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  1. My t-wave is flipped up side down and the cardiologist says some people just have different baselines. It's my normal baseline. So sometimes an abnormality is just an individual difference that is no cause for concern. I've also had myocardial ischemia which freaked a lot of people out, but we found out it was steroid induced and I returned to normal once the steroids were out of my system. Now I'm banned from prednisone (a lot of doctors said I can't be allergic to it, but there's a research study with another female my age having the same complication with it). Cardio told me to refuse all steroids. So some issues can be medicine induced. I wouldn't worry. Primary care would refer out if they were concerned.
  2. Typically if the cardiologist isn't worried about it; you shouldn't worry about it. I've had multiple abnormal EKGs that freaked out my primary care enough to send me to the ER. The ER ran a bunch of tests and could not find a cause for the abnormality. I got referred to cardio. Cardio wasn't too concerned with the abnormality. He ordered an echo to be safe and reassure me. I would trust your doctor in this case. Cardiologists know that dealing with the heart is serious business. Also, they are used to working with the older population; therefore, they have a lot of experience with symptoms and abnormalities that occur within that population.
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    Rabies?

    So on Monday I was walking my dog and he got a hold of a chicken leg that someone threw out or one of the raccoons got out of someone's trash. I pulled it out of his mouth and my hand got a little scratched by his teeth. No broken skin or anything. Well, lately my dog has been acting off. Family says he's being super whiny and antsy while I'm gone. All shots are up to date but they are due again in September. The day before this incident I had to take him to the emergency vet to get plastic removed he had swallowed. Am I worrying over nothing? I can't seem to let this go.
  4. I'm sorry you are struggling with this too. It's so terrible.
  5. Having a bad day. Feel like I keep forgetting things and keep stumbling when I type or read. Muscle twitches are driving me insane. I feel like I keep dropping stuff and that my hand coordination is off. Headache for most of the afternoon and neck pain. I feel like something is seriously wrong with me. I was feeling a lot better these last few weeks and the symptoms just reappeared on Monday. I'm so tired of this. I also got a tetanus shot yesterday due to a dog bite. I don't think it's related.
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    Echocardiogram

    They have you lay on a bed and they use an ultrasound machine on your heart. You have to change positions a few times and they use the ultrasound to look at how your heart is functioning. It's painless and easy.
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    Lyme Diease worries

    So I've been doing okay until today. I was sewing and a tiny bug was crawling on my hand. It had a dark body and bright red legs. I accidentally smashed it when I went to get it off my hand. I'm worried it was a tick and I'm going to get Lyme disease. I picked a tick off the dog yesterday.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    only problem I have currently is intermittent twitching and numbness in my legs on and off.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    I met with the neurosurgeon yesterday and she doesn't recommend surgery. She also doesn't think all my symptoms are related to it. The twitching has calm down a lot. She examined me for 30 minutes and wants to MRI my spine to see if it explains some of the numbness I'm getting in my legs. She said I passed the physical neuro exam. Though some of her questions concerned me. Like: Have I fallen down? Am I able to button shirts? Do I have problems swallowing or do I choke often? These questions seemed ALS related. I'm not sure if these are questions they always ask or not. She would have said something if she thought it was that right?
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    No MS but I have Mild chiari malformation type one. I'm scared and not sure what the next steps are.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    Thank you for replying. I hope that I'll be fine too. Just so scared right now.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    I've had other symptoms. I've been dizzy chronically for years, but I also constantly have fluid on my ears. My left eye has been blurrier lately. I wear glasses... maybe it's time for an eye exam. I'm not sure. The twitches went away from a little while about a week ago, but now they are back in full force. I'm really scared it will be MS and its going to become debilitating. However, people say steroids make MS better, but I react terribly to them (they gave them to me for muscle pain). I went from not twitching to back to twitching and hurting. I'm just confused and scared. I'm struggling to handle this.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    I was referred to neuro for the twitches. The guy I saw was really rude and has no good reviews. Anyways I was explaining my symptoms and he was like it could be early onset MS. He says he wants to do an MRI to rule it out and then waltz out the room leaving me freaked the heck out. He said I passed all physical neuro exams.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    Got the hiccups again and my eye is still twitching. I'm so sorry about having a neuro disorder or a brain tumor. I'm so tired of this.
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    Scared. Weird neuro symptoms

    Now my pupils are uneven