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Old 07-27-2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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Question is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Hey i am wondering if anyone has ever had these physical symptoms of anxiety and if so which ones, i am going to the doctor about it because it has been worrying me that i may have a brain tumor or MS.

-horrible short term memory, bad forgetfulness (EVERYDAY): just one example.. i was driving one day and totally forgot where my turning signal was and i drive that thing everyday! i'm still young too (18)

-muscle twitches everywhere

-muscle weakness (seems like its all on my right side)

-headaches everyday

-i smell things that arent really there

-blurred vision once in awhile

-a couple days ago i was just driving home kind of in my own world when my head just sort of dropped to my left side, and i picked it up fast but it was real weird

-i feel like theres tons of pressure in my head

-and i'm constantly sleepy like i could just sleep all day when i seem to get alot of sleep

-dizziness


sorry its so long i was just wondering if anyone has had these symptoms its very scary for me and i really dont know what to think. could it be stress and anxiety? i do have a history or depression and anxiety, but i have never experienced these kind of symptoms before in my life. any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 
Old 07-27-2006, 07:03 AM   #2
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

okay my head never flopped to the side but i have had all of the above and then some!!!! Have you been to your gp?? a blood test can rule out alot of illnesses we are paranoid of. Have you been to the optician ( the pressure in my head and headaches were down to the fact that i needed glasses) Once your gp has done some tests he will be able to tell you for sure if its anxiety that you are suffering with
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:27 AM   #3
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

I never had my head flop to the side either, but as you see mentioned here, I also have experienecd all the other side effects you mention. best thing to do is go to your doctor, and get all the worries out of the way. Then you can focus on getting the anxiety and depression under control. I know it is hard and not trying to worry about it sometimes is even harder. but just think how many hours a day most of us spend on worrying about illness's we don't even have. You are very young, and that is great added benefit for you. Some of the syptoms you mention like sleeping and forgetfullness come from depression ( the sleepy part of it ) and forgetting, that is the anxiety. it may not happen to everyone, but it happens to me. The other day I was talking to my daughter, she is 23 and I told her about how sometimes I can't even remember what I did 10 minutes ago...she told me, join the club. She said she can't remember things very well either and she doesn't have one single health problem. So I realized that wasting my time about forgetting things is not such a big deal after all. I started writing important events on a journal and that helps alot. Sometimes I even leave myself sticky notes here and there. It might sound absurd, but you know something? Even the most organized people in the world do the same thing. So if leaving myself a note helps me, then I amnot hurting anyone, but only helping myself. Like I always say...I am not going to let anxiety/panic take control of my life, I am going to IT!!!

Keep posting, it really helps we are here for you!

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Old 07-27-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Yeah I agree get an appointment and see your doctor bring that list of symptoms with you so you dont forget any of them.I also have had the same symptoms except for the head flop is it possible you nodded off (fell asleep) for a very short time? The forgetfullness is more then frustrating anytime I was in an anxiety rut my memory was totaly pathetic! For example my mother would call and ask me what I had made for dinner I would go blank! I couldnt remember! So id make something up as not to worry her lol.
Anyway, id have my doctor check me over and get his/her opinion on all this.....good luck and take care

p.s try not jump to conclusions thinking brain tumor or MS this can exaberate (sp) the symptoms or cause more.Besides if you do have any real issues here chances are it things like layla mentioned rather then anything serious.

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Old 07-27-2006, 07:31 AM   #5
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Sorry, but forgot one thing...have you ever found yourself starring out into space? I did that at stop light once and the car behind me honked there horn. I was sort of scared, but I just laughed it off. I shake my head, and the starring goes away. I learned not to worry about it, because worrying gets you no where.

Take care...things will get better!

 
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:42 PM   #7
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I had written you a reply yesterday, but it wasn't posted. The muscle twitches are bening fasciculations, they look like veins or nerves "fluttering" and can happen anywhere on the body. They are caused by anxiety, and are not a big deal (though annoying) They won't turn into something bad, if you can calm yourself down they gradually disappear. Magnesium helps, for a supplement, and as far as anti-anxiety, anti-twitching meds. klonopin is good for both. The formal name for it is BENING FASCICULATION SYNDROME.

The other stuff you are experiencing are migrane headaches w/ aura. Briefly put, your arteries to your brain are being constricted reducing the bloodflow. This leads to confusion, memory loss, extremely poor concentration, vertigo, dizzyness and nausea. Usually the migrane happens in 4 stages

1) you feel extremely tired and weak and may crave some foods

2) a few hours later, you enter the aura phase where you may experienced blurred vision, and photobia (which means you develop extreme sensitivity to the sunlight). You may see floaters, flashes of light (shooting stars) also.

3) After about 20 minutes or less a throbing headache kicks in. The smell thing is called osmophobia ("fear of smell") which is the smell counterpart of photobia common in migrane suffers (I get both) Your sense of smell is very much heigthened along with the hyperexcitability of your anxiety, leading you to think you are smelling things that are not there. I get that during a packed subway (very embarassing...I think I smell something coming from be..and it's nothing). The drooping of your head and weakness is scary but is just due to the constriction of the blood vessels to the brain. It's harmless...but in essence it's like having a mini "stroke" except during a stroke all of your blood is cutoff to your brain. Migranes won't hurt you the bloodflow is reduced but won't stop completely . You didn't mention, but you might have nausea and throw up...that's common during some migranes...you might also feel less hungry and loose some weight.

A lot migranes are triggered by hot humid weather. Have some ice cream and don't swallow it just keep in there pressing against the back part of the upper cavity...helps pain. Think about taking a cold shower with the faucet turned at your face. You might want to go to your room and turn off the light and lie in bed silently. I have experience these things hundreds of times so don't fret and PLEASE DO NOT get an MRI or Cat-scan.....there's no neurological disorder. Go to your doctor explain your symptoms or look up about migranes (different types) and bening fascillculations. What's the real concern here, is your heightened anxiety. You might be developing a serious anxiety disorder. I can tell you the more anxious you get, the worse the twitching will get and the more frequent your fatigue and migranes will become. Just try to think of these symptoms as a " bad hangover"...it's more or less the same process going on with some differences

Don't worry about I'm pretty sure you're just OK. I've had these symptoms and many more so any questions, feel free to ask .

 
Old 07-27-2006, 10:31 PM   #8
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Hey everyone thanks for your help. i was just so worried because my memory is so horible and i feel like i'm in this constant foggy forgetfullness feeling i cant get rid of i feel like i'm getting dumber or i'm dropping an IQ like i just feel so uncoordinated with my thoughts and putting my words together i'm so sick of it and i'm just worried i have a brain tumor. and my muscles feel so weak. but i guess all i can do is go to my doctor and see what they can do for me to ease my mind....but all your help has help put my mind at better ease until my doctors appointment (i cant get in until aug 7th). Thanks again..and any other help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

 
Old 07-27-2006, 10:49 PM   #9
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Oh..and someone said i might be getting migranes? alot of the symptoms of before a migrane are there...but i have had migranes and they are Horible, and the headaches i get are just dull to moderate. so i get the symptoms of before a migrane without the headache, is that even possible? And i also dont think i'm having partial seziures because i'm and 100% aware when i am staring in space (my mind is daydreaming), and when my head fell...i was aware of it, so my mind does not just go blank. could i be having seziures and be aware and thinking when i have them or does your mind just go blank during partial seziures?

 
Old 07-27-2006, 11:08 PM   #10
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I do know you can have mirgranes without the headache and being you have had migranes before with the headache it makes it even more possible.See what you doctor has to say......take care

 
Old 07-28-2006, 01:04 AM   #11
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Yes you can have migranes w/ out headches or just w/ mild ones. My headches occur at night, feel like someone squeezing very hard to the side of my eye (or drilling like sensation). It's pretty weak, but the other symptoms you describe are consistent w/ migranes. During migranes blood vessels constrict reducing blood flow to the brain blood vessels and can later expand which cause pain due to irritation of nerves. The constriction of your blood vessels, causes "auras" which include "blurred vision, seeing spots, seeing bright flashing lights or smelling a certain odor" later on "some people with migranes also have muscle weakness, lose their sense of coordination, stumble, or have trouble talking (slurred speech)" The pain of the actual headache can range from mild to severe can be episodic or long lasting. Since bloodflow is reduced, you'll get dizzy be absent minded, have poor focus and concentration. Like I said before, you're having a giant "HANGOVER". The twitches are fascilculations, not harmful in any way. Please look up and read about migranes, bening fasciculation syndrome. I can almost guarantee you there's no tumor, or any other serious neurological disorder. I'm having a migrane as we speek, zig zag lines moving in front of my field of vision, feeling dizzy, a bit nauseated but it's anxiety induced...if I get my meds. to work right it goes away. Please do me the favor also of asking your doctor if what you are experiencing is a migrane along with nervous twitches "fasciculations"....before you go to a specialist and have a whole bunch of neurological tests done. It could possibly be something else, but I don't think it is, but have it checked out by a regular doctor then if he/she thinks it's something else, they can do whatever is needed

 
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:31 PM   #13
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Re: is this anxiety or a medical condition???

Hey thanks for all the advice i never thought anxiety could even possibly be causing these symptoms, or even migranes, but i seem to always have these symptoms everyday and seems all day can migranes or at least a small one or the symptoms last all day (or even everyday?)? well thanks everyone i feel kinda better but i am still gonna ask my doctor about my worries of a brain tumor cause yes i am STILL hung up on the idea i have one...because all the symptoms i have listed seems to happen through out my day and last all day, but i really appreciate alll your help it is SOO nice to have somewhere to go and get help like this, thanks! i will keep you all updated if anyones curious about what the doctor had to say.

 
Old 07-29-2006, 06:06 AM   #14
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Anxiety symptoms can hang around all day everyday.Before I was diagnosed I spent a entire year thinking the same as you "brain tumor" because I felt horrible 24/7 that entire year.Well I had an MRI and it was fine so I had to put it to rest........maybe your doctor can go ahead and get you an MRI for your peace of mind.

 
Old 07-29-2006, 03:59 PM   #15
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I am a newby and this post fascinates me-- I'm 18 and I have all these symptoms and more, except I have a loss of smell instead of a heightened sense. My doctor said everything was fine with me. I had blood tests, etc. but he thinks it is just anxiety. To see that all of this can come from anxiety is amazing. My doc gave me Lexapro first, but it didn't do anything. Then he gave me Zoloft, which doesn't seem to be helping either. I am a different person now--less intelligent, unable to think or speak clearly, etc. Hopefully your doctor can find out what is wrong with you, but as for me, I have yet to find a solution. So can you please post info from your doctor after your visit?? Thank you.

 
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