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Can Anxiety affect only one side of body?!

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Hubert

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Hi guys!

Hi, I am 29 and fighting with weird symptoms, 2 months ago i experienced panick attack.
next day i noticed that my left leg and arm feel bit weird, like weak, tingling or warm, its difficult to discribe, on and off and than I would get very achy muscles, like i did a work out for that one muscle and than chest pain fallowed. so next day i went to ER, thinking there is something with my heart or i have mini stroke. Doctor run quick ECG, checked my temperature and did a physical test on my arm and leg. he told me it was anxiety, nothing more. Since than I experienced chest pain(thinking heart problems), IBS (thinking is colon cancer), stomach palpitations (thinking is abdominal aortic aneurysm)
I had a 3 EKG since than, had complete blood work, a stress test(on treadmill). Everything come back good (apart from my vitamin d, its very low) I went to my doctor at least 4 times, I also went to ER twice in past two months. every doctor told me it is a panic attack or anxiety. I noticed that I freak out alot wiyh all the symtoms I had and I also worry alot. Now I got new one! my left side got bit worse last saturday, since than i feel weak and get dizzy spells for like 3 hours mid day every day. So I went to my doctor again and explained the whole thing and he is refering me for a TIA Assessment (mini stroke) I am so freaked out, I just want my life back,feel so miserable. Is there anyone with such symptoms?
 
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These are very common and associated with Health Anxiety. Your doctor is probably checking you out more to cover his ass than because he thinks there is a true illness going on ( if there were and he did nothing you could sue).
A more likely explanation may be fibromyalgia.......associated with anxiety and can have lots of different symptoms. The treatment usually involves dealing with the underlying anxiety.

Have you ever tried to cope with the anxiety....what do you do?
 
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I think Maxi is right and you need to find ways to deal with the anxiety. Anxiety is a symptom not a cause, so maybe think about what may have started these symptoms? I noticed that you had this all start 2 months ago, can you think what might have triggered you off? It doesn't have to be huge, even small things can trigger us if they hit us at the right moment. xx
 
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Hubert

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It started at work with a panic attack( racing heart, dizzy ect)
I think its my work, I freak out every time I have to go there.
 
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MarineJ

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Hey Hubert

Hey Man,
My name is John and I'm 25. I've been through a lot of what you're experiencing right now and beyond. At the end of March I had my first panic attack while riding the metro home from work. I felt fine and didn't feel particularly anxious amd at that time, I didn't know it was a panic attack. I thought something really bad was happening with my heart. I went to the ER amd since then, it has been a rocky road, but has been getting better.

I've in a month and a half time frame, I had more doctor's appointments, ekg's, blood tests, and other things than I count. All were normal. Though, convinced something was wrong, I continued to get more tests. I have had a full cardio workup...EKG, ECG, stress test, 24 hr heart and blood pressure monitor's....I had a neurological workup including an EMG (an uncomfortable, but sensitive test) for the one sided "weakness" and tingling/numbness. All were normal.

In the mean time I started seeing a therapist because all doctor's were saying anxiety. I didnt buy into that diagnosis. It is hard thing to imagine that your mind could be causing all this stuff to
go on with my body. Though, the more tests that came back negative and the more research I did, I found out that 1) my symptoms do logically match anything in the way that all this has occurred. I've gone from worried about my heart, to cancer, to MS, ALS or some neurological disorder. My symptoms and generally an anxious persons symptoms match a lot of things and nothing can truly be pinpointed as the cause....because there isn't a cause. The other thing...anxiety has a lot of psychological issues that arise.

My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with hodgkins, which didn't help my mind, but anyway...he was actually sick, but yet way more composed than myself. Not to say he didn't have anxious moments, but you and I have abnormal irrational fears
over "symptoms" that in all reality aren't a result of A serious disease. We aren't sick and he was, yet mentally...you and I were much worse off. Anxiety attacks the mind which in turn attacks your body.

The other thing is this...you can have anxiety and anxiety symptoms and not feel that anxious. I wasnt anxious when all this started and don't feel anxious now, but yet I still have symptoms. Anxiety attacks and symptoms start for a lot of people ina moment when you wouldnt expect it or feel ok. The fact of the matter is, we probably have stuff, issues, problems and maybe a sedentary lifestyle where we dont deal with things amd they just get compiled and before you know it, you have an anxiety attack, which pretty much feel like death to me. I havent had one in about a month now. Thank you Lord! My anxiety symptoms are better and worse some days and sometimes I feel pretty normal, but it is a battle. Therapy and exercise help. The more I learn about it the more I'm convinced anxiety is what I have. Many people have these symptoms, but you can also have unique ones too, but don't let that scare you. If something was truly wrong, something would begin to show up. There is a reason it takes so long to be a doctor. We can surf the Internet all day and still not know what they know.

My doc did so many tests at my request and referred me to one of the best neurologist in the area to calm me down. She told me it was anxiety from the get-go. The neurologist basically gavee the option for my EMG, which I took, but the bottom line is...if he really thought something was wrong, I would been made to get this test or an MRI.

Accepting the diagnosis is the hardest part and I have to accept it over and over. I give myself personal neurological test all the time and i function fine and I just have to say...it's anxiety. It's a very hard thing to wrap your mind around. I'm 25 year old male with no horrible personal or family medical history and I was in the Marines for 7 years. This was a horrible amd demoralizing exeperiece for me.

whatever caused this....I have no idea...life changes...work...I don't know, but you will see...that your issue is what they think. I encourage you to get tested as much as you desire to calm your fears and when they keep coming back normal just like mine did, believe it....your mind can cause your body to do some crazy things. Anxiety is a bad but good thing...it's you telling you that you have stress and issues that aren't being dealt with emtionally and physically. Take care of the mind or work the body. It has been helping me. I'm not 100% normal yet, but I hope I will some day. let me know how everything goes. Best wishes!
 
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Hubert

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Hi there!
Today I went to see my doctor about my resoults, who referd me for MRI and 24h holter monitor. I though I gonna update you guys. It all came back normal, my brain scan, my heart, my blood work (my vit D is much better now!)
I am glad, my mind is at ease now! But gotta say, this week was creazy, I was very anxious about resoults. Now I will try to focus on recovery from this anxiety thing!
How's things?
 
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jdsbbq1

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Hey,Im 43 now and my panic attacks started 3 years ago and havent stopped yet,mine happened in traffic while driving a 18 wheeler(talk about scary) Well I pulled over and stopped and got out and tried to catch my breath and slow my heart down,and I had sweaty hands and numbness and tingling down the left arm only,I thought I was having a heart attack but they found nothing wrong,1 year later same exact thing it happened in my work truck,I called an ambulance this time,stayed overnight for testing,and found nothing wrong,well 2 years ago something different happened out of no where,my chest and back were hurting,Im thinking it was nothing again,but Im glad I went to the er,I had a main clogged artery to my heart 95% blocked,they said I was a walking dead man,they fixed me with a stint,and was fine until recently again in november 2010 I had another panic attack,and once again no heart problem or anything,so I went to neurologist,he said go to psychiatrist,and he says I am hyper sensitive to stimulants(not drugs), caffeine,nicotine,alcohol, even just a little bit,well he puts me on xanax,and it works but if and when you quit taking it you will have even worse panic attacks because xanax is addicting,what kind of s#@t is that? Anyway exercise on a treadmill works until I get worried about my heart beating too fast,then here we go again, I feel your pain as well,wish I could help you and others,but I got to fix me first,sorry. Does anyone know if CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) works or not,I have already quit smoking and cut back on beer,and no coffee,but the panic attacks and sharp pains in my left arm continue,especially when Im at rest,and alone,If I stay busy or keep my mind busy its not as bad..........any ideas anybody??
THANKS J D
 
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Siobhan

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Hi I am new to this site I am a female 26 and not sure if I'm suffering from anxiety I've got a strange feeling down my left side like a buzzing in my leg n my arm feels heavy and strange keep getting shooting pains in my head arm and leg or an achey feeling and having headaches. I also feel like my words don't come out properly and my tongue feels to big for my mouth like I'm gonna choke. I'm also suffering dizzy spells or like I'm walking on air. I'm really freaking out been to the doc twice n he says he doesn't c anything to worry about at this point :unsure:. Could this be anxiety?
 
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Hi Siobhan,
It doesn't sound like anxiety...although I'm told that physical symptoms arising from mental unease and worry can be very convincing...so who knows?
These pains and feelings sound very worrying though, and doctors don't always do a full range of checks.
To be sure I would go to the emergency room (US?) or A&E (UK) and ask - particularly about the dizziness and shooting pains in your head, arm and leg. If it is anxiety it will ease as a result of being reassured and
this may help you to be calmer should similar feelings arise again, and if not, you will be safe....so nothing to lose Siobhan.
Get checked out and let us know how you are.
x
 
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siobhan

Hi I am new to this site I am a female 26 and not sure if I'm suffering from anxiety I've got a strange feeling down my left side like a buzzing in my leg n my arm feels heavy and strange keep getting shooting pains in my head arm and leg or an achey feeling and having headaches. I also feel like my words don't come out properly and my tongue feels to big for my mouth like I'm gonna choke. I'm also suffering dizzy spells or like I'm walking on air. I'm really freaking out been to the doc twice n he says he doesn't c anything to worry about at this point :unsure:. Could this be anxiety?
Hey I'm having the same exact symptoms ! Did you figure out what it is yet ???? Please let me know
 
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Hello Siobhan,
i am experiencing all the same symptoms and its really freaking me out. i have had a number of tests done and everything has come back normal so im assuming its just severe anxiety.
 
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simon9863656

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I feel the same it scears me my hart go fast then get funny feeling in chest no pain but it feels like me hart stops it fells like I am dieing I have sore back funny filling in the arm and sometimes in the leg
 
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I hate the fillings it scears u I am only 28
 
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Rach085

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Hi John,

Wow! Reading your story is like talking out loud! I’ve currently had crazy symptoms for about a year now! I’ve had an MRI, eye test, ear test and I’m scheduled to see a nurologist soon but everything keeps coming up normal. Every time I get a normal result my anxiety peaks and I’m convinced I’m dying of some terminal illness. My family all think it’s anxiety but it’s so hard to think that when the physical symptoms are so real and you don’t feel overly anxious!

I’d love to know how you are going now? It’s nice to know other people feel the same way.

Rach

Hey Man,
My name is John and I'm 25. I've been through a lot of what you're experiencing right now and beyond. At the end of March I had my first panic attack while riding the metro home from work. I felt fine and didn't feel particularly anxious amd at that time, I didn't know it was a panic attack. I thought something really bad was happening with my heart. I went to the ER amd since then, it has been a rocky road, but has been getting better.

I've in a month and a half time frame, I had more doctor's appointments, ekg's, blood tests, and other things than I count. All were normal. Though, convinced something was wrong, I continued to get more tests. I have had a full cardio workup...EKG, ECG, stress test, 24 hr heart and blood pressure monitor's....I had a neurological workup including an EMG (an uncomfortable, but sensitive test) for the one sided "weakness" and tingling/numbness. All were normal.

In the mean time I started seeing a therapist because all doctor's were saying anxiety. I didnt buy into that diagnosis. It is hard thing to imagine that your mind could be causing all this stuff to
go on with my body. Though, the more tests that came back negative and the more research I did, I found out that 1) my symptoms do logically match anything in the way that all this has occurred. I've gone from worried about my heart, to cancer, to MS, ALS or some neurological disorder. My symptoms and generally an anxious persons symptoms match a lot of things and nothing can truly be pinpointed as the cause....because there isn't a cause. The other thing...anxiety has a lot of psychological issues that arise.

My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with hodgkins, which didn't help my mind, but anyway...he was actually sick, but yet way more composed than myself. Not to say he didn't have anxious moments, but you and I have abnormal irrational fears
over "symptoms" that in all reality aren't a result of A serious disease. We aren't sick and he was, yet mentally...you and I were much worse off. Anxiety attacks the mind which in turn attacks your body.

The other thing is this...you can have anxiety and anxiety symptoms and not feel that anxious. I wasnt anxious when all this started and don't feel anxious now, but yet I still have symptoms. Anxiety attacks and symptoms start for a lot of people ina moment when you wouldnt expect it or feel ok. The fact of the matter is, we probably have stuff, issues, problems and maybe a sedentary lifestyle where we dont deal with things amd they just get compiled and before you know it, you have an anxiety attack, which pretty much feel like death to me. I havent had one in about a month now. Thank you Lord! My anxiety symptoms are better and worse some days and sometimes I feel pretty normal, but it is a battle. Therapy and exercise help. The more I learn about it the more I'm convinced anxiety is what I have. Many people have these symptoms, but you can also have unique ones too, but don't let that scare you. If something was truly wrong, something would begin to show up. There is a reason it takes so long to be a doctor. We can surf the Internet all day and still not know what they know.

My doc did so many tests at my request and referred me to one of the best neurologist in the area to calm me down. She told me it was anxiety from the get-go. The neurologist basically gavee the option for my EMG, which I took, but the bottom line is...if he really thought something was wrong, I would been made to get this test or an MRI.

Accepting the diagnosis is the hardest part and I have to accept it over and over. I give myself personal neurological test all the time and i function fine and I just have to say...it's anxiety. It's a very hard thing to wrap your mind around. I'm 25 year old male with no horrible personal or family medical history and I was in the Marines for 7 years. This was a horrible amd demoralizing exeperiece for me.

whatever caused this....I have no idea...life changes...work...I don't know, but you will see...that your issue is what they think. I encourage you to get tested as much as you desire to calm your fears and when they keep coming back normal just like mine did, believe it....your mind can cause your body to do some crazy things. Anxiety is a bad but good thing...it's you telling you that you have stress and issues that aren't being dealt with emtionally and physically. Take care of the mind or work the body. It has been helping me. I'm not 100% normal yet, but I hope I will some day. let me know how everything goes. Best wishes!
 
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