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Twitching And The Fear Of "A"

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Just recorded this. Look underneath the tip. It's only twitching on the tip looks like a invisible pencil is poking my tounge. I'm so scared!!!! Does this look benign? Is this Anxiety or stress related someone with the same experience please help me.

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No worries! I'm doing well at the moment and check in from time to time to see if anyone needs words of encouragement. There were many times when I was in the doldrums and was in desperate need of some reassurance or for someone to understand what I was going through, but I did have that. And yes, twitching can happen while you are sleeping. I've had twitching in my thigh that literally woke me from a deep sleep. The twitching will subside only when you convince yourself that is only a symptom of high anxiety. Trust me. Have a spectacular weekend.
 

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Hey there - so sorry you're going through this. Can I ask how long you have been on Ativan? You might look into the side effects - if the meds are new and the twitching is new, you might just be experiencing some weird side effects made worse by tension and anxiety. Ativan is essentially designed to help you calm down quickly - have you talked to your doctor about adjusting or maybe trying a mood-stabilizing medication, like an anti-depressant?
 

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So. I woke up with my tounge twitching, upper thigh by my knee twitching, and still both calves. How can I be so stressed if I'm asleep.... Can anxiety still be high even during sleep? I'm scared and having trouble :/

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Hey there - just reading through this thread for the first time. Anxiety can absolutely attack while you're asleep - when I'm really struggling, I frequently wake up in the middle of panic attacks, or jerk awake. In my case, being treated for mild sleep apnea has helped that lot.

I wonder if your diet is related to your muscle twitching at all - congrats on the huge weight loss! But is is possible that you are low on some sort of vitamin that could cause some muscle sensitivity? Or anemic?
 

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I think maybe we should trace back to why this is occurring, without any given assumptions first, since your tests came back normal... Even if thre is something wrong, it shouldn't be anything big-- you have already ruled out the biggest threats! Always remind yourself of this whenever you feel anxiety building up. Don't let it control you. I talk to my anxiety like "Listen buddy, I know you are REALLY feeling like I'm dying in a week, but I am not, and I know that."
I know it can be so hard. Hypochondria is the worst. But whenever you calm down relatively--- no fast heartbeat, neck not strained etc, try and be rational. Write down reasons why you are fine and healthy. Read the notes whenever anxiety attacks again. These waves of anxiety is what that is causing you to panic, not your symptoms. I hope you're doing well today.
 
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I've been checked for all deficiencies and all blood work has came back normal. Thyroid was checked aswell and came back normal. Check for auto immune diseases came back fine. And check for certain cancers and came back fine. So I really dont know what's going on.

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My tounge hasn't been twitching for a few days. I had a horrible night last night. I had twitching in the arches of both feet, both calves, both inner thighs, my lips, shoulder and left arm and left pinky on my hand which causes a tremor. I now have been experiencing tingling and numbness in scalp down neck left shoulder arm and both legs. And 2nd 3rd and 4th toe on left foot feels really weird like weak feeling or restless. So not having a good day and I haven't had any ativan in 3 days so my anxiety is extremely high. Cant see my dr until Jan 23rd for the ativan refill...

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That sounds horrible being so anxious everyday. I remember crying and wishing I could just end it all when I had my own hypochondria scare. I'm never going to dismiss how horrible this all is. But all I can say is this will pass, and you will begin to recognize a pattern every time you get a new health scare. Eventually you will be okay, and know that this... however awful it may be, gives you a valuable lesson and so much more mental strength. Talk to us again whenever you feel hopeless or just generally awful. I should be here for quite a few hours. Time zone ya know.
 
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I've been checked for all deficiencies and all blood work has came back normal. Thyroid was checked aswell and came back normal. Check for auto immune diseases came back fine. And check for certain cancers and came back fine. So I really dont know what's going on.

Update:

My tounge hasn't been twitching for a few days. I had a horrible night last night. I had twitching in the arches of both feet, both calves, both inner thighs, my lips, shoulder and left arm and left pinky on my hand which causes a tremor. I now have been experiencing tingling and numbness in scalp down neck left shoulder arm and both legs. And 2nd 3rd and 4th toe on left foot feels really weird like weak feeling or restless. So not having a good day and I haven't had any ativan in 3 days so my anxiety is extremely high. Cant see my dr until Jan 23rd for the ativan refill...

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Hang in there man. I don’t have the twitching but I get sharp pains in my chest and arms that put me into a nasty panic cycle. Been in one since Monday. Haven’t gotten out of bed much except to go to the ER, which resulted in a bunch of normal test (ekg, chest X-ray, blood, urine, etc..). I’m 36, overweight, smoke and also have 3 kids including a newborn. The depression that comes on when I think I may be dying is very overwhelming. I used to see a therapist but stopped six months ago because I hadn’t had a panic attack in a while. Now I’ve got an appointment to go back in to therapy next week. Panic and hypochondria are exhausting. I’m sorry you’re dealing with all this but know you’re not alone.
 

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Hang in there man. I don’t have the twitching but I get sharp pains in my chest and arms that put me into a nasty panic cycle. Been in one since Monday. Haven’t gotten out of bed much except to go to the ER, which resulted in a bunch of normal test (ekg, chest X-ray, blood, urine, etc..). I’m 36, overweight, smoke and also have 3 kids including a newborn. The depression that comes on when I think I may be dying is very overwhelming. I used to see a therapist but stopped six months ago because I hadn’t had a panic attack in a while. Now I’ve got an appointment to go back in to therapy next week. Panic and hypochondria are exhausting. I’m sorry you’re dealing with all this but know you’re not alone.
Hi and welcome Flipmartin. Yes, that darn panic and hypochondria is very exhausting. I don't have hypochondria but am blessed with panic and GAD. I'm 66 and smoke, drink way too much coffee which drives my psychiatrist nuts. I hope you can get past those anxiety symptoms soon. Does being overweight make those fears of dying seem more realistic given the symptoms you're currently experiencing? Try if you can to just ignore those symptoms that were verified to just be anxiety by the testing. You really aren't dying no matter how much it feels like you are. I'm sure you have small windows where you realize it's the hypochondria messing with you but the trick, much easier said than done, is to lengthen the periods of objective thinking. I sit here not being able to personally do what I suggest, otherwise I wouldn't need this forum. My irrational thinking is just as debilitating, just happens to not be about health issues. So again welcome and you hang in there also.
 
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Hi and welcome Flipmartin. Yes, that darn panic and hypochondria is very exhausting. I don't have hypochondria but am blessed with panic and GAD. I'm 66 and smoke, drink way too much coffee which drives my psychiatrist nuts. I hope you can get past those anxiety symptoms soon. Does being overweight make those fears of dying seem more realistic given the symptoms you're currently experiencing? Try if you can to just ignore those symptoms that were verified to just be anxiety by the testing. You really aren't dying no matter how much it feels like you are. I'm sure you have small windows where you realize it's the hypochondria messing with you but the trick, much easier said than done, is to lengthen the periods of objective thinking. I sit here not being able to personally do what I suggest, otherwise I wouldn't need this forum. My irrational thinking is just as debilitating, just happens to not be about health issues. So again welcome and you hang in there also.
Thanks Triceps. Yes being overweight makes the panic feel more valid. It certainly is much easier to tell someone the best way to respond to anxiety than to actually do it our selves. I wish I could take my own advice lol
 

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Thanks Triceps. Yes being overweight makes the panic feel more valid. It certainly is much easier to tell someone the best way to respond to anxiety than to actually do it our selves. I wish I could take my own advice lol
Have you got much support? Are your older kids aware of your disorder at all? Both my kids (almost your age) and my wife are very supportive although not fully understanding what we go through.
 

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Thanks Triceps. Yes being overweight makes the panic feel more valid. It certainly is much easier to tell someone the best way to respond to anxiety than to actually do it our selves. I wish I could take my own advice lol
Hi and welcome! I also don't suffer from hypochondria, but understand the panic attacks and the depression that goes along with them. One thing that helps me with the 'I'm dying' feeling is to research what's physically happening in my body. It was never enough for me to know that I wasn't having a heart attack - I need to understand why it feels like I am. The word 'anxiety' wasn't specific enough for me. So I go and read about the physical panic response online, and what adrenaline and cortisol do in the body...it gives me a sense of control over it, so to speak, and makes it less scary. I can tell myself that this is adrenaline being released in my body and it makes my arms feel uncomfortable, and it sucks, butvit is what it is and now thing more. Hope you can find some relief - you're not alone!
 
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Have you got much support? Are your older kids aware of your disorder at all? Both my kids (almost your age) and my wife are very supportive although not fully understanding what we go through.
I get good support from my family, although sometimes they don’t truly understand. My kids are all under 5 so I try to keep it from them at this point. We have a newborn too. My wife is stressed but supportive.
 

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I get good support from my family, although sometimes they don’t truly understand. My kids are all under 5 so I try to keep it from them at this point. We have a newborn too. My wife is stressed but supportive.

The kid thing is hard. So hard. I have a five year old....what I've learned is that it's pretty impossible to keep it away from them completely - they sense something is wrong, and they kind of feed off our anxiety. I grew up with a dad with an anxiety disorder, and I don't have the answer on how to deal with it perfectly, but I DO wish he had dialogued about it more as I grew up. Because I always thought that we DID have serious money problems, or health problems, or I wasn't good enough....none of it was true. It was all his anxiety. So my goal is to try to somehow teach my son about this in a healthier way. This is anxiety, and here is how I'm dealing with it, so that it won't be this huge scary monster for him the way it turned out to be for me. Of course we have to choose what's appropriate at different ages - at this point, I can't tell him that I have an anxiety disorder because he's too small. But I can say that I feel scared, and I'm trying to find my brave self inside. He can understand that, and he sometimes gets engaged and we have good discussions about when HE feels scared.

It's obvious from your post that you love your family and you are a good dad - you got this! :) And by the way - the newborn phase is enough to make ANYONE ho a little nuts. Lol
 

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Hey Twiz,
I'm new on this group, but I'm trying to help as much as i can to anybody who posts here, not sure if you can read some other replys i've made but if you can, take a look through, my aim is to make others who suffer anxiety more calm and relaxed in everyday life. I have EXACTLY the same twitchs in my calf muscle too. I've had them for years, it gets worse when i'm more stressed. And yes, you 100% can have anxiety when you sleep, my anxiety is at it's worst when i'm sleeping, the physical symptoms i've had would fill a notepad, i suffer multiple anxiety forms, but my most being health related. I'm some days totally consumed by it, i cant escape the black hole of mind wondering, over and over , but one thing you must realise, is you are totally FINE. i'm just like you, looking for medical justification, to prove to me nothing is wrong. but nothing is wrong, take is easy man. you're good !
 
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For the past 3 months I have had constant 24/7 fasciculations in both calves. They only stop when I stand,walk, or flex the muscles. I have random bodywide fasciculations in archs of both feet, forearms, thighs, hands, lips, eyebrows, tounge etc.. everyday.

I went to a neruo and he has done a bunch of testing and even a emg.
the emg was clean besides showing a few Fasiculations.


i then went back to my neruo a few days ago who i asked him to test me for UMN signs ( Clonus, Hoffsmans, Babinski ) all came back fine. and strength test all came back fine. He has checked my body for atrophy and in his reports have told me he has seen no Atrophy, Hyperflexia, Hypertonia, or brisk reflexes. But he did tell me the neruo that did my emg might have seend a positive sharp wave so they want to do a follow up emg in 4 months to see if there is any "Diesease Progression" if it happens.

I'm a 30yr old male. With 3 sons 12,5, and 1. With a beautiful wife. This fear is debilitating and ripping my family apart. I sit and hold my 1year old crying thinking I won't be here to watch them grow up or even by next christmas. I'm at a loss and need advice. Thank you all for listening to my story.


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Your symptoms are so identical to mine amazing....I am now 59 and started with the calf and feet twitching when I was 21! I was told way back when it was benign. Ow flash ahead umpteen years and .my worsening health anxiety and I start to develop twitches elsewhere...hands. tounge...upper arms etc. Immediate fears of "A" word. Major anxiety ou seems to make the twitching worse. I have been on Lexapro the past six weeks and feel much better and even see a reduction in the twitching. Ironically I went to see a neurologist today (appt scheduled for quite some time). She ran battery of strength tests etc and saw no reason for .e to have emg. She said fasiculations by themselves without clinical weakness are benign. Even in the toungue..it would show signs of clinical weakness too. I really notice for me that an increase in anxiety equals more twitching
 
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Hi. I'm new here. Instead of googling about my muscle fasciculation, which ultimately takes me down the rabbit hole of terminal darkness, I decided to instead google "muscle twitching health anxiety" which lead me to this thread. I have had health anxiety since I was about 7, but it really kicked up into high gear when my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2017 (never smoked a cigarette). In the last 18 months, I have "had" lymphoma, brain tumor, various cancers, MS, macular degeneration, and now I'm "into" ALS after I read an article last year about a friend of a friend with the disease. My brain is powerfully and I can seemingly create whatever sensation I want to. I am in therapy to figure out how to use my brain for good versus evil, but it's a constant struggle. So, I'm thanking you all for your openness, honesty and willingness to listen. It's hard for those who don't deal with this type of anxiety to understand. I'm rational and know the statistics, but once I read something, it's hard to forget it.
 

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Hi. I'm new here. Instead of googling about my muscle fasciculation, which ultimately takes me down the rabbit hole of terminal darkness, I decided to instead google "muscle twitching health anxiety" which lead me to this thread. I have had health anxiety since I was about 7, but it really kicked up into high gear when my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2017 (never smoked a cigarette). In the last 18 months, I have "had" lymphoma, brain tumor, various cancers, MS, macular degeneration, and now I'm "into" ALS after I read an article last year about a friend of a friend with the disease. My brain is powerfully and I can seemingly create whatever sensation I want to. I am in therapy to figure out how to use my brain for good versus evil, but it's a constant struggle. So, I'm thanking you all for your openness, honesty and willingness to listen. It's hard for those who don't deal with this type of anxiety to understand. I'm rational and know the statistics, but once I read something, it's hard to forget it.
Hi and welcome SallySmith. Boy, it's been quite the past 18 months for you. You've come to a good place to share what's going on. There are many with health anxiety who know what you're going through. I'm glad that you're seeing a therapist, hope he/she are able to help with all the crazy thoughts anxiety somehow makes us think. Again, welcome.
 
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I've been off here for awhile and been through hell with this twitching. Does anyone experience frequent tongue twitching? My calves and full body twitching doesnt bother me as much anymore but this tongue twitching has me going into full blown panic attacks every few mins. And these what if scenarios are really ******* with me mentally.

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I've been off here for awhile and been through hell with this twitching. Does anyone experience frequent tongue twitching? My calves and full body twitching doesnt bother me as much anymore but this tongue twitching has me going into full blown panic attacks every few mins. And these what if scenarios are really ******* with me mentally.

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Hey, good to have you back! That just sounds so miserable...Is there any chance that this is some kind of medication side effect? Hang in there, friend...
 
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