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    It usually isn't. Anxiety, and getting a medical degree from Google, often makes us feel that what we experience is a sign of a major disease/illness, but I've found that that isn't usually true. Those illnesses have similar symptoms, such that a brain tumor may cause dizziness or heart disease may cause shortness of breath, but that's about as far as similarities go when it comes to those symptoms with anxiety. The difference with a real illness is that the symptoms often present differently compared to those caused by anxiety. A brain tumor will cause dizziness to the point of fainting. Dizziness from anxiety is often subtle, or even perceived rather than real. Shortness of breath with heart disease is often severe, and is brought on my otherwise simple tasks - such as walking across the room, and you have to sit down to catch your breath afterward. Shortness of breath with anxiety is more subtle, but it's also not made worse by walking ten feet, and is made better by taking deep breaths. We *think* we know what we're dealing with, because of anxiety. But we don't. Anxiety is a PITA. It doesn't make us the expert that we think it does.
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    Thanks guys, I’m going to a movie to take my mind off of this. If any of you happen to know of good therapists in the Houston, TX area, let me know. I hate the whole “try before you buy” thing with therapists.
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    Your arms are not useless this weekend! First of all, you still have two healthy arms! Secondly, the reason you feel your arms are useless is because your mind is scanning for body issues to support the thesis that you have ALS. You don't. You have anxiety and anxiety is a master in disguise. It can pretty much mimic any disease! You are overfocused and hypersensitive about those symptoms....I promise you in 6 months the arm thing is a thing from the past.
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    I'm sorry to hear this Bin. My panic attacks started kind of slow too and progressed when my brain connected more dots----irrational ones that is. And yes, I thought I was dying also but look, we are both still here! Hugs. I know what it's like.
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    Low ferritin can cause problems and iron supplements should be taken. My neighbor had this in high school. He was a cross country runner and was passing out during races. Found out it was low ferritin and once treated was not a problem anymore.
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    Yes, I hope you will get answers soon. Sounds like your Psychiatrist and you are on top of it. Let us know how you get on. Best Wishes.
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    Here is some antidote for you HA: Facts: You have something minor You are being treated for it You are in good, professional hands. You have HA and you know the steps you have to take to stay sane until Dec. 5 Dec 5th is not far away at all, only people with HA want to get relief right this instant but is not real relief. Life doesn't work that way. We have to accept it the way it is. You got this. Tell me where you live so I can come disable your search engines.
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    Missy....you bad, bad girl. ? You are not supposed to google! You are not supposed to contact online doctor's! You have health anxiety! That is like giving your anxiety a 5 course meal. Now, every time you have the urge you come on here and we talk you through-step by step. But you can't give into the urges, ok?
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    yes all the time.... and yes when I notice it I try to take a few deep breaths.... happens to me everyday. I guess we are so tense that even breathing gets affected.
  10. 1 point
    Yes, it's a classic anxiety symptom. "Manual breathing" it's sometimes called. When you notice it, stop and take some good deep breaths, and give control back to the body's natural ability to breathe.
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    You say it's hard to believe all these symptoms can be anxiety related. Think of that statement in reverse; it's hard to believe all those symptoms are related to a physical ailment. Any disease I've ever heard of or feared has anywhere from one to several symptoms. Not dozens. Anxiety Tb, anxiety. Work on that through your GP and psych specialists.
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    We are with you and we know how difficult this ALS fear can be. I've read that ALS is not often associated with pain. Take some comfort in that. You do NOT have ALS. Easier said than believed I know. I'm struggling with similar fears right now myself. What movie did you watch? Hope it was something good :)!
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    Hey doll.... I know it’s hard but I have some comforting news.... Its not very likely that you have cervical cancer. I went through something similar and if you follow your doctor’s advice you will be fine. I had major anxiety over that same issue and now it’s barely there. I had a really good doctor too. He said in his 28 years of practice he only saw one patient that actually had to go through serious cancer treatment. He said she was older and never went for checkups. He said that if I come to him every year for a pap that I would never get that type of cancer because he will see it in its precancerous state and take it out immediately (apparently it takes years to actually become cancer). I still get a little nervous when I get check ups, but he gave me the facts and told me google is not a reliable source for medical information. I hope this helps a lil. (Hugs)
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    I have had EVERYTHING twitch, eyes, lips, thumbs...and it's all come and gone for years and always been anxiety related. Hang in there and do keep us posted!
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    You have us! You are not alone. Please don't give up on counseling and/or medication. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right match in counseling and medication.
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    @plac8170 I’m going through the same thing and I’m seemingly down the same rabbit hole. That’s being said sometimes it’s easier to see the other side when someone else is writing about this stuff as opposed to when you are going through it if that makes any sense. I’m stuck waiting till January 15th just to see a neurologist so testing is likely even farther away but I’m listening to what people are saying on here and rather then worrying about when I will be rested I’m focusing in the last few days on finding a counselor to deal with my anxiety. If you are on here you realize to some extent that anxiety is playing a real role here. You’re young making this disease even more unlikely then the unlikely it would be for the general aged population, however anxiety attacks us all and doesn’t discriminate by age. The sooner you try to treat it the better chance you will have to get it h see control and avoid all of this in the future. When you find out you don’t have als you will only be relieved for a time until the next twinge is felt. Treating anxiety is what you need. I went through some trauma when I was younger dealing with 9/11 (I was in the second tower that day) and dealing with my father passing at a young age and I made the error of trying to bury it and deal with it alone because I felt I didn’t need counseling. BIG Mistake as decades later I’ve been through at least ten bouts of severe health anxiety in addition to now feeling generalized anxiety every single day! I hope you will consider at least talking to a professional in the near future. You may find you don’t need the test by the time it comes up if you are able to deal with the real issue here. Happy to talk more any time if you need it.
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    I know but you have to. It will make everything so much worse.
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    Just wanted to thank you both for your kind and reassuring responses...I’ve re-read them both several times and they have helped so much! I wish more than anything (well, maybe not as much right now as getting this nose thing done and over with lol) that all of us could conquer and be done with our health anxiety. It is so exhausting and robs us of the things in life we should be enjoying. But it IS so wonderful to have a place to come to such as this to hear from others who completely and totally “get it” and know where our minds are right now!
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    I haven’t been to the doctor but I have been dealing with sinus pain and pressure as well as dizziness and just a general feeling of being unwell. I get lightheaded multiple times a day and sometimes I have episodes of vertigo. My dr once told me that unless I had pain on only one side, yellow/green discharge and fever, she was not going to put me on an antibiotic. We sound fairly familiar. You’re not alone and you are going to be ok!
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    Hi Ellie, I'm sorry you are going through this health anxiety bout. It sounds like your doctor's are staying on top of everything and you are in good hands. I'm not sure if this helps you but I have pelvic pain sometimes also. It can come from many different things, exercise, tense muscles, prolonged sitting, UTI's, etc. etc. Please don't google, it will drive you bonkers. Try to relax as good as you can and let your mind not wander to the what if. Right now you don't have cervix cancer. Right now you just have some pain and are being treated to get answers. Don't feed your mind with all the what if's. What can you do to let your mind pass these thoughts by? Yoga, Meditation, going out in nature? Something you like to do to recharge. My best Wishes.
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    That aside I need help for anxiety and that is my first priority right now Yes indeed! Get rid of the anxiety and the symptoms become just another ache and pain along the way which most so called 'normal' people would shrug off. Just as you did before you had HA. My suggestion is that you get some short term medication from your GP then some good counselling or such therapy. That combination often does the trick, but it can take time, and us with anxiety are not the most patient of people. Thanks Haha Confused Sad
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    Hi Larizza, As others have said, ALS anxiety can be particularly bad to overcome; lots of us here have struggled with it. That said, you do not describe the symptoms of ALS. As an initial matter, shaking and tremors are not symptoms of ALS. They can be caused by lots of other things, including anxiety and benzo withdrawal. If you are not familiar with the panoply of neurological symptoms that can accompany benzo withdrawal, look up the Ashton Manual, published by leading benzo withdrawal physician Dr. Heather Ashton. I myself experienced these symptoms after tapering of a low dose of Lorazepam/Ativan, having taken it for only 2.5 months. Benzo withdrawal can also take a long time (weeks to months). However, if it persists or gets significantly worse, go to your PCP for a checkup. Tremors can also be caused by a lot of other benign conditions, such as essential tremor, etc. But rest assured, it is NOT a symptom of ALS. Likewise, polyneuropathy is NOT a symptom of ALS. ALS is not a disease of the sensory nerves, so symptoms like burning, tingling, numbness, pins/needles, aches/pains, etc. point away from ALS. The hallmark characteristics of ALS are non-painful, non-sensory progressive clinical weakness. Now, for tongue twitching. Twitching of any muscle, including the tongue, is not diagnostic of anything. Twitching can result from exercise, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances, BENZO WITHDRAWAL, and ANXIETY, among many other causes. I had lots of twitching for weeks/months with my anxiety and benzo withdrawal. Some people also suffer from benign fasciculation syndrome, where various muscles, including the tongue, twitch without any pathological cause. Here are a couple of important points to remember: 1. When ALS experts diagnose ALS, they do not look for twitching. They look for clinical weakness. That is because twitching almost always is preceded by clinical weakness. Why? Because the muscle only starts twitching in ALS when the motor nerves that activate that muscle start dying, so by the point that you have twitching in ALS, you already have significant weakness with those muscles. (And to be clear, by clinical weakness, I mean an inability/failure to do something; not a weak feeling or sensation. ALS patients will tell you that the muscle feels fine; it just doesn't work. By contrast, anxiety sufferers often feel weak, but if push comes to shove, they can move the muscle). Note, most ALS patients don't even feel or notice their fasciculations; they usually go to the dr for weakness, and the dr then notices the fasciculations. 2. When it comes to the tongue, clinical weakness manifests in two main ways: (a) slurred speech and (b) sometimes difficulty swallowing. For most ALS patients, slurred speech starts well before any swallowing difficulties though. The muscles in your tongue become clinically weak, so you start slurring your speech. To be clear, the type of slurring I refer to here is NOT the occasional lisp, fumbled word, or statter: it is continuous, very obvious to others, and others may ask you if you are drunk. If you can speak fine with others understanding you, you do not have ALS. In sum, before you would have twitching in the tongue caused by ALS, you almost certainly would have dramatic speech deficits. 3. This may sound simplistic, but everyone's tongue twitches when you stick it out. That is why neurologists look at your tongue at rest in your mouth. And even at rest, there will be little twitches, because it is extremely difficult to hold your tongue entirely still. My advice: STOP LOOKING AT YOUR TONGUE. I used to do this, and it would drive me crazy. If your speech is fine, you don't need to worry about perceived tongue twitches. My last little bit of advice: Stop Googling. What I have described above is the general concensus among ALS experts out there. On the Internet, you can always find some story about someone who allegedly had ALS symptoms present in a different way. The fact is, we do not know if the person's account is factually true or complete. Moreover, even assuming that the person reported her story 100% accurately, and she is a complete outlier, you are now positing that you have an extremely rare onset of an already extremely rare disease. Extremely unlikely. So, stick with the medical facts. If you are really concerned, go see your dr and have them perform a general neurological clinical exam. The clinical exam is the gold standard for ALS, and an EMG is only used if something abnormal shows up on the clinical. If you have a clean clinical exam, you can rest assured. Bottom line: I don't think you have ALS; I think you have ALS-related anxiety. Work on getting help with your benzo withdrawal and polyneuropathy, but don't waste your life worrying about ALS.