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Is this really possible?
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:13:08 AM »
I'm new to health anxiety (at least to this level of health anxiety). I have spent a day in the last 36 days not thinking I've had something wrong with me. I imagine this stress builds up and makes everything worse. So my question is, is it REALLY possible or likely that just because I read about MS and ALS that I can sort of create these symptoms by stressing about it? Only ever since I read about those two conditions have a I started twitching and tingling and all that. I'm a 16 year old male so that 0.13% chance of getting MS is even lower for me, yet I still think somehow these symptoms don't have anything to do with anxiety and that I'm the exception.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2014, 11:17:23 AM »
It is not possible, it is very likely... Twitching and tingling are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety which is what you have.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2014, 11:17:38 AM »
Oh absolutely!!  Your brain can create things where nothing exists!  I'm sure a lot of people will tell you that.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2014, 11:38:38 AM »
It is definitely possible to create the symptoms. No matter how many times I'm told my heart is fine I'm convinced all the doctors are wrong. Try to break this cycle early. I would hate for you to end IP like me. Afraid to go anywhere or do anything and scared 24/7.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 12:28:53 PM »
I really hope it's possible. I keep being told that a lot if my heart attack symptoms are created by my anxiety. I'm trying really hard to believe it but it's hard. I do notice that things I read tend show up.  And sometimes distraction helps, but other times it doesn't so I worry.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 01:15:02 PM »
because i am naieve, i am trying to figure out why so many people have a fear of ALS/MS. i am not making fun or anything -- i just see it a lot in the chat as well as here on the forums, and i am confused as to why so many think they have this.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2014, 01:30:31 PM »
From what I can tell by reading, anxiety symptoms go hand in hand (for the most part) with ALS and MS.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2014, 02:57:45 PM »
ALS and MS are a central nervous system condition - so is anxiety, so much of them will present with exactly the same symptoms.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2014, 03:44:35 PM »
CHALLENGE yourself on this!!!

With all the WAY TOO EASY "instant diagnosis" available on the internet these last few years, SO MANY people start CREATING FEARS of some dreaded new disease...ME INCLUDED!!! Through a good CBT-Therapist, I realized how AND WHY it's so easy to start CATASTROPHIZING" things, based on one little new ache!

I'm now 99% free of those ridiculous "what's wrong with me" thoughts!

I was EXACTLY like you. I've stated here that my left-shoulder aches & pains over the years were a heart-attack coming on. My heart-exams were always fine. I do have PVC-beats, & some tendency for A-fib...BUT SO WHAT!!!! This CAN'T & WON'T kill me!!! My fear of these things has disappeared. Because of CBT...I learned to tell myself "C'mon Faron...who has heart-attack pain for 10 years"?!?!? Then you start to realize how goofed-up your thinking-habits are/were!

Other things my CBT helped me realize-

* I'm being cared for. My primary Dr., CBT-visits every few months, & yearly Cardiologist visits (I'm 52, so I need to do that anyway!!) will handle things for/with me.
* Even IF an A-fib episode comes on...IT CAN'T HURT ME. Because of Dr. care, I take a full aspirin a day, along with normal B/P medication. I HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR from this. Therefore, a clot-risk is VERY miniscule.
* FEAR-THOUGHTS/SENSATIONS are JUST THAT....FEARS and THOUGHTS.
* You CANNOT BE HARMED in any way from a FEAR.
* You CANNOT BE HARMED in any way from a THOUGHT.
* So...WHAT ACTUALLY remains to be afraid of?????
* These realizations were especially powerful for me.
* The more I think about these basic premises, the more powerful I feel.

Something to think about here!
Again...CHALLENGE every fear you have...YOU can overwhelm IT. Kick ITS ass!!!!

Faron
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2014, 04:35:09 PM »
Some very good and helpful answers in here. I'm trying my best to ignore the twitchiness and tingling and dismiss it as anxiety. Difficult to do though with that little "what-if" voice in the back of your mind constantly.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2014, 09:43:17 PM »
My throat has had a lump in it all day too. Not literally a lump you can see or feel, just that hard to swallow feeling. Is that also the anxiety?
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2014, 06:33:44 PM »
Just went out to the Motocross track and did some laps. My symptoms were completely forgotten about and nonexistent. I'm convinced now it's 99.99% likely that it's just the anxiety.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2014, 06:41:37 PM »
My throat has had a lump in it all day too. Not literally a lump you can see or feel, just that hard to swallow feeling. Is that also the anxiety?

Globus...  that's anxiety definitely! (does it feel you have a shirt on whose collar is pressing on your throat area?)
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2014, 06:53:20 PM »
Yeah sort of, almost like somewhere is pressing a little bit on my Adam's apple area.
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Re: Is this really possible?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2014, 07:13:16 PM »
Yup, that's it.  What you can do which MAY work (it worked for me) - open your mouth and try to stretch your throat - if that makes any sense.  It helps with the spasm that is causing that.
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