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  1. I don’t drink often, maybe 2-3 times a month. Usually only 1-2 glasses of red wine. If for some reason I have more than that I get the hanxiety. Mostly because I just feel blah the next day, which makes me lay around and not do much, which means my brain has time to think about all those things I worry about. When my brain is tired like with a hangover it seems to disable any sensible thinking abilities I have on a normal day.
  2. Typically when something comes and goes I attribute it to anxiety. It is either brought on by stress or my over analyzing sensations that I have at certain times, when I’m not occupied with something else usually.
  3. My general rule if of thumb is give new sensations at least three weeks to resolve before seeking out reassurance from a doctor. Sometimes I wait even longer if it’s something that tends to come and go, as that almost always is my anxiety talking. Sometimes I seek help sooner, like last week when I knew I had a sinus infection I went in and got a prescription for antibiotics. But things that are not black and white like infection (aches, pains, etc) I will give some time before I look for help.
  4. That is a total coincidence the girl was diagnosed with leukemia after having an X-ray of a broken leg. For that one incident there are thousands, if not millions, of people that had xrays without any issues. I just had a few of my back, the X-ray folks are taking xrays all day long, every day. You probably get more radiation exposure from flying, which some people do on a weekly basis and don’t get cancer.
  5. Having said that, anxiety can make regular aches and pains much worse when we focus on them and worry about them.
  6. It may not be anxiety, but it isn’t anything that is going to do you in. It could be muscular or structural. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see their doc. Mine sent me to physical therapy. I had one sided pain that was getting worse and I was starting to have sciatica-like symptoms. Physical therapy has improved it so much, and hopefully will continue until it doesn’t bother me anymore.
  7. My daughter had rashes caused by stress. They were mostly on her neck, chest and face. A friend had them on her legs. No reason, just stress response. The hot/cold thing sounds like anxiety to me. I go from hot to cold when I’m anxious. Sometimes we have to accept that things are happening for no particular reason, they just happen. Always looking for an answer (especially by googling) does not help us accept the sensations we have as normal. If we think there has to be a reason for everything, and we can’t find one, we create more anxiety and more stories an connections that aren’t real.
  8. That’s why Google is a terrible substitute for a real live doctor. Google can give you lots of information but unless you understand the context and how it all relates to other facts you can not diagnose yourself with something by searching Google. Google is great at giving lists of symptoms but rarely does it ever say, first you may have this and then it progresses to that, and if you don’t have 1,2 and 3 all together it’s not this disease. That’s where we get caught, we see back pain is a sign of 8 different cancers and we feel doomed. But if it was cancer surely back pain would not be our only symptom! Doctors know progression of symptoms and things to look out for that could be precursors to a problem (like your blood sugar etc...) and if something stood out there is no doubt they would do further testing. You’ve read stuff on Google and think “the doc didn’t consider ABC which it says are symptoms of XYZ” but the doctor knows that other things would show up first, or you would also have other issues and not just what you’re describing. Stop trying to get your MD on Google and listen to your doctor. Pains you had several years ago is not related to what you’re feeling now, but your anxiety is making connections that aren’t there. You’ve got to accept that your doc says it’s not your pancreas.
  9. Losing several pounds when you’ve changed your diet is not unexpected. Losing 10% of your body weight is totally different. If you had PC your bilirubin would be sky high, and you said yours was normal. I have never heard of voice changes being a symptom of PC. Or hair falling out. Those sound like thyroid issues to me but I am not a doctor. Pain after eating can be from lots of other things, from reflux to an ulcer or even low stomach acid. If it’s been 6 months you can rule out PC. Again I’m not a doc, but my friend that had it had severe symptoms that got worse quickly.
  10. But my guess is that he knows it wouldn’t be the one and only symptom. Second guessing the doctors is classic HA. I’m not saying doctors are perfect but they know a heck of a lot more than we do, and Google is a very poor substitute for a real doctor. You wouldn’t have back pain and no other symptoms with PC. A guy I went to high school with had it. He was losing weight (like 10% of his body weight in two weeks), had stomach pains after eating and turned yellow.
  11. And if you still have the instructions from the pharmacy (my prescriptions come with a foldout pamphlet with lots of info on dosing and side effects) it may say on there what to do if you take an extra dose or skip a dose.
  12. I would call the pharmacy or your doctor if you can’t talk to the pharmacist. They are best equipped to handle these questions and may tell you to skip the next dose or something like that. But only they can tell you what you should do.
  13. So were you expecting or hoping that the second doc would say no ALS and not want to do further testing just like the first one? And that would have been enough to satisfy you that you did not have ALS? You thought doc #1 was nonchalant because he didn’t want to do an EMG. Now doc #2 says no ALS but let’s do an EMG and that worries you? If doc #1 wanted to do testing would you have been as worried or thought he was just being thorough? It sounds to me like no matter what you are hearing from the docs, your anxiety is overwhelming you and there is nothing the docs say that could reassure you. Neuros see lots of patients that have disease, they usually can tell when someone walks thru the door whether or not they have ALS. Personally I’d take two docs saying you don’t have it and skip the testing. But to do that you have to accept you do NOT have ALS or your anxiety will keep you twitching.
  14. I’m assuming when you say you went to another neurologist that you had already seen one previously. What did the first one say and why did you go for a second opinion?
  15. #1 rule of health anxiety DO NOT GOOGLE Nothing good ever comes of it. How many times have folks on the forum diagnosed themselves with a deadly disease because of google? Thousands collectively. And how many of those diagnoses were correct? Less than 0.1% probably. If Google were a real doctor, it would have had its license to practice medicine revoked long ago.