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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #150 on: January 20, 2014, 04:07:11 PM »
Louise, I went through something similar a year ago. My symptoms started during a very stressful time in my life. I was sleep deprived, specializing in my RN career, a new baby and toddler at home. Anyway to make a long story short I developed what I was convinced were MS symptoms... all of them! vision issues, body buzzing/tingling, extreme fatigue. It was a very stressful and dark time in my life. I frequently went to the ER, specialist visits, and also saw a neurologist who ordered an MRI. Mine also came back with a couple non specific tiny white matter lesions. My neurologist said that they are seen in normal people and that what she thought I had was anxiety. I was suffering from frequent anxiety attacks and didn't know it. I decided to take charge of my life and get help for my mental health, went to councelling, started working out, eating healthy, reading self help books, and after a lot of work I had my life back. I now look back and can't believe I wasted almost a year of my life worrying about a disease I never had. I realized that my anxiety is something that will always be a part of me but with coping mechanisms, it is manageable. I wish you the best in your journey. Don't hesitate to pm me if you have any questions
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #151 on: January 29, 2014, 09:10:31 AM »
This is a great post. I have gad and it makes me doubt even the doctors. I wish i could break the cycle
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #152 on: February 05, 2014, 02:47:27 AM »
Thank you so much for this post Pan.  It's helped me tremendously.
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #153 on: February 06, 2014, 10:55:09 AM »
hello I am new to this forum and new to what is going on with my body. I have been convinced that I had MS and that I was going to be crippled the rest of my life. It was so real to me and I worried for my wife and 3 children. I am still having real symptoms but am not so worried about MS anymore. I don't have some of the typical optical and weakness that seem to be associated with MS. I am worried that these body tremors, muscle twitches, numbness on the left face, arm leg, back and stomach, and sleepless nights are going to last for ever. I still need to go to the doctor, but I am just amazed that this could be anxiety or depression. Will I ever be back to normal? I have so many questions and so few answers. This is the craziest thing that I could ever imagine my own mind doing to myself if this is in fact stress or depression. I know this may seem wierd, but I feel jerky in motion sometimes, like there is disruption in my nerve transmission. I also have a weird sensation of vibration when I am trying to go to sleep. This creates sleep deprivation and then i worry that I can't let my mind heal if I can't get to sleep. Sleeping pills don't seem to work but for  a small period of time, then I wake up and can't get back to sleep. Any advice or encouragement? 
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #154 on: February 07, 2014, 01:19:49 PM »
Any advice or encouragement?

Yup. Go to therapist if you have money and if necessary start taking antidepressants. You need to start working on your health anxiety.
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #155 on: February 21, 2014, 06:15:16 AM »
Hello

I have read this posts a couple of times. I have had a couple of health anxiety episodes in the past and I am well aware of that. I had my first on my first year in medical school. I had blood with feces so I was convinced for 2-3 weeks I had colon cancer, nothing else came to mind, this turned out to be small ulcer. 3 years later during a hard time in my life I had a panick attack as I thougt I was having a heart attack. Testicular cancer and lymphoma are also on my list in the past.
8 years ago I got tingling in my thighs and later my rigt foot was a bit weird. I was at that time studying neurology. I instantly diagnosed first symptoms of MS. As I only knew the worst case of MS, I shourtly came extremly anxious and depressed. I spoke with a neurologist who diagnosed anxiety, of course. With zoloft these symptoms faded away. I have had this MS thinking in the back of my mind ever since. 1 1/2 year ago during a stressful time in my life these symtpoms came back. The feeling in my leg was a slight different and I of coursed diagnosed my second relapse of MS, symtoms in leg must be spasticity. I examined myself every day. I started reading about MS symtoms from chat rooms and my anxiety level went thru the roof. I spoke with the same neurologist about this. Anxiety and somatic symtoms to stress he said. Zoloft again and symtoms fade away. Now these symtoms are coming back. Started after 4 week of feeling a bit depressed and I start thinking MS of course. I only read this forum as I am trying to convince myself that this is anxiety and/or depression. Started taking zoloft again an hope this will go away.
I know this could well be the starting symptoms of MS, as can any weird body sensation. I dont have signs of neurological damage so I dont have MS and would never get that diagnosis even though MRI would show white spot or whatever. I do know that I have a history of being dramatic over symtoms and hypochondria, and SSRI have always helped my.
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #156 on: February 25, 2014, 09:14:45 PM »
This is definitely a fear of mine. My uncle has ms and my grandma had parkisons and my auny now has it as well.
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #157 on: March 04, 2014, 10:19:25 AM »
So does anxiety or depression or stress actually cause a central nervous system lesion that mimics MS and then takes time to heal even after anxiety is gone? How can symptoms linger such as numbness, muscle twitches and such after a person seems to feel better? Does it require anti anxiety medication and actual therapy sessions to go away or can someone self heal? I know it is different for everyone, but for those that seem to have symptoms for days, weeks, or even months what is the explanation for the symptoms remaining though the fear or anxiety has subsided? Any medical explanations?
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #158 on: March 04, 2014, 12:40:35 PM »
Hi Crayz...  Welcome to Anxiety Zone!

Stress hormones, such as cortisol, can actually destroy brain cells in the hippocampus region of the brain.  This can cause anxiety/panic attacks/depression, and the symptoms that go along with these disorders.  A cycle occurs, and anxiety/panic attacks/depression become the default setting of the brain.

The term "anti-anxiety", regarding medication, refers merely to tranquilizers, such as the benzodiazepines (Valium.  Ativan, Klonopin).  These medications only mask symptoms, and do nothing to repair the brain.

Anti-depressants, such as Zoloft, Prozac, and Celexa, actually stimulate the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus region, thus repairing the damage.  That is why anti-depressants take so long to work.  Therapies known to work on repairing the brain include the anti-depressants, therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy-CBT), exercise, and the use of omega 3/fish oil.

I hope this helps to answer your questions.

The very best to you, Crayz!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
« Reply #159 on: March 04, 2014, 02:33:54 PM »
Chuck,

Thank you for the reply. That does make sense. I have been reading "The feeling good book" and feel I am becoming more aware of my damaging train of thought. My symptoms are subsiding. The tingling and numbness on the left side are still there, but seem to be less intense. I still have muscle twitches mostly in the evening when I slow down and have time to think and be aware of my body. I still get the headache jolts to the brain as  I am trying to fall asleep, but they are getting less frequent.  It is still so hard for me to comprehend that these symptoms are being caused by my stress. So the fact that I have caused damage to my brain by excess stress and worry makes sense. I have been worried to exercise out of fear that it would make things worse. I will start to exercise and take my fish oils and continue to use the feeling good work book. I am hoping to get better without having to go to the doctor, I just keep worrying in the back of my mind that this may be MS, but logically it doesn't seem to fit. But I may just need anti-depressants if I can't shake these physical symptoms. 

Crayz
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