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Fear of Neurological Disease

shreders8

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Hi all,

This is my first ever post for a forum of any sort so we'll see where this takes me. I'm now 30 and have been suffering from health anxiety for 8 years. It first started out being scared of contracting HIV in college. Countless screenings and trips to the doctor all the while driving myself crazy that I DO HAVE IT and to find out I'm as clean as a whistle. I was able to control my anxiety by refraining from sex or at the very least be very careful (protection).

Fast forward to today and I've established a new concern that I cannot control, neurological diseases. It was a Friday about a year ago when i read about Multiple Sclerosis and went on about my day. Two days later while i was at the gym I felt a sharp pain in my bicep (bicep curls) felt almost like a nerve, it wasn't muscle or tendons.. didn't think much of it and within a few hours i started to panic and began symptoms such as slight pins and needles in finger tips, forearm and shoulder muscle tightness/pain, the bottom of my foot was tingling. Most of the symptoms have subsided with many trips to doctors giving complete blood panels, multiple trips to neuro's, MS specialists etc. I thought i might have ALS because i began twitching.. EMG stated normal.

I still have pains throughout my body, like sometimes my muscle will fatigue rapidly much faster than i'm accustom to. But my left arm/hand/wrist have given me problems since the beginning of all this. Muscle pain, tightness, aches, shaking in hands and arm, joint pain.. you name it i have it in my left arm. My neuro conducted a NCS/EMG and said i have slight carpal tunnel from a repetitive stress injury, makes sense i guess my injury from the gym has never fully healed. I see an orthopedic to tomorrow to figure out exactly what's going on and hope he orders an MRI.

I guess what i'm trying to say is any little change in my body trigger immediate panic/anxiety. Does anyone have similar symptoms (muscle pain, twitching, shaking, joint pain/ache, stiffness)?
 

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Welcome. Isn't it amazing what anxiety can do to us physically? Folks that don't suffer with anxiety think that our physical symptoms aren't really real. That the pain isn't real, that the many other sensations aren't real. Well they are real, feel the same as any pain or sensation caused by a physical disease. Hope you can get some answers from the orthopedist tomorrow.
 
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The list you rattled off is a very common group among sufferers, I think what makes them scare us is that you can do very little about it.
I kind of envied the posters on this forum who feared rabies or appendicitis because if it happens it can be cured.
The neurological issues, on the other hand, just seem unbeatable when they become part of our anxiety.

The good thing is they are really rare. The bad thing is that almost every symptom of a neurological ailment resembles a symptom of anxiety, so you have probably created a vicious cycle.

I saw on another thread that you offered a link to someone that made you feel better about ALS fears. But the solace didn't last very long, did it.
It sounds like you may need to see someone about your anxiety more than you need to see someone about your other symptoms.
When you start feeling better about your physical health, that relief will get overtaken by your anxiety again.
The anxiety is what you need to fight.
 

Ageless50

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Hi all,

This is my first ever post for a forum of any sort so we'll see where this takes me. I'm now 30 and have been suffering from health anxiety for 8 years. It first started out being scared of contracting HIV in college. Countless screenings and trips to the doctor all the while driving myself crazy that I DO HAVE IT and to find out I'm as clean as a whistle. I was able to control my anxiety by refraining from sex or at the very least be very careful (protection).

Fast forward to today and I've established a new concern that I cannot control, neurological diseases. It was a Friday about a year ago when i read about Multiple Sclerosis and went on about my day. Two days later while i was at the gym I felt a sharp pain in my bicep (bicep curls) felt almost like a nerve, it wasn't muscle or tendons.. didn't think much of it and within a few hours i started to panic and began symptoms such as slight pins and needles in finger tips, forearm and shoulder muscle tightness/pain, the bottom of my foot was tingling. Most of the symptoms have subsided with many trips to doctors giving complete blood panels, multiple trips to neuro's, MS specialists etc. I thought i might have ALS because i began twitching.. EMG stated normal.

I still have pains throughout my body, like sometimes my muscle will fatigue rapidly much faster than i'm accustom to. But my left arm/hand/wrist have given me problems since the beginning of all this. Muscle pain, tightness, aches, shaking in hands and arm, joint pain.. you name it i have it in my left arm. My neuro conducted a NCS/EMG and said i have slight carpal tunnel from a repetitive stress injury, makes sense i guess my injury from the gym has never fully healed. I see an orthopedic to tomorrow to figure out exactly what's going on and hope he orders an MRI.

I guess what i'm trying to say is any little change in my body trigger immediate panic/anxiety. Does anyone have similar symptoms (muscle pain, twitching, shaking, joint pain/ache, stiffness)?
Hello. I've had twitching in my calves for almost 3 yrs. I also thought I had als for many years. I've had every symptom you've described and more. My health anxiety comes in waves. My new symptom is a dull ache in my legs. I have a dr. Appt. Next week for a physical. Hoping it's nothing but anxiety. Hope you are feeling better...
 

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Thank you Ageless50.. anxiety is such a b*tch! I too have had dull aches in my calves and twitching. The aches would come when I would do simple walking, nothing even strenuous. It’s been some time since I’ve had it probably because I don’t think much about it. Good luck, keep us posted on how the doctors went.
 
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Hello. I've had twitching in my calves for almost 3 yrs. I also thought I had als for many years. I've had every symptom you've described and more. My health anxiety comes in waves. My new symptom is a dull ache in my legs. I have a dr. Appt. Next week for a physical. Hoping it's nothing but anxiety. Hope you are feeling better...
I have had twitching in my calves and feet since early 80s....recently though as my anxiety has gotten worse now it involves my thumb and other parts of the hand. Really scared about ALS. never had emg. Did get clinical exam a few weeks ago.. no weakness. I finally have decided to go thru with emg which will be jan 7.
 

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I have had twitching in my calves and feet since early 80s....recently though as my anxiety has gotten worse now it involves my thumb and other parts of the hand. Really scared about ALS. never had emg. Did get clinical exam a few weeks ago.. no weakness. I finally have decided to go thru with emg which will be jan 7.
I have had twitching in my calves and feet since early 80s....recently though as my anxiety has gotten worse now it involves my thumb and other parts of the hand. Really scared about ALS. never had emg. Did get clinical exam a few weeks ago.. no weakness. I finally have decided to go thru with emg which will be jan 7.
I'm sorry it's nothing to worry about. I wish you all the best. Let us know how it goes...
 

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Thank you Ageless50.. anxiety is such a b*tch! I too have had dull aches in my calves and twitching. The aches would come when I would do simple walking, nothing even strenuous. It’s been some time since I’ve had it probably because I don’t think much about it. Good luck, keep us posted on how the doctors went.
Will do!
 
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The list you rattled off is a very common group among sufferers, I think what makes them scare us is that you can do very little about it.
I kind of envied the posters on this forum who feared rabies or appendicitis because if it happens it can be cured.
The neurological issues, on the other hand, just seem unbeatable when they become part of our anxiety.

The good thing is they are really rare. The bad thing is that almost every symptom of a neurological ailment resembles a symptom of anxiety, so you have probably created a vicious cycle.

I saw on another thread that you offered a link to someone that made you feel better about ALS fears. But the solace didn't last very long, did it.
It sounds like you may need to see someone about your anxiety more than you need to see someone about your other symptoms.
When you start feeling better about your physical health, that relief will get overtaken by your anxiety again.
The anxiety is what you need to fight.
Hal
So so true . These neurological diseases are so scary because there really is no cure for some of them...at least with other diseases we fear you feel there is at least a "punchers chance" at beating it. You nailed it on the head!!!
 
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