Hi! I'm a 17 year old girl who worries A LOT. I just need some clarification on what my symptoms are linked to and if they are just anxiety. ((bit of background knowledge)) I had to drop out of college just before Christmas as It was extremely stressful, I also had to get up at half 5 every morning because of travel and came home around half 6 every evening because of bus times. I now am doing an apprenticeship which is SO much better for me and less tiring. I've also been to the doctors twice; had my eyes checked by a GP as they can see any abnormalities with the brain and nothing came up, been to a chiropractor and he had to click a bone in my neck and 3 in my back back into place, my neck was the worst one.
Anyway, I'll list my symptoms below as I've had them since Christmas so now it's been around 3/4 months. I just worry it's something like a brain tumour, I also worry that I might die but I know it's all in my head but i just can't seem to shake that worry off of me. Countless doctors have said it isn't and my eyes have been checked and nothing has come up, however, i just want to know i'm not alone in this and these symptoms are common as I honestly have no idea. I'll list them below;
-tension-like headaches; like a pressure at the back of my head constantly and It moves sometimes to the top of my head and i sometimes feel like little pinches. This is my main symptom really however it does get better and has got much better since christmas as it was really noticeable then, they aren't causing any sickness or making a huge impact in day to day life however they are constantly on my mind.
-nausea; i feel like i'm out of it and totally spaced out. It's like when people talk to me sometimes i can't respond to them, its like when you ''zone out'' occasionally but i get that a lot especially when worrying about the symptoms and thinking about them. It's like my mind is constantly thinking ''whats that pain'' and i know looking them up online doesn't help.
-tiredness; just feel generally a bit sluggish. I was really bad at christmas time and i had to sleep all the time. However, i have got better, however, i do get tired easily and it's like after being out and about for a while I start to feel my head and it's like I just need to go home and sit down.
-muscle/joint pain; mostly my legs especially my knees.
-neck/head feels a bit stiff ((links to the tension headaches))
-can't sleep//very active, detailed dreams which I wake up from in a state of worry.
-shortness of breath
-difficulty calming down
-weepy/crying a lot. It's like i feel depressed but i know i'm not as I am generally a really happy person and i'm known for being like that.
-worry, i'm worrying about everything at the moment. I go to Tesco (shop) and it's like everyone who walks past me I think is some sort of murderer it's like i think everyone is suspicious. My Mum looks at me stupid as it's like im constantly on edge all the time.
-noise; it's like I hear every noise and i'm quite jumpy and nervous. I used to be so confident when speaking in front of others as a child but now it's like talking on the phone is hard for me because I worry i'll say something stupid. Also when i hear a baby screaming or someone shouting over to someone in public I seem to jump and feel panicked.
It sounds so stupid but I just want some advice on what to do or how to deal with all this. My parents are amazing and my mum understands as she suffers from some of these symptoms too as she has mild anxiety, however she is suffering through an early menopause so that's why her symptoms are there. I just need some help.
Thank-you ((sorry for the essay!))