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Hello friends! This is my first time on this site, but I REALLY would love the opinion of some other folks here!
I'll start from the beginning! About 6 months ago, I had a cold that left me with a bout of chest tightness and pain that I started worrying about day in and day out. About 3 months ago, I finally was seen by a doctor for that, who took a chest X-ray, which was normal. After that, the pressure seemed to go away. However, I had gotten into this cycle of constantly worrying about my health and being hyperaware that something is seriously wrong with me.
Here are some symptoms I have had:
-Anxious feeling occasionally (only when I get worked up about health)
-On and off shooting pains throughout my body (can be literally anywhere, any time and not severe at all). This can also happen in random places in my chest, back, abdomen, legs, arms, basically anywhere.
-IBS like symptoms and bloating occasionally
-Last 3 weeks, R leg heaviness and noticed a kind of cool/burning sensation on the outside of that thigh the last few days, as well as an achiness today
-Occasional tension headaches
-Occasional dizziness upon standing
-Vision differences - it's very difficult to explain this one, because my vision is clear and I don't feel dizzy. My vision just feels off- almost as if it's not steady, it just does not feel right
-Feels like occasionally I can't get deep breaths in, or that the automatic inhalation does not come easily to me unless I yawn or make an effort
-Allergic rhinitis / post-nasal drip for months and months with a productive cough for 3 months. Been seen by the doctor about this as well, thinks it is allergic rhinitis.
Doctors I have Seen
-PCP last week (going again tomorrow for my leg) --> physical exam was normal, bloodwork was normal
-neurologist (for something completely different, incidental MRI finding) --> neurologically in tact and full strength, MRI normal, except for what was a finding, which is a potential venous angioma, I'm being evaluated for that currently.
-Dr. at my university health center (recently graduated), who took a normal chest X-ray back in March and again cleared me with normal physicals.
In terms of my leg, part of me is very nervous for a DVT / PE, seeing as I am on hormonal birth control, but I understand that it could also be a symptom of anxiety. It just seems odd that it's one leg and not the other that is affected.
I also want to mention that anxiety runs in my family as well, specifically health anxiety. My mom has been on anti-anxiety medication (SSRIs) for years and has also experienced some of my same symptoms, specifically the vision differences, as well as muscle paralysis and numbness and tingling. My aunt and grandmother also experience anxiety.
I am wondering if you all think there is something very serious I should be concerned about, or if most of these symptoms can be chalked up to generalized anxiety and that I may benefit from a low dose of medication? I will ask the doctor tomorrow when I see her, but just wanted to get other opinions.
I'm just finding it really difficult to continue on this way. I feel like I am so scared of something happening that I don't want to go anywhere, and I am just sick of feeling hyperaware of everything.
Any help would be appreciated!
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