Hi, i also have all of those symptoms & too have been stressing like crazy, but what i have realised is that worrying only makes everything worse! I will get my MRI results back tomorrow and im hoping for the best. My doctor said that MRI scans are really good and are very reliable when it comes to finding MS he said that it if the scan shows no scaring of the brain then you don't have MS, he said it almost 100%. Anxiety is a really powerful conditon that can really mess around with your mind and body, u'll be amazed of just how it can make you feel! Here are some symptoms that of ANXIETY :
*Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity,numbness on the skin
*Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
*Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
*Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
*Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
*Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
*Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
*numbness and tingling
*Sometimes you get a feeling like a particular area of your body is numb or frozen. Other times you may feel a burning sensation in various parts of the body. These areas may change, or remain at the same spot. Repeated visual inspections show no skin abnormalities.
*Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
*The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
*Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
*Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
*Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
*Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
*Weak legs, arms, or muscles
*Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
*Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
*Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
*Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
*Eyes sensitive to light
*Spots in the vision
*In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
• Having a heart attack
• Having a serious undetected illness= ie MS
• Dying prematurely
BUT IT'S JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR ANXIETY!
You might have a condition like me i have "GAD" an you sound the same!
GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
Most people experience anxiety on and off throughout the course of their lives. Those who suffer with generalized anxiety disorder, however, do so on a day to day basis. Their anxiety becomes chronic and fills their lives with exaggerated worry and tension, even though the subject they are worrying about doesn’t logically warrant it.
Individuals with GAD are always anticipating doom, disaster, and the worst-case scenarios. They worry about their health, money, family, work, and the world in general. Their reason for worry is often hard to pinpoint. Even the thought of getting through another day can bring on anxiety.
Individuals with GAD feel that they can’t stop worrying, even though they know the subject they are worrying about isn’t that serious.
Those who experience GAD commonly experience accompanying symptoms, such as acute or chronic fatigue; headaches; muscle tension, stiffness, and even debilitating pain; general aches and pains; difficulty swallowing or feeling like there is something stuck in their throat; trembling; uncontrollable twitching; irritability; hot and cold flashes; profuse sweating for no apparent reason; and lightheadedness or dizziness. They can experience many or all of the symptoms common for anxiety. (View our Anxiety Symptoms section for symptoms commonly associated with anxiety.)
Individuals with GAD feel they can’t relax and think that they always have to be on alert for danger. Worry has become their protection mechanism. They often startle more easily than others and have difficulty concentrating. Many also feel persistently joyless, frustrated, and frequently depressed. Their sleep patterns can also become regularly disrupted with their inability to sleep becoming yet another reason for worry and concern.
Many with GAD appear fine on the surface, seem to go about their day normally, may seem calm and relaxed, or may be perceived as the last person to have an anxiety problem. It’s their internal life (thoughts, beliefs, and emotions), however, that undergoes intense and persistent turmoil.
GAD affects about 6% of the population and affects twice as many women as it does men. The disorder usually comes on gradually and can begin at any age, though the onset of it is more frequent between childhood and middle age. Those who experience incessant worry for six months or more are typically diagnosed as having generalized anxiety disorder.
GAD often co-occurs with other disorders such as depression or substance abuse.
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Also you might have "BENIGN FASSICULATION SYNDROME" It's harmless and can happen to anyone!
*Benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS) is a neurological disorder characterized by fasciculation (twitching) of various voluntary muscles in the body. The twitching can occur in any voluntary muscle group but is most common in the eyelids, arms, legs, and feet. Even the tongue may be affected. The twitching may be occasional or may go on nearly continuously. Any intentional movement of the involved muscle causes the fasciculations to cease immediately, but they may return once the muscle is at rest again.
*In addition to twitching, patients with BFS often experience pain, paraesthesia, generalized fatigue, exercise intolerance, globus sensation and/or muscle cramping.
Another common feature of the disorder, when seen by physicians, is an increase in the patient's level of anxiety, especially health-related anxiety. It's not uncommon for the patient to fixate on ALS, MS, ME, Parkinson's, vCJD, Wilson's Disease, or some other serious neurological disorder, refusing to believe the BFS diagnosis.
*The precise cause of BFS is unknown, and, in fact, it's not known if it's a disease of the motor nerves, the muscles, or the neuromuscular junction. Mitsikostas et al found that fasciculations "were slightly correlated to the body weight and height and to the anxiety level" in normal subjects.  Another factor that seems to be common in many cases is a history of regular strenuous exercise. Attention deficit disorder (or drugs used to treat it) and/or a related disorder may be a contributing factor, and people with essential tremor appear to have a greater than normal likelihood of developing BFS. In addition, there are likely other genetic and environmental factors that make the patient more susceptible to BFS.
There are some intriguing similarities between BFS and chronic organophosphate poisoning, but these similarities have not been explored. It may be that chronically elevated levels of stress hormones in the body cause symptoms similar to those caused by organophosphates.
BFS can also be attributed to long term use of anticholinergics such as diphenhydramine.
Magnesium Deficiency can cause both fasciculations and anxiety
I GOT THE INFO ON "BFS" FROM "WikipediA"
Just so they know I'm not taking credit for there writting....
Anyways I really just want to say stay positive and stop thinking to worst because it only makes all worse! ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF "MS" are all the symptoms of ANXIETY!!!!!! hope this made you feel better.
xxx lemme know how things go in the future...
:) :) :) :)
Hi, i just got my MRI results back and all is clear!!! yep! it's just anxiety, you should work on getting rid of your anxiety and you will feel so much better! :) good luck!
The thing is I've already had an MRI. And the doc said there was no signs of MS. But I read these things about how it may not show up right away and it makes me want to get another one to make sure. I'm pretty sure I'm just a paranoid hypochondriac but I don't know. It ***** that anxiety symptoms are so close to MS. If I can just get the doc to look me over and maybe do some tests and give me the all clear...it should clear my head enough to get ahead of the anxiety/stress. I still have these pains everywhere though..so something is going on. Unless they're completely psychosematic.
I saw your mention that you had posted a separate thread and see thaat you put it here in the anxiety forum. You may want to repost this in the MS forum if you want our input.
Also, please please please break the text into small paragraphs. Most of us have eyeballs that don't work great and honestly when there is this much text we can't make visual sense of it and stop reading.
hope to see you there with your questions,
*My doctor said that MRI scans are really good and are very reliable when it comes to finding MS he said that it if the scan shows no scaring of the brain then you don't have MS, he said it almost 100%. *
I hate to fuel your anxiety here but this quote from your post is wrong and needs to be corrected. The MRI is not almost 100% in dx'ing MS. In fact 1 in every 20 cases of MS will not have visible lesions on an MRI. That's a pretty large number.
if you want to learn mmore about MS I would invite you to join us on the MS forum here at medhelp.
That's what...5%? So then it's 95% accurate. Which is almost 100%. At least to me it is.
Look I bet you don't have it! That lady " LGK54" is just trying to make you more scared! She's probably just nasty and is getting off on the fact that she is freaking you "US" out! My Doctor told me that they're so really accurate and it's so rare for them to be wrong. How long did you get your MRI after you first got your symptoms? When I got my results back he said to me clear and loud "YOU DON'T HAVE MS" Now for a doctor to say that and to be so adamant about it I probably don't have it! It is more than likely if you have hypochondria and anxiety running in the family U probably have it too! Anxiety is so powerful and can actually make you believe and feel what you fear or think might be wrong. Please don't stress, you don't have MS I’m not a doctor but I really don't believe you do. Have a read through those anxiety symptoms again & when ever you have doubt...seriously, like I said anxiety is crazy how it works but it can really mess around with your mind. If it makes you feel better go get another MRI six months after you had the first one and surely there would definitely evidence by then that you have MS "but I’m telling you, it's not likely"
Cheer up, your fine, like I said if it gets the best of you go get another test but I recon u'll just be wasting your money.
Well last time I had an MRI it was free so I may try to get one again. Maybe on my spine. I'd like to get some blood work too. I'll take any test he'll give me because if it is anxiety I need something to help me stop worrying. It's getting bad again like it did last time, leading to depression, I'm losing my appetite, etc.
Awwwww I totally understand how you feel I am the exact same! I have a 6 month old daughter and I don't give her as much attention as I should because I am constantly worrying about having MS or some other terrible condition. I am only just starting to feel good now & I’m only just starting to lose my anxiety because I am on an anti-depressant "Prozac" and I am also on valium...this combination together is really helping me...I’m not saying drugs are the answer but a temporarily relief. I haven’t felt this good in soo long & it’s only been the last couple of days. It takes 6 weeks for Prozac to work. I strongly suggest you try some anxiety help wether it be counselling or anti-depressants...I’m finally starting to realise that it's just anxiety and i don't have MS!!!!!!
Went to the doctor finally. Pain in my shoulder ended up being a rotater cuff issue. Bump on the side of my face ended up being a cist, knot in my neck ended up being a lymph node. Said the shooting pains and funny feelings were normal and my anxiety made them worse probably. He wants me to go on zoloft again.
I am a visitor to your forum was browsing to learn stuff, Check out Lyme disease, your symptoms could be it ,have you had a tick bite or a rash ?
yeah i think it's anxiey too, u'll be fine :) goodluck!
Man i say its ANXIETY.stress can give you all the simptoms under the sun. Listen to people in this forum we have all that you have and even more. The lady LGK54 is not understanding one thing you dont talk like that to anxiety person , it makes ur thoghts run faster with more simptoms. Listen to your doctor he knows best and go back on meds.
No it's not lyme disease...I don't have any bites.
Yeah it's pretty funny, as long as I'm really preoccupied or thinking about something else I either don't feel the pains or don't notice them at all. I'm starting to think they're psychosomatic.
Yes, it is psychosomatic. No need to worry, we all go through times like this in our lives and stress about things a little more than we should. I still occasionally think i have it (MS) but then i think about what my doctor says and then i have some meds to relax me & the thought of it goes away. I really think you should go on meds and work it out. I really feel for you because i am in the exact same boat as you. Good luck! :) :) :)