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Offline Roman

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« on: March 21, 2014, 11:01:15 AM »
Good morning all my name is roman I'm a 46 yr. Old male living in mass. I'm a police officer in a city that borders Boston. I have recently within the past year have been having major health anxiety. Every pain or odd feeling warranted a trip to my Dr. I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic for 7 years now and have taken my medicine BT never really tried to alter my diet or really exercise however im not overweight and felt pretty good until the past year. In January I was driving down the street when all of a sudden both my arms went numb from elbow to fingers. Thinking I was having a heart attack I went to the emergency room and told the triage nurse my symptoms and all of a sudden she mentioned stroke and I was whisked away into an examination room with 3 Dr.s around me. They gave me some strength tests and after some deliberation admitted me for suspected stroke. That night I had a ct scan with and without contrast of my brain as well as an MRI of my brain. The next morning the Dr explained that I did not have a stroke but my a1c was 9.8 which was very high as well as possible carpel tunnel. That night I went home and noticed that my thumb was twitching. Stupidly I went and googled it and a ton of pages of als came up. That's when I began to panic. I read so much about also I was making myself sick. I then made an apt with a neuro. The appt was scheduled 2 weeks after my hospital stay. In the mean time I began to twitch randomly all over my body primarily my left side as well as still googling also.  I went to my Dr. And she gave me clonezapam which did cut the edge. I went to the neuro who was an ms specialist. He gave me a clinical neuro exam and he stated that I do have carpel tunnel. I asked him about als and he said by my clinical absolutely not . But he did want to give me a MRI of my spine as well as an emg. I went for both but during the emg I noticed the Dr. Who did it only did my righ limbs, c4, l7, and left thumb. When it was done he said he didn't see any also just neuropathy probably from diabetes. Please forgive the length of this post. I then went to the follow up with my neuro. He stated from the MRI I have spondylosis with ventral chord flattening at c 567 as well as carpel tunnel in both hands as well as neuropathy, wow what a mess lol. I then asked him why the Dr. Only gave me he emg on my fight side when also to my twitching is on my left. He stated that has all he had to do. I asked him about also and he almost yelled at me saying there's no way I have it. I have no positive sharp waves no fribs no fasics all normal. I made an appt. For a follow up in 6 months but somehow I can't get it out of my head my anxiety level is through the roof and its becoming unhealthy. If anybody out there who understands emgs or neurology could reply I can't get the fact out of my head that the emg Dr. Didn't do the left side. Sorry for such a long post, what an introduction lol.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 02:56:49 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Good to have you as a member. Here you are with like minded people. People who understand. As we all suffer from something or other. So feel free to ask any questions. Our members are always willing to help others out. Good chatroom too. 3 posts to enter the room.

Find the correct section of the forum that suits your condition and create a new topic on it. This is just a welcome section. Never really get the same amount of help in this section as you would on the other sections of the forums. So whatever one suits the questions you are asking. Get much better answers.
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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 04:36:39 PM »
Hello, welcome to the forum! I am also a newcomer to the site.

I too have cripplingly bad health anxiety, every single foreign feeling I get in my body I perceive to be a threat to my life or health, every little lump I perceive to be cancer, every strange head-rush I think is a stroke and so on and so forth!

For me, what I find is that the most important to remember with anxiety and in particular health anxiety, is that anxiety causes very real physical symptoms which to the anxious mind immediately are perceived to be a threat. When in actual fact, they are just a result of anxiety, for example I get very bad vertigo and dizziness when I am feeling anxious and immediately I think "I'M GOING TO COLLAPSE AND DIE OH GOD OH NO OH HELP ME!"

 The most important thing to note is that these symptoms only occur for me and probably for most people when anxiety is on your mind, when you are in a good, clear head-space they are not there at all! The trick is that when you feel a strange physical symptom and start to worry or freak out, remember that it is almost certainly down to your anxiety, rather than an underlying health problem. However, having suffered with the condition for a while now, I know that pretty much 0% of thoughts going through your head mid panic attack are rational ones, so when you are feeling on top of your anxiety, try to train your brain to think logically in those stressful situations, so when you are faced with them you are prepared to go "NO, THIS IS JUST ANXIETY I AM NOT DYING!"

Unfortunately it is very hard to explain how to do that over an internet forum and even if I tried it would be incredibly inaccurate and probably a massive waste of time...SO:

 - I would recommend you read a book called "The Chimp Paradox" for brain training
 - Get plenty of exercise (I find cycling very very helpful)
 - Perhaps try some holistic therapy such as acupuncture or reflexology to help ease the mental side effects of anxiety
 - Eat a healthy diet, the better you feel about yourself, the less you will brood over anxiety
 - Most importantly in my opinion....STAY OFF GOOGLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, DR. GOOGLE IS A VERY VERY MEAN MAN!

I hope that I could have been of at least some help to you, if you have any questions about my anxiety experiences or anything at all, please ask!

Big love,
Elliot x  ;D
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