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Can Anxiety affect only one side of body?!

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JenniferC

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Hey Eveyone and Rach/John.. In need of desperate answers

Hello Rach do you mind telling me what symptoms you feel? I feel a lot of similar symptoms to John. It all started on October 20th of this year (2018). I was watching a movie with my 4 year old son and got up to show my mom something on my phone who was in the back terrace. As I was showing her the message my left ear went completely deaf and I got a huge pressure in it. I tried "popping my ears" to release the pressure but it just got worse and it traveled in a wave like motion and it covered the entire left side of my head as well. All I felt was an enormous pressure like if I was going to die and I told her to call the rescue. The ambulance got their and they took my blood pressure, sugar, monitored my heart rate and everything was normal. Since everything was normal they advised me to go to the hospital to get a CT Scan of the head and so I did. Well the CT Scan of my head came back negative and they said everything was normal. They thought I had an eustachian tube dysfunction and advised me to see a otolaryngologist. I went to the doctor (considered one of the best here in Miami) he checked out my ears, did hearing tests and all the tests came back normal. Then that is when my "anxiety" really started to kick in because I was desperate to find a cause as to why that happened to me on october 20th "OUT OF THE BLUE". Tears came down my face and he sent me to see the neurologist. The appointment they gave me wasn't until 3 months later so in the mean time I decided to go to another neuro I googled nearby. The neuro ordered 2 MRI's of my head and another MRI of my cervical. He also ordered a leg nerve conduction test. Well all the exams came out completely NORMAL and he said he thought I was suffering from anxiety and migraines. This made me feel even WORSE! I felt as if they thought I was crazy when in reality I was feeling so many symptoms at once. (Dizzy spells varying in intensity every day, ringing in the ears sometimes, constant pressure in my ears and imbalance, numbing and tingling in my hands and legs, racing heart, head pressure or what really scares me is a wave sensation that starts in either of my ears and arises up into my head with a severe pressure (it literately feels like a stroke). After the pressure fades away a bit I stay very dizzy. My primary doctor saw me and he also believes it is anxiety. I had taken clonazepam but quit it after 2 months since I do not want to become addicted. Then , my father took my MRI's to another neuro he knows abroad and he said the MRI's of my head were fine but the one of my cervical wasn't because I had a reversed cervical lordosis. In other words instead of my cervical neck being curved like a C it is almost straight like an l and it could be compressing many nerves. So neuro's here say everything is fine but abroad they say my cervical isn't. Finally, yesterday I went to go see the other neurologist after 3 months and he believes what I am experiencing in my head are also migraines. My main concern is the constant ear pressure and ear popping I feel in either of the ears. Whenever it intensifies then the wave of unbearable pressure rises up from my ear to my head and it makes me feel like I am going to pass out or die.


Is anyone else with "anxiety" or "migraines" experiencing ear pressure or ear popping and wave like pressure that radiates from the ears to the head to the point where you feel like you are going to pass out or are dying? Almost feeling like a stroke but all the tests come out normal?








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Wow! Reading your story is like talking out loud! I’ve currently had crazy symptoms for about a year now! I’ve had an MRI, eye test, ear test and I’m scheduled to see a nurologist soon but everything keeps coming up normal. Every time I get a normal result my anxiety peaks and I’m convinced I’m dying of some terminal illness. My family all think it’s anxiety but it’s so hard to think that when the physical symptoms are so real and you don’t feel overly anxious!

I’d love to know how you are going now? It’s nice to know other people feel the same way.

Rach
 
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devinb3

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JenniferC, did you ever figure out a cause for your symptoms? I’ve been having very similar symptoms since last December. My ears feel super full and there’s a ton of pressure in my head and I’ve been very dizzy every day. It all happened out of nowhere for me. I did lose both of my grandmas within a couple weeks of each other right before my problems started happening so the stress factor was certainly there. My CT scans, EKG, heart ultrasound, bloodwork, and MRI of the head have all come back normal with no signs of stroke or anything. Still though I feel convinced that they’ve missed something huge. I’ve been referred to a neurologist that specializes in ear and balance issues and I’m getting testing done next week. I still have weird feelings usually on the left side of my body and my left arm almost feels week at times? Every doctor I’ve seen so far thinks it’s migraines and anxiety but it’s really hard to accept that when the symptoms are so real. I too feel like I’m going to pass out at times, I almost feel disconnected from reality. Sometimes it’s bad enough to where I’m afraid to fall asleep because I’m afraid I’ll die or slip into a coma which just seems totally irrational but there fear is there anyway. I’ve been prescribed Ativan which helps “put out the fire” when the panic attacks are bad but it’s usually a short lived victory until I’m back to worrying again.
 
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philippa_j

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Hiya everyone, I’ve been reading all your replies on here and thought I would reply and tell my story.
Out of the blue I was asleep in bed, woke up around 12am feeling like I was going to pass out I had ringing in my ears my vision was closing in on me felt very shakey all my left side went cold and numb. I phoned for an ambulance who came and completed a ECG and all was fine apart from high blood pressure. I now get tingling in my eyes also
The next day I went to the doctors and I’ve had so many tests done -
Three ECGs
A stomach ultra sound because I have terrible stomach cramps burning
3 full blood counts
1 thyroid blood test
1 vitamin d blood test (came back abit low)
1 glandular fever blood test - my glands all in my chest / arms / legs feel sore and tingly
All of the above came back normal 🙈
I’m now been sent to a neurologist this week because since the first attack I’ve had around 10 more in the space of 4 weeks. They are so draining the next day I feel tired achey and numb.
I’ve noticed they either come on at night when I’m asleep or when I get abit stressed up ie go to the doctors. They never really come on when I’m busy with the kids. I get abit if tingling down my arm and burning down my side near my ribs.
The doctor has prescribed me sterlin but I’ve heard a lot of bad things of this tablet anyone else had heard or taken this ?
Any advice on the above or just to chat would be great :) will let you know how I get on tomorrow at the neurologist
Philippa x
 
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Source82

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Hi Guys,
I have this weird heat in my back that I don't understand. It started on 28th January 2019, I felt heat in my back, NO PAIN just heat and one of my arms had goose bumps. I thought it was fever I took pain reliever and forgot it. However it came back with full force on Monday. I don't experience it much when am standing on lying down. But when seated in my car or on my office chair, at times I have to instinctively come forward because I feel as if the heat is because the back is touching the chair back. The first Dr I saw said it could be chest infection since I had cold prior to that, he put me on antibiotics which didn't walk. Frustrated and seriously confused I went to A&E they did all the heart checks, ECG, blood, bp and temp all fine. The Doctor dismissed me saying it was anxiety, they even said I should goto homepathy. I kind of believed it because I had gone through so much stress, hunger, anxiety and lack of sleep in days leading to the 28th. However the feeling has persisted, someone mentioned GERD, I started taking off the counter GERD medications (since I have had GERD before), the funny thing is the back pain doesn't seem like any GERD pain I had in my life. In fact it isnt pain per say it just as if am being burnt with heat. Another funny thing is it keeps moving around, at times up close to the neck, sometimes I feel it in my arms, or even down close to the buttocks. I went to my GP recently and she suggested taking antiacid citing acid reflux. I started taking acid reflux medication then started having gas, burping etc. So I quit and started avoiding all fatty and acid food, all that done to no avail. I now feel the heat in places in my back and shoulder as well as a nervous stomach symptom - warm feeling in my stomach every now and then. Please has anyone experienced these before?
 
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Source82

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Hiya everyone, I’ve been reading all your replies on here and thought I would reply and tell my story.
Out of the blue I was asleep in bed, woke up around 12am feeling like I was going to pass out I had ringing in my ears my vision was closing in on me felt very shakey all my left side went cold and numb. I phoned for an ambulance who came and completed a ECG and all was fine apart from high blood pressure. I now get tingling in my eyes also
The next day I went to the doctors and I’ve had so many tests done -
Three ECGs
A stomach ultra sound because I have terrible stomach cramps burning
3 full blood counts
1 thyroid blood test
1 vitamin d blood test (came back abit low)
1 glandular fever blood test - my glands all in my chest / arms / legs feel sore and tingly
All of the above came back normal 🙈
I’m now been sent to a neurologist this week because since the first attack I’ve had around 10 more in the space of 4 weeks. They are so draining the next day I feel tired achey and numb.
I’ve noticed they either come on at night when I’m asleep or when I get abit stressed up ie go to the doctors. They never really come on when I’m busy with the kids. I get abit if tingling down my arm and burning down my side near my ribs.
The doctor has prescribed me sterlin but I’ve heard a lot of bad things of this tablet anyone else had heard or taken this ?
Any advice on the above or just to chat would be great :) will let you know how I get on tomorrow at the neurologist
Philippa x
Hi, please how did your appointment go?
 
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Cfros

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Mar 21, 2019
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Hiya everyone, I’ve been reading all your replies on here and thought I would reply and tell my story.
Out of the blue I was asleep in bed, woke up around 12am feeling like I was going to pass out I had ringing in my ears my vision was closing in on me felt very shakey all my left side went cold and numb. I phoned for an ambulance who came and completed a ECG and all was fine apart from high blood pressure. I now get tingling in my eyes also
The next day I went to the doctors and I’ve had so many tests done -
Three ECGs
A stomach ultra sound because I have terrible stomach cramps burning
3 full blood counts
1 thyroid blood test
1 vitamin d blood test (came back abit low)
1 glandular fever blood test - my glands all in my chest / arms / legs feel sore and tingly
All of the above came back normal 🙈
I’m now been sent to a neurologist this week because since the first attack I’ve had around 10 more in the space of 4 weeks. They are so draining the next day I feel tired achey and numb.
I’ve noticed they either come on at night when I’m asleep or when I get abit stressed up ie go to the doctors. They never really come on when I’m busy with the kids. I get abit if tingling down my arm and burning down my side near my ribs.
The doctor has prescribed me sterlin but I’ve heard a lot of bad things of this tablet anyone else had heard or taken this ?
Any advice on the above or just to chat would be great :) will let you know how I get on tomorrow at the neurologist
Philippa x
Hello philippa_j

That's exactly what happened to me 3 weeks ago. I remembered being exhausted for working the whole day, i was also talking to my mom when suddenly i felt pressure on my left ear and then it somehow spread to left side of my head.. when i sat down my left arm and leg felt weak, and there was tingling/numbness on my stomach. I ate 2 bananas because i remembered that "weakening" part feels like the symptoms of hypokalemia i had like 10 years ago. The only difference was the ear pressure and the dizziness that accompanied the numbness.

The next day, i felt muscle cramps (dull though) on the left side of my body where the "weakness" took place the night before. I also had a chest pain which i could point with my finger and when i pressed on it, it feels bruised inside.

I went to see a doctor, but only had CBC.. which showed low potassium. And i had a low blood pressure of 80/60. I was prescribed medicine for vertigo and hypokalemia.

I went back to the doctor because i had (until now) a dull burning sensation just below my left rib. Like on the upper left abdomen or in line with the last rib on the left. And i was given (pantoprazole) doctor said it was just a heartburn/reflux. I am done with the 2 weeks PPI, but still having dizziness and burning sensation below my left rib and is now travelling to my back, can't explain this burning sensation (it's moving around) sometimes on my shoulders or neck too (i feel like it has something to do with the veins/nerve).
But what bothers me most is the air/gas/pressure that just suddenly pops out of nowhere and it leaves my head feeling like something is crawling inside.

I hope you can share any update here. It will be of great help. I hope you are feeling better now.
 
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AbrianaSantos

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May 30, 2019
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Georgia
Hi Guys,
I have this weird heat in my back that I don't understand. It started on 28th January 2019, I felt heat in my back, NO PAIN just heat and one of my arms had goose bumps. I thought it was fever I took pain reliever and forgot it. However it came back with full force on Monday. I don't experience it much when am standing on lying down. But when seated in my car or on my office chair, at times I have to instinctively come forward because I feel as if the heat is because the back is touching the chair back. The first Dr I saw said it could be chest infection since I had cold prior to that, he put me on antibiotics which didn't walk. Frustrated and seriously confused I went to A&E they did all the heart checks, ECG, blood, bp and temp all fine. The Doctor dismissed me saying it was anxiety, they even said I should goto homepathy. I kind of believed it because I had gone through so much stress, hunger, anxiety and lack of sleep in days leading to the 28th. However the feeling has persisted, someone mentioned GERD, I started taking off the counter GERD medications (since I have had GERD before), the funny thing is the back pain doesn't seem like any GERD pain I had in my life. In fact it isnt pain per say it just as if am being burnt with heat. Another funny thing is it keeps moving around, at times up close to the neck, sometimes I feel it in my arms, or even down close to the buttocks. I went to my GP recently and she suggested taking antiacid citing acid reflux. I started taking acid reflux medication then started having gas, burping etc. So I quit and started avoiding all fatty and acid food, all that done to no avail. I now feel the heat in places in my back and shoulder as well as a nervous stomach symptom - warm feeling in my stomach every now and then. Please has anyone experienced these before?
Hey I am sorry for being late I know you posted this a few months ago but I've just seen it. I have been dealing with health anxiety for almost a year now and I have the sane butning skin sensation that you are describing. Mine occurs on my back, my stomach, my face, my forehead, and sometimes my arms. I've been dealing with this for about 4 months now. Some days I dont feel it at all but it happens at least once a week if not more and it usually lasts all day. I notice that whenever I focus on it or even think about it then this horrible symptom occurs. I too thought it was a fever. But my doctor says it's just anxiety. It's so scary because I'm always on google and worrying about it and that makes it even worse! I also deal with the stomach issues like you.
 
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Sun_Dae

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Hello everyone, this seems to be a forum where I can take part too. I've been diagnosed with Anxiety about 3 and a half years ago, and since then my life changed (Health Anxiety or hipocondria). First, I had no idea what this means, and I was very scared about all the physical symptoms in my body, but how it turned out later, was actually in my mind. Needless to say, I "had" numerous hearth attacks and most of the common cancer types that I could think of (throat, lungs, colon, skin etc); actually my heart attacks were just pain in my chest and some weird "pumps" of my heart due to accumulated adrenaline(lots of EKG and holter monitoring came back clean), my throat cancer is some allergy or post nasal drip combined with some GERD too, lungs came clean on my CT scans, colon was caused by IBS, the skin was just a rash... all in one, ANXIETY provoked all of these "diseases", and of course, just in my head, but the physical symptoms were absolute real.
It's very easy for me to realize that now, but when I'm feeling anxious and something physical bothers me, I'm like totally another person, way to close to the problems to see the main picture. My last worry just follows the colon cancer, which, be surprised or not, I don't have it :). Now (even if this happened in the past in 2 more sessions) I'm very worried about my arm and leg, from the right side only, because I feel them very numb starting a few days ago. Starting yesterday evening (until then I had periods only) my leg is very numb, tingling, and i feel it colder (but is not), even after a 6 hours night sleep and some xanax (i use it from time to time to calm but it's not working every time). I even feel that i can't really move it as I want, feels heavier, sometimes like it's not even my leg. My hand is about the same, but with lighter symptoms than in my leg. Of course in my head it must be signs of some stroke or something very dangerous, but again, I think I'm too close, too involved in this to see the reality.
I constantly look for reassurance and try to convince myself it's all because of Anxiety. It helps me sometimes to read that other people are in the same (or similar) situation as I am.
What do you think, should I see some doctor or wait 6 days until my psychiatric appointment?
Thank you, and have a peaceful mind!
 
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