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  1. 4 points
    Thanks @Iugrad91 Als worries are hard to break. The ALS forum is toxic. I promise. You think it will help but it hurts. You really have to stop going there. If the people on the ALS forum says no and to go away.. listen!!!!!!!!!!! They know what they are talking about. You have zero symptoms. I had a sweet yet firm man on the ALS forum tell me he wished Google wouldn't put twitching as a listed symptom he said it should be paralysis only. You have to get your mind on something else. It's hard but that's how I recovered. My husband actually took WiFi off my phone so I couldn't Google and boy did that help! I read books I enjoyed to keep my mind busy and I walked twice a day and rode bikes to keep my mind clear. Try a week cleanse from Google. Hugs. This worry will ease. But you have to work at it.
  2. 3 points
    It's almost as if he has shifted his concentration to swallowing and breathing. That's supposed to be subconscious - pulling it up into the conscious is going to make you freak out more than you should be.
  3. 1 point
    Oh, the MRI isn't until the Monday after next. Yesterday was just an initial consult. I'm having to wait on it due to me getting my wisdom teeth out next week 🤮
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    Yeah I've had a couple of decent sized stones in the last six years that caused horrible pain so I've definitely been there
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    Hi ty for the info I am in wkly outpatient therapy and I am grateful for it
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    Dear, Trudy, Many people who suffered from this condition did not understand what they were going through. Today, over 2.2 million Americans suffer from OCD. This is an anxiety disorder that affects people from all walks of life, including celebrities. OCD is a chronic and long-lasting mental health illness. People struggling with this disorder are always fighting with their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. OCD is usually uncontrollable until treatment is initiated. https://ezcareclinic.com/surprising-facts-about-21-famous-people-with-ocd/ I hope you find peace and feel better.
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    Many people won't notice mispronounced words, or would let it slide. It's not a big deal. I have post nasal drip myself - the doc told me to take antihistamines if it bad.
  8. 1 point
    I have attached a poem I have taped up in my office at work. Reading it has helped me at times and maybe it will help you too. Don't quit poem (2).pdf
  9. 1 point
    She hit you in the head, and you got a lump/bump. I know it likely seems like it isn’t that, but that’s a pretty clear cut case of cause and effect. I know the what ifs and fears, but the bump is most definitely from the accidental hit.
  10. 1 point
    I would not feel selfish as anyone would be worried.
  11. 1 point
    Hi. Well Worrygirl, if you want to believe that pure unadulterated nonsense then go ahead and make yourself even more ill. Superstition is one thing we want nothing to do with in anxiety. Many believe this kind of thing, but life is life. Things happen and mostly we have no control over them. So take life as it comes. Try not to get caught up in superstitious nonsense. You have enough on your plate already. Now what I have said will not go down well with believers in this kind of superstition. I stress this is my opinion. But do you really believe? Think about it! Most people who believe in this sort of thing do it for reassurance. They seek answers to the unknown. If you allow your life to be governed by such stuff, you will surely finish up making yourself worse. Live your life in the best way you can. Be kind and honest and give love and compassion to others. By helping others you help yourself.
  12. 1 point
    Trying to put ALS out my mind, but a well known woman in the UK has just passed away from it at 29, and someone has posted on social media drawing light to it, saying it isn't rare, you have a 1 in 300 chance of developing it. She was beautiful and so brave, and I hope she rests peacefully. I'm trying to take each day as it comes, when my toe twitches, accept it's probably an inflamed nerve from sitting for work so much, making conscious efforts to do my physio stretches etc, and just let time pass. There's nothing I can do, so just work on it, and the more time passes, the less likely it is that anything is seriously wrong with me. I just need to accept this, and give it time. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't still scary at times, as you can all see from my posts, but that's because I'm just starting to try and come out the other side, I need to give myself time. I'll get there. I hope you're all doing well and having a great festive season ❤️
  13. 1 point
    Hi. Bin. You are so right. Acceptance is in no way giving in, more a giving up. There is a big difference. Acceptance is a positive action. Giving up is also a positive action, strange as it may seem. Giving up and accepting all of it is trying not to control anything. If we give up trying to control we gain control That is one of anxiety's paradoxes. Let it all come. No fighting or struggling with 'IT'. It's a battle you will never win. 'You must fight this thing, you mustn't let it get you down'. WRONG!!! Also, getting to the root of the problem can be so helpful. Understanding why we are in this state can help us. Fighting is 'entering into combat with'. Combat allows more adrenaline to flow into your system, and that's the last thing you want! Calm (as calm as possible) acceptance works wonders. It takes perseverance and patience. Lots of it. Sit down, breathe deeply and try and let the anxiety go over you without any reaction. This is so difficult I know, but it can be done as many have proved. Calm acceptance gradually slows down the rate of adrenaline and eventually gives relief.
  14. 1 point
    Hi Aria Ren. What a lovely and uplifting post. It shows how valuable good counselling can be. You emphasise once again something I have been trying to put over on this site for seven years. There must be a cause. In physics the law of cause and effect apply. They do in anxiety. Effect, symptoms and so on, must have a cause, just as a cause will have an effect. It seems to me that we make the mistake of trying to cure symptoms and not looking for the cause. There is always a cause in life for anxiety. There must be, or are we saying it just comes out of nowhere! Life style, a trauma like a beratement are so often the cause. They are obvious causes. But so often it seems to come 'out of the blue' for no apparent reason we can see. That's where it takes the skill of the counsellor to find reasons. Short term medication can help while undergoing therapy. It gives us a chance to think more rationally. Thanks for that. Best Wishes. John.
  15. 1 point
    A few years ago i was TERRIFIED. So so so sure i had ALS. Persistent twitching, occasional twitching, twitching all over, twitching in the same muscle for months. Then followed by increase in cramping. I thought my days were numbered. But then time passed. More time passed. Nothing happened. More twitching, more cramping, more time passing. Now i am over 3 years later, my mind has long moved on to other things and you know what? I notice no more twitching, hardly cramp, i have no more fear of the horrid disease. I wanted to test, so i sat really still for a long time and focusing on my body. The twitches are still there n a minor form i suppose. Have always been. Just background noise. Us worriers we focus on them, feel eeeeevery little thing and actually make it worse with our minds. So stop worrying, move on, you will see the twitches do the same 😃
  16. 1 point
    it will get better for you also sweety. There will be a point where u will be the one doing the reassuring. I know this for sure :)
  17. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum. If you did not actually have sex, then you have nothing to worry about. The use of condoms is probably your best bet to protect you against pregnancy and STD's.
  18. 1 point
    Last year in the peak of the worst health anxiety I’ve ever experienced I had a twitch in my left leg that was literally constant. It would stop twitching for a few mins and then start right back up again. You could see my thigh twitching through my jeans and this lasted for a month or more. It nearly drove me crazy. Eventually it just went away on its own and my doctor chalked it up to stress.
  19. 1 point
    Thank you both so much. He's also very skinny and so I figure you can see more things on him than you normally could on someone like myself. You both made me feel much better. As always thank you for the support. I love this forum.
  20. 1 point
    I have been a patient of anxiety and depression for years. I WAS IN A SITUATION WHERE I WAS UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE myself! Being a kid who was always bullied in highschool and was neglected by parents it was tough for me to live a normal life. I was always that notorious kid and a depressed teenager. The depression took me over and I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I had no friends and family. I had sleepless nights. With my solitude. And isolation. The inferiority complex took me over. And guess what? Anti-depressants stopped working on me. There came a time when I lost all the hope. But then I decided to love myself. Started changing things in me. Took therapies and maintained my health. For depression I took medical marijuana and till today I am on marijuana. It has helped me alot throughout my recovery journey https://mdberry.com/ways-marijuana-superior-opioids/ I made a thorough study on it and took it! Alongside I worked on myself and today I am much healthier and better!
  21. 1 point
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much this helped me, made me smile, and realized I am not alone! Thank you so much! It is very often that the appearance of a mass, or lesion can easily be distinguished by sight alone. They typical have physical features and blood flow that would change the appearance if abnormal. I do not believe they would tell you benign, if they're was any doubt, and they most likely would have ordered a lot of blood work and an ultrasound of the area to further investigate. Masses are very common within the body! I believe your doctor will confirm the benign diagnosis and we will both be ok. Thankfully it is not them who are lying to us. Its our anxiety that is lying to us! Praying for you ❤❤
  22. 1 point
    Look for private places that do MRIs. Not sure where you are located but I’m in Florida. And I can either wait a couple of days/weeks to get testing done like an MRI through my insurance OR I can call private MRI imaging centers that do it extremely quickly if you pay out of pocket. It usually isn’t much, could be anything between $200-$300, but to me it is worth it 100%.
  23. 1 point
    Yes stealth! We have three under 5 years old. And im Homeschooling. Stress abounds here. Not sleeping well with littles ones just makes it all worse! My nerves have been on the top of my skin. It’s our minds that need a break but it’s hard to take a break from our own bodies! Try and learn to not read every sensations as bad. It’s what I’m trying to do and it’s hard!!!
  24. 1 point
    this has been an exceptionally bad year for me too with allergies....post nasal drip, sinus congestion & headaches, blocked ear, throat clearing....not sure why it's so bad this year but i've been feeling pretty crappy with it for a few weeks now....dr has me on nasonex spray and singulair pills....they help a little but it's still bad......hope you feel better soon
  25. 1 point
    Welcome dear! I am also new to this forum and fell in love instantly with the interesting topics and amazing community this forum has. I hope we all stay like this. Whenever I used to have a anxiety attack, I always have irregular palpitations and weird heartbeat sounds. I got my ECG done and have been to so many doctors but they all said this is not related to your heart health, rather a symptom of anxiety that makes your feel that. My doctors recommended me to change my lifestyle and make healthier changes. I was prescribed some heart-related medication and also some for my anxiety. I felt a lot better. I also tried these simple tips and tricks https://ezcareclinic.com/3-ways-to-deal-with-work-anxiety-according-to-top-18-experts/ and made it a ritual to practice these simple tips and felt a huge difference. I was energized for a longer time. I hope you try them too and consult a doctor for your palpitations. Take care 🙂
  26. 1 point
    I have had 8 colonoscopy's and 9 EGD's and have never had any issues. The anesthesia they use today is quite effective and with low risk. It is the best sleep I have ever had. The last 2 EGD's I had, my GI physician asked me if I wanted to participate in a study, whereby they go deeper and take a few more samples and I signed off and said yes. I would not worry at all!!!!!!!!!
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  28. 1 point
    Your blood pressure was a bit high because of anxiety, which is normal. The doctors offices and ER take extra care in cleanliness so you are in good shape there. Good luck with the mammogram results and I am sure you will be fine and be sure to keep us updated. I am glad you made out OK with your visit.
  29. 1 point
    Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
  30. 1 point
    Oh my word yes. I’m 35 and I just recently got over my mouth fears. I had white spots, hard spots, pain, inflammation, etc. All normal mouth sores. Doctors and dentists both didn’t find anything wrong. Big thing to remember is it isn’t going to be a subtle little thing. What your fearing is obvious. So obvious that you know you need to get checked. Our anxiety blows up tiny little nothings into huge deals. Not to mention mouth cancer is incredibly rare. VERY certain you’re fine. Rest easy and just wait for that good visit. 🤪🙂
  31. 1 point
    I've had this too and I remember when you posted it Bec I thought it was just normal lol. I have it maybe two - three times a year. It has never worried me.. it's just one of those things. Hugs. You are okay. It will go away soon.
  32. 1 point
    I just had a follow up appointment for a root canal from a year ago. I had to go back to an endo’s office. He did a full mouth check, which I was not expecting. He said it all looked good. I hadn’t thought about my mouth for a week. All the symptoms have gone. Another crazy thing my mind created. Good news though. Anxiety free for now guys. Hope you’re all doing well.
  33. 1 point
    @ZenCube found this post to be helpful. I too am a sufferer of health anxiety particularly focused around Motor Neurone disease. I was managing ok for the past while but find I spiral into sever anxiety when I hear or see something in relation to this awful disease. Again, I know we just have to remind ourselves we are healthy and well and to ignore the devil on our shoulder that appears in the form of twitches, weak (fatigued) muscles even clumsiness. I’m trying to meditate finding it to be kind of tough to settle me erratic thoughts but hopefully will get there. I find it comforting to know I’m not alone in my fear over this illness, it seems to be a very common topic on this forum. I wish everyone well who is currently suffering with this fear and we will get through this together.
  34. 1 point
    I appreciate your input. No ALS fears. I kicked those long ago and realize how stupid they truly were. My worries are more cancer of the mouth. The funny thing is I have literally no symptoms. I feel like I am grasping at straws for "white sores" when really this is likely just normal abrasion from my teeth on the back of my tongue. If there was something there though I assume the doctor, who looked at my throat and tongue, would have noticed something and pointed it out. In fact, she said "it looks fine, I don't even think it looks more red than it should." She wasn't looking at these spots specifically but would have seen them if there was a concern. I will try to ignore it and see if I can just find peace again. Funny thing is that as I have focused on the back of my tongue, (which I can't feel by the way, I just see it in the mirror and started freaking), the inflamed feeling on the tip of my tongue is mysteriously absent. I HATE ANXIETY.
  35. 1 point
    We are not symmetrical. Just because you can’t feel it on the other side doesn’t mean the right one is abnormal. Four ultrasounds in eight months should be enough to reassure you. I would not push for a biopsy. Your doctor would know if any follow up was warranted. Trust them.
  36. 1 point
    My wife has had TMJ and she was advised to wear a mouth guard, avoid chewing gum, do light jaw exercises and take OTC pain medicine as necessary. The ENT physician also told her that stress can make TMJ worse.
  37. 1 point
    Thank you Holls! I’ve been lingering in that dark place in my mind.. literally watch the seconds on the clock to try to get time behind me so I can be that farther out from 7 days ago!!! Feeling a little better about things.
  38. 1 point
    Thank you so much @Holls and @jonathan123!! I so appreciate your feedback. I got my neck adjusted today and it feels better, but tingles are still in some areas of my left side of body. I just don’t know how much longer I can chalk this up to anxiety?! But if you both think MS is unlikely, that helps my nerves tremendously. Obviously still disconcerting to be having these feelings at all. Should I give it a couple more days? Should I contact my primary doc? Or am I again letting my health anxiety get the best of me? Sorry to keep reaching out. I’m just scared.
  39. 1 point
    I've had this before...several times. It HURTS! Doctor never said much and it went away. I was never even told what to do. My sister has had this...also several times. Like you she say the cardio and was told it wasn't her heart. He gave her some stretching exercises to do and they helped. Seems like as long as she stretches and stuff it keeps it at bay.
  40. 1 point
    Muscle twitches are AFTER clinical weakness. They are very fine and often are not seen.
  41. 1 point
    A number of years ago I had a swollen lymph node on my neck below my ear. I got nervous and called my physician. He examined me and thought it was nothing but ordered an ultrasound of my neck. The ultrasound was negative and it went away in a couple of weeks. He attributed it being swollen because I cuf myself shaving and the lymph node swelled because of the cut.
  42. 1 point
    Thank Marc. I am sure that has helped everyone with ALS fears. That was about all they needed. We posted recently about words and the damage they can do to susceptible people. Suggestion is a source of real concern in Health anxiety. If we can't say something positive best not say anything.
  43. 1 point
    Damn so much for the positive thinking I was trying to have.
  44. 1 point
    I hear ya. I'm sorry. All I can do is say "me too."
  45. 1 point
    A number of years ago I was dizzy every day for 6 weeks. The room would move sometimes, I sometimes felt I was floating and I held the railing on steps as I was afraid. I went to my ENT physician and he said that as we age, the crystals in our ears sometimes shift and it takes longer for out brain to adjust to this shift, so thus dizziness occurs.
  46. 1 point
    I am starting to look at articles too every time you get online that's all you see on the scroll by thingy. I have to stop. right now my eyes ears and mouth and nose are itchy so its allergies and it comes and goes but nope I catastrophize and assume the worst
  47. 1 point
    I'm sorry! It can definitely be a lot and I understand how it can hit all at once. For me when I get anxious I breathe and think of things I can control.. I read a book to keep my mind busy.. I go for walks to clear my thoughts.. cook or painting also helps me.. anything that I need to focus on. If you have a therapist call them for a face time chat. I'm doing weekly ones now since things are changing daily. Just knowing I have appointments coming up helps. Hugs. I hope you are feeling better.
  48. 1 point
    I know it has a lot to do with stress and now that there is this virus going around doesn’t help so it’s like I mix of everything at once and I can never pin point the root of it.
  49. 1 point
    Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    You are fine.One single chip won't cause a tear and after 2 days you would have had symptoms. Stop.