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Scg

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Hi

I'm wondering if anyone can related to any of these symptoms, doctor diagnosed me with Stress/Anxiety in January 2020 which I'm struggling to accept due to physical symptoms i feel are not normal.. Since March 2020 I've seen a ent specialist, had endoscopy, ct scan, 2 x chest xray, 2 x blood test all came back clear. But i struggle on a daily basis which gets me down, I've done counselling, tried fluoxetine and now on sertraline for 11 weeks. My physical symptoms are
Headache
Dizziness
Flushed face
Hair loss
Ear pain
Sore teeth
Sore throat
Lump in throat
Taste bud change/burning mouth/ sour taste
Throat clearing
Back pain
Weak arms and legs
Numbness and tingling in hands, legs, fingers, toes
Trembling/shaking
Shortness of breath
Chest/tightness & discomfort
Pounding heart
Lower back pain
Stomach pain/nausea
Rib pain/ tension/ stitch feeling
Pelvic pain
Fatigue/weak
No motivation/low mood
Lack of sleep
Shin pain
Weight loss/ lack of appetite
Twitching in right eye
Blurry vision/floaters in eye
Cracked back teeth
Jaw clenching
Heartburn/indigestion
I just want to be back to my normal happy self. I deep down can't accept this is anxiety and feel there is something underlying, I'm constantly at the doctors and all they say is your tests come back clear we can find anything wrong.
 
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Hi Scg.

I can relate to your post. I also had a quite long escapade with the doctors. The multitude of tests, from CT, scans, bloods to even cancer checks, and somehow everything was normal. I experienced lots of physical symptoms (still do, but they are somehow managed.)
It started with headaches, migraines, dizziness, sore throat, nausea, stomach pain, loss of balance, and the general feeling that something is not 100% right.
Then it moved to low mood, lack of motivation, lack of sleep ( or too much of it), tension, shaking, hot flushes, weakness all over the body, anxiety and extreme fatigue. My GP was completely out of the idea of what is happening, but I persisted and pushed for the answers. Then I changed doctor practice and I have been officially diagnosed with CFS/ ME that elevated my already existing anxiety and depression. Maybe it is worth discussing with your physician about CFS and track your general health patterns? (like past infections, illnesses and so?)
 
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Hi Scg.

I can relate to your post. I also had a quite long escapade with the doctors. The multitude of tests, from CT, scans, bloods to even cancer checks, and somehow everything was normal. I experienced lots of physical symptoms (still do, but they are somehow managed.)
It started with headaches, migraines, dizziness, sore throat, nausea, stomach pain, loss of balance, and the general feeling that something is not 100% right.
Then it moved to low mood, lack of motivation, lack of sleep ( or too much of it), tension, shaking, hot flushes, weakness all over the body, anxiety and extreme fatigue. My GP was completely out of the idea of what is happening, but I persisted and pushed for the answers. Then I changed doctor practice and I have been officially diagnosed with CFS/ ME that elevated my already existing anxiety and depression. Maybe it is worth discussing with your physician about CFS and track your general health patterns? (like past infections, illnesses and so?)
Thank you for your reply, really interesting to read your symptoms as mine are similar, i think it's time for another visit to the doctors.
 
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A lot - as in most - of those symptoms could be anxiety-related, yes. But the anxiety may not be the main issue, but a symptom of another, deeper mental health issue. For instance, in my own case, I have misophonia but this is a symptom of something else, most likely dysthymia.

Think about your life, your childhood, your upbringing, your parental home, your schooling. Anything in there which could have contributed? Anything which you were fine about for years but which could be starting to creep up on you and affect you? Anything in your personal life recently?

I would suggest two things. Firstly, accept the anxiety. Denying it will only make it worse. Secondly, go back to your GP and discuss a referral for mental health help, maybe CBT. You'll read about CBT being not great on these forums, but it's horses for courses. For some it works, for others it doesn't, but at least it'll put you on the right track.
 
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A lot - as in most - of those symptoms could be anxiety-related, yes. But the anxiety may not be the main issue, but a symptom of another, deeper mental health issue. For instance, in my own case, I have misophonia but this is a symptom of something else, most likely dysthymia.

Think about your life, your childhood, your upbringing, your parental home, your schooling. Anything in there which could have contributed? Anything which you were fine about for years but which could be starting to creep up on you and affect you? Anything in your personal life recently?

I would suggest two things. Firstly, accept the anxiety. Denying it will only make it worse. Secondly, go back to your GP and discuss a referral for mental health help, maybe CBT. You'll read about CBT being not great on these forums, but it's horses for courses. For some it works, for others it doesn't, but at least it'll put you on the right track.
Thanks very much for replying, i honestly think I'm in denial of anxiety, the doctors seem to think i have health anxiety as I'm always looking for reassurance, i always try to think what could be causing the anxiety as i don't feel anxious but i am a worrier and find the last few years I'm worrying more, I've started cbt a few weeks ago to see if it helps..
 
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Hi Sch reading your post it was as though I had written it myself. I am torturing myself about my physical symptoms. I have an upper abdomjnal scan tomorrow so will stress about when I get the results. I have started on 50mg of sertraline and am hoping this will provide some relief. It is so helpful knowing that other people understand how hard living with chronic anxiety is.
 
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Hi Sch reading your post it was as though I had written it myself. I am torturing myself about my physical symptoms. I have an upper abdomjnal scan tomorrow so will stress about when I get the results. I have started on 50mg of sertraline and am hoping this will provide some relief. It is so helpful knowing that other people understand how hard living with chronic anxiety is.nu
Hi

It's so hard isn't it, i don't know what to believe nowadays. I'm just so fed up of not feeling great. I've just upped my sertraline to 75mg see if that helps. What physical symptoms do you get on a daily basis? I hope your scan goes well tomorrow.
 
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Abdominal pains in various places, rushing to the loo with diarrhoea especially mornings. At the moment I am struggling to eat I have no appetite. Like you I'm sure I just want to wake up and feel normal I'm hoping the setraline works.
 
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Abdominal pains in various places, rushing to the loo with diarrhoea especially mornings. At the moment I am struggling to eat I have no appetite. Like you I'm sure I just want to wake up and feel normal I'm hoping the setraline works.
I feel exactly the same as you do. I try to lead a normal life but really struggling at the moment.
 
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Hi

I'm wondering if anyone can related to any of these symptoms, doctor diagnosed me with Stress/Anxiety in January 2020 which I'm struggling to accept due to physical symptoms i feel are not normal.. Since March 2020 I've seen a ent specialist, had endoscopy, ct scan, 2 x chest xray, 2 x blood test all came back clear. But i struggle on a daily basis which gets me down, I've done counselling, tried fluoxetine and now on sertraline for 11 weeks. My physical symptoms are
Headache
Dizziness
Flushed face
Hair loss
Ear pain
Sore teeth
Sore throat
Lump in throat
Taste bud change/burning mouth/ sour taste
Throat clearing
Back pain
Weak arms and legs
Numbness and tingling in hands, legs, fingers, toes
Trembling/shaking
Shortness of breath
Chest/tightness & discomfort
Pounding heart
Lower back pain
Stomach pain/nausea
Rib pain/ tension/ stitch feeling
Pelvic pain
Fatigue/weak
No motivation/low mood
Lack of sleep
Shin pain
Weight loss/ lack of appetite
Twitching in right eye
Blurry vision/floaters in eye
Cracked back teeth
Jaw clenching
Heartburn/indigestion
I just want to be back to my normal happy self. I deep down can't accept this is anxiety and feel there is something underlying, I'm constantly at the doctors and all they say is your tests come back clear we can find anything wrong.
Hi, how do your weak leg's actually feel & is that feeling in both of them? I have terrible weal/ jelly/ rubbery leg's. Seem's to be a symptom that is there alot. I have been housebound with GAD & Health Anxiety & been scared to move off the sofa some day's. I've only been to the hospital twice & to 4 GP appointments & out for a drive with my Husband & 3 trips to my local shop in just over 7 months. Maybe they have lost their strength/ muscle. But i am worried it's MS. Sorry you're having a hard time too 😪
 
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Hi, how do your weak leg's actually feel & is that feeling in both of them? I have terrible weal/ jelly/ rubbery leg's. Seem's to be a symptom that is there alot. I have been housebound with GAD & Health Anxiety & been scared to move off the sofa some day's. I've only been to the hospital twice & to 4 GP appointments & out for a drive with my Husband & 3 trips to my local shop in just over 7 months. Maybe they have lost their strength/ muscle. But i am worried it's MS. Sorry you're having a hard time too 😪
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Yes they feel exactly just like your describing, i have been on antidepressants for several months now and just recently upped my dose which seem to have helped and a lot of the physical symptoms i have wrote seem to be going. I'm not saying each day is perfect but i seem to be doing practically every day normal things. Has your gp put everything down to anxiety and also what tests have you had. It's such a horrible way to live xx
 
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Yes they feel exactly just like your describing, i have been on antidepressants for several months now and just recently upped my dose which seem to have helped and a lot of the physical symptoms i have wrote seem to be going. I'm not saying each day is perfect but i seem to be doing practically every day normal things. Has your gp put everything down to anxiety and also what tests have you had. It's such a horrible way to live xx
The 3 GP's that i've seen & the different Doctors i've seen on separate occasions at the Hospital have put it down to Anxiety. Nothing found on ECG,chest xray,bloodwork,CT Scan & more bloodwork. They've said Anxiety. However,for the past month my leg's are this way for alot of the day. But my Anxiety is bad 24/7. One GP put me on a very low dose of Pregabolin as i'm so med sensitive. But i was too scared to try it due to reading the symptoms list. Xx
 
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Hi Sch reading your post it was as though I had written it myself. I am torturing myself about my physical symptoms. I have an upper abdomjnal scan tomorrow so will stress about when I get the results. I have started on 50mg of sertraline and am hoping this will provide some relief. It is so helpful knowing that other people understand how hard living with chronic anxiety is.
How did your scan go?
 
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The 3 GP's that i've seen & the different Doctors i've seen on separate occasions at the Hospital have put it down to Anxiety. Nothing found on ECG,chest xray,bloodwork,CT Scan & more bloodwork. They've said Anxiety. However,for the past month my leg's are this way for alot of the day. But my Anxiety is bad 24/7. One GP put me on a very low dose of Pregabolin as i'm so med sensitive. But i was too scared to try it due to reading the symptoms list. Xx
Anxiety can affect the legs, i get a lot of tingle in my legs and feet, or burning in my feet for some reason. Also if your not very active and sitting around it could also be the cause. I think we pick up on every little feeling in our body.
 
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Anxiety can affect the legs, i get a lot of tingle in my legs and feet, or burning in my feet for some reason. Also if your not very active and sitting around it could also be the cause. I think we pick up on every little feeling in our body.
Do you get any numbness or numb patches also? My lower back,the lumbar area gives me pain. You are so right,we pick up on every little feeling & then panic,well i do.
 
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