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Offline Emill12

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Constant Worry/ Self Diagnosis
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:25:08 PM »
I'm new to this site and anxiety in general. Recently, I have been foggy and unable to think clearly. It seems almost like I am in some sort of fog all the time. My short term memory is gone to ***** and recently I have been diagnosed with a sinus infection. However, I seems like something more is wrong with me and I can't stop thinking its something worse. My question is, has anybody else felt like this? I constantly worry I have ALS or MS or something else awful. I was wondering if it was just me or if this is common, please any feed back is more then helpful.
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Re: Constant Worry/ Self Diagnosis
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 12:32:16 PM »
Obviously I'm not a doctor or anything, but I really do think that if you have a sinus infection it could just make you feel "off" and a bit foggy. I know when I get a cold I sometimes feel like I'm half asleep!

As far as your MS/ALS fears go, I recommend reading through some of the threads about it on this site. Many of them are very VERY reassuring. I went for an eye exam about a month ago and the optometrist said my optic discs looked swollen (which of course is often a sign of MS!!) and he asked if I ever felt dizzy/tingly/etc. and of course I hadn't up until that point... then for about a week afterwards i started experiencing every early MS sign in the book. I was convinced my vision was going and had pins and needles ALL OVER.

After I saw a couple more eye specialists and doctors who said I passed all the neurological and vision tests, and had my CT scan (clear), the symptoms started to go away and now they're all but gone. I had an MRI done a couple days ago and honestly I'm not even concerned about it, I'm convinced it will come back normal. My family doctor doesn't even think I should have had it at all because i'm showing no real symptoms but it had already been ordered.

My point is, MS symptoms are pretty vague but doctors can tell and if you get so tingly/numb/dizzy/out of it that you can't move, THEN you should start worrying. For now talk to your doctor if you're that concerned. But i'm almost positive they'll just tell you your mind is foggy because you have a sinus infection, as well as anxiety  :P
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Re: Constant Worry/ Self Diagnosis
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 01:15:56 PM »
Well I can tell you from past experience that a sinus infection will make you feel foggy and pretty crappy in general.

also from past experience with the als and ms scare that you don't have it. Did you have some twitching or other symptoms that made you google and think you have these dreadful diseases? Feel free to pm me and chat about the als fear in general. I can promise to help ease your fears. I sympathize with anyone going thru that fear as I had a terrible time with it for over 10 months!

get some antibiotics for that sinus infection. Also note that anxiety in general can cause sort of a "brain fog" ..there are also alot of threads about that also that you may want to look at. Good luck and if I can help in anyway let me know!  :action-smiley-065:
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