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Offline Worriedsick2291

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I've suffered from anxiety since I was a child, but the last year and a half has been the worst. I just started worrying about MS & ALS about a month and a half ago when a spot on my lower back swole up. It went down the very next day so I didn't see a dr about it. About 3 wks ago I had tingling in both legs and a weak feeling in both sides of the face. I started googling the symptoms and MS came up. Then I started havin a lot more symptoms such as random twitching, leg cramps/pain, pain in butt, tingly/prickly feeling in legs arm feet hands and face. Burning sensations throughout body and cold sensations. Also have weak feeling in Palm of left hand and fingers feel weird. Shakiness, & tremors in face. Vibrating feeling in leg muscles when I straighten them. Joint pain and popping. Numbness in spots that comes and goes also. But the scariest symptoms is feeling like I can't breathe when I lay down at night. I feel like there is a wall at the back of my throat that I can't clear, and breathing through my nose is hard. I've been to 5 diff drs they all believe it's anxiety. They did blood test and came back normal even thyroid and diabetes blood work came back fine. I also failed to mention that I get extremely dizzy to the point that it's hard to stand up. They checked my reflexes and coordination and it seemed good to them, but I'm extremely worried and feel that I need an MRI. I'm so scare that I have Ms or worse ALS.
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014, 02:36:27 PM »
You've been checked out by several different doctors....its anxiety.  I've had tons of the same symptoms (dizziness, tingling in the extremities, chills/hot flashes, breathless feeling, etc).  Dr. Google really shouldn't be used since common things can also be MS/Cancer/other dangerous illnesses. 
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 02:39:40 PM »
Don't you think it's very strange how you didn't start noticing a lot of the symptoms until -after- you googled and found out about MS? That's exactly what anxiety does to us. It takes our health fears and mimics the symptoms of them, convincing us that we have these horrible problems. By googling you gave yourself a lot more symptoms that the anxiety can then use against you. Everything you've listed can be caused by anxiety, and, judging by the tests and Doctors opinions you've had, this is almost certainly the case for you. :)
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2014, 03:51:07 PM »
5 guys who have gone through med school all say the same thing.  That should tell you something.  Second, nothing in your history sounds remotely like A**...so just get that out of your head.  Because of the presentation, the diversity of symptoms, and history of anxiety I don't believe it to be MS.  It sounds like 100% anxiety.  With that said, an MRI is warranted to put MS to rest.  If you are having that many symptoms caused by MS (very unlikely) your MRI will light up like a Christmas tree.  You need it to be thorough and to put the MS thing to rest.

What have you done  to work on your anxiety?
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014, 05:20:51 PM »
It's important to mention that (God forbid) you did actually have MS (which I'll bet you do not), it is a VERY manageable disease.  I was telling another member the other day that I know two people who have it, and you would never know it to look at them.  One of them is a full-time mother of two, and the other works at my company full time. Just look at Montel Williams -- he's had it for about 15-20 years now!  Modern medicine has turned this into a chronic illness that people LIVE WITH.  ShawnW is right -- an MRI will rule this out quickly and then you can relax.  Wishing you peace and blessings!   ;D
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2014, 07:53:24 PM »
When you use words like 'random' and 'comes and goes', that makes it very likely that it's your anxiety.

Both diseases are pretty rare, especially ALS. And I agree with NytViolet, I don't think there should be so much fear when it comes to MS...

That said, this all sounds like your anxiety. And if you've been to five doctors now that have all said that, you need to respect their knowledge and accept their diagnosis.
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2014, 12:15:03 AM »
I have an exercise for you.

Go to the very first entry on the HA forums.

Begin to work your way slowly to the front.

Count the number of times you see the words ALS and MS.

Edit: I can't even understand the fear of MS. Most people with MS function fine. I know of a particularly bad case, it was thought the person might die. He enrolled in a, luckily, very effective new drug trial. Regained partial limb-function/will probably make a full recovery. ALS is scary as sh*t. I'll give you that one.
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2014, 12:51:36 PM »
And its worth mentioning that there are some extremely promising stage 2 clinical trials for als as well, but from your symptoms you certainly don't sound like you are anything like an als case.  The numbness and tingling and twitching are all STRONGLY associated with severe anxiety.  Go to the HA home page and read the "symptoms poll"... You sound like 90% of the folks on this board.  Also, make sure your head it propped up when you get into bed...lying too flat does cause neck and even breathing issues.  Be Blessed :)
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2014, 02:56:31 PM »
Where did you see that information on ALS, Nyt?
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Re: Suffer from anxiety, but worried that I have MS or ALS. HELP!!!
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2014, 04:02:26 PM »
Logan, why no text back?!? :(
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