I don't know if any of you have heard about the *** ice bucket challenge , but it's for a great cause. My understanding is that people challenge other people to pour a bucket of ice water over themselves. Once you complete the challenge you challenge someone else. The idea is to raise awareness of the disease. It's so great that I feel guilty for feeling bad about it. But all the stories in the news about people afflicted with the disease is scaring the crap out of me. And since, unlike most of the general public, I have twitching all over my body, I am terrified every time I hear a story.
I can't just hide under a rock, so I'm wondering how I get through the month of this challenge and not project onto myself?
You´d be surprised about how many people in the "general public" actually have body-wide twitching. I can be wrong here, but I think I read somewhere that it iasat least top 3 of the most common benign neuro symptoms you can get. Body-wide twitching screams anxiety, believe me I know. In the disease you fear, twitiching as widespread as you describe without clinical weakness and a late stage diagnosis is almost unheard of. Twitching is sooooo common among anxiety struck people.
I can relate to the thing you describe though, as an avid HA-er (yeah, not a word, I know=) I try my best to stay away from Google and such. But, when stuff like this (that is so important, don´t get me wrong) is presented everywhere it´s hard to not get affected. But, I would not want these campaigns to stop. They raise an immensly imortant awareness about a disease that actually have a very negative impact on peoples lives.
That being said, out of all the people here that are "self-diagnosed" with the disease, I would venture and guess that zero percent actually have it. It´s rare, anxiety and symptoms mimicking the disease on the other hand is not. I´m sorry you too belong to the "I-have-***-club", but please find comfort in knowing that you´re symptoms are not in any way indicative of a serious neuro disease=)