can this all be anxiety

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Hiya hope someone can help me it started 3 years ago had a headache and has never gone away now I have so many symptoms dizzyness blurred vision burning legs pins and needles lightheadedness all day everyday along with racing thoughts feel like im going mad,ive had an mri scan and other test all clear, can't deal with this could all these symptoms be from anxiety when I don't feel anxious thanks for reading.

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    Indeed all these things are common anxiety symptoms. Its also common to feel symptoms even when you don't at that moment feel anxious
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      It really is, but health anxiety especially genuinely does make us physically feel terrible. Just because its anxiety doent mean we physically don't feel bad. I do think the key is dealing with the underlying anxiety and not the physical symptoms. We will never get past the physical problems without dealing with the anxiety cause 
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    have you ever had a scan for you headaches?
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      I think it's great the results are clear, which reinforces anxiety as the root cause. Treating the anxiety will help these issues then resolve. A good place to start is talking with your doctor to come up with a treatment plan for your anxiety. This will be either medication or therapy, whichever suits you best. Therapy is my chosen route, others choose medication, its really whatever works for you
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    Hi sorry to hear you are suffering also I've had all your symptoms 24/7 for 18 months now had every test and they are all clear told it's anxiety.ive literally just come back from ent who has told me I have a chronic balance disorder and there is nothing they can do.is your lightheartedness constant 24/7 mine has been for 18 months now I don't hardly leave the house anymore.ent also said it sounds like something has happened to my nervous system? I've also got unbearable pain in my neck back and shoulders and ribs also my upper stomach and chest this is also constant and unbearable I saw cardiologist 14 months ago but again got the all clear but I'm so worried it's my heart.like you I don't believe anxiety would make me this ill every minute of everyday xxx 
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    Hi,

    Sorry to see you have had it as long as me,mine started with headache and have so many things since ,like you had MRI  all clear with so many scans x.ray and they come up with the same anxiety depression.Yes probably so but if the physical went perhaps the health anxiety would lift

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    Hello Irishcath,

    It's 3 years you have been experiencing these symptoms? And no one has found the cause? I think you need to push. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. 

    One thing I would want to rule out is MS; multiple sclerosis. Check it out on line. But see your doctor about it. Often it's a matter of wait and see for such a diagnosis. In any case, you want to be able to rule that out. I would say that something neurological is going on and you should see...a neurologist! Ask your doctor for a referral...and don't take no for an answer.

    There is nothing worse than not knowing what is wrong because then you cannot take steps to treat 'whatever it is'. 

    In the meantime take good care of yourself; Eat a healthy diet (6 - 10 veggies/fruits per day), exercise even if it's going for a 20 minute walk, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, get out in the light and sun, be around positive people, getting plenty of sleep etc..

    Let us know what is going on once you find out yourself. Best of luck!

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    Thank you all for the replys it does help im not the only its so frustrating ive see 3 neurologist they all say its anxiety and ruled out ms, most of my day is just taken  up by sitting down and working out what is wrong with me ive been prescribed anti depressants but I refuse to take as the side effects of them are the symptoms I already have and scared that they will push me over the edge and just go crazy feel like im trapped in a nightmare I do hope it relives soon but after 3 years of feeling like this I dont think it will😭😭sad
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      Please Irishcath, See a psychologist and a psychiatrist...if you haven't already. Something is not right. Could these symptoms be due to side effects of some other medication that you are taking? You don't 'do' drugs do you? Sorry to ask such a question but anything is possible. Maybe it is anxiety...and that is treatable. If therapy has not made things better, try your best with your doctor's help to find a medication that does work. You can give it a 2 month try and if it doesn't help, try another. Forums such as these are helpful because people who have tried these medications report on how they have helped. there are some that many agree have helped a lot. Read on. 

      I wish you luck. And remember to take good care of your overall health.

       

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      I feel the exact same, therapy is what I choose because like you I refuse to deal with the side effects for medication which could push me too far. Therapy however can work every bit as good as medication. Like medication it can take time to find the right kind of therapy- there are many. But with therapy there are no side effects! 
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      Hi irishcath,

      yes of cause you have seen a neurologist and the first thing mine did was rule out MS that's what they do,and like me not taking ADs is what is prolonging it but have tried several and end up like a zombie,easy for them not in our shoes.If you want to pm me feel free rather that put it on open forum.

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      Hi,

      just to tell you I have tried eliminating all sorts of food have never touched cheese or processed foods or alchol  and have had allergy tests to no avail and if you read on the headache forum people have done the same and still get them so Unfortunatly they do not always get to the bottom of it,

      with diet or even medication and anxiety is not always treatable some find meds some with therapy but it can be on going which you and I have found.

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    Hello Irishcath,

    I just reread your post and you state that you have had a headache FOR 3 YEARS! No one should suffer like that. But like you, I did. I had intermittent headaches for longer than that. Finally I went to an allergist who did all kinds of skin tests and they all came out negative. But, the doctor told me that i likely had food 'intolerances' and he gave me a list of foods to avoid. You can find such a list on line. For me nitrites and MSG were and still are at the top of the list. I cannot eat cold cuts (ham, hot dogs, salami, bologna etc..) And I cannot eat Chinese food because it has MSG. I get a migraine, pounding throbbing etc.. not fun! MSG is in many processed foods such as soups...almost ALL soups. You have to become a food label reader...or eat only foods you prepare from scratch..whch is better for your health anyway. You will read on a soup can: monosodium glutamate (MSG) but there are many other names for it such as hydrolyzed plant protein or yeast extract and about 15 other variations, these three being the most common. Red wine is terrible for me. One sip and I feel my neck stiffening up immediately. All alcohol doesn't agree with me basically. Cheese is another big offender. Hard cheese such as parmesan...even a sprinkling on spaghetti...headache! I can eat pizza cheese in moderation and if I only have it once in a while. Softer cheeses like mozzarella are not too bad. I will get a mild headache. Chocolate is another big one unfortunately... If I were you, I would cut out all the above foods and I would reduce my diet to its simplist, homemade form. Bit by bit...separated by as much as 5 - 7 days, you could reintroduce foods one by one.

    Another thing that has greatly helped me is keeping very regular. I have discovered that ridding my body of digested foods, in a timely manner, really eliminated a lot of my headaches. Personally I take 2 magnesium citrate tablets before bed with almond milk (I gave up milk years ago for digestive reasons and coughing) and I sleep like a log AND I am regular when I wake up with no discomfort ever. I can tell that everything from my colon is eliminated. And I feel good!

    Give it a try and eliminate these common headache producing foods, keep track of when you get headaches and what you ate in the previous meal and I am sure you will get to the bottom of this issue of yours. Who knows, maybe the tingling and other symptoms will subside as well.  Good luck, Irishcath!  

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