Hello all...I'm brand new to this forum and thought I'd post my situation to see what others have experienced.
I'm a lonnng time sufferer of health anxiety. I've been through the scare of HIV/cancer/etc. and recently went to ALS....not really sure why.
However, with that said, I have suffered over the past couple years with an area behind my left ear that is quite tender and has general soreness. My ENT was on speed dial as I couldn't buck the pain. He did a CT scan to make sure there was no tumor and eventually just basically said he didn't know what the problem was. My wife actually gave me a scalp massage a few years ago and she "hit something" that literally took me to my knees with pain. I jokingly told her she must have ripped a vein or nerve. Now over the past couple years, I developed some facial tingling on the left side. Suddenly, ALS came to my mind. After worrying about this for a while, my hands and feet became the problem. The muscles on the outside of my palms has pain and some cramping while driving or on the computer, and I developed almost a type of plantar fascitis in my feet.
Most mornings, I wake up with my hands and feet so sore I darn near don't want to get out of bed. To top it off, my facial tingling has essentially turned into a bout with Trigeminal Neuralgia as I've had a few episodes over the past 6 weeks that gave me the "electric shock" sensation when eating.
Now, what has me worried is that TN is a early symptom in some cases of MS. Then, when coupled with pain in my hands and feet....it's becoming a significant worry. I finally went to the neuro office today and set an appointment. June 19th was as early as I could get in. Now, I have a month to wait....not good.
My question is, because I don't really have any muscle wasting/weakness/atrophy in my hands and feet....but simply bad pain (deep achiness) that comes and goes....what are the odds that I'm actually suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy in my hands and feet due to my anxiety and stress levels? I'm 39 years old, male, business owner, coach, husband, father...etc. All kinds of stress in my normal life, but also dealing with extreme health anxiety isn't helping I'm sure.
I'm relatively very healthy, athletic, but also have IBS quite bad. ALS still scares the crap out of me, but MS seems more likely...and best case scenario I'm hoping for stress/anxiety induced PN with my Trigeminal Neuralgia being caused by something 'fixable' vs. due to autoimmune problem. I spent most of my time in my office rubbing my hands and thinking what 'could' be going on in my body. What a waste! I hate this!!!