I am new to the forum. Go figure I found it while I was "googling" and wondered if maybe talking to others who may be experiencing the same things might be helpful and reassuring. As I mentioned in my introductory post, I have suffered from anxiety most of my life. I do feel that I generally have a certain degree of general anxiety about everything, but over the years I have really fixated on various symptoms throughout my body and have convinced myself that I have had everything from IBS, heart problems, asthma, diabetes and cancer. None of which I actually have fyi.
I am now a new mom, my son is four months old, and I am experiencing a whole new variety of bodily symptoms since I had him. I have widespread pain throughout my body. Primarily in my arms, hands, legs and feet. The pain feels like it is in the joints, muscles and nerves. I also feel burning and tingling, extreme fatigue and temperature changes. At first I thought that my pain could be due to carrying around a 16lb 4 month old all day and nursing as well. But I guess at this point I am sort of having an "MS" type of scare. I have found that reading some of the sticky posts have been very helpful and informative. And I am amazed by the wide range of symptoms that anxiety can produce in the body. I should also mention that I have been to see my doctor as well as a rheumatologist and am told that they cannot find anything wrong in my blood work or exams. Given my history, in all probability it is a new range of health anxiety symptoms and it seems to be taking over my entire body. I just don't know how to calm myself down and I am really hesitant to take any medications because I am nursing. All of these crappy symptoms are making it very challenging for me to care for my son.