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anxiety or nerve damage? can someone help?

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  • Posted By: river1970
  • October 14, 2007
  • 00:01 PM

After suffering from what I could only call a nervous breakdown nearly 3 years ago I have been plagued with constant throbbing nerves in my stomach and mouth region including the nose nerve. These sensations become much worse with feelings of fearfullness or panic. I have been living with this condition and hoping it would pass for a long period, but to no avail. My specialist prescribes me valium which helps temporarily and says that I am not in touch with my fearfull feelings i.e. that I just need to 'get in touch with my feelings' and the sensations will pass-but this isn't working and I am beginning to think that I'm suffering from some sort of permanent nerve damage. Can anyone help?

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  • I don't think the valium will do much except allow all the fearful feelings to slide off your back while you live your life pretty much sedated. See some kind of a therapist for cognitive therapy. Don't cold turkey the valium though, have the therapist wean you gently off them. Injuries can set up pain pathways that remain after the body is healed, so I don't see why mental anguish wouldn't do the same. Take something for acid stomach, do some yoga, dance to your favorite records, get involved with some charity where the people are worse off than you are. Hope this helps.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 11:09 AM
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  • I have a simular issue. Get chest pains/tightness/vibrations/spasms when feeling anxious. Sometimes I would think Im not anxious but in reality would be thinking something negative (about health, stressful events, problems at work) and would get hit in the chest. It would sometimes feel cardiac, but I had all the possbile testing done on the hear and they could find anything. Made me feel better for a while, but the chest sensations didnt go away. I thought it could have to do with my light smoking habit, but realized all this started to happen when I hadnt smoked for a couple of months.. Notices it doesnt happen when Im busy with something else, not really thinking about any personal issues. Please advise! I dont want to go on any medications!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 04:09 PM
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  • I have a simular issue. Get chest pains/tightness/vibrations/spasms when feeling anxious. Sometimes I would think Im not anxious but in reality would be thinking something negative (about health, stressful events, problems at work) and would get hit in the chest. It would sometimes feel cardiac, but I had all the possbile testing done on the heart and they could not find anything. Made me feel better for a while, but the chest sensations didnt go away. I thought it could have to do with my light smoking habit, but realized all this started to happen when I hadnt smoked for a couple of months.. Notice it doesnt happen when Im busy with something else, not really thinking about any personal issues. Please advise! I dont want to go on any medications!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • Im having a similar experience. I have had a nervous breakdown, i get severe panic attacks every morning, negative thinking about financial position and huge losses in stockmarket and loss of job.As a result, i seem to have permanantly damaged my nerves. My arms feel tingly all the time , like my nerve ends are on fire.Its not abating, worried it may never go away, and i caused all this myself by my negativity. ***n it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 09:12 AM
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  • Im the guy from the previous statement. I think the negativity is caused by ourselves only. it's mostly mental. The nerves can be soothed, by medication if necessary. May be it's a good idea to talk to the doctors about anxiety as opposed to looking for physical sympthoms. I know people with many more problems than me, but they dont seem to care and are healthy as a horse. As a matter of fact, I dont even have any real problems, if I come to think of it. I react to things acutely, rethink stuff in my head 10 times ainstead of moving on! I think that's the problem, now what's to be done?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 04:41 PM
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  • To River1970 - Please see a Neurologist - this is the only specialist that can rule out neurological disorders and confirm anxiety, which borderlines depression and unfortunately mimics symptoms very close to nerve related diseases. Just reassess all your medical testings you have had done, this will help put everything into perspective - if the symptoms become unbearable your body will let you know soon enough. Good luck and take care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 01:50 PM
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  • A lot of conditions can mimic anxiety. Why are doctors so quick to hand out pills for depression but stall on testing for physical symptoms. You could have a touch of gastritis. Try taking Manuka Honey - a half spoonful before meals - it could make all the difference. Cured my stomach problem and my anxiety symptoms magically disappeared at the same time. This proves to me that my problem wasn't nerve related but a stomach problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 10:16 PM
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  • Could it be your vagus nerve it connects from your head to your stomach and could make throbbing. Try craniosacral therapy and facial work. Just find a Massage therapist that does it! Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 00:21 AM
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  • [im A Twenty Nine Year Old Female And I Am Having The Same Type Of Problems Ive Been Suffering With Panic Attacks Constantly Almost All Day Everyday, Even While Im Sleeping, For Months Now,and It Has Gotten To The Point Where My Nerves Seem To Be Going Off Like Lighting Bolts Ecspecially While Im Still Or Laying Down Trying To Rest, Also I Feel My Facial Nerves Jump Around Alot,and My Fingers Twitch Alot....somebody Please Give Me Some Answers, Im So Scared!
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  • I also have similar problems - I feel like a freak! shaky neck and depending how nervous I am ; my whole body shakes. Its horrible and the more I think about it , the worse it gets. Is there any cure for nerve damage??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 03:18 PM
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  • .............................................................................................................................To the 29 female above..Did you ever figure anything out about this ? Im 25yr old female and I get very similar symptoms,facial tingling that sometimes causes it hard to talk or chew food and feel twitching all over. Plus tingling in legs that forbid me to work out and carpal tunnel symptoms etc. Seems like the doc by passed my symptoms with out first wanting to test and says its anxiety. I dont get why anxiety would cause this ??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2010
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  • I want to add my experience to this thread. I too have had ingoing anxiety phases in my life, sometimes resulting in panic symptoms. When I go through an extremely stressful time, I will get neurological type symptoms that I would swear feel like a neuro-disease of some type. I had an MRI abot two years ago which was negative for MS or any obvious neuro problems yet, I still have the phases of prickly nerve pains, hot tingly feelings in my feet and really anywhere in my body, including my face.Yes, stress and anxiety can do some freaky things to the body and when you get these type symptoms it scares the crap out of you and just serves to worsen the stress and anxiety - a vicious cycle!!I've read up a great deal on "nervous breakdown" and medical sources now point out that this term is an old fashioned catch phrase that only served in the past to generalize stressed-out and anxiety ridden states or depressive conditions. Now they give more precise diagnoses such as specifying the type anxiety disorder you have. Nerves don't actually break down or burn out unless there really is a neuro-disease present but the stessed out, chronic anxiety phases certainly do feel like your nerves have been torn out of your body, stomped on and then put back in.Just wanted you guys to know I'm with you on this and the nerve symptoms seem very real but apparently aren't harming us as much as it feels like they are. Reminding yourself of this (once you've convinced yourself), can help reduce the effects of it.
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  • Im having a similar experience. I have had a nervous breakdown, i get severe panic attacks every morning, negative thinking about financial position and huge losses in stockmarket and loss of job.As a result, i seem to have permanantly damaged my nerves. My arms feel tingly all the time , like my nerve ends are on fire.Its not abating, worried it may never go away, and i caused all this myself by my negativity. **** it.OK, please do NOT put yourself down or blame yourself for this. It's not true, it's unfair on yourself, and your current mental state is certainly distorting your judgment (I've been through major depression myself). That distortion isn't your fault at all, it's the fault of the depression that's struck you down. Again, I'll say this, do *NOT* blame yourself for what happened. It won't help, and do not make the mistake of thinking you deserve it. NOBODY deserves major depression like this.Get to a psychiatrist and explain all your symptoms. Any half-decent one should diagnose some form of major depression at the very least (get further opinions from other doctors if this does not happen, because there's no way this could be anything other than major depression. I may not be a doctor, but I have had negative thinking and anxiety attacks before.). I don't know what would be causing the nerves to feel tingly like they're on fire, but you must mention those to the psychiatrist as well, leave no symptom/irregularity out, no matter how trivial it may seem.
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  • Just be calm.. and get in touch with God. You could have radiculopathy. I'm going through the same things as we speak. Do not be afraid or over stress yourself. Just get healthy. Don't let anyone just say "your just depressed".. anyone would be depressed if they went through this with no knowledge of what was happening.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 9, 2010
    • 11:09 PM
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  • Hi this has happen to me before the systoms will pass. You really have to believe in your self and contasntly reasure your self. No medication will fix this. the major thing to to do is possitive thoughts
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2010
    • 01:18 AM
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  • I've been suffering from these attacks for several months first one happened sudden I thought it was a heart attack since then I've been to the er more times then idea like to admit and have developed several phobias I'm overweight but as far as I know I'm don't have any serious medical problems besides a cyst in my right ear I have thoughts of being found dead alone I don't drink or smoke and frankly id be afraid to fear I would damage my health I get strange pains all over stomach back left arm apse twitch and get spasms Franky the listbof symptomes is long but is there something other than Xanax that might help my problem so far its been the only Med that will stop these thoughts and pains its truly amazing but because its a narcotic most wont prescribe it so I'm looking for something that has worked for others its ruining my life any help is appreciated and it is very helpful to read these posts it sometime helps me grasp that I'm not losing my mind that my dreamlike state is shared with a lot of other people
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  • I would like to add my experience as well I've been having anxiety attacks for a couple of months now and it's new to me never had it be four until now and since my last panic attack I've been having chest pain on and off I've been having tingling and a little pain in my arms and tingling in my lower left side of my back my fingers be tingling sometimes and my left shoulder be hurting and tingling I've been thinking is it nerve damage caused by my anxiety attack can someone give me a answer on this and my age is 35
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 23, 2016
    • 04:36 AM
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