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Topic: Health Anxiety- Obsessing Over MS

20 posts, 0 answered
  1. Marto9014
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    20 May 2020

    Hi All
    Having a torrid time with health anxiety. I had a medical scare about a month ago. Once given the all clear I was fine. But then a few weeks later I had tingling in my right arm and fingers. I had had this before due to a suppressed lunar nerve, and knew it was likely that. But for some reason I saw the need to ask Dr Google.

    Seeing MS up the top of the search results has put me into a spin. Since then I have experienced a variety of symptoms. Burning in my legs, restless right leg, numbness that has moved around in my right foot, and weakness in my right leg. My GP is convinced it’s anxiety but has referred me to a neurologist for peace of mind.

    I’m also so in tune to my walking pattern (read that MS can change your walking style) that I think about absolutely every step and has made my leg quite uncomfortable.
    I have had symptoms for about 3 weeks, and barely a minute doesn’t go past where I think of MS and how I’ll deal with it if diagnosed. Bloody annoying as I know it’s likely anxiety.

    Just thought I’d share my symptoms, as if there’s anyone else out there feeling the same they won’t feel as alone!

    Would love to hear from anyone else experiencing something similar.

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  2. M1ssjess89
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    21 May 2020 in reply to Marto9014
    I am legit going through this right now!!! In seeing a neurologist tomorrow.

    Since March I've been getting pins and needles in random spots. Mainly in my right foot. I get itching, crawling feeling sometimes, perceived muscle weakness.

    My doctor thinks it's all anxiety related also but wants me to get checked for peace of mind.

    It's all I obsess about. I am super aware of every physical feeling I have. I even have started having issues with my eyes losing a little focus at a computer screen on and off. I'm exhausted
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    22 May 2020 in reply to Marto9014

    Hi Marto9014 (and a wave to M1ssjess89!)

    Good on you Marto9014 for having the courage to post....Physical symptoms of anxiety are awful to experience

    I have included a link below that you may find interesting with your symptoms....


    I really hope you (and M1ssjess89) find it helpful...Posted by Annabay in October 2019

    you are not alone

    my kind thoughts


  4. Marto9014
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    22 May 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89

    Hi Jess

    Good that you were able to get in to see a Neurologist. How did it go?

    Hope you are feeling better

  5. M1ssjess89
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    25 May 2020 in reply to Marto9014

    I saw the neurologist and he made me do some tests and he said there are no red flags for him. He did a nerve test on my legs and just found i had one nerve thats slightly damaged from crossing my legs all the time. He is sending me for a full body scan more for the fact that I can calm down. He also thinks it's just anxiety, and also withdrawal symptoms from my last medication.

    Whilst I sit here typing I have a tingling feeling in my left calm and my right hand feels funny. So I'm still getting physical symptoms all the time, I'm just repeating to myself it probably just all is anxiety. I cannot get the MRI done for another week and then cannot get results for a few weeks... So still a wait. I do feel slightly calmer... but I'm still freaking out a little.

    My advise is to STAY AWAY FROM DOCTOR GOOGLE!! I keep also doing it every now and again. I think I need to ban the site on my phone lol.

  6. Marto9014
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    26 May 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89

    Thanks for the reply! I have been told it could be months before I see a Neuro, which you can imagine hasn't eased the anxiety at all. Glad that your doctor thinks there are no red flags, gives me some hope too!


  7. M1ssjess89
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    26 May 2020 in reply to Marto9014
    I had somebody cancel so I got in earlier. Fingers crossed you get in quicker! Let us know how you go.
  8. maccaz
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    23 June 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89
    How are you both going? seen neuros?
  9. M1ssjess89
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    23 June 2020 in reply to maccaz
    Yeah did you get in Marto? I replied on my original post ☺️ I went fine at the neuro
  10. Marto9014
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    26 October 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89

    Yet to see a neuro but was able to get an MRI and the consulting Neuro had a look and it all looked fine. And surprise surprise- the symptoms went away not long after that. Who would’ve thought!?!?

    how are you travelling Jess?

  11. Kezk
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    23 December 2020 in reply to Marto9014
    Hi there to everyone who is experiencing horrible anxiety/stress symptoms and worried about MS. I have just spent the last 4 weeks going through this myself. Started off with restlessness in my right leg and then the next day I woke up with a numb right thumb. I thought it was a pinched nerve but when the doctor questioned me about MS and said I would need an MRI I began to experience numbness, tingling, burning, constant Adrenalin, muscle twitches, vision changes and trembling. The symptoms would change all the time and be different parts of my body. I started anti-anxiety tablets and sleeping tablets which helped the symptoms a lot but still took 3 weeks to kick in. I have just been cleared of MS today. I was told MS progresses over time and usually the symptoms are in one side of the body and don’t tend to change or disappear. That was told to me by my neurologist and the Internet does not really explain this well. I was also told that blood tests can pick up inflammation markers in the brain that could indicate an MS flare up in the first instance. Anxiety and stress did not hit me consciously. I thought I was handling things fine while in the background my brain was targeting my central nervous system. I haven’t met anyone with the same symptoms which threw me off. Most people say they have panic attacks. I’m glad I got checked out properly even though it was a long wait. This forum is great to hear other people’s experience of how physically debilitating chronic stress and anxiety can be!
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  12. JS9595
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    23 December 2020 in reply to Kezk
    I’m going through this right now but bouncing back and forth between lupus and MS. I am terrified. I get chilblains in the winter but other than that I don’t really have any other symptoms so I didn’t think I had an autoimmune disease until recently I got a blood test which tested positive for ANA which can sometimes be an indication of an autoimmune disease (mostly lupus). The dr said that the result itself is not a diagnosis of lupus on its own and I will need to do another blood test in three months, but the wait is killing me and I find myself obsessing over everything :(
  13. Rach93
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    25 December 2020 in reply to Kezk

    I am currently going through this right now! I actually just posted it in here.. I am so obsessed with thinking I have MS, I have tingling in my right & left leg and sometimes my arm or random parts of my body.. it feels like the chills sometimes or just a tingly sensation. I am so convinced I have MS, and I’m really upset over it.. I have been to drs and explained to him about it.. was laughed at not in a mean way but just that I thought it was this - & was given some blood tests to check vitamin levels & going back to check results then. Also will be talking about it again on Monday to possibly get a MRI to rule it out .. I just don’t want them to brush it off or say oh it’s just anxiety.

    glad to hear you are cleared of MS

  14. Rach93
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    25 December 2020
    So sorry I read the wrong comment and seen someone was cleared of it and thought it was your post! Please disregard that
  15. Citizensnipz88
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    23 March 2021 in reply to M1ssjess89
    Ive been going through this for over 10 years. My mum has MS and i suffer from bad anxiety, mainly health anxiety since i was a kid. I mostly have random pins n needles, muscle twitches and eye floaters. When i tell drs they dont seem to worry about it and i havent been told to get an MRI. After your MRI did your symptoms get better? How did it all go for you?
  16. Citizensnipz88
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    23 March 2021 in reply to Marto9014
    Hey Marto. Have u had any results or has anything changed for you? Im experiencing similar symptoms at the moment and Im just so tired of thinking this way. To Add to it my mum has MS so im literally convinced i have it too.
  17. Cee123
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    23 March 2021 in reply to Marto9014
    I did have an experience, where I had twitching in my left thumb, and a couple of other muscle twitches. My thumb would start moving by itself out of nowhere. I googled it and the first thing that came up was motor neurone disease. Turns out it was a repetitive strain injury. I also get bad migraines and at one point thought I had a brain tumour. I get that tingling sometimes, also as part of migraine.
  18. BetweenThePoles
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    23 March 2021 in reply to Citizensnipz88

    Hey Marto9014,

    A big welcome to the forum and thank you for taking the time to reach out and write about your experiences, an important step which you’ve tackled brilliantly/

    I have MS and very much understand your concerns. Be aware though that there are a number of different conditions which share those symptoms and sometimes, there’s no condition at all and I sincerely hope this is the case for you.

    To give yourself peace of mind, the first step I encourage you to take is to visit your GP and get a referral to a neurologist and have an MRI done of both your brain and spine. It’s completely painless and just requires laying still got about 45 mins.

    Based on the results, the neurologist can decide whether there’s anything to be concerned about and whether further treatment is required. I wish you the best of luck. Please consider letting us know how you go. Take care.

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  19. Rach93
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    30 March 2021 in reply to BetweenThePoles
    Hi between the poles.. I see you have MS and I am really worried I have it. Do your symptoms come and go everyday or are they there all the time for days / weeks until they die down? I have tingling / numbness in patches of my legs, sharp pains through my body like nerve pain .. buzzing in my foot and head..
  20. VivRic
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    8 April 2021 in reply to Marto9014


    just wondering if you got any answers or if your symptoms have calmed down. I have a lot of what you’re describing and am I the middle of getting a lot of tests done. I’m getting lots of burning sensations, down arms and legs and some tingling and numbness/ cold feeling in my toes and parts of my feet. Also have muscle twitches that are really frightening me.

    hope you are doing better.

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