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    Old 11-08-2014, 12:33 PM   #31
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Shaun,

    I understand. You have to find a way to redirect your fears and anxiety or it will debilitate you further. It is also difficult for those around you when you lack a proper diagnosis. If you have MS, even this can cause others to lay you aside. This can come from grief on their part. How YOU handle the circumstances can directly impact how those around you react. It is not easy and you might not be able to count on everyone sticking around with you.
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    Old 11-08-2014, 06:50 PM   #32
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Hi Shaun,

    I was in your shoes a little over a year ago. I did end up having MS but my symptoms were more classic than yours.

    I just want to tell you this: Having had brutal anxiety and now having MS that's become very symptomatic... Anxiety is worse. It's crippling. Do whatever you can now to help with that, be it meditation, medication, exercise, talking to a professional... figure out what helps and do it. I was born an anxious person so perhaps Im not the best one to be giving out advice, but whatever your diagnosis, you'll be okay. You won't be ok if you can't control your anxiety though. Good luck!

     
    Old 11-11-2014, 05:09 PM   #33
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    HI Shaun,
    From the sounds of your post, you are overly anxious about this. Please try not to be. As scary as MS sounds- first of all, your symptoms are not classic. MS presents like 400 other diseases- that means you have a 1:400 chance of actually having it! Secondly, MS is a very livable disease- you can and will have a normal life.
    I really like what Jayhawk said about how you handle it will help those around you. Its very true. I actually go about my life as if I dont have MS. Nothing stops me from living a normal life- getting a post graduate degree- working 60 hours a week and getting promotions/ raises, etc. When my MS acts up, thats when I tell my spouse "i need a break. im going to bed. I am having an MSey day". He knows to back off and let me have my space and get some extra zzzzs. But, in general, he doesnt worry about me. He knows Ill come to him if I need anything. I just dont dwell on the what ifs...you will make yourself crazy worrying.

    Dec. 22nd isnt that far away. Please try to hang in there. Call them, ask if they have a cancellation to call you in earlier- other than that, distract yourself with positive things. Your kids- the holidays are coming- work on making it the best holiday season ever! Youll get through this and look back and wonder why you were so anxious....be strong. We are here if you need us.
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    Old 12-09-2014, 11:19 AM   #34
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    Hi guys I'm back! Did Ya miss me?? I have had a serious return of Ms/brain tumor worries please could someone tell me if they have ever experienced pins and needles in right side extremities with innocent cause please I have them over a week now and tbh it's ******* me off! My gp said I have to wait until neurology appt on the 22nd but I'm really worried if they don't discover the problem soon it's gonna be to late. Fyi I do suffer health anxiety! But that does not make me exempt from genuine health problems. Please help!!! I'm at breaking point

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #35
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Shaun,

    There are many possible causes for the extremity feelings you are experiencing. Based upon your prior anxiety, this could rank as your cause. If you have seen a GP prior to this, a tumor- were it present- would have already been seen.

    Keep your mind off the worries and try to channel the thoughts into positive goals. Exercise will help as will things which take your focus off of you. Doing for others and family or friend activities can help greatly. The 22nd is not far off,
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    Old 12-09-2014, 11:47 AM   #36
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    My gp hasn't even looked for tumor despite my constant nagging! She really won't take me serious, I'm so scared something is underlying and Iv used up all my lives with previous complaints that came to nothing. Even as I sit her now typing my fingers and toes feel as if Iv been lying funny on them i so desperately want to go to hospital and beg for help, but if your not dying that don't have any interest

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:03 PM   #37
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Shaun,

    Though my opinion is non-medical, I truly think much of what you are experiencing is anxiety or anxiety combined with something else. If you have MS, anxiety can accompany MS. I realize that you are in a different health system that many of us do not experience, but you are certainly not in a dire spot where the ER would warrant a visit.


    Your GP should have an inkling of your predicament and you have to rely on her experience too. No, it is not always clear, but absent objective data, there really is little the doctors will or can do.

    Your anxiety can create an endless cycle which will feed upon itself and recycle continually until you end it. Gaining control over your worries will not immediately resolve things, but you will regain your "normal" state. Anxiety can be as debilitating as MS or other similarly debilitating chronic diseases.

    I will tell you that when you can focus on others or other activities, you will be redirecting your worries and they will affect you less.
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    Old 12-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #38
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    Your replies are much appreciated thank you for taking the time! I do accept I have anxiety but I fear I cannot ignore every symptom as one day I might ignore the real deal and pay the ultimate price just hopefully not yet! Shaun x

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #39
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Hi Shaun1978,

    As far as a diagnosis of MS only time and testing will give you that answer. Patience is most needed although easier said than done.

    In regards to a brain tumor, from what you have written my personal opinion would be it's not a brain tumor. At the time I was going through the diagnostic process the first thing I was checked for was a Brain tumor due to How severely I was affected. Thankfully I did not have a Brain tumor but unfortunately I did end up with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

    Earlier this year I was once again tested for a Brain Tumor and again, thankfully there was not a Brain Tumor. Unfortunately, I am being monitored for another Disease to go along with my long standing diagnosis of MS.

    My point in telling you all of this is the symptoms you are concerned about really do not fit into the category of a Brain Tumor. I hope that decreases some of your Anxiety.

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    I do suffer health anxiety! But that does not make me exempt from genuine health problems.
    So very true. I hope you are being treated for your anxiety.

    Take Care!

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:16 PM   #40
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    Mr/Mrs snoop thanks so much for replying firstly I am so sorry about you diagnosis if they told me I had Ms I believe I would be less anxious I guess it's just the not knowing that's doing my head in. However I truly believe I have an undiscovered issue and fear leaving my wife and kids saying I wish we would have listened.

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #41
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

    Shaun,

    It is quite true that you have to remain concerned, but ultimately, you cannot allow this to become a burden. Indeed it would be easier if you knew what the problem was. Limbo land, I think, is the most stressful part of MS. Awaiting a diagnosis varies in length and circumstances. Seeing an MS Specialist as early in the journey as possible helps a great deal. Until you have something objective, you simply do not know and you have done all you can do. You are doing what you need to do.

    I hope that you get some resolution soon.
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    Old 12-09-2014, 12:29 PM   #42
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    Thank you angel, means a lot it really does I am constantly told if I had a tumor I would know about it, I'm just in so much discomfort it bothers me bad.

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:34 PM   #43
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

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    I am so sorry about you diagnosis
    Thank you. Although I really believe and live by the saying "it is what it is." I'm not into pity or self pity, for me it serves no purpose

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    if they told me I had Ms I believe I would be less anxious I guess it's just the not knowing that's doing my head in.
    I understand this. Anxiety is very much based in our thought processes - worry = anxiety = panic attacks. It's very hard when we worry and think the worst.

    The worry and fear you have is due to a lack of control. Every single person feels helpless at times due to different life events which we have no control over. The only thing we can control is our thoughts and actions.

    If I may gently suggest Psychotherapy to help you learn how to stop this process, you really don't have to live the rest of your life like this.

    May peace be with you.

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #44
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    I am just waiting for psychotherapy appt and can't wait to be honest I can't however see how this will stop physical symptoms but hey il give it a go x

     
    Old 12-09-2014, 12:58 PM   #45
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    Re: Anxiety ms worry

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    I am just waiting for psychotherapy appt and can't wait to be honest I can't however see how this will stop physical symptoms but hey il give it a go x
    Psychotherapy may not resolve your physical problems especially if they are true medical health issues.

    If you will work the process that is Psychotherapy, overtime you will be able to hopefully improve or even erase anxiety from your life. It is truly an amazing feeling to be able to live a life anxiety free.

    With time you will learn to interrupt the thoughts, usually negative, that starts the whole - worry - anxiety - panic attack process. In doing so you are gaining control over yourself.

    I may not be making much sense to you but as you go through Psychotherapy you should get a better understanding of what I am saying.

    Psychotherapy is not a quick fix, it will take time.

     
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