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Really starting to wonder whats wrong

Posted In: Nerve conditions 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 11, 2006
  • 07:15 AM

I guess I should start with saying that I am a 27 yo male. I had cheomotherpy and radiation therpy when I was young, some 15 years ago due to a bout with Hodgkins desease. Its the only thing I can connect anything to. Anyway, the problem I am finding, and starting to get concerned about is my ?restlessness?. I don't know how to explain it and I can't get my doctor to listen to me. If I am walking and I hang my arms by my side, my shoulders begin to ache, hence I use my pockets lots. If I am sitting around I keep adjusting my shoulders and jerking them forward. I can work out at the gym without much difficulty, and I when I am running it doesn't affect me as much, but I can still feel the tension. The part that scares me is that I don't feel it being voluntery because I can't seem to stop it from happening. If I try to stop from doing it, it becomes a tense feeling. As I type this I do this. It gets worse with certain shirts, but doesn't disappear when I am shirtless. I am concerned that it could be something serious. That I could end up unable to work or function normally in the coming years. 5 years, 10 years. Where do I go, what do I say. Is it obsessive compulsive? I need help and I don't know where to turn. Honestly it sounds stupid when I do bring it up, and I am sure it sounds like nothing when I say it. Help!

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  • Does anybody have any ideas? I don't know where to go from here.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 05:30 AM
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  • I can only suggest two different doctors to see: a psychiatrist and a neurologist. And no, I don't think your crazy :).I have a similar problem with my leg...usually the right leg. If I was sitting still for any length of time, my foot would start tapping, then shaking. If I tried to make it stay still, it would drive me nuts, and I'd finally give up and let it do its thing. I was finally diagnosed (at 33) with severe ADD. It took going to 5 different doctors and listening to my intuition to get the right dx, though. Medication to treat ADD stopped the mysterious tapping foot.This could also be neurological, though. Heaviness or strange sensations like itching or crawling, feeling the need to move, or tenseness could be neurolgical in nature. I have a bulging disk in my neck, and the first symptom I had was this need to constantly pop my neck (which wouldn't pop)...it drove me NUTS. A set of xrays showed some mild degeneration in my neck, but nothing to explain this sensation. An MRI revealed two bulging disks, one very slight and the second bordering on "moderate"....my neurologist told me that in all liklihood I will need surgery in 5-10 years, but at least I now know, and can keep an eye on it.If your gp isn't willing to listen to you, you may need to go to a specialist on your own, or, if your insurance doesn't allow that, find another gp. I've always felt that if something is bothering you to the point that it is interfering with your life, it is your doctor's job to do his or her best to find the cause, and if it is beyond their ability, to refer you to someone who can.Good luck.Michelle
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 03:15 AM
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  • Its not so hard to pay for medical in Canada here. It is however getting very hard to get an appointment in a booming economy here in Alberta. My biggest problem is that I don't know what to tell a doctor, cause I don't know if its spasm or a reaction. I know that I seldom feel comfortable sitting, and I know its been getting worse over the years. I have learned to deal with it somewhat though. I have to find a doctor who is willing to listen.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 04:05 AM
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  • You could try an acupuncturist; only thing is finding a good one. Your nervous system sounds all out of whack and a perfect candidate for such treatment. Also a good practicioner will have available to them a great wealth of information regarding Chinese herbs that are also great for dealing with practically everything.All the best,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 02:02 PM
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