i feel the same way. My moms a nurse and she thinks ive been labled. I have heart palps and faster than normal hb, and i get dizzy and feel horrible. I keep going to the doctor bc i dont want them to tell me its anxiety when it may not be. Like that is the easiest answer that they can give and send you on your way. Im only 27, in great shape, i eat well and dont drink or smoke. So what is my problem, if i say i dont feel good then something is wrong. Like i want them to exhaust every test available and send me to every specialist, i just want to know the answer. So of course i have anxiety, but only bc i have all these symptoms, and ive been healthy and with no problems for years, so why now. Its very frustrating, i just demand tests and to be sent to different docs.
i'M 29 and this started nearly a year ago. They did an ecg and an EKG but of course nothing happened during the tests, I also had bloodwork. Sometimes I feel like if I could get the test done more often they'd get it but it's not happening. I'm doing all I can to get my heart healthy taking multi vitamine, Omegas, garlic pills, the palps are still there and the symptoms. I once fell on something that claimed to clean up your whole blood system for just 400$. Well as much as I'd like to beleive and try miracle cures I don't have that money and that's not even to say if it would do anything.
Not only have I gone through what you're both going through, being "labeled," many years ago as an "Anxious Annie," or "Nervous Nellie," and quite possibly a "drug seeker," it can be horribly frustrating AND frightening to keep being blown off by medical professionals. I worked for quite a few years in the ER dept. and there we many people who came in with the same symptoms you both describe, and which I also can relate to, and across the top of their chart, in red, would be written "AX." This stood for "anxiety." I saw it happen so many times that the doctor would go in, listen to their hearts and breathing, look at their elevated BP and send them home with some Xanax or Ativan so they could calm down. Very seldom did I see any of them order an EKG or bloodwork to rule out something more serious.
While I'm pretty sure you are both suffering with anxiety/panic, I'm not a doctor and I'm especially not a cardiologist. If you both want definate answers to the condition of your heart and reassurance that the dx of anxiety is most likely correct, I recommend you see a cardio and have a work up done. Then you will know for certain what you're dealing with.
It's a sad fact of life these days that we must be very pro-active in our own health care, but if you both seriously believe you are being shoved out the door with the wrong dx, then take it upon yoursleves to go to the doctor who CAN give you the correct dx.
I wish you both the best and hope you let us know how you're doing.
I'm not really fretting as much over the labelling of anxiety more frustrated about it. It's when for no reason I'm no longer as able to do exercise cause I get chest pinch or that I'm pulling the wagon with the kids in it while out for a walk at a festival, enjoying myself without thinking much about anything and then get the pinchy feeling. I question.: ok, am I anxious over somthing, did I see something anxious, did I think something anxious or see,hear, though of something that could have brought on a quick anxiety. Sometimes yes is the answer to some or all so I deal with the anxiety and use the tools given to me but sometimes, the answer to all is no so that's when I start wondering if I should go get checked out again, how can I tell them how I'm feeling the symptoms so they understand that to me this isn't normal and I can't find the trigger if it is anxiety so I want to make sure it's nothing else. I'm at a point where I feel ashamed of my anxiety making me wanting to go get checked out every so often. I feel stupid going to the doctor again but I prefer to feel stupid and ashammed and know for sure it's not my heart and just anxiety.
A doctor once told me this is normal that to you this doesn't feel normal. You beleive you feel a pinch, it may be a muscle, but you do physically feel a pinch. You think your having palpitations and you will that's anxiety. Still you don't feel understood and doctors no matter how many patient they have seen that day with anxiety should regardless be talked to patiently and gently to make them feel like they came and have anxiety but not make them feel more anxious about being there by being rough and dry with them. Sure it's not easy to understand what anxiety sufferers feel if you haven't experienced it but be sensitive to them understanding is what we crave.
Our fears are real are symptoms are too, we get scarred and just don't know where to turn at times so we go where we beleive people will be able to help...
Adrenal problems are a common cause of anxiety. Have you ever been tested for adrenal insufficiency?
I think that doctors are just that. Doctors. There to hand out scripts and see a string of patients. I have even seen some open up a book to look up symptoms. Now that really makes you feel great. That they need to look it up in a bloody book. Bit like getting on a plane and the pliot walks buy with a manual on how to fly a plane in his hand. I seriously don't see doctors as understanding full conditions. They never trained for that kind of work at all. Whereby a shrink trained to understand the mind and also had a bit of person training. How to deal with human emotions and the likes. Once you are put on the anxiety list by a doctor that is that. No matter what you go to him with the anxiety answer will always come up first. Just had a mental image of walking into a doctor's office holding both my hands, telling him they got chopped off, and him telling me it is only anxiety. It'll get better. I do think, at times, if we are ever feeling bad, the best place to go is ER, and don't even mention anxiety. Let them work things out. Just one mention of the A word and you have doomed yourself.
As for symptoms and fears. We bring them all on. But I think we are fully aware of that. It is like a bad chain reaction. Begins with the mood. Then we have a thought as to why our mood is at it is. Then we react to that thought. How we react brings about our symptoms. They are all linked. But it shows the power of the mind. But if it can work against us, it can also work for us. Just to even change the thought or the reaction can change the symptoms. This is theraphy 101. A good therapist would go through things like this with you. A doctor wouldn't have a bloody clue about any of it at all. Again it all boils down to different kinds of training.
But when you feel the pinch in your leg or arm, the worst thing you can do is focus on it. We do tend to do that a lot. Focus on things and make them much worse. Just last night had a bad pain in my lower back area. I seriously gave it no attention at all. Been around the block long enough with anxiety to know what would have happened if I began to focus on it. I just lay down. Put on the radio. The pain vanished. So like I said in the paragraph above, it boiled down to my reaction. Had I of reacted in a negative way it could have become a lot worse. Just takes a bit of training. Good shrink or councilor. To teach you how to cope when you need it most of all. There is always a road back. But it means a lot of work on our part. Facing up to things we might fear most of all. But it is well worth it.
* Gets down off the soap box and passes it over to the next poster *
Hey, It is my turn. *jumps up on that soap box..wishes legs weren't so short*
As you can see from all of us with an anxiety disorder, being given a label by personal physician or anyone other than a psychiatrist, is annoying, but not life threatening...LOL. When it comes to mental problems, many doctors just don't have the training or patience to deal with it other than slap a label on chart as Greenlydia has said.
Do get the physical stuff checked out by a specialist. Then off to a psychiatrist and therapist for coping skills. You are so not alone!
I'll add to Mr G's body/mind experience: I've had a seriously sore throat and what feels like sinus problems for over a week. At first I got anxious and thought I should see doc: then relaxed. This is chronic condition, and the pollen count is probably up. I'll get over it, and I have. Fine today.
A few years ago, I glanced at my bill as I left exam room and saw 'neurotic' in upper part of bill. We all know I am not in the least neurotic...:).
If I had not studied the effects of labeling while getting my sociology degree, might be upset. I ignore any diagnosis, (label) except the one given me by psychiatrist.
You can come back to this thread when ready and start following the steps to coping with anxiety. They do work.
I really appreciate your input on this. I know that I'm not alone in this and am saddened to see how many people around me suffer from this. I never knew it was so wide spread until I started talking with people and being told oh yeah I got that too.
I'm much better then I was when I started dealing with anxiety and am getting tools with the therapist. It's the darn fear to vanquish that we are still working on. Fear feeds anxiety as a feast does to our bodies.
I'l talk to my doctor when I go for my annual in a bit about the adrenal fatigue and see if it makes sense.