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Belle817

I can’t sleep because my head feels really weird and I feel like I’m about to have a stroke or seizure or heart attack or something. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Today I felt really off at work so I had a panic attack and had to take a Xanax to get through the day. Now I’m in bed trying to sleep and my head feels so strange. Like a floaty, full, off balance feeling and like my head is full of water or something. It’s so hard to explain. Sometimes when I try to close my eyes and sleep, I get brain zaps and open my eyes and see red blotchy floaters for a few seconds and then they go away after I blink a few times. This is freaking me out and making me think there’s something serious going on. This has happened to me a few times before. I went to my doctor and he said he would give me a referral for a brain scan and this was a month ago. I keep calling every day and they still haven’t gotten back to me. I also want to get my heart checked. I’ve had EKGs done before but I feel like that’s not enough. I can’t keep taking time off work for appointments and doctors just suck and don’t listen especially if you have anxiety. And now during covid, it’s so hard to get things checked out. I’m terrified that I’m going to die any minute now and I need some reassurance.

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Hi Belle, I doubt that you are going to die with what you are experiencing.

It sounds like Anxiety. Did the Xanax help when you took it at work today?

I've had/have what you are experiencing. I could explain it but it's better that

you get some sleep tonight. It's caused from muscles and connective tissue

getting extremely tense. Will explain more another time. Goodnight sweet Belle :) xx

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Whiskers16 in reply to Agora1

Hi I’d be interested to know about the muscles and connective tissues as I get neck and head problems all the time and know it’s the anxiety.Would love to know how I can ease it.

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AnnaMill in reply to Whiskers16

Me too! I believe I have a problem with my neck, shoulders and upper back but I can’t articulate what’s wrong, I just know it’s not right. If I understood it I’d be able to cope better.

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AnnaMill in reply to Agora1

Me too! If you have time at some point, I’d be so grateful to know more about your experience with muscles and connective tissue. I know I have a problem with my neck, shoulders and upper back but I can’t even articulate what’s wrong, I just know it’s not right. It feels like I’m being twisted inside from the neck down. If I understood it I’d be able to cope better x

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Belle817 in reply to Agora1

Hi Agora, thank you. Xanax does help me but not 100%. My upper back muscles always hurt from always being tense so that could be part of it. Would love to hear more about it

This happens to me too and I hate it! I've had it for years off and on and the only thing that makes me feel better is thinking if it was something serious then I would definitely know by now.

Your symptoms aren't those of a heart attack or stroke. But they are of anxiety. Are you getting any counselling for this?

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Belle817 in reply to hypercat54

Thank you. I haven’t been able to find a good therapist yet.

Anxiety mimics all diseases ... with varied physical manifestations.

I had the worst case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder you can imagine. Lost balance .... had tunnel vision ... full-body muscle twitching .... aches and pains .... on and on.

At some point, you just have to mark it off as anxiety ... and begin the process of healing it. Otherwise ... you'll be living at the doctor's office and testing centers.

Even doctors will give up on you after a while ... because they know the anxious hypochondriacs and their constant search for what really is not there.

That’s a panic attack I have felt that way before I take my Xanax on a regular basis to keep having a panic attack .

I am very sorry to hear you are still having these particular symptoms.I am going to suggest a couple of things....

Firstly have you recently had a head cold or ear infection?

Both will thicken mucus in the sinuses and stodge up the ear canals.This leads to sinus pressure rising because your body continues to produce mucus in order to remove unwanted material through your nose ears and mouth....and when they block up.....you end up with symptoms rather like yours.

When your eyes tell a different story to your ears...namely the ear canals which share spatial awareness...your brain throws a wobbler.

It knows that information from your eyes are not marrying up with those from your balance mechanism which relay from the inner ear.

Unfortunately this is where you need to do some trial by error tests.They are simple to do.

Breathing steam with menthalyptus will soon shift thick mucus from the sinus..the trick i use is a bowl inside a larger bowll...the smaller one i put in vicks and hot water or anything with mentalyptus and just hot water in the larger.Towel over head and rim of bowl...breath in through the nose and out through the mouth...and discharge can be spit into the smaller bowl.

Ears too...i use 3% hydrogen peroxide food grade...and this helps clear up residual infections.

If the sinuses are already clear...you may have BPPV ...this is where the crystals shift out of the main resevoir in any one of 6 canals...and stay in the tubes...this will then send the wrong signals to your brain....which is already comparing information via your eyes....the simple test is called the eply manouvere...lots of tutorials on youtube on how to safely do this...

If either of these reduces your symptoms, address your allergies.

Do you have pets?....these can cause issues with sinuses...and cause them to block enough to upset balance and pressures.

Are you in a centrally heated house?This can dry up thick mucus which is even harder to remove...

Finally stress will make you over produce cortisol which just mucks up any chance of carefree existence....it will create long term tension in the upper neck ...shoulders and back....which certainly effects the nerves that supply the ears and eyes.Sometimes Changing pillows can make alot of difference.

Heat and massage....check to see if your are tilting your head too far forward....this is caused by sitting in front of screens for prolonged periods....so 20/20 rulle...twenty minutes computering...then twenty minutes something unrelated!

..i think you have battled long enough with this...time to do some detective work...whilst you wait for these diagnostic tests.I hope you begin to see not every symptom has to be a sign of impending doom....best wishes...hope you begin to heal real soon.

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