Anxiety or Fibro?

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   Posted 10/26/2016 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Just trying to look for some answers for my situation. I usually spend time over on the anxiety/panic disorder forums since I have mild GAD.

For the past couple of weeks I've been having random pains. Being the hypochondriac that I am, I found that Fibromyalgia comes closest to the symptoms I've been having, but this could all just be anxiety messing with my head.

It started with my left hand being extra sensitive to touch/light scratching, then the back left side of my neck was really sore for a couple of days, almost as if I had a pinched nerve or something. Then it seemed to move to the right side of my neck, which also ended after a couple of days. It still feels kind of tense/tight, but not painful like before where I could barely turn my neck left or right without it hurting.

Now I seem to be having symptoms similar to cubital tunnel syndrome, another weird thing is that it seems to be affecting my right arm/hand as well, but not as bad as it is on my left arm/hand. My hands seems to be sensitive when I press on them, but on random areas. It feels like it's bruised but there's no visible bruising. I get this feeling on my arms as well.
I've also been getting sore around my shoulder blade areas on my back, which may or may not be related to everything.

I've just been having random aches and pains that come and go along my forearm, wrist, hands, fingers and my back torso area, and sensitivity if pressure is applied to those areas. I get pins and needles in my hands as well sometimes, not had any numbness, though.

No swelling anywhere, no redness, nothing super painful, just annoying and uncomfortable. I'm a 27 year old female. Fairly certain I'm pre-diabetic, my posture isn't the best which may or may not be the cause of all this. It's just really making me more anxious which is probably just making things worse.
Being pre-diabetic is making me worried that it might be diabetic neuropathy.

I don't have a PCP yet, I just got Medicare last month and I have to wait until December to have a consultation meeting. I'm trying to see if I can get x-rays or something done at an urgent care clinic soon.

Post Edited (RachelAvila) : 10/26/2016 1:25:39 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/26/2016 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds similar to fibro, but I'm no doctor.
I hope you can see the doctor soon and find out.

I have anxiety too and I know how it can be a pain in the butt. I hope you're getting help there too.
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   Posted 10/26/2016 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Rachel, and welcome! I suffered badly from anxiety close to 40 years ago and know how debilitating it can be. I was 30 when it hit me. Like Joy, I suggest you see a doctor also...just to be sure, but I think this could all be anxiety symptoms caused by stress. With the anxiety and stress your muscles tighten which can cause you the pain, tingling , etc. When I was so bad, I had pain shooting from my neck up over my head to the top of my head. I hurt all over, had chest pains, etc. I thought I was having a stroke and was actually afraid to move! I was put on 5 mg of Valium four times a day. I obviously was a mess.

One Sunday in church the sermon was on fear and he used the scripture you will see in my signature. I realized ianxiety was all fear-based and I really had nothing to fear! That was my starting point to kicking anxiety to the curb. I memorized that scripture and when anxiety would start, I would repeat that scripture and then start focusing on something to get my mind off how I was feeling. This took practice but it worked. I got off the Valium and haven't had a bad problem for decades.

Thank God we didn't have personal computers back then but I did have a Medical book that I loved reading and actually took on symptoms of various illnesses! I threw the book away as part of my getting rid of anxiety. My suggestion is to stop visiting Dr. Google. That just makes things worse. Try to do things that you enjoy to get your mind off illness. Do set up an appointment to see a doctor also. And, really try to relax. You might not have any serious physical illness at all. That's what happened to me...and I thought I had a bunch of illnesses! It's a horrible feeling, I know.

I'm not putting down how you feel. It's very real and you should get things ruled out but it sure wouldn't surprise me if this is mainly anxiety with tense muscles thrown in the mix. If you can, see a good massage therapist who gives gentle massages. This could help you relax. I had a massage today and asked my massage therapist if anxiety could cause tight muscles that could, in turn, cause your symptoms and she said yes. (I had read your post early this morning but haven't had time to respond until now.)

Meanwhile, start to enjoy your life! Fall is beautiful and I'm sure the leaves are changing...unless you are in Florida like I am. 😋 Take a walk or a drive and focus on the beauty all around you. Do something you enjoy. Read a good book. See a good movie. Focus on your many blessings too! I'm sure you have a lot of them.

Do let us know how you are doing and if you see a doctor. A rheumatologist is the type of doctor most of us use but make sure they treat fibro patients since there are still some doctors out there in the Dark Ages when it comes to this illness. We do care about you and I hope you start feeling better soon!


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   Posted 10/27/2016 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Medical-Induced Anxiety is real pain and real symptoms--it just has a different cause. It is worth while to be checked out for fibro. But, as you know--anxiety creates things to concern itself with, to worry and panic.

Do you get exercise? Exercise is the beneficial go-to treatment for both anxiety and fibro. The endorphins cloud the anxiety for a while, and the body gets to stretch out a little to combat the nervous system revolt.
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