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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014, 12:34:44 PM »
I've felt every sensation possible in my extremities as well as down my spine, on my head, my chest, abdomen, etc...

I've felt twitching, burning, cold, hot, electrical shock sensations, buzzing, numbness, you name it!
I also have tremendous worry about MS and ALS but what helped me is looking up actual people who have been diagnosed with MS and seeing what they experienced at the onset of their symptoms. It seems that blurred vision is extremely common as well as localized twitching or buzzing. Most people report feeling numbness/buzzing/twitching in one leg or one hand.

I don't think I have MS and I don't think you do either! Anxiety and constant release of stress hormones can really make your nervous system completely out of sorts. Do you shiver/tremble during episodes of anxiety/panic attacks? I do and afterwards, my muscles and nerves are all tenses up and more likely to buzz or twitch.

Isn't anxiety grand?  :sprachlos020:
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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2014, 12:44:52 PM »
I've felt every sensation possible in my extremities as well as down my spine, on my head, my chest, abdomen, etc...

I've felt twitching, burning, cold, hot, electrical shock sensations, buzzing, numbness, you name it!
I also have tremendous worry about MS and ALS but what helped me is looking up actual people who have been diagnosed with MS and seeing what they experienced at the onset of their symptoms. It seems that blurred vision is extremely common as well as localized twitching or buzzing. Most people report feeling numbness/buzzing/twitching in one leg or one hand.

I don't think I have MS and I don't think you do either! Anxiety and constant release of stress hormones can really make your nervous system completely out of sorts. Do you shiver/tremble during episodes of anxiety/panic attacks? I do and afterwards, my muscles and nerves are all tenses up and more likely to buzz or twitch.

Isn't anxiety grand?  :sprachlos020:

It sucks! I do have blurred vision but only when I look at distant objects. I think I'm near-sighted. I've noticed this getting worse over the course of the last year. I can see everything within a certain distance PERFECTLY fine. But after 20-30 feet it can be slightly blurred. I read people with MS related blurriness experience the blur at all distances not just near or far separately. Is this true based on what you've heard?
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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 01:09:22 PM »
You don't have a single symptom of MS, not even one. Stop freaking out. Everything you wrote is anxiety related except near sightedness.

No one here can tell you it sounds like MS because it doesn't but if you don't stop fresking out I will start advocating that you do have it, just for fun  :P
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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 01:30:33 PM »
It's anxiety. Almost exactly a year ago I went through a really stressful period concerning my wife's and kid's health all at once. Once everything was resolved, I started twitching like crazy. My index finger jump around, pinky toe would move on it's own and literally every muscle from my feet up to my eyes would twitch at some point. I of course jumped on the ALS fears and that sent it into overdrive. But I've had my doctor, a neurologist and a psychiatrist all assure me it's anxiety. And they're right. After finally accepting it, it finally started to decrease. I still twitch if I drink too much coffee or am stressed out, but I can now point to anxiety.

If you want to understand the physical reasons why twitching happens, there are some great books and even posts on here why. But the 30 second version is that anxiety pumps your system full of adrenaline and other hormones that cause your muscles to tense up. Your body is preparing itself to either fight or run from the threat. But we hypos can't run from what's inside our heads and so things like twitching or buzzing happen cause our muscles are trying to get rid of the hormones. But that just causes us to worry more and so begins the downward spiral of anxiety.

My best recommendation is to stop looking for reassurance on line. My brain would ignore the 30 pages of reassurance and focus on the 1 post that scared me. MS and ALS both present with REAL weakness. Not feeling weak or tired but suddenly not able to turn doorknobs or open milk cartons. Go outside, set some goals or projects around the house and start achieving those. That feeling of accomplishment helped me tons.

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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 01:45:25 PM »
YES! It definitely can. About a year ago I came here because I was having terrible health related anxiety, Ive always had a tendency towards hypochondria.  I stressed myself out so bad over a small rash on my arm that I started having panic attacks and sleep issues. I would try to sleep and just when I would start to doze off I would jerk myself awake again. I started reading here about muscle twitches that wouldnt go away. Guess what I developed soon after I read about them? Yep, random jerky twitchy muscles. So I was pretty much convinces I had an incurable brain disease or BFS (benign fasciculation syndrome) This was until I read this post: on another website about twitching, http://www.aboutbfs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9225  It changed my life. I became a member of Anxiety Centre right away and have never looked back. My twitching and jerking myself awake is gone unless I am under a lot of stress then it will happen but instead of worrying about it I let it pass and within a day or so Im back to normal. I really hope that helps some. If for whatever reason you cant see the link I can send it to you in a pm.
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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 01:53:27 PM »
Stay off of WebMd. I know you've been on there, sucker.
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Re: Can anxiety alone be the ROOT CAUSE of twitching?
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2014, 02:29:27 PM »
Thanks for all of the help guys! And the link. This website and it's members have done wonders for me.
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