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    Throughout this bout of anxiety, I have found ways to look at my health from a different perspective. Every day, I am plagued with the “What If’s?” What if it really isn’t anxiety this time? I wanted to share in this post something that has helped me strengthen my claims to myself that it is JUST anxiety, rather than a fatal event or illness. Being the homegrown, hardcore researcher I am, I’ve found this has helped me a lot. Let’s go ahead and first establish this constant number. According to the ADAA, anxiety affects 18.1% of the population of the United States each year. Now, it’s time to compare. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Sepsis = 0.5% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Cancer = 0.4% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— MS = 0.3% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— ALS = 0.001% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Meningitis = 0.001% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Tetanus = 0.00006% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Lyme disease = 0.009% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Heart Attack = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Stroke = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Pulmonary Embolism = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Anaphylaxsis = 0.06% (0.0007% result in death, even smaller chance) You’re more likely to have anxiety. When you think all hope is lost, just turn to this post and realize... You. Just. Have. Anxiety.
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    Hi Jlavoie, i am not a doctor,but my daughter has m/s.I suppose m/s can start up in different ways but it DID NOT BEGIN LIKE THAT IN MY DAUGHTER.Plus she had a good idea of what she had, she did not have to guess as you are doing.As i say i am not a doctor,but i advise you to see one to put your mind at rest because i do not think that you have m/s. My best wishes to you Jlavoie ,geezer.
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    There are a couple ways to approach this. Freaking out and running to the neurologist isn’t the way to go I had a terrible bout of twitching and cramping 10 years ago, after a URI. It was a combination of stress, heightened immune response because of the infection, etc. But like you, I was convinced I had ALS. made an appointment to se the neurologist, but I couldn’t get in for like a month. So this is what I did, and this is what you should do: 1. Go the gym every day and lift weights. Work different muscle groups, and especially the legs. Work on building strength, and increase the intensity of the workouts as you go. You will get stronger. 2. Drink a potassium energy drink or Pedialyte a few times a day. Also eat bananas. This is good for the muscles and nervous system, and works to reduce the twitching. 3. A couple times a week, have a glass of wine at night and CALM DOWN. Watch a movie, relax. Don’t focus on the twitching. So after one month of this, my strength had gone up considerably, and I felt much better. I told myself “there is absolutely no way I have ALS if I am getting stronger”. I cancelled the neurologist appointment and never looked back. And sure, my legs still twitch here and there, and it is usually because I run and bike a lot. Try the above regiment—I can guarantee you will get through this, and there is simply no way you have ALS We always second-guess our doctors
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    I think that agoraphobia can develop after having anxiety in a situation or place. Next time you visit that place or are in that situation, you panic again about the possibility of an anxiety attack. The spiral continues until you can no longer do the things that bring worries of a panic attack. The fact that you recognize this makes me think it won’t lead down that slippery slope and get out of hand.
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    I can't speak for her, obviously, but I've done some therapy. It has been extremely helpful. Even as I'm dealing with this stuff now, I know it would be quite a bit worse if it weren't for the things I learned from my therapist. I guess it was technically CBT, but we didn't focus much on what to call stuff - we just did whatever we felt would help. I enjoy my therapist, but I haven't been since late last year. Perhaps I should also see about going again.
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    My physician told me that typically the first sign of a brain tumor are seizures.
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    So, herniated discs in the back/neck do get worse overnight usually because of fluid buildup in the spinal column. My back problems are 100x worse first thing in the morning. I would ask the nurse if the Botox doesn’t work, what are the next steps and is an MRI on the table. I assume you had one for your neck, so you could also ask if it showed the head as well. Then you would have a definitive NO for brain tumor.
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    I agree with Holls that testing won't help matters any. For what it's worth, my girlfriend gets awful headaches. She has for several years. She was seeing a neurologist regularly at one time. He did MRIs, CAT scans, etc - absolutely nothing. She's not anxious about her health, and the doctor ordered all the tests without any suggestion from her. In fact, she would rather have avoided them because "it's inconvenient." Haha. But still, nothing found whatsoever. He prescribed various medications over time, and still nothing. Then life calmed down. Things got easier, far less stress. Got away from some toxic people. Since then, the frequency and severity of her headaches have dramatically improved.
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    Thanks for your kind words @bin_tenn! They said they weren’t too concerned about my LDL (which is what was high), but they’ll continue to monitor it. To continue to update you all, urine sample came back clean and clear, no evidence of anything. They drew more blood today, which they promised would be the last time they do that for this checkup, and they also conducted an echocardiogram and an EKG. I’ll get those results back later this week-weekend. thanks again y’all!!
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    Have you thought that it's brought on by the constant stress and anxiety? What are you doing for your anxiety? Are you in therapy? Testing isn't going to help.. I know we all think ok one last test and if it's negative I'll move on and never do this again.. and then we quickly move on to another fear.. I've done it so many times is sad. More medical testing isn't the answer.. it's long term help for anxiety.
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    My friend recently was having horrific headaches that nothing touched. She finally went to the Dr and only Bec of her medical history (colon cancer 7 years ago) ordered a CT scan.. he told her that from the in office neuro exam and patient history that it sounds like stress and anxiety. She just got married, sold her house, quit her job and was doing a new job. She was having anxiety attacks daily. Her CT scan showed nothing so the Dr ordered her to get some rest and manage the anxiety. She went for a short vacation with her husband and her headaches went away.. she came back and the anxiety returned as well as the headaches.. she was having blurry vision and dizzyness. So much so she was falling.. she is again managing the anxiety and she's better, much much better. You have been anxious ? Very focused on the headaches? Has your Dr mentioned stress and anxiety can cause this as well??
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    Thanks Bin, this helps a lot!!!!! HA is so irrational. I was doing better but when I get these bad headaches I get so scared
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    Ask her if she recommends an MRI, or if she would otherwise find it useful. I wouldn't suggesting requesting the MRI yourself. Headaches are often not present in patients when they're diagnosed with a brain tumor. The diagnosis is usually the product of more telling symptoms, such as seizures / fits, fainting, cognitive anomalies (e.g. severe confusion), and stroke-like symptoms. You don't have a brain tumor.
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    Hey everyone! It's so strange to me that I can reply to others who are experiencing this exact same thing with advice, yet I can't seem to benefit from my own advice. LoL! But yeah, long story short, I'm feeling panicky this evening. It isn't a full blown panic attack, but sort of a coming and going bout with feeling suddenly anxious. This is no surprise, however; I've actually felt a bit on edge the past few days. Since Friday night or Saturday morning, I believe. I wasn't blindsided this time. Part of the problem, I believe, is that anxiety is doing what it does best - drawing conclusions without facts, and also making connections that don't exist. Here are some of the things I'm experiencing: * Shortness of breath * Increased heart rate + a few skipped beats * Arm, jaw, shoulder pain, and chest "pain" * Feeling warm and sweaty But here's the thing: I feel these things (minus the shortness of breath and increased heart rate) on a regular basis. The pains are due to lack of regular exercise as well as posture / other positional things I need to work on. Feeling warm and sweaty? Well, duh, temps have been in the 80s and 90s around here! Yet here comes anxiety, attempting to convince me that these things together mean trouble. So I must say "no, punk, sit down and shut up!" It's the usual, coming in waves. I'll feel great for a few minutes, then the anxiousness sets in again. I will know it's over when I feel relieved. Any time it's going to come back, I don't feel truly calm or relieved when it takes a break. But as soon as it's gone for good (until a much later time) I feel a sudden sense of relief - euphoria, even. Funny how that works! Does all of this sound familiar? I've seen so many posts just like this recently, and I think I've replied to most of them! But here I am, going through it myself. Perhaps this can help those of you struggling with it find some relief though. You're never alone in this stuff. I do well the majority of the time, though I do have my bad days. It's not the worst thing that could happen. We all just need to hang in there and take care of ourselves. Let the anxiety do what it does and get out of here. This is something my therapist and I talked about, and I just remembered: welcome the feelings of anxiety. If you let it happen and you get it over with, it can also decrease your future sensitivity to the anxiety. And I do believe other members here have referred to their own success with this method. I need to try that now. Sit here, let it happen, then go to bed and get some sleep. Thanks for reading! Have a great evening.
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    Panic attack can happen even when you’re not stressed or anxious. For many people they seem to come out of the blue. What you describe sounds like a classic panic attack. There may be no reason you had the panic attack, they just happen. Trying to pin it on something can be frustrating and cause you to start avoiding things unnecessarily trying to prevent one. The best thing you can do is find something that will snap you out of the feelings of panic when they arise. This is one thing you can google and find help with! There may be some help on the Panic forum as well.
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    @Slttry I'm pretty sure I did yes! But I think the googling happened to coincide with a really stressful period of time so I just focussed on them a lot more, and I definitely had a lot more twitching and fatigue because of the anxiety caused by them. Everyone twitches and remember, they don't actually mean anything! Loss of muscle function always precedes twitching with this particular disease, AND the twitching is specific to the affected muscle groups - so if you're twitching all over or in multiple places (I was having heavy non stop twitching in both calves for ages) that's another reassuring sign! My thumb also trembles a bit when I'm on my phone! It's a bit weird but it's just another manifestation of anxiety - the fact that you can still use your thumb means everything is fine - go get some chopsticks and see that you'll be fine!
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    Yes and it can linger even if you feel like you aren't anxious anymore. You may feel like you aren't anxious, but it can be underlying in your body - subtle anxiety that you aren't fully aware of. Also it takes a while for the chemicals released during panic to completely dissipate. Give it some good time. And the more you monitor it, the more you will be sensitized to your symptoms. Hope this helps.
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    Any time. I'm always glad to know I've helped.
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    Honestly don't know, but I would think it won't make a difference at this point. Manyb(nearly all?) people who are diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of type, had some period of time prior to diagnosis which meant prolonged periods of blood glucose that was out of control. I know someone who was diagnosed when she was 18, but she had symptoms for at least a year and a half. At that time, they thought she was "too young" and it turns out she has type 1. Besides, this isn't even remotely new to you. You've had heart worries for a long time, if I remember correctly. Why would it be any different now? Just because you were diagnosed as diabetic? Nah, I think you're fine and your anxiety is making connections that don't actually exist.
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    I've had several utis and one ended up being a kidney infection.. there was no guessing. I was nauseous, high fever and dark urine and pain after urination in my case.. antibiotics knocked it right out. You are describing muscle strain not kidney issues. Maybe lay on a heating pad or take a warm bath. It's normal for urine to be dark if you are not drinking a lot. .. it's doesn't mean infection. Just up your fluids.
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    You would know, your body has a funny way of telling you when something is amiss. As far as I know, you can't reproduce pain caused by kidneys by touch or movement. Sounds muscular. Give your back a rest the best you can, do some light stretching, it'll take time.
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    Hmmmm....I am just going to speak honestly and from my own perspective as a HA sufferer. People with HA are frustrating!!!! Our families would need to be saints to not get annoyed by this. I am in a great place with my HA at the moment. But, when I was in it bad last year, my husband was constantly pissed at me. I decided quickly that I needed to restrain myself from constant reassurance seeking. In other words, I decided to keep as much of it to myself as possible and rely on my own inner strength to get through all of my little triggers and exposures and incidents. Maybe, with your mom, you could agree to do something like that. Acknowledge that you realize this is annoying and not what she bargained for (I mean, it DOES affect other people to be constantly freaking and scared over mundane little things that deserve no second thought). But then say, if you DO come to her with a fear, it's because you really couldn't get through it yourself and need compassion. My husband and I really have not gotten to that point, even though I have directly asked for it at times. I have learned he is not really someone I can lean on in these instances. There's too much baggage between us on this issue. I think you need to decide if your mom IS someone that can be what you need/want her to be, but also recognize that you need to be discerning and develop coping mechanisms or internal resources that you can use in most cases. That's just what I think. I'm sure lots of people disagree.
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    It’s been awhile huh? Hope everyone is doing okay. Just came to check in and say everyday I’m getting back to normal. I don’t really check this forum anymore because it would flare up my anxiety but I feel like I’m in a good state of mind rn. If you a worrier about ALS please look thru my past post. I was also a huge ALS worrier and there was months were I would just lay in bed because I felt like “today was the day something was going to show, my foot was gonna stop working or my arms” i have ave yet to have a EMG due to the fact I’m doing everything I was able to do since last year. I still have twitches here and there but I don’t let them get to me. I promise you this anxiety of yours will pass. BUT. YOU. Have to make that decision. You have to be strong and tell yourself you don’t have this disease that it’s all in your head. Believe your doctors...:enjoy your life. If anyone has any questions please lmk. Thank you and God Bless
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    My average is 90/58. Very low. In fact, after birthing my last child I set off the machine at the hospital bc it was so low. Some of us have low bp but it’s nothing harmful. The worst part is getting dizzy upon standing. This has happened to me for years and my husband is so use to it that he immediately runs over to grab me until I am stable. No need to worry!
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    I would be happy that it is low and not high. If it was too low, your physician would have said something.
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    A small part of my left thigh has been partially numb for the past 30 years. Many years ago I felt like someone was spilling cold water on my thigh and of course that was not the case. My thigh was also numb in a small area. I went to an orthopedic physician who determined I had a nerve that was trapped in my pelvic area. He told me I had 2 choices. The first was to have it surgically repaired and the second choice was to live with it. He said if I were you I would live with it and I have. I have got used to the small area of partial numbness and it does not bother me anymore.
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    I agree with Holls, find a doctor you can trust and feel comfortable with. My primary is amazing. She knows about my anxiety and doesn’t feed into it by doing unnecessary testing. She tells me straight up what she thinks. I maybe go once or twice a year other than my annual physical (this year was back problems and a pulled muscle) but I can email her with questions if I need to. Having a doc that knows you can be helpful when something does come up, knowing your history (more than answers on a questionnaire) is important. They do not just give out bad news if you go for a yearly physical. If you’re only going when something is bothering you it can feel that way, but building a relationship with a doctor can be helpful when things do pop up.
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    Hey Holls, thank you for your response. *hugs back* There's a possibility that the twitching could be restless leg syndrome, but I will find that out for sure when I go for my annual checkup next week. I'll get all kinds of answers on whether or not these things that are happening to me are anxiety or medical related (which at this point, all signs point to anxiety). At this point, we've established the twitching as a side effect to the Prozac I'm taking. Had a feeling that dreams couldn't make you sick, probably just mumbo jumbo I read online before all this anxiety started LOL. I've changed my habits with the TV and have started listening to the radio to put me to sleep at night. We have a station here in my hometown that plays a mix of 90's, 2000's, and today's hits, which I like listening to to help me go to sleep. I think I might just continue with that routine because it seems to be working.
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    I agree with what Marc and Bin are saying. My ex-mother-in-law was diabetic and she nonetheless lived her life like she could eat anything, not exercise, etc. It didn't end well for her. You might consider going to a nutritionist who specializes in diabetic diets. Follow that advise close, but don't feel if you eat 1 gram of sugar you're doomed. You can lead a perfectly normal life, just with a different diet than you're used to. Likely you will be exercising more and losing some weight perhaps...all good things. Maybe you reverse this; maybe not, but living a healthy lifestyle, seeing your GP or endocrinologist as scheduled and yes, no reason you shouldn't live to be a cranky older person like me. (if 63 is old...I feel like I'm 33 🙂
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    That's unfortunate about your cousin and your uncle. Sorry to hear that. I've only known one person to die from complications of diabetes. He was in his 20s, but he didn't take care of himself, so it took a toll on him, sadly. Everyone else I know who's diabetic, they don't have any problems. They stick to a healthy diet, take insulin if that's part of their case, etc. We'll be here to help you through. No worries there. I understand it can be quite scary either way. Just hang in there.
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    Many people are diabetic and if you take care of yourself and follow your physicians instructions, odds are you will live a normal life.
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    Thank you Bob . Yes I realise that my worry tends to "pretend" they are necessary when in fact they are a total waste of time if nothing positive comes out of it. I guess this also stems from the fact that I'm the only daughter and that my parents always come to me when they have health worries/problem. I'm trying to share with my brother but it just feels like he is not as "attentive/worried" as I am. i'm always the one accompanying them to the doctor's appointment and although I'm so glad that I can be there for them, I feel run out due to all the worries and anxieties that comes with it. I do take comfort in the fact that my parents live a healthy life and are very healthy-savvy. I just love them so much and can't bear to think I did not do my best to help them in any way. I recently got married and this has made my anxiety worst because I moved out and not necessarily "up to date" with what's going on with them . . every free time I have, I want to spend it with them instead of doing my own things and hang out with friends. I will feel guilty about not having all my free time with them. Thank you so much Bob for your perspective. I do believe in God and I pray everyday for them . God has shown me and my family more mercy than I could ever imagined. I'm just trying to get out of this tiring mind I have.
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    Hi Eyedw, Welcome to the forum. I can't totally relate, as both my parents have passed; my mom at age 76 and my dad just shy of his 98th birthday. You should take comfort in the fact that your parents live healthy life styles, and know the importance of regular check-ups. If it helps them by having you keep track of their upcoming check-ups then that's fine. However, we all need to come to the realization that there are things in life we have little to no control over. One of them, is how long we, and our loved ones are going to live, and what if any ailments we or they may at one point develop. As noted above, you and they are ahead of the game due to their life styles, attitudes towards health and habits. Most experts on the subject of worry say it comes down to this: when a worry surfaces, ask yourself whether there is anything you can do about the problem? For example, like keeping track of their appointments. If say one of your parents smoked (I know they don't), you could try your best to educate them and see if you could get them to quit. Once the problem defies any actions on your part that will lessen the worry, fear, possible negative outcome, you are no longer experiencing what is called "productive worry", as there is nothing positive that can come of it. Sharing fears with friends, other family members or on this forum may help. The toughest thing to accept (believe me I'm certainly not there yet, and may never be) is that life is finite. If you believe in a higher power, then that entity is the only being that knows whether your parents will live to be 100 or pass sooner. If you're not a believer, then the fact is that absolutely no one knows the answer, not even doctors. All your parents, or anyone can do is try to stack the deck in their favor by healthy living, keeping doctor appointments, avoiding obvious dangers, etc. Hope this helps a little. We're here for you. Bob
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    If you search buzzing on this forum you get over 300 hits. It can definitely be caused by anxiety.
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    I have ongoing mucus in my throat, clearing of my throat, bouts of reflux and bouts of nausea. I had a laryngoscopy and EGD recently and nothing was found.
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    Hugs. It's going to be ok. You have a lot going on. Your husband being away and moving? That's a lot sweetie. The birth control can also play a huge role. Hormones can cause anxiety. I was so anxious while taking birth control.. the first two months I got off bc was pure hell I was so incredibly anxious while my hormones were adjusting. So give yourself some time to let the hormones adjust.. I hope the move goes nice and smoothly. And if you don't like your birth control, talk to your Dr. I don't tolerate bc well so I had to get off, but you can always change to a diff one.
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    Thanks Ms.Honey. I have had tonsil stones as well as this. I am hoping it is nothing bad but he did say he wasn't concerned but I am still very anxious. Hope your dentist app goes well.
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    The first time I saw my GP about my symptoms and anxiety he told me to STAY FAR AWAY from Dr Google, even back then my doctor knew how googling symptoms does nothing but fill you will doubts and fear, a tool of self diagnosis.. Dr google is a tool !! Unfortunately the damage had been done and I worried myself physically sick that I was suffering MS, ALS, and a multitude of c****rs. Yes google can make you ill, physically ill, from stress and worry, not that you have whatever 'IT' diagnoses you with. Those things didn't even cross my mind until I googled about anxiety symptoms, yes anxiety symptoms led me to MS/ALS. You start to doubt the real doctors, the real tests and seek reassurance from google, it's a trap and can become quite addictive. If they ever did analysis, say Patient A v Patient B with health anxiety, Patient A didn't have access to the internet, Patient B used it often. No doubt in my mind Patient B would be in a much worse state. If I was into conspiracies I would say Dr Google is funded by the big pharma companies