Would you describe it as "air hunger", meaning you can't get enough air? That is a common symptom of Babesia and lyme disease.
See my message below which should apply to you too. Sorry for the cut and paste. Be well!
Have you considered Lyme disease? I had all of the symptoms you had and was told for months that it was all stress, in my head. I was told to seek therapy and go on Prozac. I was given klonopin.
It turns out anxiety is a common side effect of disseminated lyme disease and Bartonella (a common co-infection with lyme).
See the symptom list far below. (This is only some of them...there are really more than 70.) You don't need to have all of them. But more than 15 strongly suspect lyme & co's.
The key to getting diagnosed properly is the doctor. I had a terrible time back in Feb-April of 2010 with weird symptoms, dizziness, anxiety, forgetfulness, brian fog, twitching, jaw pain, slurrred speech, etc, etc. I had dozens of tests, including a lyme ELISA test...all normal. I was told it was stress, that I had a somatization disorder, and told to go on Prozac and seek therapy. I"m only 35!
I then found another doctor who happened to be an ILADS trained LLMD (Lyme Literate MD). She did a Western Blot test from a lab called Igenex. I came back highly positive for lyme and some "co-infections" (Bartonella and Babesia.) I never had a rash nor do I remember a bite. Lyme is in all 50 states.
I'm now in treatment and am 90% better! I have a few more months to go. All of my anxiety / brain fog is GONE!
Just a word of caution...lyme is very controversial. The mainstream doctors and infectious disease guru's deny that Chronic Lyme exists and feel it is easy to diagnose with good tests and easy to treat with 2-3 weeks of antibiotics. This just isn't true and there have been no double blinded studies to show that lyme is eradicated from the body with a short course of antibiotics.
This is why you need an ILADS trained doctor. You can go to their website and download Dr. Burrascano's treatment guideline. It is the "bible" of lyme. Regular doctors will say these aren't symptoms and that it is in your head.
Not saying you have lyme...but anxiety is a common symptom. I've met people who've been told they've had ALS, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue for 10 years when it was really lyme. They got well once going to an LLMD and getting proper, agressive treatment.
Check out the documentary Under Our Skin (google it). There are also clips on youtube. You can probably rent from your local library.
You can get well! lymenet is a good resource also.
Lyme Disease Symptoms List
1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
2. Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
4. Unexplained hair loss
5. Swollen glands: list areas____
6. Sore throat
7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain
8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity
9. Unexplained milk production: breast pain
10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
13.Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
14.Chest pain or rib soreness
15.Shortness of breath, cough
16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_____________
19.Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
20.Muscle pain or cramps
21.Twitching of the face or other muscles
23.Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
28.lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking
32.Diffculty with concentration, reading
33.Forgetfuiness, poor short term memory
34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
35.Difficulty with speech or writing
36.Mood swings, irritability, depression
37.Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
38.Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Symptoms for Bartonella and Babesia (common co-infections with lyme)
Common symptoms of bartonellosis include:
___Fatigue (often with agitation, unlike Lyme disease, which is more exhaustion)
___Low grade fevers, especially morning and/or late afternoon, often associated with feelings of "coming down with the flu or a virus"
___Sweats, often morning or late afternoon (sometimes at night) - often described as "thick" or "sticky" in nature
___Headaches, especially frontal (often confused with sinus) or on top of head
___Eye symptoms including episodes of blurred vision, red eyes, dry eyes
___Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and sometimes hearing problems (decreased or even increased sensitivity - so-called hyperacusis)
___Sore throats (recurring)
___Swollen glands, especially neck and under arms
___Anxiety and worry attacks; others perceive as "very anxious"
___Episodes of confusion and disorientation that are usually transient (and very scary); often can be seizure-like in nature
___Poor sleep (especially difficulty falling asleep); poor sleep quality
___Joint pain and stiffness (often both Left and Right sides as opposed to Lyme which is often on one side only with pain and stiffness that changes locations)
___Muscle pains especially the calves; may be twitching and cramping also
___Foot pain, more in the morning involving the heels or soles of the feet (sometimes misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis)
___Nerve irritation symptoms which can be described as burning, vibrating, numb, shooting, etc.
___Tremors and/or muscle twitching
___Heart palpitations and strange chest pains
___Episodes of breathlessness
___Strange rashes recurring on the body often, red stretch marks, and peculiar tender lumps and nodules along the sides of the legs or arms, spider veins
___Gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain and acid reflux
___Shin bone pain and tenderness
As with other co-infections, there is a lot of overlap of symptoms between Lyme disease and Babesiosis. An accumulation of the following signs and symptoms probably warrant testing and/or treatment of Babesiosis:
___Fatigue and often excessive sleepiness
___High fever at onset of illness
___Night sweats that are often drenching and profuse
___Severe muscle pains, especially the large muscles of the legs (quads, buttocks, etc.)
___Neurological symptoms often described as "dizzy, tipsy, and spaciness," similar to a sensation of "floating" or "walking off the top of a mountain onto a cloud"
___Episodes of breathlessness, "air hunger", and/or cough
___Decreased appetite and/or nausea
___Spleen and/or liver enlargement
___Abnormal labs (low white blood count, low platelet counts, mild elevation of liver enzymes, and elevated sed rate)
___Headaches (migraine-like, persistent, and especially involving the back of the head and upper neck areas)
___Joint pain (more common with Lyme and Bartonella)
___anxiety/panic (more common with Bartonella)
___Lymph gland swelling (more common with Bartonella and Lyme)
Me too I tried 3 different meds n they didn't work but I'm so desperate I wanna feel normal so I'm giving zoloft a try I do have xanax also in case I can't take the side affects.Today is my forth day on it I cut it in half cuz I'm sensitive to meds I'm gonna try taking it at night hopefully it won't b so bad.I just started a anxiety group last month but the therapist is on vacation til Sept 14th can't wait til she comes back.I know what your saying about even though the doctors tell u that the test is normal I still don't believe it cuz it feels so real that your dying when your having a panic attack.I'm so sorry I know what your going through as I'm going through it also but we can BEAT this crap just gotta try to be positive .Take care I'm here I understand.
Wow i am so glad you wrote back to me we sound so much alike I have been dealing with this for since about febuary I have had anxiety all my life but I usally can talk my self down but its not working this time i have tried 4 different medz so far and they have just made me worse so I am really scared to go down that road again but I havent been out of bed at all this week I have been crying and having panic attack after panic attack I just spent the day in the ER I had a ton of tests and they all came back negitive
and you would think that would make me feel better but no not yet I still feel weak and out of breath but yet they sent me home and told me I was fine. wow this is really hard. I am going to try and get in with my family doctor again tomorrow to talk to him about medz again I guess I have to try cause I cant live like this anymore its so hard on my family. thanks for listening. :)
Btw I just started zoloft this week I hope n pray that it works.I am VERY scared of meds but I can't take the crazy body symptoms anymore especially I have to start work on Tuesady very scared cuz I haven't worked over 2 years.
Yes I have it almost everyday .I hate that feeling where I feel like I'm not breathing n I have to tell myself to breath n that shortness of breath feels like I'm being smothered or someone sitting on my chest.I have so many anxiety symptoms that I feel like the doctor is wrong it makes u feel like ur dying.SIGH.Good luck
Yes, it can. But you need to rule out other causes before assuming it's anxiety.