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Awful symptoms

DixieDDixie Posts: 5
edited 03/14/2015 - 8:26 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi my name is Dixie. I am 35 year old female. 4 years ago I started getting upper neck pain and burning and I thought it was just from stress. It would come and go and so I brushed it off. Last October my mom died and my body I think went into some sort of breakdown or something. I was doing alot of moving of her stuff and stress was just locking up my body. One night shortly after I had the most awful burning tingling pins and needles pain in my upper back/neck area and in my lower back also. I felt weak and thought i was dying. I went to the ER. The idiots said I was having an anxiety attack but I demanded and X ray. They only did xray of upper back and said i had narrow spacing in my vertebrae at the top and it was degenerative. They told me to call a neurologist. I found a really great one but the wait to see him next was on March 31st. Close now and I can hardly wait. Things have gotten worse as some new symptoms have come up that I would like some views on. I am pretty sure I have some sort of disc issue in my upper AND lower back. They will start to ache and feel "tight" and loose or weak. Or burn awful. This is followed by a feeling like I have to pee or that maybe i wont be able to hold my bladder. The worst symptoms though are ones that come at night. It has happened twice and I rode it out for the 3 hours it lasted and then it ended for no reason. I get this numb feeling and tingling in my arms, legs, hands, feet and my face and head feel "tight" and hot. I get this pressure behind my eyes like someone is squeezing. Not a headache at all. Just like blood is rushing to my head and making it stiff. I kinda feel like im gonna go blind and I get dizzy and feel like im going to pass out. The whole time my body is locking up and shocks are everywhere in my limbs. I know i wasnt having a stroke 2 days in a row at the same time though it did cross my mind lol. It was 3 hours of walking around, sitting, crying, and toweling with ice cold water to keep myself from passing out. Anything I could do to ride it out. I also want to mention that my lips feel numb and I feel like I cant remember crap or that i might slur my speech. Very very confused. My brain just goes numb. Then all at once it ends. Today when i woke up my whole body felt like I had run a mile. When I walk up or down stairs, bend, anything remotely active I feel winded and have thoracic chest pain that feels like someone has placed a big ball in between my ribs and upper stomach. It makes it hard to breathe normally but I know im getting enough air and its not a heart problem. My blood sugar, oxygen levels and blood pressure were perfect i was told at the ER when I went the second time lol. They tell me to just deal with it and see the specialist. Awful people they are!!!! All day today i felt like i have flu symptoms. The thoracic pressure, not being able to eat, and the very winded exhausted feeling I get when I move too much. And the dull aching tingling in my upper and lumbar areas, and a bit of tingling in my arms and face and hands. And the last lovely symptom of a weakness in my bladder. When I sit in my computer chair which is a Sealy high back chair and accommodates 4 pillows lol...i feel ok if im not having a major episode. But the second i get up and move around its like my whole body is having muscle spasms. Limbs feel VERY TIGHT as if i had just done some sort of muscle toning work out for 3 hours. The last thing I hate about this is that I have panic attacks sometimes cause I feel like i might die from this, or that ill never get better. I cant chase after my 3 year old or pick her up...i feel so weak today i cant make her food...my husband stood home from work. I would like to know if any of this rings a bell with any of you. I am scared and would love a bit of comfort as i have a few weeks to go to the dr. Is there hope for me if I have 2 disc problems. And how is that even possible. Lower and upper back? Any ideas on what else i can do maybe during the bad attacks where my body and brain go awol? I think at that time...and always at night...something moves onto a nerve. Then goes away maybe. Can I die from this attack!!! I feel really alone sometimes with this. My husband actually told me im having a panic attack one time and that it may not be real. Lol, panic attacks do not start with awful back pain and paralyzed limbs. Sorry for the book I just wrote....
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