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Offline HunnyBunny0709

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Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« on: January 09, 2011, 10:17:33 PM »
I am convinced I have MS or Parkinsons.  My feet, legs and eyelid have been twitching for THREE weeks now.  Tonight at the theater, my pinky started moving from side to side by itself. My hands are shaky and I am getting little twitches everywhere now... my chin, my nose, my thigh...

My family dr said Parkinson's isn't likely because I am only 36.... but look at Michael J Fox.  What else could this be if it's NOT MS or Parkinsons (or ALS)?  I am so sick of this.  It's consuming my life but I can't stop worrying.  I am so scared that I don't even know if I should ask for a MRI or something.
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011, 10:35:51 PM »
Hi HunnyBunny -

What else could it be?

Drum roll please.....it could be.........ANXIETY!!!!!!!!!!!

You have health anxiety.  This illness has robbed you of the ability to think rationally about your health.

Your twitches are caused by anxiety.  They are not like the types of muscle movements that herald MS, Parkinson's, or ALS, but.......

You notice the twitches and the ha takes over and convinces you that they are signs of one or more of these illnesses, which scares you, so your anxiety increases, so you twitch more, so you become more convinced that you have diseases that your doctor tells you you do not have.

Your doctor went to medical school so he/she would know more about diseases than you, or the people who are reading your post, know.

Okay, so you have health anxiety.  It is not your fault that you have it, but it is your responsibility to do something about it.  So far, you have chosen to feed it; another choice would be to fight it.  It's up to you.

You can spend the rest of your life in a panic, or you can learn to combat the anxiety that causes this fear.

I know that this is not easy.  Although I do not have ha, i have gad, depression, and ptsd.  Without treatment I would have been dead by now.  I chose treatment. 

What will you choose?

You may always have anxiety, but it does not need to be this hard.

Love, Grandma
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011, 10:39:18 PM »
Goooo Grandma!!!!
You need to whip my butt into shape!

Haha! Ditto Grandma! What she said :happy0151: :yes:
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 10:43:28 PM »
Heh heh heh -

I am the butt-whippin' Grandma - just doing my job!
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011, 10:54:38 PM »
hunnybunny=== you know im in ur boat to! so don't feel alone... actually i was just driving my mom nuts tonight, a muscle in my arm was twitching....i could see it, so i showed her, she saw it and was like .. "so what! your fine! your neurologist, your gp and your MOTHER are all telling you that your fine and its anxiety!!"

it sux....i could hear that a million times, it does help a little, but we need to get a grip on this fear so we stop thinking about it. 2 things that worry me--

1. this twitching is the start of something horrible (als)

2. even if its not als... what if it NEVER stops, and if it never stops, im always gonna be anxious about it! vicious circle!

i twitch all over 24/7...... and my voice is hoarse and weak/with a a sore throat (((((i know, logically we all know its from the bad cold im getting over))))))))
als fear sux, anxiety sux, plus being prego is making me more emotional about it!
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2011, 12:48:03 AM »
I just don't see how anxiety can make your finger (or toes or eyelid) go back and forth... back and forth.
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2011, 01:11:39 AM »
I have had muscle twitches ever since I developed GAD. Common symptom. Try to calm yourself and they will subside a bit.
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2011, 06:49:46 AM »
I just don't see how anxiety can make your finger (or toes or eyelid) go back and forth... back and forth.

yep i get that too...in my thumb and my middle finger its wierd
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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011, 07:51:15 AM »
I just don't see how anxiety can make your finger (or toes or eyelid) go back and forth... back and forth.

that's how anxiety works.  if it didn't scare you, there would be no anxiety disorders.

Parkinson's or MS  or as grandma said---ANXIETY.

I've had all that stuff.  I don't have either disease.  I do have anxiety.

so as long as these things concern you, the longer it will hold you hostage.  Until you can wrap your mind around the idea that anxiety is not a just, you will be trapped in your fear thoughts.  Work through some of the anxietal issues, and these things will subside--over time.  I can't stress enough that as long as you are jumping at every bit of body noise, the worse it will get for you.  I can say this because I've lived it.     
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MOST anxiety occurs on a subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state

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Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement: Parkinsons or MS
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2011, 08:08:06 AM »
Hey six,,, even when im not anxious AT ALL....like just chill and relaxed i get these twitches.. lastnight my upper arm muscle jumped a few times in a row! like the whole thing! Also, i "feel" a twitch in my foream, that makes my finger move/twitch! what the hell was that?? and on top of that my legs were twitching like a bag of ants..AND my voice is still very weak and hoarse     :traurig001: :traurig001: :traurig001:   help me feel better about this today please....
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