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MS fear is getting too much

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This MS fear is getting to me now I'm not anxious generally but I am worried about this. I've had on and off weak legs for several months now they're weak but I can still walk on them when I lay down I get a weird sensation sometimes they're tingling a bit and buzzing/vibration. I also sometimes get scared about them not working so I move them but of course they work. I get twitches or muscle spasms feelings inside my feet (meaning you can't really see it move on the outside). I originally thought this was Restless leg syndrome but I'm not really convinced as even when I'm walking they feel weak. I'm also getting this on my arms now but not as bad as my legs. Does anyone experience the same thing?

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Healthanxietyhater, it's always best to have this checked out by a Neurologist who can alleviate your fears. My best. x

I have muscle twitches, got muscle loss in my legs but I think that’s from losing weight and not been gym in 4 months since my anxiety started well the physical symptoms. Vibrating feet, heavy legs, feet numbness went GP he did a nerve test and muscle test and said I was ok didn’t refer me for more tests, but I get these daily and did have MS fear for a bit but since my GP didn’t seem concerned I stopped being and it’s just something I have to live with and maybe one day it will go away.

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Thank you. It sounds like you have the same thing as me. I don't get any other symptoms either than slight dizziness but it's not consisten, hopefully it's not MS although anxiety always makes us thinks the worse. Did the GP ever mention vitamin deficiencies to you? Mine did but didn't give me a blood test to see what I was lacking which was very helpful. Not. But I did read that magnesium may help us.

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Yeah he did mention deficiencies and diabetes, I had a blood test and that came back normal, so far every test I have had has come back normal which is a huge relief.

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Yeah I had the nerve test as well I think is that where you like test your muscles kind of thing? And your reflexes? I done ok for that one as well but I don't know how they can diagnose me with anything just by doing that. What other tests did the doctors do? Like what kind of blood tests do you know?

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Yeah I know he made me push my feet against his hand and can I feel that where he tapped me with a pen and said come back if doesn’t improve but didn’t. As he didn’t seem really interested and felt like I was wasting his time as for a week I had pins and needles In my leg which have gone away and not come back now. I have had my blood tested for clots/heart attack/ infections/ thyroid/ vitamin A,B2, B6, C, D, E, B12.

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Yes my doctors was the worst I think it's because they know I have health anxiety so she made it clear and in a very patronising way "we won't need any tests today" I feel so anxious even going to doctors anymore as they're no help. I recently been diagnosed with thyroid issues (overactive thyroid) after begging them to test this so maybe it's got to do with that. Who knows

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I understand these tests cost a lot of money and with the NHS I am lucky not to pay for them and cause I am young they don’t want to send for any tests that aren’t needed. I think my anxiety has just been really bad last few months and it’s thrown my nervous system off and I need to let it recover for these symptoms to go away and also accept them. I never had any of these issues before my anxiety happened I used to go gym 4 times a week etc and was fine so that’s way I look at it.

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Yeah we are lucky we have the NHS yes the worst thing is I'm only 22 and they always dismiss everything because I'm young, I guess I just have to trust them because they have studied years and years to be a GP. I'm the same as you with going to the gym maybe not so much haha but even now when I go on the treadmill when I see my heart rate I get a bit scared thinking it won't slow down

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Yeah I know as it’s rarer for young people to get stuff like cancer/MS and stuff like that. I always read horror stories in the news about young people being diagnosed with cancer too late and then it’s terminal and being fobbed off by the GP which always makes me worry they have missed something. Yeah I’ve cut down to a couple days and I know mine went to 190bpm on the cross trainer and I was like I should slow down as that’s really high and maybe over doing it a bit.

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I know how you feel I’ve had similar symptoms, anxiety is an awful thing , it’s hard to know what’s a real symptom, you’re Not alone , it always helps to know there’s somebody out there feeling the same xxx

Hi i have had anxiety for years now especially health anxiety i have been docs convinced i was dieing so many times ! For 6 month i convinced myself i had ms ! I had weak legs. My legs would give way. Always dizzy. Shaking. Trembling. Pains. Spasms and general anxiety symptoms. I spoke to my doctor who just said it was anxiety. I wasnt convinced and was so scared. After years of refusing medication i am on week 3 of citalopram. So my panic attacks havnt gone but the symptoms i used to get all day have. So i would say go to your doctor but it probably is anxiety ! It does crazy things x

I do but it’s sciatica arthritis nerve damage etc from a car accident. Have you seen a doctor? There are nerve tests they can do. Along with many meds that can help. I also rarely leave my house and have gotten so out of shape. Weakness has set in big time. With my nerves if I sit with my feet down very long my legs go completely to sleep kind of. When I stand I just crumple to the ground and they don’t work. That’s scary I’m sure! I hiope you truly find relief! The more you worry, the worse it will get. Anxiety affects EVERY system in our bodies. Nervous system for sure. Try calming skills and exercise. Walking as much as you can. It may take physical therapy to retrain your muscles. Best of luck!

I’m sorry to say but anxiety can be a huge factor.

Hi Healthanxietyhater,

These are your anxiety symptoms.

The best thing you can do is to take regular walks at least 3 times a week. You will get more benefit if you can fit a walk in daily :) The benefits are improving muscle tone and burning up some of those anxiety hormones running around in your body :).

If you want exercise a bit more strenuously you should be guided by your target heart rate for your age.

Use the tips of your first two fingers (not your thumb) to press lightly over the blood vessels on your wrist. Count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 to find your beats per minute. You want to stay between 50 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This range is your target heart rate.

One way of monitoring physical activity intensity is to determine whether a person's pulse or heart rate is within the target zone during physical activity.

For moderate-intensity physical activity, a person's target heart rate should be 50 to 70% of his or her maximum heart rate. This maximum rate is based on the person's age. An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be obtained by subtracting the person's age from 220. For example, for a 50-year-old person, the estimated maximum age-related heart rate would be calculated as 220 - 50 years = 170 beats per minute (bpm). The 50% and 70% levels would be:

•50% level: 170 x 0.50 = 85 bpm, and

•70% level: 170 x 0.70 = 119 bpm

Thus, moderate-intensity physical activity for a 50-year-old person will require that the heart rate remains between 85 and 119 bpm during physical activity.

For vigorous-intensity physical activity, a person's target heart rate should be 70 to 85% of his or her maximum heart rate. To calculate this range, follow the same formula as used above, except change "50 and 70%" to "70 and 85%". For example, for a 35-year-old person, the estimated maximum age-related heart rate would be calculated as 220 - 35 years = 185 beats per minute (bpm). The 70% and 85% levels would be:

•70% level: 185 x 0.70 = 130 bpm, and

•85% level: 185 x 0.85 = 157 bpm

Thus, vigorous-intensity physical activity for a 35-year-old person will require that the heart rate remains between 130 and 157 bpm during physical activity.

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