Hello all! Luckily in the midst of my latest panic attack, I found this place and the thread about MS helped calm my nerves a little bit (figuratively and literally).
I was hoping to post about my own situation and get some reassurance/advice from everyone.
Oh my, where do I start?? I'll do my best to condense everything...
Some quick details:
Diagnosed with ADHD in 2009, I've been on Adderall XR for 5 years now (Been slowly trying to get off)
Diagnosed with H. Plyori infection/possible stomach ulcer in September (the start of my health problems/health anxiety)
Was in College till this past December, now in post-College limbo after graduating (aka too much free time at the moment)
Around the start of January, I suffered an intense anxiety/panic attack. I had convinced myself that I had overdosed and took 2 of my Adderall's, even though I KNEW that that was impossible. Following that attack, I started googling medical stuff a lot more, whenever I was faced with anything. Even the littlest things.
Needless to say, it didn't help that I developed actual health conditions resulting from my ulcer infection. I was diagnosed with IBS-C and GERD by my doctor. Instead of using proton pump inhibitors again, I managed to "cure" my GERD with Probiotics (thanks to learning about Dysbiosis after antibiotic treatment from the internet). The problem with health anxiety is that cause I was "right" in this situation, it's proven to be fuel for the fire when it comes to my cyberchondria....
OK OK long story short, after all these recent health issues, I am currently CRIPPLED on a daily basis with the idea that I have MS. It has interfered with my life and brought any sort of progression to a standstill. My girlfriend/family is desperate to convince me otherwise.
Here's why I keep convincing myself I have it:
-numbness/pins and needles/sensitive nerves for the past couple months (I pinched a nerve while exercising in February, have been getting chiropractic treatment)
-leaky gut suspicions (can it even cause MS??)
-chronic fatigue episodes (my mother has chronic fatigue/fibromylagia)
-mistaking "detox symptoms" (???) from probiotics as MS symptoms (brain fog/dizzyness/nerve pain (on my spine no less!)/muscle weakness)
-mistaking various anxiety symptoms for MS
-mistaking "dry eyes" for blurry vision problems related to MS onset
MS does not present randomly and sporadically, correct? It's onset is usually acute and all at once? As you can see, I really really want to be talked down from this health anxiety ledge I've made for myself over these past couple months!!
Reassurance would be MUCH appreciated, thank you for reading.