Numbness and Panic

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   Posted 9/12/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it normal to feel numb sometimes with anxiety? Last night, for no apparent reason my left index finger felt really numb. Almost like it was bruised, but I didn't see or feel a bruise on it. I didn't recall hitting it on anything that would have caused it to feel like that. Most normal people would probably shrug it off and not think about it, but not me. My panic kicks in and of course it has to do with some way in which I am dying. Then I felt that my left arm (upper) was a little numb. I had a hard time sleeping because I just felt like my limbs kept going numb on me. Now we also had a huge change in temperature over the past couple of days (Chi-town)... so I'm wondering if it might have been caused from just being colder than normal.

I get so tired of panicking from everything. Every little thing sends me into some downward spiral of worrying and anxiety. I'm not currently on any anxiety meds, but I think I'm going to have to start. I feel like my mental state is just gong to continue to go downhill if I don't. It just stinks because these meds get expensive. I was hoping to get better on my own, but I just don't see that happening.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

I think it is time to have a good visit with your physician and make sure there is nothing medical going on.  You may benefit from therapy or perhaps a medication may be a choice for now.

Living with anxiety is painful and we are here to offer support and extend a hand to you so keep posting and let us know what is going on.

Gentle Hugs

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   Posted 9/12/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Tingling and numbness happens to me sometimes, especially in my fingers. But more of the pins and needles feeling and some numbness.
If its only happening in one finger, than yeah you might want to get it checked out. If this is something that you've had before in other fingers, or if this seems to occur prior to or while having panic, it could have a lot to do with that. Sometimes when we're restless and anxiety driven we might smack our finger or toe on something and not even realize it. I also know that i sleep really weird when have panic and anxiety, so maybe you laid on it weird or something.

But i agree maybe you want to talk to your doc. Do you take any additional medication when your A/P is heightened? Sometimes that can do it too. Or just an medication you may or may not be taking can have a side effect like that.

just my thoughts, hope you start to feel better soon!
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   Posted 9/12/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i just had to reply since I sometimes suffer with numbness and tingling feelings. I have had panic attacts, but over the last year or so, my fingers would get a little numb or just tingle for no reason. I did go to the ER one night, since it could have been very serious, but after a Cat scan and check up, the Dr. asked if I ever tried medication for anxiety. I had not, so he gave me the instant pill, but even before I took it, just knowing it wasn't as seriouse as I though, made it go away. I have continued to have it, in my fingers, my arm, even on my lip, eye or nose, it is so weird, but it does go away with help, and medication, if only someone can get me to take some.Get a checkup, and just relax. Gaylehenry
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