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Old 08-16-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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Question Am I nervous, feel nervous or are my nerves making me feel nervous?

I was just diagnosed with periferal neuropathy this week and I was at first relieved because for years I thought my symptoms were a result of general anxiety disorder and I'm glad to know I'm not as crazy as I thought I might be. My question is difficult to ask. Has anyone else misdiagnosed neuropathy for anxiety? Can neuropathy make you feel nervous, and I don't mean that you become anxious thinking about having neuropathy, but can your damaged nerves make your body feel nervous? I'm struggling with my question. Can your nerves make you body feel phyisically nervous and anxious without this feeling being a result of your psychological state? Does this make sense?

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Old 08-18-2006, 01:04 AM   #2
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Re: Am I nervous, feel nervous or are my nerves making me feel nervous?

CW......No neuropathy doexn't make you physically nervous..Neuropathy is not a cause but is a result type disease. When your nerves become inflamed for wharever the reason then you have neuropathy. Not neuropathy inflamming your nerves..Does that make sense...
If you were diagnosed with neuropathy and you feel nervous or amxious and not being phsycological there could be other causes like adrenal tumors or some types of parkinson's .Maybe someone else has ideas but thats my thoughts on it.....
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Old 08-18-2006, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Am I nervous, feel nervous or are my nerves making me feel nervous?

CWB - I need a bit more input here....were you especially nervous before any numbness, etc. symptoms set in? If not, then you are going thru the what I call "WHAT'S GOING ON?'s" All the symptoms of neuropathy and ALL the unknowns that you can imagine mite wind you up a good deal. I really can't recall any direct connections of neuropathy inconnection with anxiety disorders per-se. But, if you are getting more and more anxious after neuropathy onset, and docs are just writing you off as a 'worrier', well, if It were ME, I'd get copies of any and all tests, reports etc. that other docs have done and find myself a 'topdoc'! These are usually listed in city/region mags annually and list those docs respondents to surveys feel are good. These docs won't go in such lists if they've a bunch of lawsuits pending [a small comfort?]. 'Web' up 'neurology diagnostic tests' to see what all SHOULD be done. I can't find a Harvard med site I'd found this AM that does the simple version/outline of what needs to be done at the start. Another source is [url][/url] put together by a person who has neuro and spinal issues - the list of tests is boggling-but very pertinent. I've been thru 90% of them.
As for anxiety in and of itself - ask your primary doc for a list of several specialists in your area. There is always one good doc out there for you that can help. Sometimes it takes more than one [or several] 'second opinions' to get the right doc to help YOU. In the meantime, PLEASE DON'T PANIC!? OK?
Your potential concerns and fears about neuropathy[ies] can be founded, but usually not. De-stress about this, get knowledge and go fight the fight we all do. Let us know you got Lucky! with a good doc! Promise?

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Old 08-19-2006, 12:06 PM   #4
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Re: Am I nervous, feel nervous or are my nerves making me feel nervous?

I agree with 6foot3. In the 2 years before I had a diagnosis, I had heart palpatations and a feeling like I wanted to run away and hide. I suppressed them and tried to ignore them. Now, with treatment, those symptoms are gone.

Good luck and I hope you feel free to post any questions or when you need support.


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