to the point were it is faint and I have daily muscle twitching and subtle tremors that come intermittently.  Also, I have a right burning sensation in my right lung, behind the right eye and on the right side of my head.  Also I feel a great shocking pressure in the middle of my brain which tingles at times.  Moreover I will get occasional vertigo however only when waking, e.g. duration is one time per week.  In addition my mental base line has deteriorated and am apathetic.  Overall I am like a different person.   
After explaining all of my symptoms to my doctor I was given a full blood count which came back normal.  Also,  I was tested for lyme disease, and b-12 deficiency both of which were normal.  The doctor assumed my problems could be related to a tumor and ordered CT and MRI's with and without contrast for both my chest, sinuses and brain, which all came back normal. After the results I was sent to a neurologist who analyzed me and informed me that I had tourettes syndrome as I was jerking my neck and had esssive eye blinking.  However I informed the neuro that these symptoms only started after the aforementioned symptoms have progressed.  The neuro informed me I would be fine and sent me on my way.  Unsatisfied I consulted a well noted neurologist who analyzed my mri's, ct scans, blood work and did a full examination.   He informed me that my symptoms were the result of a somatoform disorder and that they only existed to me.  Even despite telling him that my mental baseline has deteriorated and so to has my agility he seemed little concerned and implyed I was a hypochondriac and that the medical professionals know more then me.  What is deeply concerting is that my symptoms are real as my twitching comes intermittently during the day and my tremors are subtle and sporadic during the week which he did not see during examination and or seemed to even be concerned with.  I have a masters degree in social work and had to quit a great job and have little to no social network as I did in the past since my symptoms have increased.  I notice my body slowly dying and can not desribe the how depressing this has been and feel there is no hope.

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/27/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Las Vegas, you've had alot to deal with and I can only imagine what it's been like. I'm in Australia and so I;m writing this when you're probably asleep? But I just wanted to say hi and let you know that someone is listening. I can't help you with the symptoms you describe, I get anxiety which is intensely physical but doesn't sound quite like what you're experiencing. It's awful tho, and I like to come here and 'talk' to others to remind myself I'm not going crazy or totally alone.
I wish you luck, and I'm sure others will write back soon

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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Las Vegas,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.

You have a lot going on and I know that anxiety can cause many sx but I would encourage you to try another physician as well as consider seeing a Psychotherapist.

The outcome may well be anxiety as the root of your problem but I think you deserve at least one more opinion from a medical professional and if it is  anxiety then you should have a treatment plan agreed upon with your physician.

Take care and again a warm welcome.



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Las Vegas
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   Posted 5/27/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
That is sound advice.  Thanks for taking the time to welcome me and provide your perspective as it means alot.  I have scheduled another appointment with a different medical provider and will explore psychotherapy if nothing is found.  Thanks again.

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   Posted 5/27/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to you, Las Vegas, and good luck. It's frustrating to feel that you're not taken seriously by your doctors, which then makes it hard to accept a diagnosis. I do hope that you get some clear and thoughtful information from the new doctor.



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   Posted 5/27/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome and congrats on the Master's Degree in Social Work! I'm jealous.
Have you been tested for Parkinson's Disease? I only ask because of the tremors you are experiencing.
Are you taking any medications that could cause any of these symptoms or maybe taken together might cause them?
I know how depressing an ongoing medical problem can be. It's even more depressing when they tell you it's due to anxiety and nothing is helping.
Is there any way you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Please keep us informed and let us know how you're doing. Post on here anytime you're not feeling well and we'll snap you out of it! Take care, Las Vegas!! tongue
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   Posted 5/27/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Las Vegas, welcome. While I can't say I know all of what your going through I can relate to some. I get that vertigo feeling a lot somtimes I just feel offbalanced like some force is drawing we down on one side,sometimes my eyes feel funny like they are having a hard time focusing or like they shift on their own causing me to feel offbalanced. Sometimes I feel like I'm walking around in a fog. I get headaches a lot mostly tension headaches. Sometimes when I'm laying down I hear this sound like my sinuses draining kinda like air being sucked through a straw with liquid (if that makes any sense). I've had some tests done but no CT scan or MRI don't know which one is needed. Doctors have told me that the vertigo is from my anxiety but doctors I've seen in the past have just brushed it off. Not to metion I've been misdiagnosed 3 times for other minor issues and this causes me not to trust what docs say. So I totally agree with you seeking a second oppinion I know I'm doing the same for my issues. Good luck and know that you always have someone here to talk to.
This too shall pass...

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