- CASE FILE
I went from being normal to not normal overnight. In the last few years I have been told I had everything from anxiety to IST.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
One night almost 5 years ago, I felt like I was literally going crazy. I couldn't stand any noise or talking and could not even eat dinner with my family. I felt bad the next day, went to a doctor and was told I had anxiety and was started on Zoloft. Over the next 2 weeks I lost about 14 lbs. I couldn't eat and had no energy to even get off the couch. My symptoms continued to progress even after stopping the medicine. I began having symptoms like a heart attack. Unbearable chest pain, pain in my jaw and left arm, sometimes accompanied with sharp pain in my back, some times I would experience numbness in my face and arm, heart rate would go up to 130 or higher, blood pressure would increase. Called the ambulance and went to ER many times. By the time ambulance would arrive or I would get to the ER, everything had returned to normal. I was told I was having panic attacks and after several medicines similar to Zoloft, was put on Xanax for said "panic attacks." My white blood cell count would always be elevated but I was told it was nothing to worry about. I couldn't concentrate or focus on anything, unable to work like normal, always drained. Then was told I had low testosterone and started seeing a urologist regularly. Then another doctor told me I had acid reflux and was put on Prilosec. Symptoms still continued and got worse. I developed a dry cough that would wake me at night. Some nights I would wake up in a cold sweat or clammy feet. Last year, I was diagnosed with IST and went through a procedure that was supposed to fix my heart and the procedure was unsuccessful. Not longer after that, I went to a specialist who said I was misdiagnosed and the procedure could have killed me. This specialist said I had a rare condition where my heart releases adrenaline when it's not supposed to and I was put on several more medicines for my heart. I was sent to a hematologist and was told everything was fine with my blood. I went to another specialist who said I had an enlarged lymphnode under my sternum but it was not big enough to do anything. I feel bad everyday and have not been able to work or spend time with my family as I did before this started. I just want to know what has happened to me and go back to feeling normal again. I don't want to feel this way for the rest of my life. Is all this somehow tied in together and doctors are missing something or do I have to believe all these things are separate and not related at all?