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    Old 11-22-2006, 08:40 AM   #1
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    Should I be really worried?

    Hi Everyone, I hope you wouldn’t mind my lengthy post as I’m getting extremely worried and anxious with what’s going on with me.

    I’m 38 y.o. male and it all started 10 weeks ago… all of a sudden I had a mild headache at the back of my head and few hours later I started feeling dizzy, not violently but just dizzy and nauseous. Initially I thought it would go away but it didn’t so in a couple of days I went to see a GP. GP said I had a tension headache. 4 days later – constant tinnitus (high pitch) in left ear appeared - another visit to GP. GP said I had a viral infection of the inner ear but it would go away. I had a general blood test done and the GP said it was OK. I started getting panic attacks, became anxious, agitated and claustrophobic.
    My other symptoms were: crackling sound in left ear when I swallow, sometimes I had sense of fullness in that ear as well, tightness and tingling on the left side of my face and burning sensation of the face.

    A couple of days later I completely freaked out and called a hospital to see if I could see a neurologist. Few days later I had an appointment where I was briefly checked, told that it seemed to be OK but sent “just in case” to have an MRI of brain and audio meatus done. Nothing was found, I was told that the problem was probably labyrinthitis compounded with nervous exhaustion and it would go away. I calmed down a bit. At the same time my GP decided to refer me to an ENT consultant who also told me that there wasn’t anything to worry about but still sent me to do hearing tests, tympanometry and calorics tests (which came back OK).

    Meanwhile tingling in my face became lighter but I now feel constant heaviness and tightness on the left side of my face (particularly around cheekbone). Light-headedness, tinnitus and crackling in the left ear remain.

    About 4 weeks ago I developed some tingling and buzzing in my left arm and leg but it changes all the time. Main symptoms:
    Tingling, pins and needles, buzzing, fizzing in the left arm and leg.
    Numbness and burning sensation in the left hand and foot (this is in particular in little fingers and the back part of the left hand and the left heel).
    Could happen in the right hand and leg as well.
    Some weakness in arms and legs.
    Noticed mild twitching and some jerking (contracting) in small areas of muscles (fasciculations?).
    Mild vibration in my arm
    Worse during night.
    On the left leg sometime I feel as if I wear a tight sock
    Mild ache in knees (feels like before the weather change)
    Poor appetite
    Frequently wake up during sleep
    I had a follow-up appt with the neurologist who again said that the problem was related to the viral infection of the inner ear but my ENT surgeon didn’t agree with it. He said he didn’t have a clue what was wrong with me and he also questioned the “viral infection” dx.

    Now I’m extremely worried that what I’m going through might be first symptoms of MS or other neuro problems. Is there any ground for my worries?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Alex.

     
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    Old 11-23-2006, 10:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    Have you been on any medication....or gone off any medication recently.
    esp psychiatric medications ?

     
    Old 11-24-2006, 07:32 AM   #3
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    No I haven't been on any medication. I'm starting citalopram today.

    Over the last 2 days I've developed constant (sometimes every minute) mild twitching/fasciculations in hands and arms. Had few in legs as well. I'm really scared.

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    Old 11-25-2006, 07:03 PM   #4
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    I had almost all of your symptoms last year.
    In my case it happened at a time when I was going through an extremely stressful period and also I was taking some psychiatric medications.
    I underwent a number of tests and nothing was found. The symptoms have gradually improved.

    All I can say is that the only thing you can do is WAIT and WATCH. Neurology is a black hole for the most part...and in my experience no neurologist can give you an accurate assessment of your prognosis.

     
    Old 12-15-2006, 06:45 AM   #5
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

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    Hi Everyone, I hope you wouldn’t mind my lengthy post as I’m getting extremely worried and anxious with what’s going on with me.

    I’m 38 y.o. male and it all started 10 weeks ago… .
    Hi Alex .... I'm sure this must be very distressing and worrying for you. However it sounds like the important tests have been done .. ie MRI scan to rule out a tumour for example. It may well be that u have a virus and they often just need time to burn out. It could be a trapped nerve somewhere. I have sciatica which involves a trapped nerve .. I find big doses of slow release B Complex helps (nerves need vit B complex .. from the health shop). I'm sure time will sort you out .. in the mean time try not to worry

     
    Old 12-22-2006, 03:08 AM   #6
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    Thank you!

    I had an EMG/NCS study last week and it was all OK. My neuro said he had no idea what was going on but still suspected some viral infection in the inner ear. Fasciculations calmed down a bit but I still have some weird buzzing/goosebumps feelings.
    I've been on citalopram for 4 weeks now and I think it helped me to calm down a bit.

    Thanks again for the support.

    Alex.

     
    Old 12-23-2006, 04:05 AM   #7
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    Hi Alex, I'm glad things seem to be getting a bit better. I know how worrying it is when you get strange symptoms and the doctors can't give you a definite answer. Years ago I had symptoms that made me think I had MS. There was no Internet then to read and frighten myself, but I managed pretty well to do that by reading every medical book I could get my hands on! I had numbness, some twitching, blurred vision and a few other things that I've forgotten about now. My GP sent me here and there for tests but nothing was found. I was in a stressful job at the time and eventually it was concluded that my symptoms were due to stress and anxiety. They went away in time, but have occasionally come back at stressful times in my life or even AFTER a stressful time when I've finally managed to relax.

    My advice would be to try not to worry about the symptoms, since you've had lots of tests and seen various doctors. The more you worry (and I know how hard it is not to do so) the more the symptoms will hang around. Also, eat a good diet, take supplements if you think you need them (but don't overdose on them as some supplements can actually cause these types of symptoms), take some exercise and maybe take up a new hobby or interest to help take your mind off your worries. I'm guessing the symptoms will gradually recede and disappear in time. Best of luck!

     
    Old 12-24-2006, 03:41 AM   #8
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    Re: Should I be really worried?

    Hi Isobella,

    Thank you. That's exactly what I'm doing. I eat much healthier now and lost more then 10kg over 3 months. I take fish oil and multivitamins, but, as you said, not too much. I'm still a bit worried but it is nothing compared to what it used to be before I had all my tests done and was put on SSRIs. I'm also going to see a cognitive-behavioural therapist in mid-January who specialises in anxiety disorders.
    Yes, I had quite a lot of stress: stressful job and studying for an MBA qualification. I now put the study on hold so I have more time for my family and myself.

    I would like to wish all people on this board to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support.

    Alex.

     
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