Hope you can help, not sure what to do.
Been having symptoms for about 9 months. Started with mild chest pain and stomach pain. Went to docs a few weeks later and had a blood test (LFTs, Kidney, Pancreas) and Ultrasound that was all fine. Doc put it down to IBS. Went back a few weeks later with fatigue and more chest pain and doc ran more blood tests (diabetes, Iron, CBC, Thyroid, LFTs, Chlolesterol) and an ECG and all fine.
Refereed me to an internist in the new year to look in to chest pain and other body aches. She ran a Holter, Echocardiogram, chest x-ray which were all fine. She also ran another blood test and checked less common things like B12, Cortisol, Muscle enzymes and electrolytes which were all fine. I've also had a CRP and Homocyestine (follow up to b12) blood test that are normal.
Since then things improved for a while but now I have varicose veins popping up on my legs which can be painful and itchy (doc prescribed compression socks), stomach aches have returned and I get on and off dizziness and an inner sense of shakiness (like I have the shakes but on the inside). I also get heart palpitations and this kind of pressure on my temple on the right side where a vein is. It's like my blood flow is sluggish everywhere all of a sudden.
I've been back to the docs with the last of the symptoms but they think a lot of it is down to anxiety. I have had an extreme amount of anxiety about all this that is for sure. I think partly because some of the symptoms seemed to be set off by alcohol and now I have pain on the upper right side of my abdomen (kind of almost in the centre). I mentioned to the doc the last couple of times I went in that I was worried it was my liver but after looking at my test results and doing an exam on me shes certain it's not my liver.
I'm considering going in for a private Fibroscan as its the only way to be sure the Liver is ok (It's only $125, I'm a Brit in Canada). I've read blood tests can miss Liver disease and an Ultrasound is only good at picking up late stage problems. (However I've read mixed things about accuracy of Ultrasound for that as although it can miss certain things it can usually pick up something especially if it's bad enough to be causing symptoms?).
About me - I'm male, 32, normal weight, no underlying health issues I know of. Regular excersie whole life, non-smoker. Alcohol consumption - before symtoms started about 10 drinks a week (sometimes less, sometimes more). Last 9 months basically have not drunk. Back in my Uni days and early 20s I binge drank a lot but as I got older less and less like a lot of people.
Newest symptom is joint pain. I'm terrified something is wrong with my liver but every test I've had says otherwise. Several doctors have given me a physical and I've researched online (not always the best idea) if any of my other blood tests would be raised in Liver Disease. CRP (C-reactive protein) for instance is nearly always raised in CLD as is Homoscyetine, I would have thought my electrolytes would be off in CLD too.
I'm at a point where it's hard to know what is anxiety and what is real. Do you think I should do the Fibroscan? My doctor has said don't do it, don't waste your money. I might go back one more time to see her before I do. I'm struggling to think what else it could be. Over the last few months I've gone through so many things. So many thoughts and emotions. I want this to end or to deal with it.
Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.