HI. I posted a few days ago. I am in the middle of a GIANT health anxiety crisis that has spanned 6 months and six terminal or very serious diseases that I thought I had. MY symptoms are real (well I guess some could be anxiety explained, but the latest has me on an ALS fear -Im twitching all over with some cramping).
I went to neuro (who has been following me the whole 6 months) and he says no ALS and wouldn't order an EMG just for "my peace of mind." My rational husband says "see how confident this guy is that you don't have it that he isn't even ordering the test." For most people that would be it. But no, I don't believe it! And I should b/c he has an excellent rep and has spent A LOT of time trying to figure out my symptoms for the past year, including 3 hours right before Christmas.
So my dr says, get a second opinion from my colleague who spent 2 years heading up the ALS clinic somewhere (I forgot) and is an expert in motor neuron disease. I go to him. He says, he didn't suspect it for two reasons a) (people with ALS don't just start twitching all over their entire body one day) and b) one of my complaints was burning pain and ALS doesn't present with pain). However he is going to to do the EMG just to put the issue to rest for me (in two weeks).
I should have left his office doing cartwheels. I reclaimed my life! No terrible fatal disease! I have no reason not to trust him and he too was very attentive and knowledgeable but I am so hung up! HELP this is irrationale, right? I made an appointment to start seeing a cognitive behavioral therapist next week. I decided if I don't have anything wrong with me I have to set my mind straight and even if I DO have something wrong with me I thing I will crumble and not remain positive. Ironically, I had to have open heart surgery done a few years back and wasn't even a smidge worried, b/C I knew exactly what the problem was how they could fix it. Its these unknown diagnosed things that PLAGUE ME!
Help, still attached to ALS and I don't want ruin the next two weeks until the test. I have to take both of their words of reassurance, right? I just want these terrible troublesome symptoms to go away!!!!!!!!!!!