Hey...I usually post on the Ulcerative Colitis forum on this site but also suffering from depression and possibly anxiety. I wondered if I could ask your opinion...
I was diagnosed with depression just over 2 years ago, and starting taking meds for it. about 3/4 months later I started getting episodes (usually for no apparent reason) where I would become headachey, dizzy, shaky, heart beating fast etc. The doctors tested me for all sorts but never found anything and said I was just stressed. This was very bad for a couple of weeks and I kept getting sent home from work. Then it got better...and soon after I was diagnosed with the Colitis. Ever since then I have experienced times where I get the shakes, heart beating fast etc when I get into certain situations, nothing major but still an inconvenience. I often get headaches and feel dizzy. The weird thing is it is mostly on the left hand side of my body...not sure if that has any relevance!
I went into hospital a few weeks ago for my Colitis and experienced major shaking and dizzyness on some occasions to the point where I needed a nurse to escort me to the toilet etc. Again they have some several tests and have found nothing physical that could be causing this other than possibly a side effect to the steroids I have been taking. Although improved I am regularly experiencing 'the shakes', dizzyness and irregular heart beats etc on a daily basis. My GP has just prescribed me Citalopram for anti anxiety, and also sleeping tablets. She says my body has been through alot with being ill and this is probably why. I have ALOT of stress at the moment, and have done for the past 10 years or so, none of which has resolved as of yet. To be honest I feel like I'm going to burst and thinking about it all I'm just wondering if, aside from being ill, it is actually my body being over-stressed and anxious and telling me I need to sort it out...(I realise the headaches and poss the dizzyness may be part of being unwell anyway) but does this sound like a reasonable explanation??
22 year old female, from the UK.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for a week of IV Hydrocortisone.
Currently taking daily:
20mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering)
5mg Prednisolone suppositories x 1
1g Acetarsol suppositories x 1 (soon to change to Acetarsol)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2