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Scared, don't know what I have

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 4, 2011
  • 08:24 PM

Ok so at the moment I am very scared and nervous. I am not sure what I may have, but I have a feeling it may be a fatal and debilitating disease. I am a 21 year Indo-Canadian male. I have been trying to diagnose myself through the internet. I know I should go visit a doctor, but my biggest fear would be being diagnosed and having to live with the fact that I may die very soon. Self diagnosis has been very difficult. My own diagnosis have ranged from Parkinsons, ALS, Huntington's disease, fibromyalgia, lyme disease and the list goes on. My symptoms include: stiffness in my back and neck, muscle twitches and tremors mostly in my legs but I have experienced in different body parts as well. My left leg experiences a shooting pain when I extend it (may have something to do with the spine). Furthermore, I have been grinding my teeth since I was about 9 years old. Its sort of like a compulsion where grinding leads to relief. This same grinding of the teeth is often accompanied with a compulsion to grind/move my hips/lower back, back and forth. Lately, I don't know if its just a part of my imagination or due to my anxiety, but I have also had trouble swallowing. Please help me out, I am really worried and I am hoping and praying to god that I don't have anything serious. I know you may not be a doctor, but I just need some reassurance.

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  • Go to the doctor.1. It's free, assuming your a Canadian still in Canada.2. Diagnosing through the internet is stupid. Everything says "Well you may have but you also may have "
    Prough 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Go to the doctor.1. It's free, assuming your a Canadian still in Canada.2. Diagnosing through the internet is stupid. Everything says "Well you may have but you also may have "Thanks for the reply, but I just don't know if I'll be able to mentally handle it if I were to be diagnosed with something like Huntington's by a doctor. I just don't know what to do at this point. Is it better to live the rest of my life not knowing, living as if nothing is wrong or is it better that I go to the doctor's, potentially be diagnosed and live the rest of my life in worry?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Go to the doctor.1. It's free, assuming your a Canadian still in Canada.2. Diagnosing through the internet is stupid. Everything says "Well you may have but you also may have "Thanks for the reply but I'm facing a moral dilemma. Would it be better to live the rest of my life knowing that I have a deadly disease and will die soon, or to not know and live the rest of my life as if nothing is wrong. I have a feeling I may have Huntington's disease but no one in my family has ever had any history of it
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Definitely go to the doctor. If you don't have a medical background, your internet searches will onlywind up scaring you, and might even cause you to think you have more symptoms than you really do. However, if it will help set your mind at ease, parkinson's and huntington's wouldn't start to present until later in life, (and certainly wouldn't start with teeth grinding at age 9). Also, for huntington's you would have to have a history of it in your family. As far as Lyme goes, alot of what you're going to find on the internet borders on pseudoscience and without a medical background it can be hard to tell the real from the fake. But definitely seek treatment, because without a clinical exam involving a detailed history of your situation you're not going to be able to get to the bottom of this.
    gregtfish 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • My left leg experiences a shooting pain when I extend it That does sound like something is wrong there. I suggest you go and see a good chiropractor or a physio who also manipulates things (With a good one, they should be able to help that some in 1-3 sessions thou may take more for complete improvement)........... The rest of your issues could be simply coming from anxiety. People who are anxious get tightness so end up often with stiffness. Grinding teeth can be a sign of anxiety in many. Some people with anxiety will get twitches. Anyone who suffers from anxiety, its best to see a doctor rather then trying to self diagnose online which will only further worsen anxiety.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was exactly like that too and scared to go to the doctor because I was afraid they were going to tell me I was dying. BUT... I went anyway and guess what it was Anxiety disorder. Have you read all the symptoms on that? Now, I am no doctor and I am not diagnosing you but it sounds to me like you definitely do have the same anxiety symptoms that I once had. Best advice, go to the doctor. It really won't hurt you. Actually it will make you feel better. Its the not knowing part that is freaking you out. Not the fact of going to the doctor. Also, read all the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. You will BE SHOCKED! Also, one replier did have a good point, don't try to diagnose yourself ,go to the doctor and then read up on stuff. I did that once and I had a simple muscle strain and you know what it told me? HEART ATTACK!! Really?? I freaked and I just pulled a muscle. Go to the Doctor, don't be afraid. :)
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