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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/3/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, I am new to this so I have decided to try it out.
I am currently having/been having these symptoms for around 2 months. I have been to the doctor once anad ER twice. The first time at the doctor they told me they thought I was having an anxiety attack, the ER said the same and referred me to an anxiety doctor. The second trip to the ER went a little differently, because for once this doctor listened to me and heard me out. The other doctors jumped to the whole anxiety attack thing without even really asking me any questions. I scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor and am trying to get refered to a neruologist but I know it will probably take months to get an appointment, which has ultimately led me to this forum because I would like some answers. I have read other peoples forum and even though some symptoms are compatible nothing is precise and I am a precise person, my main symptoms are as follows:
-throbbing pains in the back or side of head
-numbness in the back of head/top of neck area
-throbbing pain that sometimes feels like its shooting so deep it hits inside my jaw bone
-head pressure, so bad my ears pop and my head feels like its going to explode
-pins and needles feeling on the top of my head
-sometimes the numbing feeling will be parallel to a burning sensation
-difficulty/not able to swallow
-feel disoriented and out of body, like i am going to pass out
-my right hand will go completely numb
-my head will feel like its super heavy then feel like its floating and weightless
these symptoms will last anywhere from an hour to 6 or 7 hours coming and going. when they hit i try to make myself sleep, thats the only time i forget about it and dont get scared from it. when these symptoms start I get in my head that I am going to die, just fall over dead. I am so scared of dying that I start to freak out, heart races, not able to breathe, intense feelings of fear, crying, chest gets tight and have chest pain, even more disoriented and out of body than before. This i feel like is an anxiety attack, but I feel like I am throwing myself into them and can't control once my fear hits. I think this is where I am getting misdiagnosed also.
I am 21 years old. Perfectly healthy, eat right and get moderate excerise. My CT Scan was norrmal and my blood work was normal. If anyone can help me on whether all of this is anxiety or an actual migraine or some time of worse neurological probem I would greatly appreciate it.

Violet Rose
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 8/4/2011 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Kaypay :)
Just read through your post and wanted to say your symptoms sound a lot like mine over the years!  I suffer with migraine but also with periods of anxiety.  I believe the two are linked and make each other worse.  Its a vicious cycle unfortunately.
When I'm anxious I bring on a migraine. When I get a migraine I'm anxious about all the different symptoms. 
One thing that I noticed was that you mention these out of body feelings.  This is so typical of anxiety attacks and I've experienced episodes of this many times.  Also the feeling that my hands are floating or don't belong to me, this can all be very scary and lead you to think you have something very wrong with you despite doctors telling you you are absolutely fine!  I have also had difficulty swallowing for many years and that is always worst the more anxious I am. 
However as I've got older I've learnt to accept my anxiety as part of me, and live with it, relax about it and just accept it for what it is.  I now tell myself I'm not going to die if I feel like I'm going to faint whilst in the supermarket....if I faint, then someone will pick me up (and let me tell you I've NEVER fainted in public even though I often feel like I will).  I know its in my head and I can control it though I is hard :)
As for the migraines, I have been having migraines since I was 17 and I'm now 38.  I've had soooooo many days of excruciating pain sometimes for days on end that I used to think it was impossible to have so much pain so often and it not be doing some terrible damage to my body.  Well its been 20 years and to look at me you would think there was nothing wrong with me!! On my migraine free days I'm as healthy as the next person with no mental or physical aftereffects of my migraines.  I tell myself that if my migraines were damaging me in some way or were life threatening I'd be long gone by now!! This allows me to relax about the whole thing and again just accept them as part of me and live with them the best I can.
Of course its always best to get everything checked out if your symptoms are new but remember that anxiety is a powerful thing and can play all sorts of havoc on your body. 
Hope this helps, all the best :)

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Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 8/20/2011 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hello Violet, i want to thank you for replying to my post. it did give me a little bit of comfort. since my post ive done one couseling session, started taking valerian root and i have a psychiatrist appointment next week. like my counselor said the hardest thing about this whole condition is going to be me accepting it. i hate this is how i have to live my life and go through this. it scares me to death thinking this could inhibit my goals for my future. theres days when i have no motivation to move bc my head feels so funny. theres days when i hate my life. i used to be able to freely go with my friends, be a social butterfly and just be so normal. now it takes thirty minutes for me to contemplate going to the grocery store bc of the feelings i get. i guess the hardest part is not understanding anything that is happening or why i have started feeling like this when i never have before. was it hard for you to accept this? i just find it almost impossible for me to just be okay with having to live like this. everytime i see an illness on tv i think i have it. everytime im alone i think what if i fall or pss out and bust my head will i just bleed to death and die bc no one is here to take me to the er. when i drive i think what if i lose control and im on the interstate how many lives are in danger. im scared to do just about anything now. i just wish it would stop. but thank you for your time and advice, i did appreciate it
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