COULD THIS BE JUST ANXIETY? (I HOPE) & NOTHING MORE

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Wotan
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 12/25/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone here---& Merry Christmas...Happy holidays & a happy, healthy New Year!smile
 
First of all--many of you recognize me from the different forums.."(Cardiology.....Epilepsy....Asthma ...as well as here)---
 
Let me begin by saying last week....I saw four..(4) that's right!....Specialists!
 
My first specialist-
-1)-A...pulmonary specialist----after getting over a case of the flu---I had a terrible cough from late October..till just 2 days ago---& it stopped!      My pulmonary spec...gave me the PFT....(Spirometery.....diffusion.....AND the "methacholine challenge"...to rule out "Cough variant Asthma"-!
I passed all w flying colors!wink
 
2) Saw my regular cardiologist. this week-.(I see every 6 months)---for my irregular heartbeats.   L last year....I had a stress...EKG.....w isotope.      This week.....had an echocardiogram-!
I passed all w flying colrs !  (Are you with me)?
 
3) Last yr......had TWO..."sleep studies" done to rule out any apneas...& for me "pre-sleep jerks"-
I passed all--NO apneas......just some 'periodic limb movement"-
 
4) Also saw my E/N/T......for me GERD,.........under control...w protonix...& Zegerid!
I MENTION these.......so....when anyone responds----these things HAVE been ruled out-!
 
(All I have been dx with is,,,,.."Mild Mitral Valve prolapse" (episodes of SVT) --IBS  --Esophageal spasm
Middle ear problem..(causes "positional vertgo)-)
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OK--HERE is the ..."biggie"-!   For the last 3 or 4 years...(they come & go)-----I get hese  ..strange.."Pre-sleep" symptoms!  (again....NOT all the time)
Before falling off to sleep......I get the "myoclonic jerks....an arm...leg...trunk...finger...etc---
 
 **(THESE are the two "biggies")---- THEN....sometimes...feels like "breathing"...area..(like my diaphram)---is paralyzed!   It only happens for a split second..(When about to fall off to sleep)--    .then...I'll take a deep breath...& I'm OK----(this is NOT..."hyperventilation".....i KNOW what that is!    This is...AGAIN...feeling like......my diaphram....has stopped!  (I'm thinking maybe w stress.....I breath to shallowly!--It is Sooo...scary-!smhair
 
**ALSO---As I go into beginning stages of sleep,.....sometimes I feel...a very mild.."Electric shock"...in my legs...trunk...& often in my HEAD!  (Again...just split second--& ALL goes away...once asleep!---Same kind people 'weaning off SSRIs..get!...and NO.....I am NOT weaning off effexor or any...SSRI...!)
NOW.....I calleed my sleep Dr...2 weeks ago----He called me & had me call......a NEUROLOGIST..& "epilepsy specialist"-!     My HW friends--this guy.(in Philly)---is one of the TOPS...in his field!    Lectures,....around the world...has over 300 articles published on epilepsy...in peer Medical journals..& has taught at some of the best Medical schools!  
...
I was lucky enough...to get to see himm...TUES..(Dec-22)---as I am going away..(to California..this Tues...Dec 29)
 
I had to be there for a 7 AM.......EEG....----!   (I was the first patient)---which lasted for over half hr--
The tech....had my close my eyes..open them....blink.........hyperventilate...lie back..
relax...ALL the time...recording my brain waves!   THEN...the various strobe lights.....musta been..8 or 9.....w my eyes closed---then--opened!      I "went thru the mill"---Test was over.....8 AM...I waited...till...9 AM...to see this...."excellent"...& reknowned neuro Dr..& epilepsy specialist!
 
We talked....& he listened to me...beautifully!    Not only a great Dr--but a terrific guy!
 
He gave me a basic.."neuro"---looked into my eyes...checked reflexes...& other stuff..THEN....he read my EEG..(after one of his collegues...read it)---TOTALLY...NORMAL!    No signs of any.."spikes"...on my EEG...or ANy sighns ..of epilepsy!
And...HERE is where this Dr.....was really exceptionall--!   He listenede well......then explained..I had "pre-sleep myoclonus"...very common!-----BUT...I was still BAFFLED ....by my "Mild electric shocks"...& the breathing thing!
 
He felt the "breathing thing"...was..."stress related"...BUT....re: the mild shocks his answer was frank and honest---"Robert.....with THAT......we really do not know!   Things often happen for which there is no explanation!   Suffice to say...it is NOT...indicative of any serious neurological problems!"
 
An honest....straight forward AND...re-assuring answer!
 
I should add.....I take Valium.....each nite...hr before bedtime..(like 7.5 mg)---!
 
Now...The ONLY thing that really............  .........."ZONKS"....me out.......WITHOUT me experiencing...ANY of these symptoms..is a simple "antihistamine"...I take for my ear problem...(Vertigo)----& that is..."Antivert"...(meclizine)---a simple..."antihistimine"--!
 
I could break a 25 mg...tab..in half.....( & take .. the bigger half...say...17-19 mg)--at 5:30 PM..before dinner---eat dinner...at 6:15 PM...(so.....I wait till it .."kicks in")----& by....9:30 PM...or 10 PM......I bam Sooo....groogy...(then.I take my Valium)...That I go .."out like a light"--!  I mean..I go right out...NO hypnic jerks...NO ..."strange respiratory feelings-------------and I sleep thru the night-!  (Benadryl does not pack this.."wallop"...for me)---So....lately been taking that--For ME.....Antivert is a SAVIOR!
 
Now.....with ALL I've written..(a veritable.."epistle")----I kindly ask---
 
Has ANYONE here..(or more)--- EVER expierienced....
1) These strange "Mild body shocks"...before sleep---?  AGAIN,....NOT related to waening off ANY ...SSRI--!    Please---DO share it with me!   AND......
 
2) What about...this feeling of my breathing.....(Again...Have been to cardiologist...my heart is fine......I'm NOT suffering from "congestive heart failure)----
 
I should add..ONLY meds..I'm...on...ar
1) Valium(7-10 mg.day)..for anxiety-2) Protonix.40mg.for GERD- 3)Lipitor...10 mg-4) Tenormin 25mg
 
Also--take vitamins,(good multi),,....sublingual  B-12    --Magnesium (800 mg/day)---Omega-3 Fish oils....B Complex...E(200 iu/day)     Vitamin C....Baby aspirin,...81 mg...& Garlic tabs--
 
I am very health conscious...62 yr old male...5'9"...161 lbs....!
 
OK...Please---someone....or more--get back---!  I feel I am ALONE...in these "electric shock'...AND..."strange breathing"...!
 
Again..Please__i humbly implore you----
 
it is NOT GERD......NOT reflux  ...NOT 'post nasal drip"-!   I'm NOT "weaning off"...any meds---NOT "gas"..(You'd be surpised at some answers I've gotten from friends!  I've stopped asking!       NOT...."apnea"'--!turn
(See above ALL my diagnostic tests!)----Sooo...PLEASE....If you have anything like this---please---by all means..."share"...w me!    Again..I feel sooo.."alone"...&
COULD this be.......................ANXIETY....related?   (BOTH.....the "electric shocks AND the.."breathing"eyes )
 
Thanks so much!  I AM...looking forward to a few helpful...responses!   Regards..& Happy holidays--Robert!smilewinkgrin

Post Edited (Wotan) : 12/25/2009 12:51:56 PM (GMT-7)


Gaylehenry0924
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 12/25/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
 I think I have the same as you. All my tests come back as good, except MVP, yet I still have all these issues like you do.
 
Side note, it was very hard to read your post, byt the way.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/25/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all I am so sorry you are feeling so much stress but it feels to me like you have health anxiety. I am not a physician so I cannot dx and it does look like you have seen many physicians. How about a therapist to help you deal with your anxiety. Some of the sx you describe many of us expereince falling asleep. As the Doctor said if everything checks out normal some of the unusual sx. you are feeling do not have an explanation. They just happen and if they will not harm you medically try not to over analyze the quirks.



Please remember we are a peer support group and I think you would find a number of the members here agreeing therapy could do wonders for you. Blessings,



Kitt

Wotan
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 462
   Posted 12/25/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitt--

Thanks for your thoughtful post.wink

Yes--no doubt that some kind of "Cognitive therapy" would help with my hypochondria!

I have been in therapy twice..(Once right after my mom died)-  It has helped-

Also- leaving Tues,..for Beverly Hills.   I think out there--with nicer weather..I will walk more..& I will   

also--re-start my TM practice twice daily....("Transcendental Meditation")---which I began in the late 1970s.....when teaching--it really helped a lot!    YES....& i'd luv to learn Yoga-!

Thanks again....kindest regards--Robertwink


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/25/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome to a/p ...health anxiety and hypochondria are not the same thing im my opinion and am sure in many ppl s opinions...that being said i really do think you hv sx of health anxiety as was mentioned...there is the free online cognitive behavioural therapy i have done it n found it too be a great tool in the fight against a/p...i also hv made self stop sweating everything that was happening to me as i was only making self worse over thinking reading up on different sx illnesses ect.....you can get passed this or at least battle the dreaded sucker it is ,,,we will b here to help you along Robert,,,tk care and tty again...lyn
                          
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