I've been having weird, horrible, consistent problems - everyday - for about 3 months or longer. I really need to figure out what's going on with me and could use all the help I can get. I can't deal with day-to-day life like this!
Since posting anon ( I don't want my medical details attached to my name) I'll try to get all the relevant details in without being too long winded. Pleas bear with me, I need the hive's help!
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Female, 23 years old. Married. Never been pregnant. Never had surgery (except wisdom teeth). I have had a stomach scope though. Non-smoker, No drugs, No alcohol, Minimal caffeine (tea), seasonal weeds/mold allergies. 5'4" and 106lbs (have actually gained weight in the past 6 months)
What I know
-Mild blood sugar problems ("borderline" reactionary hypoglycemia - I'm sensitive to blood sugar levels, can't eat high glycemic index foods, and generally run a little low with blood sugar and need to snack and eat regularly.
- Moderate GERD and Mild IBS - Managed with diet and Prolosec Rx. A trigger food is garlic and so I avoid that. I've had stomach problems my whole life, however the IBS started a few years ago.
-General Anxiety - Untreated, I don't have a therapist. I am perfectly willing to seek treatment for anxiety, however I think there is something physiological going on that I want to address first.
What's been going on:
-Symptoms really kicked into high gear when I started my job at the end of Sept. Regular 9-5 office job. I had some anxiety when I first started since it's my first office job (I have over 2 years experience in my field though and the tasks are actually below my skill level.)
-Randomly usually around lunch-ish time, I get these weird episodes. They are similar to a sugar crash/panic attack, however my blood sugar is fine. Episodes include: Lack of focus/cloudiness, heart racing, can't breath/catch my breath, shaky feeling, complete dizziness, light headed, intense stomach pain, nausea, then that leads to kind of a panic feeling. I also sometimes get weird little "pin pricks/raindrops" in my vision, but ONLY sometimes and I can only vaguely notice them if I am looking at something white/light. Kind of imagine feeling like crap all at once.
-General symptoms - Total exhaustion. Lack of focus throughout the day (not used to that at all, I'm usually really focused.) General "feeling like crap". It's hard to do anything but go to work. I then get anxious about going out other than work because I just usually don't feel good at all.
Doctor's Appointment and Results:
- I finally got a doctor's appointment last month. My suspicion was an Iron Deficiency or some kind of anemia. I went to a family practice doctor as a place to start. (I don't have any other regular doctor.) I was able to explain some of my symptoms, but not a full explanation really.
-Ran a full complete blood count and checked thyroid and potassium levels. Those came back "normal" I don't have the results (maybe I can access them online?) so I don't have numbers. I really thought I was iron deficient due to my symptoms.
-Listened to my heart -as it was racing at the appointment. I was put on a 24 hour Holter Monitor to monitor my heart. Results came back that I'm having ventricular contractions. (I'm guessing they mean Premature Ventricular Contractions.
) Which can cause the palpitations and are "normal" and to "avoid caffeine and stimulants" ... Great.. I already do that. I still think there is something (besides anxiety) causing the physical symptoms that result in these heart issues. I've never had my heart race or feel like this before. Occasionally? Sure.
-My dad also has an arrhythmia, so I'm not surprised about a heart rythim problem, however I feel that it's a symptom of something larger.
-My dad also thinks that these are similar to a migraine. I'm not ruling that out. I had a perscription that caused a yeast intolerance in my teens and that caused migraines, however those were much different and went away after changing meds. Again, if it is migraines, I'd like to know if there's a cause.
-I'm eating enough. I track my calories in an app - to try to rule out just lack of food - and I eat at or more than the recommended calories for my height/weight (about 1600). I have even gained weight and gone up a pant size in the past year.
My Plan & Questions (finally):
-Get another doctor's appointment for further tests/help. I plan to also try to see dietician/nutritionist although I eat well maybe there's something I'm missing? I also want to seek treatment for anxiety and start an exercise routine. (Yoga)
I'm planning on just asking the doctor general things like "What could be causing these symptoms? Who should I see? What tests can be run?" But I'd love more pointed advice and specific quesitons for my doctor. I tend to not ask all the things I wanted since doctors seem to do that rushing thing. So specifics will help me actually ask.
- What should I ask my doctor, specifically, to try to figure this out?
- Is there something that jumps out at you as a path that I should explore?
- If this has happened to you, what was it? What helped?
Thank you all so much. Email my throwaway if I missed something. firstname.lastname@example.org