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Does your body "hum"?

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  • Posted By: amicrazy
  • July 30, 2008
  • 04:52 PM

Somebody please reply if you know what's going on. I am a 38 year old female and have been healthy all of my life. The only thing that I've had done with an exception of delivering 3 kids c-section is having a ruptured disc repaired in 1996. This past September 2007, I started having calf twitches. I don't have medical insurance, but I went to the doctor anyway and she told me to take a round of steroids. I did this, but I went back in a week to let her know that the steroids did not stop the twitch. ( She was thinking muscle when she gave me the steroids). She said that she thought that I needed to see a neurologist. I left there and immediately went to the internet and read the symptoms of ALS and MS and convinced myself that I had ALS. I went into an EXTREME depression. By January, I was trying to pull myself out of it and one day started having a twitch in my tongue. I went back into the deep depression again because I was totally convinced that I did have ALS and that this was just the progression. A depression so bad that by this time I had lost 30 pounds. Within a week or so...I started noticing a "hum" in my leg. I have since noticed this in other parts of my body. I know that I need a MRI, but when you have no medical insurance...this is not an easy thing to get. My family keeps telling me that I am stressed and that I am a hypochondriac. Sometimes I believe this myself. I am at my wits end. I don't know what to do. I am coming up on a year of having this going on and I have just dealt with it daily the best that I can. I am confused about all of this because I have no muscle weakness. I am just as strong as I've ever been. The only things that are bothering me are the calf twitches and occasional tongue twitches (it feels like a tickle sometimes and at other times it feels kinda like a pop rock is on my tongue..nothing painful though...just annoying). I have just about driven myself nuts over this. I lost my mom in February of 2006 and my family seems to think that I've developed something because of this. Can somebody please talk to me and let me know if there is somebody else out there with this stuff going on? I would deeply appreciate it.

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  • Do whatever you need to do to get yourself health insurance asap. You most likely do not have ALS or MS but it sounds like your symptoms are progressing. Most insurance carriers have a waiting period of up to a year before they'll treat "pre-existing conditions" and by then you'll need to be able to have MRIs, EMGs and all kinds of other expensive tests. It most likely will NOT be something devastating but you may need help getting treatment to make it easier to live with. Most importantly- if you end up convinced you have every disease you rad about with similar symptoms- stop looking things up! Seriously. You are doing more damage by freaking yourself out too much to do what you need to do than any illness can do. Get the tools to be able to let the doctors do their work (insurance) and let them help you. If you have trouble with the medical system or understanding test results or whatnot, come back.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think you are suffering from depression and anxiety. I am no expert by any means, but my advise would be for 2 weeks don't think about any of your ailments at all. If they pop into your head immediately push them away. Concentrate on living, your strong so think about what you want to do in the future, your dreams and make them come true. Remember your family and how they are suffering with you through this. Dont waste another minute of your life worrying about this, move forward.All the best!Jules
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2011
    • 01:03 AM
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  • Hi, First of all, let me say that I am not a medical professional. I do however have a little experience in the type of symptoms from which you've been suffering.Six years ago I acquired a virus which left me with M.E. One of the main symptoms which I have had to live with is, what I refer to as 'buzzing'. My body seems to buzz (or hum) in different areas of my body some days, and on others will buzz all over. I believe that one of the main contributing factors in me getting M.E. was that I was extremely stressed prior to getting the virus, and as such had a much weaker immune system that I would have otherwise had. Stress has proved to be a major factor in my own symptoms and since I've started to take the issue of mental health seriously, and reduced my stress levels, I have found that my buzzing is hardly noticeable (until I stress again).I understand that you have had a deal of stress in your life, and there may or may not be a medical reason for your particular symptoms. All I can say is that if you take steps to reduce your stress (exercise, eat healthily, get enough sleep and learn to laugh at life) then you will put yourself in the best place you can be.Good luck and be merry.
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