I remember when I lost my mind
June 24, 2011 5:10 PM Subscribe
My health, both physical and mental has been on a roller coaster over the past 3 months. I have undergone many tests and the doctors have said, quantitatively, I am the picture of health; therefore the very real physical symptoms I am experiencing must be due to anxiety. I am open to that possibility, but need more convincing...
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Basically I just want to know how severe and weird can physical symptoms of anxiety get? I've had a few panic attacks in the past (10yrs ago) and this is nothing like that.
I'm worried that certain symptoms may point to kidney disease. My first symptoms were very strong smelling urine and mild but sharp pains in my lower left abdomen followed over the course of the last three months by bouts of dehydration, frequent urination, left testicle pain, shortness of breath, leg cramps, food and drink tasting odd, fatigue, lightheadedness and what I described to my doctor as "back bubbles" the sensation of small bubbles moving through tubes in my back. (nothing like bowel gas or anything I've ever felt before)
I've had some days where I felt like I was going to end up in the ER. But I've been feeling much better for the past couple weeks.. I'm taking a .25mg xanax 3 times a day.
Mainly, now I just am dealing with occasional icy cold fingers, moderate fatigue and lightheadedness that lasts from 30min to 4hrs.
Can all of this be caused by anxiety? Or did I have some weird infection that evaded multiple rounds of testing but my immune system has eventually adjusted to.
I've had my urine, blood and stool tested multiple times. I've had multiple chest X-rays and a CT scan. Everything came out normal.
Symptoms would come and go without rhyme or reason and with severity varied from "OMG I need the ER" to "I'm feeling a bit more lightheaded and nauseous than I should"
Have you ever heard of anxiety producing such extreme physical symptoms? You are not my doctor, but then, my doctors aren't giving me much to work with anyway. Thanks.