Hi! I'm new to this forum and would like some advice. I understand most if all of you who read this are not doctors, but I'd like some advice from people who suffer from chronic pain.
I'm a 26 yr old male and for the last 6 or 7 months I've been dealing with chronic pain. I'm a stay at home dad at the moment due to personal reasons mainly due to anxiety issues. I'm prescribed Klonopin 3 times daily and have been diagnosed with GAD, social anxiety, panic disorder with agoraphobia.
about 6 or 7 months ago I went to see my GP about chronic neck pain. He did an xray of my neck and said that my neck was pretty much completely straight caused from muscle spasms.. which he related to stress and anxiety.
A few weeks later, out of nowhere I had a massive panic attack that landed me in the ER and hooked to and EKG machine and had a CBC among other tests. It was ruled a panic attack. I was prescribed ativan and sent on my way. I've been dealing with major anxiety and panic attacks for months on end now and I was just switched to the Klonopin to see if that will help.
To the point: Ever since I had my panic episode, I have been dealing with chronic pain all over my body.. not just my neck. I wake up in the morning and it is so hard to get out of bed. I feel like an 80 year old man. Or I feel like I just got steamrolled by a mack truck. It hurts to bend down to pick up my daughter's messes and hurts just as bad getting back up.
The most prominent pain has been my lower back and sort of radiates upward. My shoulders hurt too. My legs at the knees hurt so bad that I have to constantly stretch them and/or move them to ignore the pain. If I'm sitting still (like as I type) my knees are killing me. I can't do the normal day to day things I was able to do with ease just months ago.. I feel like I've aged 60 years in just a matter of a few months.
I'm fatigued all the time. A couple of weeks ago I went to urgent care at another clinic (because it was the weekend) because I felt so weak that I was going to pass out. When I got to the clinic the nurse and the doctor separately told me that I looked like hell. I felt like it for sure. They did more blood tests, checking for viruses, bacteria, etc. I've had a few CBC's, have had my thyroid checked and everything always comes back normal.
I'm at my wits end. I'm afraid to tell my doctor that I'm in constant pain because he might think I'm a wimp or think I'm out for pain meds. I'm 26, I shouldn't feel this way. My vital signs are always good and they can't find anything wrong with me.
My mother has had anxiety issues also. I recently found out that she did when I confided in her with my anxiety issues and I found out that anxiety can be inherited. about a month or so ago she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and every time I see her she hands me her pamphlet on fibromyalgia saying that I might have it. Isn't it just a "woman's disease"? Does it sound like fibromyalgia? Can anyone relate?
I feel so horrible all the time and my wife doesn't seem to understand and is frustrated with me.
Please help. I need to find an end to this. My quality of life has gone so far down hill lately that it's literally making me depressed. I don't know what to do.
If anyone reads this, I appreciate your time.