what tests have you all had done?

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angela52884
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   Posted 10/19/2006 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone I was just wondering what tests you all had done before you were diagnosed with anxiety?? I will start I have had all the normal blood work, thyroid testing, chest xray, urine analysis, 2 ekg's and an electrocardiogram. I was just wanting to get some advice as to if there are any other tests I should ask the doc to run? Any suggestions?
 
                                                       Thanks you!
                                                               Angela

paniccu
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   Posted 10/19/2006 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm interested in this too Angela! I've had some various testing done over the years, but only because I was having symptoms of things. I've had an EKG and a 24 hr halter monitor and blood tests for thyroid and anemia.

Mooney123
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   Posted 10/19/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
before i was diagnosed, i took a blood test. i was certain i had a brain tumor. They were trying to rule out Diabetes, Thyroid Problem, Leukemia, etc.
 
As time went on and my symptoms changed, Ive had 2 head MRIs (to rule out tumor and MS), chest x-rays, more blood tests (ruling out Lyme disease, leptospirosis, rocky mountain spotted fever, HIV), 2 barium x-rays, upper endoscopy, EEG, EKG, Echocardiogram, allergy tests, lymphnode biopsy. 
 
I've had this for years and i decided one day to call and get a copy of ALL of my medical records. I was suprised to see that tests they told me were okay were not. my white blood counts sometimes were out of range, i had a low grade fevers, my MRI showed a slightly enlarged pituitary gland and "vague white matter". I've also (since being diagnosed w/panic disorder) developed tons of real food allergies, a heart murmur, and GERD. Also, low ferritin level (borderline anemic).
 
I think panic disorder does cause physical problems that can show up on tests. I was very healthy before my first panic attack.    

jethro
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   Posted 10/19/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Back in 1963 my doctor took one look at me, talked for about five minutes, and then told me I had anxiety.  I never had any tests whatsoever, but as I am still alive I assume he was right and I haven't had thousands of heart attacks, cancer in every organ, or every other part of my anatomy.  I didn't have collapsed lungs, brain tumors, asthma, arthritis or paralysis.  I just thought I did and had all the symptoms.  They don't make doctors like they used to!
 
 
The mind is like a parachute - It works better when it's open.


idie
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   Posted 10/19/2006 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey angela, I have pretty much went through that the others have. At the age of 22 I had my first panic attack. Not knowing what this was I had a family member take me to the ER, convinced I was having a heart attack. This was the first of many trips. A number of tests followed over the next year: on my heart, digestive tract (upper and lower), blood tests and whatnot. I saw many a doctor, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist. Eventually everything was ruled out and I was finally diagnosed. Even still knowing all of this I still sometimes have bad problems in putting my faith in the truth of the tests and the doctors. But this is just my anxiety trying to get the best of me. This is what I tell myself when I feel this way. Good luck! Let us know how you're doing! I'll be praying for you. panicinID

Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/19/2006 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't gone through any tests, and am still alive to this day 8 years later with anxiety.

It resurfaced some months ago and I got on meds. My doc wanted to give physical tests but I was having a panic attack just having to go to the doctor, so she knew what was wrong and prescribed me the right meds.

There are still some docs like there were in the old days. I just didn't want to have to go through all the physical tests as I knew exactly what was wrong and it's genetic.

Twiggygal~
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 



Jenny R.
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   Posted 10/19/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my problems all started 6 years ago, I was watching tv, and all of a sudden I started seeing black spots on everything, i panicked, and the saide of my face went numb and also my arm, I didn't realize then it was migraines.  I started to woryy about this, then one evening while out to dinner I had an anxiety attack, I didn't know if I was going to pass out or barf, this left me with 3 months of nausea, had upper GI series, barium swallow, colonoscopy, and hepatabiliary scan, all normal, doc said anxiety.  Then the facial tingling started, googled, and MS came up, i freaked, my gram was diagnosed with MS at age 60, its been downhill since.  I fell in our perc test hole, my right leg went in the hole clear up past my knee, my tailbone started bothering me, so I went to the chiro, without taking x-rays, he said that from  my symptoms he thought I had MS, fribromyalgia, or a brain stem tumor, I left his office a basket case, by the time I got home my skin was burning,I had tingling sensations in my hands and feet, and extreme nausea, I called the office and spoke to him, he told me that I needed to see a specialist, well, I didn't have all this when I went to see him, I went because my tailbone hurt.  This has been 4 years ago, Just this past April I decided that it was time to have more tests done instead of worrying myself to death, brain MRI w/ contrast was normal, cervical MRI, normal, thyroid, normal, sed-rate, normal,lyme negative, so you think I would be happy about this, no, I still worry, my doc put me on buspar monday, so far my tingles and prickly feelings are worse, but hopefully they will get better.  Does anyone else have these pin-prick feelings and bug crawling sensations with an anxiety disorder?  Thank you!!!!

Shebig
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   Posted 10/19/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have had so many tests, I can't remember them all. I've had echocardiograms, EEG's, CTscans, blood tests, MRI, EMG's and more. I have lupus and many other disorders, so none of these came out normal, which is probably why I have anxiety. I did have phsyc testing done years ago, I really didn't enjoy that.
 
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