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    Old 03-28-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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    Help! Is this my anxiety or something else?

    Hi everyone, just a heads up I am new to here. I'm a 21yo female and I have a history of suffering from health anxiety. It tends to be on and off for me, I get episodes when I experience a symptom I have not had before.

    Currently, I have convinced myself I have ALS. A little over a month ago I noticed twitching in my right bicep muscle that was going on for most of the day. I googled it and I was lead to it being a symptom of ALS. Following this I developed body-wide twitching. About two weeks after this I had a severe stabbing pain in my upper abdomen and left shoulder, they were quite intense but subsided after a few minutes. Later that same week I noticed slight atrophy in my left hand (dominant hand and it's the muscle under the thumb). I then got pain in the left shoulder and arm (felt ache-y, joints were stiff, and pressure sensation), this has since ceased but my arm just doesn't feel 100% (it aches from time-to-time, and the shoulder now cracks a lot). I then noticed that my left hand was a bit shake-y when holding things sometimes. Recently I have felt that my chest is heavy at night and I have to put more effort into my breathing, also my swallowing feels a bit off.

    All of this has happened really fast so I'm extremely worried. Everyday I google things trying to reassure myself that this cannot be ALS. The main thing that is putting me on edge is the muscle wasting in my hand, I know anxiety cannot possibly cause that. I can't concentrate on my school work, I don't want to interact with many people, and generally I am just very upset. I have a doctors appointment scheduled but unfortunately he is very busy and I have to wait 2.5 weeks.

    I cannot stop envisioning a diagnoses of ALS and how horribly I will die. I don't know if these symptoms are really anxiety related or they are something worse. I'm so scared. If anyone has any thoughts or insight it would be greatly appreciated.

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