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I've posted on here a few times but since I've gotten new symptoms and been to several doctors. In the past I've had GAD and been on meds but have been off for almost 10 years. I just need some reassurance that the pain I'm feeling is all from stress/anxiety because it's unlike anything I've experienced before.
Background: It started out with me getting super stressed out about a bump I found on my forehead. I was positive it was melanoma or a bone tumor. I let weeks go by without going to the dr and had many panic attacks and depression over it. I finally went to my PCP and dermatologist a month later who both said I was fine.
A week later I developed the worst headache of my life right above the bump in my left temple. It was a constant head pressure that burned at times and no pain meds could take it away. I had a brain CT and MRI which were both normal so they labeled it a tension/stress migraine.
After 6 weeks of this headache I decided to try a chiropractor. I went in for a whole spine adjustment and the next day my head presure was gone but I began to feel pins and needles all over that started in the neck/shoulders. I talked to chiro said nothing to worry about that body trying to adjust to new alignment. The symptoms though continuted to progress and not go away so I went to several doctors.
Continuous Symptoms (7 weeks post adjustment)
· Prickly/ Electric zaps all over every time I move, quick stabbing needle like pain that occurs sporadically in legs, arms, chest, back, feet
· Very uncomfortable but not one excruciating pain spot
· Feels like every nerve in body is irritated
· Gradual numbness in feet like they are falling asleep, hands/fingers. When walking sometimes feels like stepping on nails.
· No painful specific spot besides an inflammed muscle in neck that since subsided. Have full motion and strength
Tests I've had done:
Brain MRI & MRA - normal
Neck CT, MRI, MRA - normal with some degeneration and reversal of cervical lordosis
Lumbar MRI with contrast - mild buldge and small annulear tear at L1
EMG Nerve conduction - normal
Blood Panel – B12, Copper, Protein, SED, Thyroid, A1C1 Diabetes - normal
Chiro – Xrays normal
I've seen by the ER, my PCP, EMG dr, and two neurlogists
Since nothing major has show on any of the tests they are telling me its stress/anxiety. It's hard for me to comprehend that anxiety could cause this constant pain I feel no matter what I do including sleep/relaxing and not thinking about it. Lately, I've felt more frequent pain (every few seconds and more numbness in my feet).
My symptoms mimik periperhal neuropathy but the neurologist did blood tests that ruled out common causes. I fear my nerves are being damaged from the constant pain I'm in. It's like my nervous system is in overdrive and won't calm down. I'm thinking the chiropractor aggrevated nerves that were already tense that fired off everywhere in my body. The foot numbness is the most concerning to me though.
Has anyone been in extreme and constant pain only to be told its all anxiety/stress?
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