For over a decade, I was fairly sure I was on my way to coming down with MS or a brain tumor thanks to a variety of weird symptoms that would come and go (e.g. optic neuritis, numb patches, clumsiness, tingling/buzzing feet, pain in one foot, scattered thinking, dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, forgetfulness, weird headaches, an ocular migraine, etc.).
Cut to the other day... I had to get an MRI for a neck issue (it seems to be fine) and they wound up scanning my entire head. You guessed it... no evidence of MS or brain tumors.
Just wanted to put that out there for anyone who might be worried about their symptoms. Anxiety is a powerful thing... it can cause all sorts of very real, but ultimately benign symptoms.
Btw - I've been off the forum for months now thanks to regular exercise and a few new cognitive tricks (see below). I just wanted to pass this along to anyone who's concerned.
1) When a symptom pops up, force yourself to come up with three benign causes of the symptoms. (I go so far as to research the benign causes on Google - they're as easy to find as "cancer.")
2) If the symptom still worries you, make a note on your calendar to call the doctor in 2 weeks. Most symptoms disappear within 2 weeks, so you just disregard the note.
3) Make a good To Do list. Every time you start to feel panicky and want to go online, look at the list and force yourself to finish one thing first. Generally the anxiety gets lost in the action.
4) (This is going to sound weird, but) assume the worst - you're going to die - and make a bucket list. Then start actually DOING the things on the list. That was a big turning point for me. It's surprising how much relief you feel when you think, "Right... if it's going to happen, let's go out with a bang."
5) Exercise, spend time with friends and family, stop using the Internet and force yourself to smile at everyone you pass.