About two weeks ago I began getting symptoms of slight weakness in right arm. I had this before and blamed it on lots of computer work. However this time it was different in that it moved to legs. I have been having tightness in calves, pins in needles in legs,legs fall asleep easily like when I put one on top of the other. Tingling then tightness in face, usually on right side though sometimes not. Face seems sensitive to cold/tightness more likely when subjected to cold. Feels like there is sometimes movement inside my head and it's mostly on my right side and nearer to the top. Sometimes seems to happen same time as change in symptoms. My left arm has a cold feeling "inside". I also noticed this in my legs today, like there's someting cold touching them but there's not. Had sore back - started with tingling, then burning. All symptoms seem to last about a day and then move on. Also feel tingling on my ear and sometimes get a sore ear when my face is tingling. I feel nauseous and can hardly eat. I have lost ten punds in these two weeks. I've been through a tremendous amount of stress in the past eight months. Have had at least one anxiety attack before (5 years ago). Latest symptoms started immediately after I completed a major career task which had been a source to some of my stress. I feel like I'm falling apart. Seeing a neurologist next week but wanted to know whether they might sound anxiety related or not. Thanks.
I would consider a referral to a neurologist to examine the nerve symptoms. Nerve conduction studies and a brain MRI can be considered as initial, comprehensive testing.
Blood tests looking for vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid dysfunction and diabetes should also be considered. I would also consider an ANA level to rule out rheumatologic disease.
If negative, stress and anxiety can certainly lead to some of the symptoms. However, I would exclude more serious, neurologic disease, before attributing the symptoms to stress.
These options can be discussed with your neurologist.
Followup with your physician is essential.
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I had been experiencing similar symptoms and had the same tests done as you. I felt nausea, fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness on the right side of my face, difficulty breathing, etc. I finally looked up my symptoms online and came across a website about carbon monoxide poisoning. I bought a test for the home and put it in my car. Sure enough, my car had been emitting these poisons. I then began to think back to when I was the most sick and I almost passed out in my car. If they test you for it, it will be through blood work. However, I think the carbon monoxide leaves the body and can be difficult to find after a certain amount of time surpasses. I hope this helps you. The only cure they can give you is pure oxygen. Take no chances-get the carbon monoxide test. They sell them at walmart for about twenty dollars. God Bless You, and i hope you find what ails you.
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