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burning pain, muscle cramps, jerks twitches, anyone?
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:42:21 AM »
MY GAD crosses over with hypochondria and anxiety.  For the past few months I have had bunch of undiagnosed neuro problems.   At night I have burning hot pain in my arms which then turn icy, my toes and fingers cramp and spasm and I have popcorn twitches in my muscles.  Sometimes I feel the symptoms during the day to a lesser extent.  Also while waking I have an internal tremor, like Im shaking all over but Im not.  I also have involuntary swallowing and wake up shakey every morning. 

 I have had 3 brain MRIs, an eeg, an EMG and still cannot help fearing that I have ALS.  I am waiting for the "weakness" to set in.  I have seen 3 neuros and no one can explain.   I am in so much pain - can this be psychiatric?  I have been taking lexapro for 5 weeks and klonopin and NEITHER does anything to help my symptoms.  In fact I think its ironic that my symptoms started while taking the klonopin and they sound so much like klonopin withdrawal symptoms!

I am so scared and because no doctor has found anything, everyone is convinced its in my head.   No one has any more patience for me.  Anyone in the same boat?  Why arent meds working if its psychiatric??????  Thanks  I have 3 kids and I cant go on anymore.  My family is ready to commit me. 

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Re: burning pain, muscle cramps, jerks twitches, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 08:16:15 AM »
Hi,

Going on rounds with med docs can be frustrating . . . .

Who prescribed the meds? A psychiatrist? Family doc? etc.

Sometimes, and I ma not being critical of docs and I am not in the med profession, but sometimes specialists outside of health issues such GAD, etc., focus more on the symptoms than on the triggers. For me, if I don't deal with the triggers then the symptoms persist and often do worsen . . . my suggestion and it is only a suggestion would be:

1.  if you have not already seen a specialist in psychiatry, then ask for a referral;

2.  if you have seen a specialist in psychiatry and what you have received are meds, then go back and explain your reactions . . . not everyone reacts the same way to meds and also ask for a referral to a counselor / therapist who specializes in techniques to manage and identify your triggers . . . you may have to go through a couple until you get a good match for you ., . . .

3.  if there are any community-based support groups, join them to receive support for your process of recovery and it is a process . . . .

4.  if symptoms worsen, then consider finding an outpatient clinic that provides more intense therapy . . . .

Your situation is scary and it does not matter if everyone else in the world is convinced that it is in your head, they are not experiencing what you are experiencing . . . .yes, anxiety is a mental health issue, but it is a health issue . . . others may, through ignorance and unintentionally, try to tell you all you have to do is to stop thinking about it and it will go away, but it does not work that way . . . what I am hearing you say is that you need guidance to manage the root causes of your physical symptoms . . . . and that is sometimes more effectively achieved working with a therapist to guide you than with the med profession who is just interested in controlling symptoms . . .now, don't get me wrong, the right meds for the right person at the right time in the process may do wonders to help the person bridge going from unmanageable to manageable . . . but, you have to be your own best advocate because not all meds work with all folks . . .

Please know that we will support you as best we can so come here as often as you would like and let us know how you are doing . . .okay? Take care, kc
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Re: burning pain, muscle cramps, jerks twitches, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 08:04:11 PM »
I too have 3 kids and have the same things going on as you. I have not had testing but I'm pretty sure it's my anxiety. I have had so many symptoms at different times its annoying. I'm so dizzy It drives me nuts. I went through about 4 different Meds before I ended up on Zoloft the first time. The others had me taking many trips to the er from their side effects. I am now trying celexa again and just started today so I know it will be a good month or more before it works. The others I knew right away they were not working so I asked to try others. I have bad side effects when starting any but those first ones were unbearable and these ones are bad but livable. I have Xanax as my back up and only take when really needed.
Good luck to you, I hope you find a med that works. Don't be afraid to tell them it's not working for you. I had we nurse tell me the Meds they were trying were not good ones for anxiety. Don't be afraid to switch doctors either. I did and am glad I did. They actually listened and to be honest I believe the med you are on is one of the first that I tried.
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Re: burning pain, muscle cramps, jerks twitches, anyone?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 08:08:02 PM »
I should mention that the side effects when starting a med also happen if the dose was increased so don't know if you have had increase lately or not. It takes a few weeks for mine to go away but I do see improvements in the second week.
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