I've been feeling faint for 2 months, yet the medical tests results are good...

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I am a 23 years old male, 1m 86cm, 66kg. For 2 months now I've been experiencing a list of symptoms that have lately started to affect my day to day life. They start as soon as I wake up and until I go to bed and they come in "waves" during the day. I had blood tests done (blood sugar, thyroid, calcium etc.), several ECG tests and they all came back great and the ECG showed a minor MVP. The symptoms, however, still persists. My GP said it's just anxiety. He might be right, I don't know, but the truth is, it's all very exhausting and it steals my everyday energy and peace. My symptoms are as follows: 

- my hands become cold suddenly then they are warm again (in a matter of 20-30 minutes) 

- cold sweats (which accompany the cold hands) 

- constantly dizzy 

- feeling like I'm about to pass out 

- sometimes restless legs 

- palpitations 

- skipped heartbeats 

- feeling like I'm thirsty all the time 

- I stop breathing several times very soon after I fall asleep (sometimes up to 10 times / night) 

- pins and needles in certain fingers (thumbs, index) 

I've noticed these symptoms intensify in the morning as soon as I get out of bed, or 30 minutes after I eat a big meal. But it's more like 75% of the times, other times the symptoms just come without prior "action". I've tried everything I can, my doctors said there's nothing else they can check, and yet, I still feel weak and faint all the time. I just want my life back, as it was a few months ago sad 

Are these "just" panic attacks? I'm not even thinking of anything most of the times when they 'come'. I've had panic attacks in the past and they were much different and lasted for 5-10 minutes and they were gone. These symptoms, persist, however. I've read something about autonomic nervous system disorder but I don't know much about it. Could it be that?

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    Hi Robertpop, 

      I was told that i was experiencing panic attacks and anxiety but i know my body and i knew it was not just that.In a way it sounds like your thyriod.  Did you go to a Endocronologist or just a regular doctor? My regular doctor said there was nothing wrong with my thyroid and i had her check me in the hospital and they ran every test on me and nothing was wrong.  I had to go see a specialist for my self with no referal.  I would start with getting another opionion  from a specialist.  I hope they find out was is wrong.  It sucks having to live with those symptoms everyday i know.

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      Hello Heather, thanks for your reply!

      No, I haven't been to an endocrinologist. I plan to do that and have my thyroid checked with an ultrasound scan maybe. Other than that, I still feel dizzy and my hand go cold then warm every once in a while, while my room is warm and there's no reason for my body temperature to drop...

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    I'm not a doctor, but this sounds like anxiety to me. When my anxiety is heightened my symptoms don't go away! They can persist and last for weeks and if I allow myself to focus on them they get worse and multiply!
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    Well Robert, I'm MUCH older than you, that being said, you will either agree or not agree that I have much more experience than you or perhaps think I know nothing as I am much older!  Been dealing with anxiety/panic attacks for about the last 10 years or more, dealt with depression for most of my life.  The majority of medications do not agree with me, ie. the side affects are worse than what they have been prescribed to fix.  So, I've never taken meds. for the anxiety/panic attacks, which at times made me feel as if I were going to die right then and there.

    Getting to my point; I think you should be checked out for sleep apnea due to your comment about stopping breathing up to 10 times a night.  Do you take meds.? 

    I'm no doctor but reading your list of the other things that are going on with you I would say they are all related to anxiety.  I've experienced most of them myself and it was due to anxiety and panic.  I wouldn't be saying this if it wasn't for the fact that you have had everything else checked out and it all came back fine.

    As simplistic as this sounds what helped me a lot with the anxiety/panic was mindful breathing, ie. breathe in through your nose and out through you mouth and be aware of your breathing.  Also what's helped me, and again, sounds too easy, is to distract myself, go outside, listen to music, talk to someone, read a book, watch a film on tv or a show you like, play a game.  Really helped me to distract from the overwhelming feeling of the anxiety/panic, not easy to do but with time and practice it can work.    I have no idea and not going to google it, what autonomic nervous system disorder is, so can't help you there. 

    I wish you luck and a very Happy New Year!


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      Hello Terri, Thanks for you reply!

      I thought about sleep apnea but the difference is that it only happens while I'm falling asleep, not after. Only in the first 20-30 minutes as my body tries to relax and fall asleep.

      I too have started practicing mindful breathing and it helped me indeed. Thank you for your insights - I appreciate your help!

      Happy new year!

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