Okay, my symptoms started approx 3 months ago, and I think it is important to mention that around this exact same time I was forced to stop taking my Effexor medication cold turkey due to lack of funds. The first symptoms I remember were at the gym working out and I experienced a tremendoues drop in heartrate/ blood pressure and felt incredibly dizzy, with some abdominal pains. This was a VERY intense and scary feeling that caused me to go promptly to the ER. The nurse there attributed it to Effexor withdrawal and said it would subside within a week at the most.
Over the next few weeks I continued to experience these same symptoms, however they began to slowly progress and change with new symptoms. I started getting chest pains and heart palpitations and weird twitching all over. I had twitching and cramps in my abdomen and eye the most, but other twitches all over. I would also get tremors and body jerks in bed that would cause me to jump up from my sleep. Another very scary symptom was a very tight feeling in the throat that would cause me to have some difficulty breathing. I also experienced very short bouts of nausea. These symptoms were never constant, they would come on in waves, and sometimes wouldn't appear for days, but when one feeling popped up, a lot of the others would also.
It was the night after Christmas when the muscle and throat tension became extremely intense, along with a constant fluttering in the chest that scared me once again and I went to the ER. This time he said there's no chance that the effects could be effexor related anymore because I had been off it for a good 1.5 months, and he sort of brushed it off as nothing and said to limit my caffiene and alcohol intake.
These effects all continued but again transformed a lot. The palpitations diminished almost conpletely and the weird muscle stiffness, tension and twitching became much more prominant. I also had unexplainable and fairly severe pains at various times in my muscles, ranging from my back, my toes, my abdomen, the tips of my fingers, my forearms, my chest, and most notably my obliques directly under my pectorals. I started getting very sharp pains all over as well as twitching and a tension in my neck and body that caused me to feel restless and not be able to sit still. My legs would also jerk during sleep and I would continue to wake up with tremors. I've also had some bowel problems and random, off-and-on feelings of extreme fatique. My heartrate and blood pressure also seem to fluctuate a lot.
Lately i've been getting the pins and needles feelings in my legs and arms that cause me to lose coordination. I'm experiencing this right now and my left hand is having some extreme difficulties hitting the keys that I want it to. Two times this week I have woken up with sore, swollen spots that eventually formed bruises. One was on my quadricep and one on my forearm.
I went to the clinic last night to get another doctors opinion. He said it was simple anxiety and I need to be put on an SSRI for it. I just wanna mention I have basically had depression and anxiety my entire life, and have long periods of time on anti-depressants, as well as off of them, and have never experienced anything like this. I'm not great with words and had a hard time explaining the symptoms to the doctor, but I am 100% sure this goes far beyond anxiety. I have never suffered from panic attacks and I rarely even have bouts of anxiety while experiencing these symptoms. I mean, who wakes up with enormous, unexplainable bruises on their legs from feeling anxiety? I don't feel any of the doctors I have spoken to understand the severeity of the feelings I've been experiencing. They are very scary and slightly debilitating.
I just want some peoples opinions - does this sound like fibromyalgia?