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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2014, 07:31:34 PM »
That does make sense, thanks again for replying..

It's just that the twitches are in mainly my legs, like hot spots in my calves, feet, knees, thighs, etc., however I guess if I had ALS they would only be in one leg, right? I just have this awful fear that a higher power somewhere is trying to prepare me for this awful disease and I can't get my mind off it. I'm hoping and praying it's a pinched nerve or pulled muscle in my neck or back that's causing this but I'm not certain. I'm just so sick of hearing about this terrible, awful disease and I can't help but seeing people with it in the media...
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2014, 08:04:56 PM »
They'd be in one FOOT, and the muscle would be wasting away.
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2014, 08:13:04 PM »
That's good to know. Do you know if a pinched nerved or pulled muscle in my back or neck could cause these twitches? It makes sense in theory..
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2014, 09:42:17 PM »
Anyone?
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2014, 10:08:38 PM »
From what I have read, you are being extremely irrational. You are demonstrating classical cases of confirmation bias. You are actively seeking information that conforms to your belief while dismissing information to the contrary. How many times in the past, before you suffered from this anxiety, have you seen adverts about other diseases (any disease) and immediately thought it was "God" telling you that you have it?

I am guessing not many. You have probably seen tons of different adverts about various cancers and diseases but never thought much of it. And as a result of this, you may not even be able to recall many times where you have seen such adverts and dismissed them.

That's what confirmation bias does; regardless of how consciously aware you are of it, your brain will seek out information that it wants while dismissing information that it doesn't want. If you are constantly worrying about anything, whether it be ALS, cancer, a blood clot etc. you will immediately start to become more aware of information about these things everywhere you go.

For example, about 3 years ago, I started to read more about religion; I started watching debates about religion; I started watching informative videos about religion. I came across various atheists (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris). One day I went downstairs to get a drink or something, and on the TV was Richard Dawkins and his TV show talking about religion. A few days after that, an interview with Christopher Hitchens came on the TV. Then, on a panel show called "QI", a question about religion came up. I was thinking to myself "how strange is that?". The reality is, I have seen many shows, many conversations, many questions and many debates about religion; I just never had taken in the information that much to think about it.

Same thing here.

By the way, I get twitching and have almost had twitching everywhere on my body. I had a twitch in my upper left eyelid for about 4-6 months (I can't pin point the exact date it started). I have weird tongue twitches (which actually feel pleasurable). I also have weird facial twitches (again, they sometimes feel pleasurable). I have twitches in my leg muscles and back muscles. Even on my head. As in sometimes above my ear and at the back of my head. My upper arms twitch a lot. Randomly, I sometimes (mainly at night) have body jerks (not the kind where you are just dropping off to sleep then you suddenly jerk).

As I typed this, my bicep twitched and both my calf and thigh muscles twitched, also.

We all have twitching stories to tell.
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2014, 05:46:17 AM »
That's good to know. Do you know if a pinched nerved or pulled muscle in my back or neck could cause these twitches? It makes sense in theory..

Pulled muscle can - I went to the gym Saturday and overdid the triceps, the top of my right arm was twitching like crazy... it let up a LITTLE bit yesterday morning but due to a HUGE snowstorm and shoveling heavy wet snow every 2 hours ALL day long, this morning that twitching is REAL bad!   I feel that if I wore a tight shirt you'd see the arm popping all over the place!  twitching on the tricep, then on the bicep and even on the side of the chest!  As I'm typing the thing is doing a dance here!  So yes definitely pulled muscles will cause twitching or just overuse.  (or sometimes there's no reason we can pinpoint - like an eyelid twitching, which mine did for a month one time)
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2014, 07:52:10 PM »
Thanks to both of you for replying, I definitely feel a little better. On the point of confirmation bias - you're absolutely right. I get zoned in on this terrible disease and it's all I can think about and anything that can remind me of it just sends my anxiety into a rage. It's just so hard to tell your mind to ignore it and shut up when you're in a constant state of fear and depression because you think you're slowly dying.

On the topic of working out, I have been working out for over a year and a half now and I have definitely been lifting more weight than I should have in addition to improper lifting technique (i.e. putting too much strain on my lower back and neck). Do you feel like there could be a nerve issue going on that's not serious because of this? For example a couple weeks ago my left butt cheek would spasm when I would sit down. When I pulled my knee up towards my opposite shoulder I could induce the brief spasm (felt like a cell phone vibrating). Also, I noticed when I put a pillow in just the right spot in my lumbar area when I go to bed that I can reduce much of the twitching/vibrations. I'm hoping that's a "good" sign.

The funny thing is none of these twitches started until I began standing long hours every day working as a cashier. Of course I didn't wear the best shoes and my feet and lower back would kill me for the first few weeks. Is there any way that something like this could cause it? Being only 21, you would think I'm too young to have this disease. Thanks again.
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Re: Anxiety Trigger Help
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2014, 08:08:30 AM »
Oh yes, working out more than you should or lifting heavier than used to could cause spasms, pain etc.  AGAIN with this ^$%&$ snow I went out at 4:30am to get the 2 inches of heavy slush off the steps and walkway before it turned to ice, after being at my parents last night shoveling THEM out (they are away) now I hurt my LEFT tricep so bad I can't put ANY pressure on my hand on that side because it feels like it is driving a knife through the muscle!  (Although I have the ENERGY of a 20 year old, my muscles at 55 just don't like the "workouts"), but overdoing things can cause ANY symptoms like pain, stabbing, throbbing, twitching, etc at ANY age.  A nerve compression in the lower back will cause the leg issues - so will overdoing leg exercises, the leg muscles themselves.  (as we speak my butt muscle started twitching!)  Snow snow, go away!
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