Am I able to take a blood test for anxiety?
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I am Dr. Sohaib, a Medical Internist (who deals with diseases of all the organ systems of body) and i will do my best to find an answer for you.
Anxiety is a clinical diagnosis and there are no tests or biochemical abnormalities detected on blood tests, based upon which one can be given a diagnosis of anxiety.
However, your doctor may order some tests or studies meant to exclude other medical disorders which may present clinically in a similar way as anxiety.
For example, anxiety may cause palpitations and shortness of breath; but before attributing these symptoms to anxiety, the doctor has to reliably exclude a heart problem for this (by means of EKG, Echo and certain other tests).
Here is an article about anxiety which i will like you to read. It has all the details about its causes, diagnosis and management.
If you feel that you have anxiety, get medical help. Let me reassure you that this is very much a treatable condition and carries a good prognosis.
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2 weeks ago, I have had night sweats like no other... Drenched clothese and bed sheets. Would wake up in the middle of night just to change clothes. Is this the sign that I have HIV? I already have HSV 1 and 2 and have had them for awhile, approximately a year or so. Did not know that I had them till September 2011 when I was diagnosed. I just developed these night sweats and everyone I talk to says "HIV/Aids." The only weight loss I have is when I work out and do cardio. I eat like every 2-3 hours, I do not have diarreha, I just have night sweats. Some people say I have nothing to worry about, that I am stressing. Lately, I haven't had night sweats, but they come and go.. Is this the indication that I have HIV/Aids?
No, night sweats does not always mean that you have HIV or AIDS.
There is a simple test for HIV screening, why dont you get it done and have this possibility excluded which will also put your mind at ease.
There are many reasons for night sweats, such as lymphoma, tuberculosis, chronic infections or anxiety.
Stay relaxed and proceed with an evaluation. Let me reassure you that these conditions have a good treatment available.
But isn't lymphoma attached to an HIV strand? All my lymph nodes are fine. The doctor checked my lymph nodes and none of them were swollen. I had a TB test back in March of 2012 for a pre-employment drug screen and physical and the test came back negative. I JUST started getting night sweats two weeks ago. I have HSV 1 and 2 and my girlfriend has HSV 1 and 2 and we have unprotected sex majority of the time because we do want to start a family. I have no other symptoms of HIV just night sweats. I eat all the time, the only weight loss I have is when I weight lift at different intervals. I do not have diarreha, abdominal cramps, weight loss, loss of strength nothing.. Just the night sweats. Maybe this is anxiety but never really was diagnosed with it. I have ADD and that was diagnosed as I was a little child. My creatinine levels are at a 2, and my eGFR's is at 44. I do take creatine and pre-workout supplements which I have stopped taking them. My thyroid is fine and I am not diabetic.
Although HIV can result in development of lymphoma but please note that lymphoma can occur in the absence of HIV, as it happens most of the times.
Its good to hear that you do not have diabetes, and thyroid is also fine, but the fact that you have night sweats warrant an evaluation.
I also agree that this can be due to anxiety, but we need to rule out other possibilities as well.
The logical way to proceed further now is to have a detailed clinical assessment done by an internist, and any tests if suggested by the doctor.
The treatment will depend upon exact underlying cause, but keeping yourself well hydrated at this time, and monitoring your temperature especially when you get night sweats is important until you see your doctor.