I'm going through something very similar. Was having various strange neurological symptoms. Ranging from palpitations, to muscle twitches and spasms to an episode of facial paralysis that kept me from talking for an hour and a half. Plus "crashes" where I lay down to sleep, but don't actually sleep. Usually I'm fully awake, but I can't move. When I do sleep during a crash, I'll dream of mundane things, such as browsing the web on my iPad in the same place and position that I'm "sleeping" in.
All of this on top of a generally low energy level combined with a brain that would not rest. I couldn't actually DO anything productive, but I'd think of nothing else but what I wanted to do.
ER and other docs chalked it all up to "Anxiety" and pretty much ignored it. Neurologist started sleep studies and such that, while helpful, don't feel like they're addressing the primary issues.
Purely by accident, I discovered that taking Magnesium (around 1500 mg a day) alleviated ALL of the twitches, spasms, and other really odd stuff. Neurologist has no clue why it's working, but tells me to keep it up.
An anti-anxiety med (officially a sleep aid) helped to calm me down, but my energy level has still been really low. I'm not sleeping great, but not all that bad either.
Then, yesterday, my ENT prescribed prednisone to try and open up my congested inner ears. The first dose increased my anxiety and sent me into a crash. But now, a day later, I'm feeling remarkably relaxed. My energy is also up. Which is pretty much the opposite of what most people commenting on the web experience.
The only thing I can think of, based on some research, is that the effect of prednisone depends on your existing adrenal levels. If your cortisol levels are naturally low, or you've been stressed for a long time (depleting your adrenal glands), prednisone will lift you up closer to normal in terms of energy/mood. But if your levels are too high to start with, prednisone will cause anxiety attacks, and all sorts of other problems.View Thread