Hey everyone. I'm a 28 year old mother of two. I've suffered from mild to moderate anxiety for about a year and a half now. Until recently it was manageable but now it seems to be getting the better of me. I'm sure that you've all heard of (or possibly done) the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS. I watched youtube video after youtube video after clicking on a link that a friend posted. After watching these videos I became extremely emotional and felt so bad for these people. Went to bad that night feeling fine and woke up feeling fine. Then, somehow, later that day I became obsessed with the thought that I too may have als (I know, I know. Sounds crazy). I started testing my strength, obsessively googling symptoms and even made the stupid mistake of checking the ALS forums (I didn't post, but did read quite a few threads). Now, I feel as though I'm weaker on my left side, and my thumb has been killing me for a few days now. I also have a sharp pain in my upper left arm. Any normal person would probably think no big deal, so why am I jumping to extreme conclusions? Can anxiety really give you physical symptoms that you're imaging? I go to the doctor only in extreme circumstances (so maybe once or twice every few years). I don't know where all of this came from.