Facial tingling is ruining my life

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   Posted 9/2/2017 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   

I am struggling tremendously with anxiety the last couple of months. I'm 28, but have had anxiety since I was a child. Only recently have I been formally diagnosed with GAD and OCD- the latter just a couple of days ago. I have specific health anxiety related to disorders that have been in my family history (brain aneurysms anytime I have a headache, colon cancer if I get a hemorrhoid, it's fun being me). I also have terrible flight anxiety. It all stems from my fear of dying- and it's preventing me from living. Ironically, in my early to mid 20s, I was fine- I had traveled to over 20 countries and was really living and enthusiastic for my future. That changed when I started getting headaches and facial tingling about a year ago. No one can explain it- MRI and CT scans have come up clear. I was diagnosed with Lyme and cervical disc problems, but my doctor thinks the facial tingling is anxiety. It lasts all day but is more noticeable at night when I am settled and able to think about everything that worries me. It seems to move over my face- not typically in one specific spot. It doesn't hurt. It's not numb. It's like a light feather over my face.

I am frustrated because it's a horrible feedback loop. I am on 50 mg of sertraline but that doesn't seem to be really doing much. I will be starting exposure therapy soon. I really just want some relief- because lately I've been looking forward towards just being able to go to bed so my mind can turn off.

Just wanted to vent - anyone else dealing with the facial tingling?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/2/2017 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi AZ and welcome to the A/P Forum!

We are glad you've joined us though sorry to hear of your current challenges with physical symptoms.

It is frustrating and confusing to try and differentiate between what is a physical effect...or an anxiety issue.

However, since your doctor believes your tingling is paresthesia due to anxiety...

...the best step would be to treat for this by focusing on your breathing techniques daily and see if you have positive results.

We have suggestions/directions for some in our Resources at the top of the main forum page here, or let me know if you'd like me to post my personal favorite, and I'll be happy to do so.

You may need to fully focus on the exercises, several times a day to reverse the anxious breathing habit that causes the problem.

Keep us updated so we can keep you in support. We understand and are here to encourage anytime!

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/4/2017 12:13:37 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/4/2017 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   

"I was diagnosed with Lyme and cervical disc problems..." This stood out to me a lot! Yes, anxiety can cause our nerves to become overactive for sure but Lyme and cervical problems can cause this as well!!! Seriously, if you haven't, check on the Lyme forum here and also do some research on it. I would also maybe ask to see a neurologist. Have you seen a Lyme doctor yet for your issues?
"tune, like, the music!"

generalized anxiety/depression, ocd compulsive thoughts, asthma/allergies, weird headaches

suffering other aliments, trying to find the right solutions!
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