Anxiety vs MS vs RSI

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JonUK
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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, first time post :) Bare with me as I tend to ramble a lot.

I am fairly sure I have an anxiety disorder due to what I believe must be panic attacks, I get these probably every 3 days. When I have an attack if I don't snap out of it soon enough then I can lose all control of my right arm for a good 20 minutes, with my left arm feeling very light. Often though I can snap out of it before it gets to this stage, it depends how tired or nervous I am. One day last week I pulled over in my car late at night and had a 5 minute cat-nap, when I woke up I wasn't sure where I was, and suddenly I felt like both my arms weren't connected to my body, I was terrified. Anyway, 2 weeks ago I woke up with my left hand tingling and my right arm almost dead. I didn't panic too much as I assumed it was just me resting on them, although I was suprised both hands/arms were affected. So I shook my hands and arms while half asleep, my left hand returned to normal but my right arm/hand didn't, I panicked, shot out of bed and was waving my arm about like a broken winged bird trying to fly when it sees a cat. It took around 8 minutes before most of the sensation was back in my hand and arm, although it never recovered fully, it still tingled slightly.

Now I always wake up with tingling hands or arms, usually my right one, although often only mildly. During the day/evening my right arm feels a bit weak, with numbness in certain areas in both arm and fingers. It also feels like I have hit my funny bone a lot of the time. This sometimes creeps to the left arm and hand, but no where near as often as the right. The weakness is constant, while the numbness and tingling is sporadic. I also often feel like I can't pick things up if I think about it, although of course I can. So for instance, if I see a mug, I feel I can't pick it up if I think about picking it up, but if I just went over and picked it up without thinking then it is ok. I can open bottles and everything ok, although not when I wake up with a dead arm. Also sometimes when I hold a remote control, or other similar sized object, my hand feels strange, almost like a sickly butterfly feeling in my hand, very odd. My hands, arms and feet also feel abnormally cold sometimes, and when I have a shower I often feel cold when the warm/hot water is moved away from my body (so for instance any part of my body is not being showered with water). At the moment while typing my right arm feels a bit numb and my forearm feels stiff/tired.

I am not blind to the fact this could all be anxiety from the panic of that first night of waking up with a dead arm. The problem is, how do I know ? I have been worried for many years that I may have MS due to an incident that happened to me in 1999, and I never recieved a diagnosis, although many things were banded about by the doctors like Meniers, Vertigo, Virus, Mental etc etc. I went and saw a shrink, psychologist, and neurologist. To the credit of the doctors they sent me to a lot of places, even an MRI (came back clear). But 10 years later I am still suffering from some of the things I had back then, like fuzzy eyesight, headaches, neck pain, bad balance, confusion, losing touch with reality, etc etc. But I have put up with them and just accepted that I have something unknown.

I went to the doctor last about 3 years ago (except for my current gallbladder problem) when I suffered a bad breathing problem where for 2 weeks I could hardly breath. Although I wasn't bodily checked out by the doctor, he told me he thought it anxiety. about a year ago I suffered what I believed to be RSI, I once again woke up with a dead arm, which was worse then this time as it lasted longer "dead". I couldn't use a mouse at all, and typing was impossible. I never got it checked out but it did go away, after about 2 weeks.

So although I know I have an axiety problem, I am also unsure if I am suffering other things too, more serious. I know worrying about something serious is a classic case of anxiety, but can it really cause my hands and arms to tingle, go numb, and weak outside of a panic attack ? I seem to be breathing fairly normally, yet the problem is still there. Sometimes it is better then others. It gets worse the more I think about it, but the fact I wake up with it when I am not thinking about it makes me worried, as I assumed it had to be on your mind to cause symptoms. Also reading other posts on the MS section with people waking up with dead arms (which I read AFTER I suffered from it) and being diagnosed with MS sure doesn't help my anxiety :)

I know I probably sound like a gibbering wreck, but I just want a solution, but I know no one on here can help me beyond their own opinion of course. Half the time I don't know if I am suffering from anxiety, ms, or just RSI (or even other). I know the first thing said back to me will probably be to see a doctor, which I am sure I will do, but I am worried I will be fobbed off with "don't waste my time" and find that every other time I go there I am treated as a hypcondriac (as I was told my breathing problem was probably due to anxiety last time I went there).

Any advice ? Can anxiety cause such symptoms outside of a panic attack ? When people talk of suffering symptoms or those mentioned on websites, I am never sure if this is just for during an attack or all times of the day. Thanks for any help and I am sorry if my post is difficult to read or make out.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/30/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
JonUK
Welcome to HealingWell. I am so sorry you are going through this...coming here and talking about this as well as sharing it with others is the best thing to do.
 
This is the definition of Panic and anxiety I like best but it is my own personal choice. I am not a professional.
Unexpected and often repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by multiple symptoms that may include:
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness
  • choking sensations
  • sweating
  • tingling
  • chills
  • hot flashes
  • trembling
  • abdominal distress
  • feelings of unreality
  • fear of dying
  • fear of going insane
These sensations often mimic symptoms of a heart attack or other life-threatening medical conditions.

A panic attack usually begins  abruptly, includes four or more symptoms, and reach a peak in 10 minutes. However, the length of time may vary with each individual. Reference:  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

If it has been 3 years since you have had a medical screening exam to consider your numbness and tingling, I would strongly recommend you make a visit to your physicians, a physician you have a good relationship with and who will work through the problems you have identified.

Keep posting here as I am sure you will find many supportive members and we do care what happens to all our members. :)

Respectfully
Kitt


 
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wen4003
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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JonUK,
 
Welcome to the Healing Well family!  You truly have found a very caring, helpful and supportive place to be - we consider ourselves to be family and want to help each other however we can. 
 
Anxiety and panic attacks can be very difficult to live with and since you are having the attacks so often, I agree with Kitt about going to the doctor.  Especially given the fact that it's been 3 years since you have seen a doctor.  You may want/need to be on some medication to help you with this.  But you and the doctor are the best ones to decide if medication is the route to take.  Please let us know how you are doing and post as often as you would like - we are always here. 
 
Take care,
Wen

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Curiousity
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   Posted 4/9/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow!!  I just read your post and it is identical to my boyfriend's symptoms.  He has told me many many times all of his symptoms and I keep telling him that he is a hypocondriac and has severe anxiety.  Now hearing you say exactly what he is saying, I'm starting to think twice.  He has been telling me that he thinks he has MS.  His left side of his body tingles every morning and throughout the day.  I mean everything your feeling, so is he!! He has seen many many doctors and he told them all of his symptoms.  I called my boyfriend, as soon as I read this and I read it to him.  He wanted me to email you and give you his phone number.  I dont want to post it on here but I will give you my email and please email me when you get a chance.  My boyfriend is seeing all the best doctors so maybe you guys can help eachother out.  It will be nice for him to talk to someone with the same problems so he doesnt think he's crazy anymore.  I want to get to the bottom of this so we can sleep in peace. 

Looing forward to hearing from you!!

Lindsay

Hi Lindsay - welcome to Healing Well, I hope you find this to be a warm and caring community.  We are here to help and support each other and you are well on your way to doing that. 

For your protection, I have edited your post by taking out your email address.  This way it isn't open to the general public.  If you put in it in your profile (accessed via the Control Panel near the top) only registered members are able to access it.  Thanks for your patience with this.

Great to have you here!!

Take care,

Wen

Post Edited By Moderator (wen4003) : 4/10/2008 11:28:56 AM (GMT-6)


DEEO
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   Posted 7/17/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Curiousity
I too have the same symptoms. my doctor tells me it is stress too. But I am starting to differ. I have been wanting someone to relate to. I would like to talk through email. If thats okay with you. Just PM me if you would like. And as for the person who started this thead the same goes for you. Thanks

stkitt
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HealingWell,

You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.

Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam. IMHO joining a support group is joining a family and depending on just one person in the family is not always healthy and may defeat the purpose of being a member of a group.

I would love to see you post in the forum and not just seek out one person to email you.

Again you are very welcome here.

Kitt


 

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DEEO
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank You. I have posted a thread. :-)

collyman
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   Posted 11/6/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have all of these same symptoms lately too and it is very scary and weighs heavy on my mind all the time. I am 22 and I just recently started having all of these same symptoms, I cant tell if it is my mind sometimes that does it out of fear or if I am actually suffering from ms. I thought that maybe I was the only one with this but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they have found out about their symptoms. Thank you

stkitt
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   Posted 11/6/2011 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am so glad you found us.  You have posted to a very old thread so I am going to move your post to a thread of your own and lock this one down.  We want you to have the opportunity to meet the members and interact with others who have the same problems as you do.
 
Look for your name in the thread title.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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