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Old 07-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
 
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Default I've had it with my body, and I don't know what's going on...

Okay this will probably get long winded but I'm just having a really down day and need to spill.

Ever since I passed out 3 weeks ago which I posted about, I've been completely miserable. For a long time I've always felt like something is "off" - for 15 years probably, going back to high school even, but never been able to put my finger on it. So everything I've been experiencing this past month I've had before, for a long time, but just not like this!

I can't sleep. Like, physically cannot fall asleep for hours. It takes me so long to fall asleep I get about 3-4 hrs of broken sleep per weeknight. Once I fall asleep, I'm mostly okay so the weekends I can sleep in I'm better, but the work week is hell. I tried and failed again to nap on my lunch break today. My legs literally feel like they're going to buckle underneath me & I'm all shaky but for the life of me cannot fall asleep. I swear i feel like I'm driving around drunk!

Everything either itches or tingles or crawls or feels like pinpricks poking me all over my body. I told my doctor once years ago I suspected I had restless leg syndrome and he looked at me like I'd grown 3 heads. My skin will just crawl all day while I'm at my desk and it gets 10x worse at night. Like random places like my left pinkie or big toe or knee or ear or cheek. I've always had dry skin but no amount of lotion is helping this. It just hops around and lately I can't even stand my clothes touching me or anything at night touching me, not even the sheet I'm laying on and I want so bad to cuddle with SO but I can't stand his arms on me I've tried OTC sleep aids, every once in a while they'll work but last night I took 3 PM pills and all I got was a headache. Rx sleep aids freak me out because I don't want to be that chick who eats in her sleep or goes driving around while sleeping all those horror side effects you hear on the news. Once I get to sleep I get so little sleep I feel like I'm in a drug haze the next day. I'm so sensitive to EVERYTHING. If the fan SO sleeps with is blowing a single arm hair around, I can feel it and it will keep me up. Or a single strand of hair in my face. And then you know how it is when you crave sleep so badly and you can't get it, you get frustrated and upset, and that makes it worse, and I just wind up getting out of bed and in tears in the living room.

So naturally, I'm freakin tired ALL THE TIME. And I'm still having dizzy/lightheaded spells, which I can't tell if it's caused by the fatigue or what. I have heart palpitations where I feel my chest fluttering and tighten up a bit and sometimes I almost feel like I can't get a deep breath but it passes so quickly and never hurts. And I've had those since college, and they come and go and they'll stick around daily for a week or a month or 2 or 4, and then dissapear for a week or a month or a year and there's no pattern or rhyme or reason to it. Nothing makes them worse, nothing makes them better. I had an EKG in college that was normal but it's really hard to align your randomly occuring symptoms with a doctor's visit ya know. I've also mentioned this to my current doctor and he just was like "ya whatever, that happens sometimes."

Okay then. I've had my blood drawn several times over the years, checking iron and thyroid and blood sugar levels and I had it done again after I passed out, and everything is always normal. Which is great, except I have NO CLUE what is causing this.

And especially lately, eating anything is making me sick to my stomach. Which is so random and seems completely unrelated to any other unrelated problem I'm having!

I live in a hole of a town of about 600 and our local doctors are the joke of the town and I just don't know where to go anymore But as I'm sitting here typing this, my legs are twitching and crawling and I swear someone is poking my heels and my ribs with needles and my nose itches and my scalp is crawling and my lips itch, I wish I was exaggerating but I want to get up and run around the room - I just have a really hard time believing this is how the general public lives every day!
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
 
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wow i'm so sorry. what you describe is not normal. have you considered going to a naturapathic doctor especially since all your vitals come back normal? also a therapist my help you with techniques to calm you or desensitize you or help you better handle stressors which could trigger all that you're going through. sorry i don't know what else to suggest. you might have to go to a bigger city for help though.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
 
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I've been in and out of therapy for years because life was a mess for a while but I honestly can say this is the happiest I've ever been in my adult life so I don't know what would be stressing me out. I've got a wonderful man, a steady job, 3 beautiful kids, a house, a running car, 2 cats that love me, etc etc. I no longer have to worry about food, shelter, how to provide for my kids... I've come out of a very long sh*tstorm in my life and it finally has passed so as far as being stressed about something, I don't think I am other than maybe the cost of gas When I can't sleep I'll lay there and try to take deep breaths and count sheep or clear my mind or something but I'm so unbelievably restless and can't seem to overcome it. I've put the weird heartbeat and the food-induced nausea to the back of my mind in the past few weeks because I could deal with that daily much better than I can handle this unrelenting insomnia and creepy-crawly feeling.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
 
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I think you're having a lot of anxiety. Its hard to diagnose because it's more of a *feeling* than a medical issue that can be diagnosed.

Try Googling anxiety and see if symptoms mimic yours.

I've been having a lot of anxiety lately, but I've had different spells of it since my 20s. Some worse than others. I have a lot of insomnia most of my life.

Anxiety symptoms are the way your body releases the toxins of stress that you are not physically aware of, or accepting.

Sometimes anxiety comes after you've gone through periods of stress, not necessarily during. All the examples of what your feeling sound like this to me.

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Old 07-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
 
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I agree that it could be something like anxiety. When I have an anxiety attack, everything is super-sensitive.

But I will tell you that I did have some similar symptoms for a long time. Dizziness, faintness. The room would spin when I was laying down. Constant nausea and occasional vomiting. All tests came back normal and my doc wanted me to go see a psychiatrist. Then I had a freak seizure and they found out I have a heart condition called prolonged qt syndrome. It's extremely hard to detect and even when I went to the cardiologist for the follow up appt for the definite diagnosis, they put me through the rigors to actually find the syndrome.

So...even though they're not finding anything doesn't mean something isn't wrong. At the same time, it could be something easy that you and a sympathetic doctor haven't been able to figure out because they're not listening. Find one who will listen to what's going on, discuss what could be happening and see what resolution there might be. It doesn't always have to be a diagnosis, just a doctor who can help you understand what's going on and help you try to manage it. Those are the best.

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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #6
 
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I am sorry but it sounds like anxiety and depression to me! Go find a new Dr. ASAP!
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:14 AM   #7
 
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I've had anxiety & depression for 15 yrs, & I've been medicated for it for 11 years. I appreciate the concern, but I'm pretty inclined to say this is not anxiety/depression. If anything, this is the LEAST depressed/anxious I've ever been in my life!

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I've had anxiety & depression for 15 yrs, & I've been medicated for it for 11 years. I appreciate the concern, but I'm pretty inclined to say this is not anxiety/depression. If anything, this is the LEAST depressed/anxious I've ever been in my life!

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Well if you're experienced in it then you know that depression doesn't always mean 'sad' and anxiety doesn't always mean depressed.

There are plenty of people who experience anxiety when they are at perfectly happy points in their lives. There's not always an explanation for why the body reacts a certain way, and we're not always consciously aware of what is bothering or stressful for us.

Whenever people ask for suggestions on what may be 'wrong' with them, they always seem to argue the obvious suggestions. - So what are you looking for? What do you think it is? Demonic possession? If you drink alcohol or take drugs, you should stop. If youre still on AD's and you've been on them for this long, you should go off of them. And then you may want to only medicate for occasional anxiety.

But we can only give so many suggestions here.

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Could be side effects from the meds, too. I've had that happen. Had to change it up a bit to get it right. Don't remember what med it was, but it was a really obscure side effect only like .05% people experienced, so it took us a while to figure out that it was a side effect.
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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I did a search for "tingling and itching" and I found this list (and many others). Have you searched medical sites and books?

Itching all over and Tingling skin - Symptom Checker - check medical symptoms at RightDiagnosis
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:09 PM   #11
 
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Sheesh people. Im not looking for anything, and i dont think everyone is wrong. Im just saying, having been on the same med for 10 years problem free, I cant imagine it being that! Is it possible? Absolutely.

Nevermind, if I'm being a pain in the a**, forget I asked. I'll find a doctor somewhere I havent seen yet & keep my medical questions off this board.

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:32 PM   #12
 
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I'm just saying, my own personal opinion, you're life is in an okay place, you haven't incorporated any new medications, you aren't an illicit drug user......it seems obvious to me to look at the medications you already are taking.

IMO, 10 years is an overly long time for a person to be consistently on an anti depressant. You are altering your brain response. You are changing your seratonin levels. Not to mention your body will adjust and change to adapt to what foreign things you put into it.

Its not like eating a carrot. Its a chemical compound scientists made up in a lab. Sometimes we take these things over time and eventually we don't need them anymore.

Maybe your personal situation has changed in that you don't need medication to 'fix' your personality disorder (anxiety, depression). Maybe BC you don't have these issues anymore your body is recognizing the foreign medicines in your system and creating different symptoms since they're not needed to do what they were needed for before.

I'm not trying to be a jerk about it. I'm trying to give you possible advice.


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I think people are trying to help you here, not upset you. Or belittle your problems. But you asked for advice and when we're giving our advice, you're taking offense. Or not listening to what they have to say. Wasn't that your most frustrating point about going to a doctor? That they wouldn't listen? You're not necessarily listening here. Or being open to the help we're trying to give.

I think a lot of this might be solved with getting sleep. The right amount and level of sleep. When you sleep and reach the 4th level of sleep is when your muscles are able to repair themselves. If you're not sleeping and especially not reaching that 4th level of sleep where the muscles repair themselves, then that could very well be causing this extreme sensitivity. The creepy-crawly, feeling like you're being stuck with a needle, etc. If you're nauseated all the time, you're probably not eating terribly healthful food and/or getting a proper amount of water to flush out the toxins in your muscles that have accumulated there and haven't been expelled because you're not sleeping. It could be just one vicious cycle. But not sleeping makes everything worse. Everything. Because it interferes with your whole body's functions. Nervous system, reasoning skills, problem solving skills...everything.

Also, meds stop working sometimes, or you develop a resistance or tolerance level to them. Even though you feel completely happy and anxiety free, you might have started to experience side effects of your meds or you might have started to experience a resistance or tolerance and the tingly and itchiness might be part of that. It could be so many things, but yeah, it sounds like something needs to happen with a doctor.

If yours aren't listening, then find someone who will. Ask some friends if they like their doctors and if the doctor's listen to what's going on. It's hard to pick a doctor out of the yellow pages and know if they're good. But friends will tell you about a doctor they love and why. Maybe try an Internal Medicine specialist instead of General Practitioner. When you make the appointment, make sure that you let the person making the appointment know that you'll need some extra time because of the things that are happening and you want to make sure and have enough time to try and get to the bottom of it. It almost certainly won't be an overnight fix, but they can at least start helping with your insomnia by giving you some ideas to help and go from there!
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Could it be shingles?
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I'm not a medical professional, but I don't think this sounds like anxiety or depression. Here are some of my thoughts:

I can't remember if you answered this in the thread about fainting, but is there any chance you're pregnant?

If I were you, I would consider trying an Rx sleep aid. Maybe you could get some samples from the doctor and try them for a few nights to see if they help. I agree that getting a good night's sleep every night might help a lot.

Fibromyalgia is a controversial disease, but my sister has been diagnosed with it, and she has problems with tingling/hypersensative sensations and insomnia. There was a recent thread about fibromyalgia on here that might be worth reading.

Lyme disease can cause symptoms like fainting, heart palpitations, chest pain in 10% of cases. (Source: Lyme disease) It might be worth getting tested if you live in an area with Lyme disease.

Best of luck in dealing with your health! I know it sucks when you live in a small town and the medical care is not good--my FIL has been facing that for several months now.
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Your body changes as time goes on, so things that once didn't affect you can suddenly do so. That even happens with food allergies/intolerances, not just medication. Any doctor will tell you this.

You could have Lyme, that's a possibility and hard to diagnose sometimes...

You also could have a hormonal imbalance. How are your periods? Are they regular? Do you have extreme PMS, any kind of acne all of the time, spotting before your period or brown-ness, clotting and heaviness? Cramps? Anything to indicate the periods aren't going quite right?
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The randomly crawling/itchy skin problem sounds autoimmune, IMO. Hope you figure out what's going on.

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