Strange physical symptoms

Hello everyone. Im new at posting here. Im 24 yrs old and 9 weeks postpartum with my second child. For the past 4 weeks I have been having all kinds of strange symptoms. It started out of nowhere with tingling all over my body and weakness which freaked me out and went to the ER. They did blood work, ekg, urine sample, all normal. My bp was a bit high though. They ended up telling me it was anxiety and gave me ativan to relax. The next day i started felling it again and it hasnt gone away since and now all kind of new symptoms have shown up. Constant chest pain, head preassure and headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, ears feeling plugged and my hands falling asleep during the day. I hae been so miserable and scared that there is something seriously wrong with me but drs keep telling me its axiety/panic attacks. I've never had anxiety before. I feel as though my family doesn't understand what im going through. And i feel I'm not being a great mom and wife because this is consuming my life. I just want to feel better. I try to convince myself that there's nothing wrong with me and ignore it but it's so hard when I'm felling this almost 24/7. Is anyone out there going through this?? Please help

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  • hi :) i too felt that way after giving birth and still feels a bit that way one year after giving birth.I have been to every doctor all kept saying i was fine.I had ct scan and all blood test all normal.I had myself check with a neuro psych gave me some anti depressants and a anti anxiety pills.There is a light at the end of that tunnel have everything checked first to be sure and to make yoyr anxiety less,drink vitamins,get plenty of sunshine and rest.

  • I had very similar symptoms which started when my baby was 3 weeks old. He's almost 8 months now and a lot of the symptoms have got better although I still get some dizzy feelings and my hands sometimes go numb at night.

    I have been diagnosed with health anxiety although I am convinced I've only got this because of the scary physical symptoms I had.

    What has helped me is having regular back and neck massages as the constant lifting etc meant by muscles were really tight which can cause a lot of the symptoms.

    Hope you feel better soon and try not to worry xx

  • Hello and welcome

    Your story is exactly like mine was after I had my second child. PNI for me started off with physical symptoms - pribs with my eyes which were sensitive to light , my eye sight worsened , headaches, tingling / numb patches over my body which would change, extreme tiredness and a feeling of being constantly spaced out. Like you I had a whole host Of tests which were fine, so it's pisitive you've been checked over as thyroid isdues for example can make u feel ill too.

    It took a long time for me to accept that it was pni- by that time my anxiety had spiralled out of control . It's horrible and takes its toll on u when u feel so unwell without explanation .

    For me anti depressants turned things around but that's a decision for u and Dr. However try relaxation techniques - this can remove some of these symptoms. Exercise helped me hugely as well. The endorphins can get rid of some of symptoms as well as burn off that nervous energy.

    Do keep talking as its a tough time but u will get thru it x

  • Just been wondering how you are? X

  • Hi just looking for updates as I'm dealing with the exact same symptoms. I am now 7 months postpartum. Although the symptoms aren't as severe as before they are still present. All my test results were normal at the height of my symptoms at 1 month postpartum. Just looking for answers.

  • Hi. I would say my physical symptoms started at the same time 1 month postpartum and I am now 7 months pp. I have to say it's not as bad as before. But it was so bad I thought I was going to die. This is my first child and I'm very healthy. It totally caught me off guard I think it's definitely hormones. But I do think food and exercise play a role. I feel I have bad days when I think I feel sick and it won't get better and when I get too stressed. but I'm sure in time we will feel 100%. Hope ur feeling better

  • Yes! Just know you are not alone. That in itself was a huge help for me. I've had some anxiety panic attacks before I had children but never like I have the last 3 weeks. It's like a constant anxiety attack. It like you started with weird symptoms, numbness in my calfs and heavy tingling and sornness in my hands and for arms. I am usually a healthy normal person, workout nearly everyday and these last 3 weeks I've had really sore muscles and tiredness. Went to dr had blood drawn nerves test done and going to have an MRI next week. All the test so far have been normal. My OB said it was anxiety, either postpartum or just plain anxiety.

    I don't have anything for a magic fix, but I will say knowing that it's not just you and that you will be through this, for me is comforting enough.

    I have a very strong Faith in the Lord that this will be His battle to fight and I just let it go, reading my bible and hearing uplifting music helps tons!

    This after a straight night of heart beating out of my chest anxiety and could not sleep but maybe only 3 hours.

    I'm trusting I will get through this in Gods timing and trusting Him.

    Praying for you and hoping for a full recovery!