Stress is the wrong word. This is a very familiar onset of anxiety disorder focused on ms. It is impossible for ms to come on like this, so suddenly, and not have any neurological signs. You should see a therapist or ask your doctor for Klonopin for your anxiety.
hey guy, check the topic two below yours. we are all discussing the "symptoms" that arise from anxiety. without even knowing you or seeing you i'd bet a million dollars you don't have MS. I've had these SAME symptoms for about a year now and I also thought I had MS, ALS, Parkinson,Some undiagnosable condition. STRESS causes anxiety and after awhile, our body just says enough of this stuff. Its starts acting weird and then this is where the nasty cycle starts. The symptoms start and you start worrying about them which causes more anxiety which in return causes more symptoms. in keeps getting worse until you can get some sort of control of it. you first have to get piece of mind that you are "physically" fine. once you get that in your head(which isn't easy to do because a person keeps thinking something else is wrong)it is then you stop the nasty cycle. it doen't always mean your going to get better right away but at least you can then begin to cope with the root cause of how it all began. I've been going thru this for about a year now and believe it or not there have good days but let me tell you, the bad days still come. the difference is i realize this is anxiety and not a physcial disease. if you ever want to email me my email is ***@****.
God Bless and hang in there. It does get better and easier to live with.
also look up the term derealization. it may answer your "dizziness" symptoms.
Thanks for commenting. I'd really like to believe that what I'm experiencing is anxiety, but it's very tough to believe this when all your symptoms point to one disease...MS. Unfortunately, the symptoms of MS coincide almost perfectly with those of extreme anxiety so it's impossible to tell what symptoms are being caused by what.
Even right now, typing at the computer, both my forearms feel weak and sore, my left eye is twitching, etc...so frustrating. I'll tell you one thing, if this isn't MS I'll be signing myself up for CBT!
i bet the reason for your weakness is that your totally tense with your body. i bet if you check yourself right now, your back is tense, your arms are clenched, you probably are sleeping tense. i was there, i could barley walk a half a mile without feeling like i had to sit down, previous to that i was jogging a couple miles a day without a problem. just sit back a TRY to relax and not focus on everything you notice about your body. you realize stuff that you've probably had for years but now it will be something you will worry about. sit down and say a prayer that god will give some peace and relaxation. it helps.
What's crazy about health anxiety is that a person can create any physical symptom. When I was worried that I had testicular cancer, I had pain and aching there. When I was worried that I had bone cancer, I had shooting pains in my legs. When I thought I had a brain tumour, I felt off balance, had head and eye pains and felt nauseous. Thinking about these past instances of hypochondria makes me feel better to some degree.
The thing is, this case somehow feels different from the others. I've never experienced so many symptoms at the same time and they were never this persistent. Maybe the stress had just gotten worse and worse over the years and I've finally reached the breaking point.
Thanks for responding. I hope you don't mind if I ask you a few questions. Did the majority of your symptoms begin after you started reading up on MS? Did you experience pretty much the same symptoms as me?
Hi there, yes the symptoms all started after I read about this, at that time, my only symptom was nausea, and somewhere on the net MS came up as a potential symptom, that's when I panicked. After that, it's been all downhill, been this way for 5, maybe 6 years. My symptoms don't follow the typical MS pattern, mine are there all the time, I have found that when I'm busy, I don't notice it at all, it's when I try to relax, or I'm bored, go figure, the mind is complex, I wish everyday that all these feelings will go away. If you find any helpful information, please let me know. Try to relax, better said than done.
I have 15 of your symptoms, by the way.
Go to www.anxietyzone.com, and read "my story in a nutshell", I think you will find it interesting. Oh yeah, by the way, do you ever get a tight feeling in your face, and then a tingle? Just curious, what about your lower eyellid twitching? Let me know. See ya later!
Hello there. I want you to know that you are not the only one with these strange happenings. Mine all started about 6 years ago with facial tingling. I started looking up stuff on the net and bang, guess what came up? MS. I panicked, cause my gram was diagnosed with MS when she was 60. Not to long after looking this stuff up, I started getting really paranoid, and noticed every little thing about my body, soon I started with muscle twitches, creepy crawling sensations ( only with clothes on), muscle tension, headaches, heart palpitations, you name it, I probably had/have it. I never endured numbness though. I finally after 6 years, decided to have a brain MRI done, the only thing that came back was sinus infection. I still to this day worry about MS, I know its sometimes hard to diagnose. I have felt a little better knowing that after 6 years probably something would have shown by now (MRI). My next step is maybe trying an antidepressant, although Prozac didn't seem to work in the past when this all started, your mind can play havoc on your body, I hope that the problem with you, and me, and also a number of people here turns out to be "HEALTH ANXIETY". By the way, I seen your postings on the MS forum, it's a scary thing.
I hope you feel better soon.
Thanks for answering Jenny. In answer to your questions - I don't get lower eyelid twitching, but I do get upper eyelid twitching (actually, it's hard to tell whether it's my eyelid or the actual eyeball itself that's twitching); it primarily affects my left eye but happens in the right occasionally. I do get a feeling of tightness in my face, but only on the left side. You see, when I first felt lightheaded I thought that I had had a TIA or a stroke. As you undoubtedly know, when a person has a stroke, only one side of their body is affected. My first real MS-type symptom was a feeling of tingling in my left foot. I suppose that (if my symptoms are actually due to hypochondria) the symptoms came on in a way that was consistent with what I was fearing. So the next tingling feeling I got was in my left hand, then I got some twitching on the left side of my face, etc. I came to realize that there is no way that I had had a stroke, and the symptoms started appearing on both sides!
It's funny, part of my brain is telling me that there's nothing wrong with me. That if I truly had all of these MS symptoms, the docs would've been able to see something in my neurological exam. The other part of my brain (or the devil sitting on my shoulder) keeps telling me that this could be it, the big final death blow that I've been worrying about for the last 5 years. I'll tell you one thing, if I turn out to be fine I'm going to have to go in for some therapy and maybe try some different meds. Something is out of whack in my life and I need to find out what that is and take care of it.