I'm really sorry to hear about
your condition, I don't know what to say other than I hope you find ways to make things easier. Whilst my problems could be a whole host of nasty stuff (trust me, you don't need to tell me that....) it is more likely to be anxiety. My prime fear was MS which apart from being statistically unlikely for any
given individual, predominantly seems to go for people who are somewhat older than me and they're also more likely to be female. I know I am personally prone to anxiety for whatever reason, so the chances are overwhelmingly that it's purely a physical manifestation of that. Doesn't rule anything out I know and it certainly doesn't stop me worrying about
it, but it does mean it's less likely and I manage to take some comfort from that.
What I've experienced so far has come and gone and physically it has never really had that bad an affect on me. It may be tiring and unpleasant, but there aren't that many things it has stopped me doing even in the more difficult moments. Plus, with anxiety (as opposed to a progressive physical illness) there is always the knowledge you can overcome it, or atleast learn to live with it.
I spoke to the doctor this morning and to my relief she was quite happy that it was just anxiety and that no MRIs etc. were necesary. Almost certainly as a result I already feel better. With this reassurance (and that of the people on here - I really do appreciate it) I think I can overcome it. Even if the physical symptoms remained I could live with tremors and the occasional aches and pains (etc) knowing it wasn't physically harmful. I'm told even the dreaded MS can in certain cases be controlled so it actually has little impact on your life, but I'd always feel there was something hanging around just waiting to cave in on me when the time came. Nobody lives forever and we'll all experience some deterioration as we get older, but that sense of innevitability would terrify me. I'm one of those people who'd rather take their chances and live a normal live, than know they'd live to be a hundred if it meant knowing you wouldn't reach 101!!
I don't think conventional medication is necesary in my case and I personally would only risk side effects and dependancy as a last resort (like I said, just a personal preference, but I'm the sort of person who's even reluctant to take asprin....) That said, I've been taking a natural remedy called kalms (I think it's a plant extract of some description) and this seems to be having some effect even if it's only psychological. Besides that, I've tried meditation and found it to be extremely helpful. I thought progressive muscle relaxation would be very useful for me too, but don't really seem to have the hang of it - gave myself cramp last time!! :)
Post Edited (Chris711) : 2/23/2007 8:35:37 AM (GMT-7)