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I'm worried about my health; I started having symptoms a few weeks ago and they have continually worsened. I would like to know if I need to go talk to my doctor again or seek a second opinion or if all of this sounds typical and I do not need to worry. I am only 21, but after seeing one of my best friends die of bone cancer two years ago I am not convinced of the hardiness of youth towards illness.
About three weeks ago I was walking to my car after getting out of my evening classes when my heart started racing and I became lightheaded. A trip to an urgent care facility an hour and a half later showed no symptoms at all, and they sent me home saying not to worry unless it happened again.
Two weeks later (one week ago), I was driving on the highway when it happened again. This time it didn't go away - the racing heart and lightheadedness continued happening, even after I arrived at urgent care. They did an EKG and immediately called an ambulance to take me to the ER, where they did more EKGs and ran all sorts of tests. The tests came back negative but they said my heart rate was concerning -- while I was laying in the hospital bed it would go from a resting rate of 70 all the way up to 150 and then not go below 120 for nearly half an hour -- but no palpitations, as far as they could see. They gave me a 24 hour holter EKG and sent me home after giving me a referal to a cardiologist and instructions to schedule an appointment.
Symptoms worsened; I spent the next couple of nights with little to no sleep, experiencing the lightheaded-ness, racing heartbeat off and on with little relief. Parts of my body, mostly my head, would go numb/tingly with the episodes. If I finally drifted off to sleep I would wake up twenty minutes later with what felt like a lightning bolt going through my mind, and then a return of symptoms.
After that, new symptoms came as follows:
- A spasming vein on the left side of my head in the temple area (2 days later)
- Numbness/tingling in the area of the vein and extending to the portion of my cheek just under my left eye, forming an L shape (3 days later)
- continuing of numbness and tingling, sometimes being less extreme and sometimes extending down to my mouth. Cessation for the most part of racing heart and lightheadedness, except for one major episode after which I felt a pressure in my head for about 5 hours (4 days later)
- Continuing of numbness and tingling, a minor headache that lasted for about 5 hours (today)
I am afraid of having a stroke; are these symptoms signs of TIAs (ministrokes)? I am afraid that I have some sort of brain or brain stem tumor that is causing all of this. 80% of my symptoms seem to be relegated to the left side of my body.
I saw the cardiologist prior to the numbness developing and he said the issue was possibly related to my adrenaline system going whacko and has ordered an echo and a stress test. However, my GP has diagnosed this as anxiety and prescribed me an SSNRI (Cymbalta). I am not generally an anxious person; I am a full-time student with a part-time job and an internship on top of that, but I have a good home life that balances it out and I am a very low-stress, low-worry person. I have handled a workload more intense than this in the past and exhibited no symptoms.
Should I seek out a second opinion? They have not done a CT scan of my head region. I feel like I will continue to worry that I may have a brain tumor as long as my symptoms persist and the possibility is not ruled out.
Thank you very much for any responses! I don't have anyone I can talk frankly about this with in real life.
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