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Can Anxiety affect only one side of body?!

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Sammy2020

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I’ve been like it about a month now. It’s a very weird feeling down my left side but is now starting to affect my right arm & cheek. I’m so worried as I have to wait until 19th March to see a neurologist :( I can’t possibly cope that long not knowing what’s causing these persistent symptoms everyday :(
Have you been to neurologist?
 
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Sammy2020

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This thread has been so incredibly reassuring to read through. I had my first panic attack in June 2019. I was shivering, dissociating, and I actually ended up harming myself the first couple times it happened because I was very confused about what was happening. Since then I have had multiple panic attacks a day at times, sometimes one a day, and sometimes I get a couple weeks of a break. There are many many days where my right eye will twitch on and off all day, and my right leg and right hand shivers. My right hand feels so clumsy, and I will drop things at times, just in my right hand. My right leg muscles are always stiff, and feel extra clumsy compared to my left leg. My tongue feels like it's clumsy too! I was so relieved to see someone else mention that. I get these body jolts on and off every single day, regardless of whether I've had a break from the attacks. But the thing that has concerned me the most is that ever since my first attack, the right side of my body will feel extremely.... Extra? During an attack, after, and sometimes all day. The "strange tingling" or "strange feeling" that others have described is the best way I can describe it. It's literally the right side of my head, all the way down to my right foot. I will also experience dizziness, nausea, and the feeling that I'm going to pass out, before a panic episode, during, and after. At first, it would leave me completely exhausted the next day, but I suppose I'm just used to it by now. I have 4 young children and it's so, so hard to avoid triggers. A few weeks ago I began to have a fullness in my ears, as well as ringing, and oddly I've had a weird pressure sensation in my eyes and an increase in eye floaters. Before reading this thread, I didn't think to associate any of this with the anxiety, but I'm really wondering now. I of course have been to numerous doctors who have all said that it sounds related to my PTSD. I have really not worried that it's more than that until recently, when I began to wonder if I have ALS or MS, or if these are really some kind of mini stroke (because of the craziness in only my right side) or seizures of some kind. I finally have a referral for a neurologist. I will definitely report back once I've gone, because I know how reassuring it's been for me to read reports from others in this thread. But I'm really feeling SO encouraged by all of these stories, and I'm hoping that my news will be just as boring!
How are you feeling now
Do you feel fatigued ?
 
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peacefulhermit

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Hello,

I wanted to respond to this issue because reading the stories here has helped me so much as I have been experiencing physical symptoms over the past several weeks.

I started having strange muscle cramps when in bed at night and because I was feeling this mostly in my back I thought it might be something in one of my organs (kidneys possibly). I spoke with the doctor and after an assessment they believed is was muscular.

About a week later I woke up thinking I was having a heart attack. The left side of my body was numb and my heart was racing. I was in complete panic. I got out of bed, had a shower and stayed up the rest of the night in distress. I went to my doctor in the morning and after another assessment she referred me to a neurologist.

I continued to have similar experiences, mostly affecting the left side of the body, but sometimes having strange feelings in my right hand and right foot. The left side of my face has been tingling, mostly around the eyes and nose, for a few weeks now--on and off but mostly on.

The neurologist believes this is anxiety related but ordered MRI tests of the brain and neck to make sure I was not having a stroke. I am a 42 year old male in good health so he didn't seem too worried about it but wanted to make sure.

The tests came back yesterday that all is fine with my brain and the blood vessels of the neck and head. It's interesting, but the moment I got the good news the symptoms flared up again and my left side was buzzing all day.

My doctors and psychologist believe I am experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety.

I wanted to share this here because I had no idea that stress could manifest in this way and I was extremely troubled when this started happening. The stories on this thread helped me enormously as I awaited the results of the tests.

I am relieved that it seems there is nothing lethal immediately threatening my physical body, but I also know that I have to deal with whatever is going on psychologically because the panic that my body has been in is no joke and I want to be healthy physically and mentally.

I have been very worried that I am dying of something (heart attack, stroke, ALS, MS..) my mind has been going wild trying to understand what is happening in my body.

After many visits to the doctor and several tests I do believe that my issues are arising from a mental/emotional disturbance. I have been uncovering some past traumatic experiences in therapy, I have also been getting sober for the past six months, in addition to a few other extremely stressful life events, not to mention the global pandemic we are all facing.

I know it helped me understanding that my alarming physical symptoms could arise from mental/emotional issues.

I hope this story relates to someone and is able to bring some calm while things are being resolved.
 
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Hello,

I wanted to respond to this issue because reading the stories here has helped me so much as I have been experiencing physical symptoms over the past several weeks.

I started having strange muscle cramps when in bed at night and because I was feeling this mostly in my back I thought it might be something in one of my organs (kidneys possibly). I spoke with the doctor and after an assessment they believed is was muscular.

About a week later I woke up thinking I was having a heart attack. The left side of my body was numb and my heart was racing. I was in complete panic. I got out of bed, had a shower and stayed up the rest of the night in distress. I went to my doctor in the morning and after another assessment she referred me to a neurologist.

I continued to have similar experiences, mostly affecting the left side of the body, but sometimes having strange feelings in my right hand and right foot. The left side of my face has been tingling, mostly around the eyes and nose, for a few weeks now--on and off but mostly on.

The neurologist believes this is anxiety related but ordered MRI tests of the brain and neck to make sure I was not having a stroke. I am a 42 year old male in good health so he didn't seem too worried about it but wanted to make sure.

The tests came back yesterday that all is fine with my brain and the blood vessels of the neck and head. It's interesting, but the moment I got the good news the symptoms flared up again and my left side was buzzing all day.

My doctors and psychologist believe I am experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety.

I wanted to share this here because I had no idea that stress could manifest in this way and I was extremely troubled when this started happening. The stories on this thread helped me enormously as I awaited the results of the tests.

I am relieved that it seems there is nothing lethal immediately threatening my physical body, but I also know that I have to deal with whatever is going on psychologically because the panic that my body has been in is no joke and I want to be healthy physically and mentally.

I have been very worried that I am dying of something (heart attack, stroke, ALS, MS..) my mind has been going wild trying to understand what is happening in my body.

After many visits to the doctor and several tests I do believe that my issues are arising from a mental/emotional disturbance. I have been uncovering some past traumatic experiences in therapy, I have also been getting sober for the past six months, in addition to a few other extremely stressful life events, not to mention the global pandemic we are all facing.

I know it helped me understanding that my alarming physical symptoms could arise from mental/emotional issues.

I hope this story relates to someone and is able to bring some calm while things are being resolved.

Thank you for this. I've had terrible physical symptoms for the last few weeks ever since my panic attacks started. I've been up the hospital twice and had an ambulance called, been on about 10 different medications (antibiotics, nasal sprays, antihistamines, pain killers, reflux meds). Hospital has found nothing wrong and none of the medications have worked. Even when reassured my tests were fine I was still convinced something is wrong as the physical symptoms are SO strong and painful.

Been put on Citalopram which caused me even more terrible side effects so starting on Sertraline on Monday.

The physical symptoms are just so bad for me, I can't concentrate on anything other than how much pain I am in.

I still can't understand how much mental distress can do to you physically but I guess it's real. Our minds can be very very cruel.

Thank you for your update, greatly appreciated. ❤
 
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Sam1973

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Ive always been a hypochondriac and always been anxious. My physical symptoms mainly started at xmas 2014. I had what seemed like my first ever panic attack in Nov 2014. Then in December a few days before xmas 2014 I had another one. But this time it affect one side of my body. My body felt heavy on the right side for a week or two. I went to my GP, he did bloods and said I dont really qualify for a stroke as my bloods and weight etc was ok. A few weeks later I had the same attack while lying in bed. This time my GP sent me to hospital to check for TIA. The hospital did bloods and scans of my arteries aswell as a CT scan of my brain. Everything came back clear although they did find a sinus infection.

Over the 5 years ive conviced myself its MS.

BTW im now 47

Since then my anxiety has increased alot. My symptoms i get are.

One side body weakness, when i get an attack.
Sometimes feel weak and have a sudden need to eat.
Head pressure and tense neck.
Lightheaded or dizziness.
Heatburn that ive had for over 20 years. Omeprazole sorts it out.
Restlessness. Mainly right side
Right eye floaters
Random pains. Stabbing or skin pain.
Clogged ears and jaw ache.
Bloatedness
Ectopic beats. (Heart Scan fine)
Pain under ribs.
Scared to exercise as it may trigger symptoms.
Random stabbing pain under armpits which is definitely a nerve pain.

These are most of my symptoms. But they come and go. I never get all these on a daily base. But i have noticed that they come every few months and last a few weeks and go. They may come one by one. I have a cancer anxiety mainly since 2017 as i know someone who passed away from it. Some one who was young fit and strong. When i get all clear the symptoms seem to reduce or go.

Does anyone else suffer from anything like this?
 
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Sun_Dae

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Hello everyone, ...
Thank you, and have a peaceful mind!
LE: Hello again, it's been a year since my first post here. Mentally, i had a very hard period, because i got divorced and in the same week my uncle passed away. But, even with all that, i feel better. Physical symptoms are still there, in different forms, but i try to "ignore" them. Ofc, it's not working every time, especially when i'm too close to the picture. About my numbness and all the things i talked about, they disappeared after a couple of months (by the time i moved back alone and accepted the situation i was into) and i can say for sure is better for me since divorce - therefore, i realized that all my physical symptoms are just a somatization of my thoughts. Unfortunately, my main fear, about having a heart attack still shows up almost every day, but i'm working on that matter as well. Being as calm and detached as i can, meditation, minfulness and maybe yoga are definitely helping, along with some meds and visits to my psychiatrist. Keeping my mind busy and sometimes taking a few days for myself are helpful as well. In order to become a better person, with a peaceful mind, i try to stop being a perfectionist, take things how they realy are, everything with moderation, be friend with myself and accept the situation however it is... good or bad. A role model that might help anxious ppl is The Anxiety Guy, whos videos and podcasts i'm watching/listening from time to time.
Good luck to everyone, hope reading this helped at least one of you.
Peace out!
 
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RunnerBean

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@Tazmelbs85 Hi. I have to say, reading your story has brought me an iota of relief and hope. I am currently suffering from chronic health anxiety. I know that is a problem, but I am also massively fearful of having developed MS.

I am experiencing symptoms pretty much identical to yours - tingling, dizziness, headaches, and most recently waking up to numb hands (I was so relieved to hear that someone else has been experiencing that). I recently started on a course of escitalopram for my anxiety and am sitting, as patiently as I can, to see an NHS neurologist (It's been 8 months so far and I should hopefully be seen by the end of the year). It's a long and arduous wait.

I'm so pleased to hear that your MRI scans came back all clear. That has really given me hope that the same might happen for me.

Stay well.
 
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Tazmelbs85

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@Tazmelbs85 Hi. I have to say, reading your story has brought me an iota of relief and hope. I am currently suffering from chronic health anxiety. I know that is a problem, but I am also massively fearful of having developed MS.

I am experiencing symptoms pretty much identical to yours - tingling, dizziness, headaches, and most recently waking up to numb hands (I was so relieved to hear that someone else has been experiencing that). I recently started on a course of escitalopram for my anxiety and am sitting, as patiently as I can, to see an NHS neurologist (It's been 8 months so far and I should hopefully be seen by the end of the year). It's a long and arduous wait.

I'm so pleased to hear that your MRI scans came back all clear. That has really given me hope that the same might happen for me.

Stay well.
Hi there,
So nice to hear from you and I’m so sorry you’re going through this also! It has been over a year since my first symptoms showed up and I can say now that I am feeling so much better. I no longer experience any dizziness, the blocked ears took a long time but is gone also. I still get numbness in my hands sometimes at night on waking and occasionally throughout the day but I have learned to control my anxiety to a point where I no longer spiral because of it and I’m sure that will disappear at some point too. Antidepressant helped so definitely stick with that. I also found yoga very helpful for helping me feel more in control of my body as my anxiety all stems from health as well. Any exercise can help with this. You can only control so much, so we can try and eat healthy, exercise and take time out for things you enjoy. We have to take care of ourselves.
Stay safe and I hope you are feeling better soon x
 
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RunnerBean

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@Tazmelbs85 and thank you so much for your reply!

I'm glad to hear that you are starting to feel better. Some days I do too and I hope that I'll get some good news and be able to move on after having seen a neurologist. The wait is scary!

I might try a bit of yoga. I like running, but mixing it up with something like yoga would be quite good. One of the "bonuses" of having anxiety like this is that I've tried a few things I probably never would have otherwise tried, like mindfulness (which has really helped), and different herbal teas! Not the rock and roll of my youth, but suits me for now.

Take care and thanks again. x
 
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