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Hello, My name is XXXXX XXXXX Im 22 years old. For the last

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Hello,

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I’m 22 years old. For the last two months I’ve been having some strange symptoms. I was wondering if you could point me in a direction.

Two moths ago I started having problems with urination (post-urinary dribbling, urgency and frequency). The doctors did all kinds of tests (ultrasound and urine sample analysis) but didn’t find anything (no infection) except for an increased amount of Streptococcus. I was given a Norfloxacinum but it did not work. About 5 weeks ago I started getting really tired. Daily activities are becoming a problem. I can’t focus on studying. In addition, I’ve started having memory problems such as remembering people’s names and finding the right words to say in sentences. For example, I forgot how to say a ‘can of beer’. I’ve also been finding it difficult to read as my eyes jump over words before I can read them. I’ve also got tremor in my hands, a little bit in my neck and my legs. As a result I’ve been spilling water from glasses and I have difficulty with fine motor skills like cutting my nails. I also have problems with swallowing, feeling a lump in my neck. I’m also getting clumsy and feel dizzy. I also feel like my eyes are swollen. Generally I’m in a bad mood worried about my health – but there’s no reason for me to be depressed. I just found that I’ve been accepted to my dream uni for a masters program but I’m not celebrating I don’t know why. Everything else is going well in my life.

What’s strange is that when I wake up in the morning I feel like I’m in a coma or a walking zombie, it lasts almost all day. Sometimes I somehow wake up in the evening, my mood gets better and I don’t feel brain fog. Despite that, the other symptoms prevail. I’ve been getting really powerful dreams recently, I remember them almost every night. Strangely enough, physical exercise, such as going for a jog doesn’t have any impact on how I feel.

Furthermore, last week I started getting panic attacks usually in the morning. I woke up and my hands were shaking a lot and I was feeling that I was going to die.

I’m eating a very healthy diet, lots of vegetables, fruits, moderate carbohydrates, meat, no refined sugar or sweets, no other bad stuff like chips and processed meals or anything.

Two years ago I had the same urination problem, without any other symptoms. The doctors didn’t find anything either and the problems went away within 3 months, although urinating never felt the same since. Thinking about my past, I remember that I occasionally suffered as a teenager from bouts of unexplainable fatigue but it disappeared or I didn’t pay much attention to it. I never was a particularly active child either, preferring to sit rather than do any activities. I don’t have any family history of any problems or illnesses.

My GP has told me that these can all be psychological symptoms but I don’t think so because I was completely fine 3 months ago and I’ve never had any psychological problems, nor had anyone in my family. If I didn’t have these symptoms I’d be over the moon. What do you think could be happening to me?

Thank you so much in advance for your advice.

Kind regards,

Jacob
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Customer:

Hello

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi I'm Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can I ask your first name?

Customer:

I'm Jacob

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Jacob

Dr. Phil, MD :

nice to meet you

Dr. Phil, MD :

Do you take any meds or do any drugs Jacob?

Customer:

nice to meet you too

Customer:

no, nothing whatsoever

Dr. Phil, MD :

good

Dr. Phil, MD :

This is one of two things Jacob

Dr. Phil, MD :

well possibly three

Dr. Phil, MD :

did they check your thyroid?

Customer:

no

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay that should be checked along with basic blood work

Dr. Phil, MD :

The other two are anxiety

Dr. Phil, MD :

like your GP said

Dr. Phil, MD :

or something in the brain

Dr. Phil, MD :

I would get a CAT scan of the brain

Customer:

speaking of anxiety

Customer:

I'm wondering how that could be possible

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Customer:

becuase I'm don't feel worried or anxious

Dr. Phil, MD :

I know but anxiety can present in physical symptoms

Dr. Phil, MD :

this is quite common

Customer:

even if there is no apparent cause?

Dr. Phil, MD :

absolutely

Dr. Phil, MD :

many people just suppress normal anxiety until it builds up and BOOM

Customer:

ah ok

Customer:

that makes sense

Customer:

and the possible brain problem?

Customer:

that sounds a little bit strange given my age

Dr. Phil, MD :

It could be MS or something else very bad but I doubt it

Dr. Phil, MD :

1/million chance of that

Customer:

could anxiety be causing the urinary problems too?

Dr. Phil, MD :

absolutely

Dr. Phil, MD :

can cause any symptoms

Customer:

so what do you think is most likely, a thyroid problem?

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think it is anxiety

Customer:

I'm hoping it is, it sounds better than a brain problem

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think it is

Dr. Phil, MD :

many young people get unexplainable anxiety symptoms

Customer:

what would you recommend that I can do to help myself before seeing my GP?

Dr. Phil, MD :

I would recommend exercising regularly

Dr. Phil, MD :

excellent anxiety relief

Customer:

ok

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Customer:

so do you think that worring about my health could actually be causing a positive feedback loop

Customer:

in the sense that it worsens anxiety which is the probable cause of the symptoms

Dr. Phil, MD :

absolutely!

Dr. Phil, MD :

That is exactly what happens

Customer:

because forgetting my friend's name really gave me a fright

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes, I think it is all related

Customer:

I don't know how long i'm supposed to chat with you, is it time to end?

Dr. Phil, MD :

if you are satisfied

Customer:

yes I am, thanks for your advice

Dr. Phil, MD :

you're welcome

Dr. Phil, MD :

would you mind rating positive before leaving?

Customer:

good bye

Customer:

of course

Customer:

I mean I wouldn't

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
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