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[QUOTE=philr]I have been gradually getting worse and worse.I have a neck injury that started all of this.I have been taking paroxetine 40mg for a while and busproine 15mg.I thought untill I started reading this forum that I had ms.My fingers tingle my chest gets tight,my neck wont hardly turn,my face starting to get numb,neck tingles,and other weird symptons.I have read where people have a bunch of these symptoms and they have anxiety.I had a neu. gave me a prescription for xanax for about a year and I didnr know how they were helping untill she took me off of them.I went to the doctor today and she gave me some gabapentin (gen neurotin) 300mg has this helped anyone or made you sick. Lee me know thanks philr[/QUOTE]
That's so weird cause my anxiety pretty much started after I had a neck injury too... The doctors kept teling me nothing was wrong but they ended up not picking it up on their xrays and after a few months of TERRIBLE weird paind from my neck injury, I felt all freaked out all the time because the doc's kept telling me, "it's all in your head".... My pain would get worse when I drove or sat in that position with my arms up like that and I got to where I was scared to drive because of it... Later after going to a neurologist, ear nose & throat specialist, the ER 3 time & GP's, I ended up going to a chiropractor for help and he was the one that found my neck problem. He showed it to me on the x-ray and I could see it plain as day which is why I can't believe the ER didn't see anything on CT scans and xrays! I think they just didn't want to treat me further because I don't have insurance.. Anyway, the chiropractor treated me for a couple months and ALL of those weird pains I was having was gone. My anxiety stayed though.. I still had it in my mind about being scared of driving and after a couple years my anxiety got worse & worse till it turned into panic attacks. I'm now on Zoloft which has helped me a LOT. I don't have any anxiety or panic attacks at all now. I've been on zoloft now for around 2 months. I started feeling better after 2 weeks on it and I just can't tell you how great I feel now. If there's any way that you can treat your neck injury then do so as soon as possible because that alone will help to get rid of the odd pains you might be having from it such as numbness, tingling, muscle spasms, head aches, etc...
If you're not on an anti depressant such as an SSRI, then give it a shot. You might have to try a few different ones till you find one that works well for you with little side effects but when you do it's well worth it. If you're just in the anxiety faze right now, then it's best to get some medication for it now before it gets any worse. I used to think that anxiety attacks were the most horrible thing in the world till I had my first panic attack. A panic attack is like being on the verge of death every day and it's hard mentally & physically to over come. If you treat the anxiety now then it's VERY likely you wont get to the panic attack stage. A close friend of mine had anxiety and went on Paxil for 6 months then came off it and hasen't had any anxiety at all since then. Everyone is different and may have to be on the meds longer but something I've noticed so far is that the "fear" of having anxiety & panic attacks is leaving my mind day by day so, I feel that zoloft is not only helping get rid of it, it's also, helping me re-train my thought process as well. I'm getting out and doing more things now and I'm not freaked out about driving which is great cause I can live my life without fear, anxiety or panic.
Good luck & take care,
T. :)
[QUOTE=philr]Tpanic411 I have a bunch of xrays and take them to the chiropractor and let him look at them.I have wondered being this is a workmans comp.deal they might see something there biyt dont think it is work related. :confused:[/QUOTE]
Hi, I feel ya with the whole "we can't find anything drama" that dr's put you through cause I went through it too.
What type of work do you do? If you're working sitting at a computer, answering phones or where you have to be in a position where your posture has to be out of line where your head is sort of slumped forward over time then you can develop what's called "forward head posture" aka: FHP. Later if you have an accident, even a small accident which is what happened to me several months before my neck went bad but anyway, the accident can easily mess up your neck if you have any FHP before hand. An accident alone can mess up your neck but like I said, FHP develops over time and makes your neck fragile and susceptible to bad injury. Look up FHP on the net and see what comes up so, you can get a better understanding of it.
If I were you, I'd take the xrays you have to the chiropractor AND also, have the chiropractor take some xrays for you too because they have you stand up for the xrays they take and makes it easier to see anything in the spine that's out of line. All the xrays I had done at the ER were taken laying down on my back in which case caused my neck to kind of line out and look correct in the xray so, I think that's how the chiropractor caught mine (standing up) even I could see it. Make sure to find a chiropractor you can trust because I've heard that some will show you a fake xray to get you to do treatment to get money out of you. I KNOW that the xray I was shown was mine because I have one wisdom tooth left on my bottom left side and it was there in the xray. Just pay attention to the teeth alignment in the xrays to make sure they match up to yours. That's one way of being sure. If the xrays you have already have a good image of your teeth in them then you can compare them to the ones the chiropractor take. Anyway, I ended up having 2 discs in the neck that were "pushed in" which was putting pressure on some of my nerves and making me have all those weird feelings (those feelings are similar to anxiety due to the numbness, tingling, etc) but the fact that I was told over and over that I was fine for a LONG time by some many different types of doctors is what caused me to develop anxiety in the first place because I KNEW something was wrong more than just in my head which is also a common claim by all people with anxiety/panic anyway so, I was not taken serious by doctors. There was at least 2 months where I had a headache that NEVER eased up and felt like someone stabbed me in the top back part of my head & was was pulling me backwards (like my balance was off as well as all the other odd symptoms I mentioned in my last post).
Also, one of my brothers works in a factory making parts for Vans and he developed problems with his neck too over time from the type of work he was doing. He had discs in his neck that were bulging "out". He also, went to a lot of doctors and had tests ran only to be told nothing was wrong (bunch of crap if you ask me) Anyway, I sent him to my chiropractor and they found the problem and started treating him 3 times a week for the first 2 weeks then 2 times a week for 2 weeks, then 1 time a week for a month. Guess what.... He's fine now! His symptoms were the same as mine & yours were too so, I know that if you find a good, trustworthy chiropractor that they CAN help you with this if it's neck or spine related. Believe me, you'll know it from your first treatment! On my very 1st treatment, he cracked my neck a few times here and there and the headache I had for 2 months went away in about 5 seconds! I was soooooooooo happy to have found SOMEONE who could and would help me with it! It don't hurt to try a chiropractor and it's best to try and get treated BEFORE you do develop more anxiety issues. I know it can be stressful getting told that you're fine when you really do have a problem which in it's self was enough to cause me to develop anxiety issues that later turned into panic attacks. I know the difference between the pain from having a neck injury & having panic & anxiety attacks. With a neck injury there's a LOT more physical pains such as muscle cramps in the back, headaches, feeling off balance, etc... I think Dr's confuse the tingling, numbness in the hands, arms, feet, face, etc., with anxiety because those symptoms are also, felt during anxiety AS WELL as with a neck injury. Since I had a neck injury first (before ever having anxiety) I truly know the difference in the feelings. Though I have anxiety/panic now I don't have ANY of the odd feelings I had when my neck was out of line and the type of tingling, numbness I have from anxiety feels a little different than the type with neck problems. It's less severe with just anxiety/panic. The big issue with panic/anxiety is the heart racing, tight throat, difficulty breathing, feeling uneasy and anxious. The tingling & numbness from anxiety for me seems to be like a warning that panic or anxiety is about to happen and it comes and goes. With a neck injury those feelings stay but can be very mild at times and then when you do certain things (for me it was driving/holding my arms up in a sitting position) can get so severe that it can cause bad muscle spasms in random parts of your body or horrible headaches that feel like you busted a blood vessel in your head. I had muscle spasms so bad a few times from the neck problem (during driving) that it looked like I was being electrocuted. My arms drew up and turned inwards and my back drew up so bad that it would pull my upper body backwards and jerk my head backwards! Mom thought I was having a seizure but I was checked for that and didn't have one. Plus I remember every second of it. When you have a seizure, you don't remember it.
Ask friends and family if they have seen a chiropractor and if they were good or not. Look around and find a good one then go see him and let me know how you feel. My brother told me he felt 80% better just after the first visit!
Good luck!
T.





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