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  1. So i know "fatigue" seems to be a very general symptom which is a common symptom those of us with anxiety deal with often and is used to describe all sorts of things, but I still don't know what it exactly *is*. What forms of fatigue are there? What is the clinical definition of fatigue? Is being sleepy/drowsy all the time fatigue? Is "muscle fatigue/perceived weakness" from overusing muscles fatigue? Is not feeling like doing anything fatigue? Is fatigue that feeling you get when you get the flu and just don't want to get out of bed/unable to move? Fatigue could mean a million different things so I'm wondering if we're all just using the wrong definition of it to describe our symptoms. For example, I thought fatigue and drowsiness/sleepiness is the same, but I've learned recently that excessive sleepiness (which is what I suffer) is not fatigue, but its own issue with its own reasons for happening. Excessive sleepiness could *cause* fatigue, but it is not fatigue. Is there a "measure" to fatigue? How does a doctor determine you *are* suffering from fatigue?
  2. I hate to self-bump a post, but I noticed a new string of posts worrying about twitching, so I'm double-posting here to bring this to the front so people who may have missed it originally can take a look at this.
  3. I've had a back molar removed. It was really painless (the whole tooth came out at once) and I just had to bite into this napkin for a good 4 or 5 hours, then after one day it was almost back to normal. I hope you're doing well. :) Better to take care of it now before it becomes a problem later, right?
  4. I will also be wishing your SO the best. Put it this way, if you haven't gotten a word from the doctor today, then I'd say that's good news, knock on wood. It does sound like you folks are nipping it in the bud at least - I mean, she waited, but it's not like she waited 1 year - something like ovarian I heard is *really* aggressive. Take care of yourself. We'll be all here for you to support you.
  5. How's your SO taking it? Are the symptoms supposed to get worse in that timespan? It sounds like they're trying to nip it early in the bud before it becomes a huge issue later on? Sounds like you're in good hands with the doctors being proactive?
  6. Yeah Holls, I did a little bit more NMP/A-Central research. I've realized I think I might have GERD, because a lot of the symptoms I'm having matches that - I feel like my throat is tightening up when I lie down and get these bouts of shortness of breath, which is related to GERD. I've been forced awake a couple times the past two years having to cough out vomit (it was very small amounts). I constantly feel this "gurgling" feeling in my stomach - it's the gurgle you get from being hungry, but I'm not hungry. I've noticed if I eat food then that weak/lightheaded feeling is alleviated. I focused strictly on GERD in my searches and only to people on these types of forums and it's helped. I'm going to ask my doctor about it. It can be treated and nothing to have major health anxiety over as long as you have it monitored. Sometimes just thinking these things through helps, it seems.
  7. Something for you all who are worried about twitches around your feet. I started having this weird muscle twitch on my left foot. I don't know what it's called, but it's on the left side of the flat part of the foot, at the midpoint of the edge where it creates a curve. Anyway, the past few months I've been having twitches happen in this specific area accompanied with some nerve zaps I was having all over my body. Thought I had MS or ALS or something neurological. A few months later, I felt pain near that area, then it occurred to me. I had a foot sprain in that area many months ago. My foot stepped on a small speed bump sorta structure the wrong way and it "curved" that way which led to a painful sprain. The pain went away, but it never occurred to me that it may have left something behind in that area. My body's probably trying to remind me to get that looked at, which I will once I can see a PT and get an X-ray in that area. If you previously had an injury in an area and now you're getting muscle twitches around there, even if the area has healed or the pain is gone, your muscles/joints/ligaments around there might still be inflamed. Have your doc look at it and get it nipped in the bud folks!
  8. Tell an alcoholic to "just stop drinking" or a smoker to "just stop smoking" and see how well it works for them. You don't force these people to quit cold turkey, that's almost guaranteed to fail for them. The whole reason why you tell people to do the site: thing is it allows you to curb your desire to Google a symptom but also to find reassurance that there are people out there who went through the exact same experiences as you. It prevents you from feeding into your anxiety while also keeping that addictive part of your psyche at bay. It's the "nicotine patch" for us HA sufferers. Using the site: hack is a good way to slowly stop yourself from feeling compelled to Google - it's part of what you should do to EVENTUALLY not feel that need to do it in the first place,. At the very least this is better than just plain old Googling symptoms and worrying yourself sick.
  9. So if you do want a less-tailored more "generic" search, search in Incognito/private browsing mode so they can't use your previous search history as a base. And like I said, maybe stick to HA-related sites so you can see that you aren't alone in your worries. :)
  10. There is a really good post on NMP about this.! Read this and focus on it, don't get distracted by all the other threads there. TL;DR - if your neuro thought you had it, he or she would've said so and be way more concerned and not schedule an EMG for next month. As supplementary materials, read these two stickies:!!!-quot Also read the symptom list here on this very forum. Yes, anxiety is that crazy and it can affect anyone, not just anxiety-prone people like me.
  11. It's a bit of both, it's our fault, but it is also Google's fault. If you look up "nerve pain" or "twitching" for some reason MS comes up as an initial result. Instead of websites saying "Common causes of (x) are" it's just societies and support groups coming up, which is great for people who have been diagnosed, but not good for health anxiety sufferers. Protip, if you want to look this stuff up without subjecting yourself to Dr. Google freaking you out, add or when you do your search term So something like twitching will only search this site and you'll avoid all the other sites that pop up that will freak you out. It's the next best thing to Googling without - well - Googling yourself into anxiety.
  12. I'd like to add to the crowd that TMJ is definitely a thing and can be managed. If you have crazy health anxiety like we do we unconsciously clamp our jaw down as almost a form of "comfort" mechanism. You could even be doing it in your sleep (it's called bruxism). I visited the dentist for this and had them do a 3D CT scan of my jaw (it's sort of like an MRI but they go around your head in a circle and it's really fast). Luckily for me, the jaw joint was ok but she did notice evidence that I've been biting down on my teeth for *many* years (she said there's a part of the skull that grows slightly differently if you've been doing it for a long time). She also pressed on several points around my chin and they were very sore, so she knew that all my issues were muscle-related. If you really are worried about your jaw, see your dentist - they have the resources to take a look. TMJ issues can cause weird "radial pain" (where pain from the jaw joint can "radiate" out towards the rest of your head and cause sensations elsewhere).
  13. I had a similar experience when I had ALS worries. My neurologist tested my reflexes and found my knees to be a bit jumpy, but she said on that scale they use it's "jumpier than normal" but not major cause for concern. If those reflexes accompanied other very obvious issues *that's* when they get concerned. I know this is tough to do, but I think you'll be ok. Anxiety can mimic a lot of stuff, makes it that much more frustrating to deal with. If you have a therapist you're seeing I suggest seeing that person and discussing your fears with them.
  14. Hi all, haven't been here for awhile. Health anxiety being a beast as usual. Background, I'm 35, overweight, Asian ethnicity, male. Over the past 3 or 4 years, I've had these episodes where my body would suddenly feel weak and I'd break out into a cold sweat. I think my first episode was back in 2016 while I was walking around in the evening during the Pokemon Go craze. I had no prior issues with anxiety attacks or panic attacks (well, I had many back when I was in college 15 years ago, but I was able to overcome those after a few years). My legs suddenly felt weak and I would feel weak all over. Nearly got pulled over because I barely managed to make it back to my car and couldn't think straight - I had my headlights off and the officer thought I was drunk. Went to a nearby fast food place and got something a soft drink and my body was back to normal. After that first episode I would get these episodes every 3-5 months. I asked my PCP and my neurologist if it's cause for concern and neither of them were too worried; PCP wants me to get my weight under control. My doctor monitors my blood levels every 3 months and found no problems related to stuff like diabetes, etc. I do have a fatty liver and the tests constantly find "inflammation", but that test can be really vague as it can mean a lot of things (I do have stuff like psoriasis and some dental issues, for example). Ever since last year if I bend over or do something that requires heavy exertion I've been getting lightheaded. Again, I talked to my doctor several months ago about this and she wasn't too concerned. The lightheadedness feels like it's coming from inside my right ear, which my ENT has already checked and said it was clear and an MRI found clear too. I've been having issues with my right ear always feeling clogged so I don't know if something is going on over there. In May, while at work, I felt some discomfort in my chest and a sense of "doom". It was a somewhat dull discomfort that felt like muscle pain but nothing that doubled me over.; lasted maybe 10 minutes I let it pass but went to the ER after a few hours just to make sure. ER did bloodwork tests and an EKG and found me to be OK. I spoke with the ER physician there and I mentioned that exertion/bending over or lifting makes me feel light headed. He said he wasn't too worried but it would be a good idea to followup with a cardiologist just to make sure. He said I was "low risk" despite my weight/blood pressure issues (I am taking blood pressure medicine to manage it). Mid June, I noticed my car's air conditioning felt colder than usual. Thought it was something car-related but I also noticed that I would be more sensitive to air conditioning in general. I'd get "cold" with very minor chills a bit more easily. Also noticed when I layed down to sleep it felt like sometimes my throat was closing up for no reason. Could all these symptoms just be simple anxiety? I know I am at some risk for heart issues because of my age and me being overweight, but at the same time they just seem so random. Very brief Google searches via anxiety sites indicates that these issues usually mean *low blood pressure* which is kind of odd as I have high blood pressure which is managed by medication. I've been having some sinus issues and have been diagnosed to have nonallergic rhinitis (think sinus infections, but not caused by viruses and you just have it all day). I don't know if that's contributing to the lightheadedness. Any ideas? Any of you have experience with heart issues?
  15. That's part of why I posted, since I too was thinking of you. I've been getting a lot twitches around my leg and around my feet myself and I know how you feel. My rheumetologist told me what's causing it (it's a condition that affects people ages 18-40 quite often and is treatable) but it's causing some issues with my walking that I have to take care of - something to do with my knees - it's probably imbalancing all the stuff around it and hence why I'm getting the twitches. I know how you feel. It's kind of an endless cycle of symptoms - I feel like I'm dragging myself through the past few months and I very much want to feel "normal" again. We're not getting any younger! Anyway, I hope the rest of you who read this thread are doing better. I'm definitely going to be seeking a therapist - gotta cut this feedback loop.