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I'm experiencing many symptoms which my regular doctor thinks is anxiety, however I'm not completely sold on the idea that ALL of my symptoms are anxiety related (though I am not disputing the anxiety, I know I have it) so I thought I'd throw my story out there and see if anyone can relate or has any ideas, suggestions, thoughts, etc.

This will probably be long, but here goes.. My story/symptom timeline..

Back in 2004-2005 I started feeling inner shakes/jitters, with occasional spacey feelings and occasional blood rush type feeling throughout my body. My doctor did some bloodwork and discovered I was Type 2 diabetic and also had fluxuating blood pressure. I was given meds for those. Once those issues were under control and I was still having those symptoms, he diagnosed me with GAD (general anxiety disorder) and put me on an anti-depressent/anxiety med, which seemed to work fine. Felt better.

Flash forward to 2009. Not sure why, but I decided to just stop taking all my meds. Felt great. I've always been very overweight but gained while on meds, and during this time off meds I lost about 60lbs (Dr told me the one diabetes med was likely why I gained on it and lost when I stopped taking it)

Move ahead to September 2010. Had a check up from my doctor with bloodwork just to check on things. Everything good, except my sugar levels were still high, so he put me on a different med for that. Cleared to stay off the blood pressure meds, as well as the anxiety meds since I felt ok without it (not great, but not horrible enough to take the meds). Towards the end of September, I was feeling some anxiety so I decided to go back on a low dose of my meds for that. It was also around this time I began to feel a slight puffiness feeling in my face, cheek area.

December 2010 - Due to some stressful events in life from October to December, I decided to up my dosage of my anxiety meds since I was feeling the shaky, nervous feeling, and also had the lightheaded/woosiness in head/out of it feeling and like I had goosebumps inside. Also had the same blood rush feeling as above, though more frequent. Same feeling of cheek puffiness/fullness, maybe a little more now.

March 2011 - Still didn’t feel right, all same symptoms as above. Cheek pressure feeling was felt more, started to feel heaviness in jaw, almost like I wanted to clench them. Also jaw sensation, like I ate something sour, but very dull feeling. Started to feel pressure in back of head and neck at same time. Blood rush feelings. Feeling a hunger type feeling high up towards chest area, even after eating. Weaned off the anxiety meds as directed by my dr. He thought maybe possible side effects to it, even though I was fine on it before.

April 2011 - After 2 weeks weaning off my meds, and 2 weeks completely without, still getting worse, plus had withdrawl symptoms from being off the meds (brain zaps, mood changes, etc that I felt before when I came off cold turkey). Given another med to try for anxiety. On it about 1 week. Brain zaps went away, mood was helped some for the short time on it. Other feelings still getting worse. Goosebump feeling there constantly, morning to night, lightheaded/woosiness/out of it feeling still there, and feels worse at times. Many times my legs feel very heavy & weak when I get up from a sitting position and occasionally even when up walking around. Crawling type feeling (in addition to the goosebump feeling all over) in my right knee area, and occasionally on right side of my head (back/side). Worst episodes happen every couple days. Pattern I’ve noticed is that it starts with the intense blood rush type feeling through, then extreme lightheaded/woosiness/out of it & shakiness to the point where I feel like I could go into a seizure or pass out, but don’t. Makes me feel weak, heavy. Often times it’s at night, after dinner. Often makes me want to go to the E.R. And the past few times, I’ve had to turn the tv off, and cover my eyes as it seems to make it worse. The new med caused some chest pains. Told they should subside but I stopped taking it after a bad episode of the other symptoms. Chest pains went away once I stopped the meds. Sugar checks always look normal when I take them (before, during or after the episodes with the multiple symptoms). Blood pressure has been normal everytime at the doctor’s office.

Towards the end of April into early May, I got a 2nd opinion. I was given yet another anxiety med and it gave me worse chest pains than the other one. Stopped taking it and all meds completely. Episodes continue to worsen. At this point, I heard about aspartame, and decided to cut out all food/drinks with this ingredient.

May 2011 - No episodes of intense pressure on back, hot/cold feeling, extreme lightheadedness since cutting out aspartame. Still have all other symptoms. Still feeling worse gradually each day with the inner goosebumpy feeling, lightheaded (but not like during episodes), weakness, especially felt on left side, but feel weak all over. Balance seems more off than usual. Very itchy. Ear popping type pressure more often.

From the end of May until July 2011 - I was very itchy all over, but particularly on my back, stomach, chest, and the back of my head. Had weakness all over but more noticeable on the left side, especially the legs. Still feeling unbalanced and uncoordinated (walking/reaching for something, but not debilitating). Some lightheadedness and goosebumpy/buzzy feeling as usual)

Mid-Late July 2011 - Everything seems to be getting worse, progressing or new things popping up

- Constant intense goosebumpy/inner shakes?
- Almost constant lightheadedness? (brain woozy-ness? It's a feeling of like you're on the verge of passing out)
- Almost constant light nauesea (like you would if you drink water too much too fast?)
- Constant head/face pressure, fullness feeling (feels like your arm would when you have a tournequet tied around your arm)
- Itchiness (back of head, back, stomach mostly – but all over)
- physical weakness/heaviness feeling all over, sometimes feel like I can’t pick my feet up off the ground when walking, or like my legs are going to buckle under me
- Eyes burning occasionally out of nowhere like I’ve spent hours opening my eyes in a pool
- Sinus/allergy type of symptoms
- Chin tremors/shakes (only in the chin, like it would if you were shivering)
- Feeling in jaws like I’m going to start shivering (but don’t and not cold) – separate from above
- Lightheaded worse briefly when looking up, possibly when looking left (or turning head left)
- Sun/brightness bothersome when out driving (sometimes sound is also bothersome)
- Concentration off a little when driving
- Occasional thumb-sized(?) pressure pops in face (from inside, pushing out)
- Heart pounding/racing
- Face felt like it was full of pressure/liquid upon bending over and tucking chin – felt one day upon bending over a chair looking at a photo album
- Itching right inside the ears
- Chills, sensitive to cold at times
- Occasional adrenaline rush feeling (in center of chest, like how it feels when you get really giddy or excited, but only lasts a second or two)

August 2011 (present)... All of the above, plus in the past week or so, I have started to have ringing in my ear, which I notice at night when I lay down. I hear it sometimes during the day, but not sure if it's there all the time as maybe I just dont notice it. When I lay down, sometimes the ringing goes in and out in time with my heartbeat, or sometimes it's just a constant ringing. Couple days ago I was sitting at my computer and heard quick low buzzing kind of whooshing sound, then ringing, but it only last a couple seconds, but felt off afterwards. When I stand up and walk around, I get a fullness feeling in my head and pressure/thumping feeling in time with my heartbeat. Everytime I go out, I start feeling off.. particularly bad if I'm in the car idling at a stoplight or drive through, etc. In the last few days, I've been feeling stiff in my neck and shoulders. And the last 2 nights, I've been getting a strange pressure/hot/cold kind of sensation (so hard to describe) on the back of my head (in the area that would directly line up with the top of my ears). Best way I can kind of describe it is think of how your chest feels when you get really scared or desperate.. and put that feeling physically into the back of your head. It's horrible. Also, in the last couple weeks, trying to relax and watch tv is becoming horrible as well. On my best days, I can watch maybe 3 hours of tv in the evening before it starts to bother me and I start getting the intense off feeling. Somedays I can barely watch for 1/2 hour. Just typing all of this is starting to bother me.

I don't have health insurance, so my doctor has only done all the basic bloodwork, and it has all looked fine. I was test for Lyme Disease as well and it was negative, but I know those are notorious for not being accurate. I asked for an MRI, which he ordered I think just to pacify me, but I didn't get it because I was quoted twice as much as I was expecting for it though I have since found a stand alone imaging center that charges a fraction of the cost, but I haven't yet asked for my dr to order it through them. I've had an EKG and that looked fine apparently.

My doctor wants me to try yet another anxiety med again, which I'm fine with because I know some of this is probably just anxiety, but I'm not convinced there's not something else going on so here I am, typing a novel on these boards hoping someone might be able to offer some insight. I keep thinking brain disorder or an inner ear/sinus thing, I don't know! I am feeling so defeated and at my wits end. This is debilitating and I'm barely living my life. The thought of trying yet another anxiety med that takes weeks to kick in and then have it not work is torture for me.

If you managed to read all of this, thank you.. Someone, anyone.. any ideas, thoughts or suggestions?

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