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muscle twitching and anxiety

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 1, 2006
  • 01:35 PM

hi,
ive been suffering with anxiety for years but for the past eighteen months its been awful. i get constant muscle twitches, aches and eye pain and after looking up my symptoms on the internet, am convinced i have MS.
My boyfriend thinks i am insane but i just cannot get it out of my head.
Can twitching be connected to worrying?

Also, last month i thought i had HIV. Every symptom I get always develops into the worst case scenario. The HIV thing began because i developed a bad cold and read on the net this can be one of the early signs!
I know its totally ridiculous but i dont know how to overcome my severe health anxiety problems.

I am not on any medication and I wondered if anyone is going through a similar thing?!

thank-you

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  • hi Sammy Name is Heather i too have health anxiety and i to have had all the symtons you have,e.g constant muscle twitches, aches and eye pain all this due to anxiety YES anxiety. Ito have thought i have MS i also thought i had a bad heart and the i would have a heart attack.let me reasure you,you are not alone and there is help out there. Cognitive therapy it takes time but does work. ask your GP to refer you.ALL THE BEST Keep me up to date
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
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  • I also have constant muscle twitches, all over, as well as numbness/tingling/burning sensations in arms, hands, legs and back. My pcp also suggested anxiety as a cause after tests and ruling out many possiblities. I am reluctant to accept this as the cause, and constantly worry about the horrible disease that is the real cause. So if it is anxiety, I have way more of it now! Interested to hear more from those with similar experience!Beth
    bethe96 1 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
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  • For anyone with muscle twitching, tingling and cognitive problems. Cognitive problems may be due to Chronic Fatigue Symdrome. Get yourselfs checked for all HHV viruses. CAn be picked up anywhere, and doesnot take a lot to have a relapse later on in life. Particularly HHV6,7 and 8. HAve your PCP check your beta-2 microglobulin levels for an inflammation check. THese viruses and HIV as well cause beta 2 to increase.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
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  • hi Sammy Name is Heather i too have health anxiety and i to have had all the symtons you have,e.g constant muscle twitches, aches and eye pain all this due to anxiety YES anxiety. Ito have thought i have MS i also thought i had a bad heart and the i would have a heart attack.let me reasure you,you are not alone and there is help out there. Cognitive therapy it takes time but does work. ask your GP to refer you.ALL THE BEST Keep me up to dateThanks Heather. It is so reassuring to know I am not alone in this. Everyone I know tells me to relax and loosen up and to stop worrying but i just find it impossible.I will certainly try the cognitive therapy. did you have any tests or did your gp recognise it as anxiety? i am slightly nervous about going in case they do say i may have ms.thanks for replying sam x
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
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  • All, Muscle twitiching is very, very often a primary indicator of magnesium deficiency. And CFIDS patients often have raging magnesium deficits -- so the two are logically linked. Word of warning: be very careful about which magnesium supplements you take! I recommend Shaklee Osteomatrix. It basically ended my back pain -- then cheapskate that I am -- I tried some cheap "Wal-Mart" stuff recently -- and just barely skirted going to the hospital with a kidney infection. (I truly was afraid my kidneys had shut down!) I could barely crawl out of bed for three days in a row -- and wound up on heavy Cipro. That didn't happen on Shaklee -- and I won't go back to the cheap stuff. If you have pre-existing kidney disease, make sure you have something that dissolves and absorbs properly -- as Shaklee -- an "all natural vitamin" -- is known for doing. Drink lots and lots of pure, non-chlorinated water. Also note that magnesium tests at your doctor's office are mostly likely worthless for documenting a true deficit. You could have a horrendous cellular magnesium deficit -- and the blood tests would lie and say, "Oh, you're fine!" The only way to know for sure is empirical trial -- and it might take three months. Don't go overboard -- and don't overdose yourself, though! Follow the recommended dosing guidelines. Most of those tests are a little like this analogy for measuring absorption: Picture the nearest interstate highway to your house. Then picture a truck going down that highway. If you find an item on that truck on the highway, does it automatically mean that item is also in your house at the same time? Of course not! If this sailed over your head, don't worry. It just means that the truck has to carry something directly to your house -- for it to get into your house, right? (Or you bring it in yourself -- and that's how it gets from the truck to your place!) Cells are like houses -- bloodstreams are like highways. (That's maybe why they call highways "traffic arteries" -- and why roads on maps almost look like circulatory systems in humans.) I'm drawing this comparison because doctors -- in taking magnesium tests -- are assuming that just because something (magnesium) is on the "interstate" of your bloodstream, that means it's automatically in the "house" of your cells. And that's just not AUTOMATICALLY true. Get it? It's an original comparison -- and very valid. Just because a supply of a nutrient is in your bloodstream in adequate quantities, that doesn't automatically mean it's getting into the tissues in the same quantities. And that's where the need is -- not necessarily the "bloodstream interstate" -- but inside the "house of your cells". Hope this helps (And I'm betting that there's a 97.5% probability that this is your muscle-twitching problem. Just remember that magnesium isn't the only nutrient you need to keep in balance -- rather, that this was just the "tripwire trigger" that got your attention. All the other nutrients need to be in balance too -- and that's why I also recommend Shaklee's Vita Lea multi-vitamin. (And no, I don't sell Shaklee -- but I'm thinking seriously about it. It's helped me more than maybe $100,000 in medical bills over 22 years.)
    tomconner 16 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 09:14 PM
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  • By the way, a lot of blood pressure problems are tied to magnesium -- things that mimic depression and anxiety. Plus, doctors are finding that at least 60 percent of Americans have documentable deficits -- even in their bloodstreams. And it's looking as if many, many heart attacks and cases of heart disease are being linked to magnesium deficits. But most doctors will NOT tell their patients this! It's outrageous -- but they won't -- because they didn't learn it in medical school (and therefore, it can't possibly be true.:eek:) By the way, medical anxiety is common these days -- and some of it might be biological in origin. It's amazing how much of most anxiety subsides when you get your nutritional needs taken care of. It's bizarre, but chocolate cravings also tend to subside or even disappear when magnesium levels and other nutrients "normalize" to their optimum levels.
    tomconner 16 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 09:23 PM
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  • I started with one muscle twitch...they are calling it myoclonus. All tests are normal-MRI brain, spine and EEG. Blood tests all normal. It gets worse when there is loud noises or I am stressed. I am scared and don't know what to do. This happened 3 weeks ago, started one day out of the blue and has been constant ever since. Except when I sleep, so I am told. There is no definite cause yet. It is like a hiccup that won't go away. Any body have any ideas, suggestions, anything..the magnesium may be a place to start..Thanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
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  • I too am having problems with this sort of thing. I get twitches in my calfs, hamstrings, arms, and a lot in my eye lids, which is supper annoying. I looked up stuff about muscle spasms and returned a lot of results about MS too. So, like you I am hoping that this is not the case. I am only 26 and have read that MS is a disease that is more likely to occur in people older that 50, but there is still that worry. This has reallly been the first reassurance that it could be something else. I am highly stressed with things such as work and school so I am hoping that it is that and nothing major. I'm thinking that I should go get check out. It has been bad for like a week now and if it keeps up I'll proably head in. It's nice to know that there are others out there experiencing the same symptoms. Keep your heads up and hopefully we all be fine.Bryon
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
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  • thanks for all your feedback. it is interesting to hear all the suggestions. i have now got some magnesium supplements which seems to have helped already! amazing if it is that simple.i am allergic to many dairy products so i know my nutrients are probably lacking in certain areas.good luck to you all and take care
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
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  • Glad the suggestion helped! But let me ask you all a hard question -- one that I hope makes you all think! How many bizarre, incurable, undiagnosable human problems are related to simple malfunctions in basic systems -- eating, sleeping, digesting, elimination, exercise, eating pure foods and drinking pure water, not eating dinner after 7 p.m. if you're going to bed at 10 or 11 p.m., etc.? My contention is, let this "simple basics" principle open your eyes! For instance (and just as an example), how much "MS" might actually, say, possibly, prolonged failure to take in or absorb adequate vitamins and minerals? Magnesium deficits seem to be the big thing in a lot of "illness" -- and it is an understandable deficiency. It truly is amazing how many people it helps -- and how quickly! Caffeine consumption is almost like washing magnesium out of your system with a garden hose... (Do remember that magnesium taxes and strains the kidneys...) But you would be astounded at how many bizarre illnesses -- including lung problems, back pain and heart attacks, etc. -- can be traced to "low" magnesium -- which might even show up as normal on blood tests. But do be careful with it! It -- and B-vitamins -- seems to cure gastric reflux.
    tomconner 16 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 11:13 PM
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  • hi,ive been suffering with anxiety for years but for the past eighteen months its been awful. i get constant muscle twitches, aches and eye pain and after looking up my symptoms on the internet, am convinced i have MS.My boyfriend thinks i am insane but i just cannot get it out of my head. Can twitching be connected to worrying? Also, last month i thought i had HIV. Every symptom I get always develops into the worst case scenario. The HIV thing began because i developed a bad cold and read on the net this can be one of the early signs!I know its totally ridiculous but i dont know how to overcome my severe health anxiety problems. I am not on any medication and I wondered if anyone is going through a similar thing?! thank-you 1. DONT TAKE ANY PILLS TO CONTROL ANXIETY2. YOU'RE DEFINITELY NOT ALONE! MY BODY DOES THAT AND MORE, I'VE HAD MY HEART CHECKED TWICE CUZ OF MY PARANOIA3. YOU DONT HAVE HIV4. TAKE VITAMINS, EXERCISE AND DRINK WATER5. KEEP YOUR MIND OCCUPIED, DO STUFF YOU LIKE6. BREATHE, ITS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO, I KNOW YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GONNA DIE OR MAYBE YOUR HEART IS GONNA EXPLODE BUT THAT WONT HAPPEN, JUST BREATHE, FILL YOUR LUNGS AND THEN RELEASE THE AIR, AS MANY TIMES AS NEEDED7. IF YOU'RE NOT HAVING PANIC ATTACKS YOU'RE JUST FINE!8. AVOID STRESS (I KNOW IT SOUNDS FUNNY, BUT TRY)9. READ, GOOD STUFF, CRY IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THINK ABOUT GOD, HE'LL NEVER LET YOU DOWN HOPE THIS HELPS!
    Sebastian 5 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • I also had the same problem... I actually thought it was Tourette's Syndrome for a long time... It got so bad i would start blinking and i couldnt stop. My eyeballs turned bright red and they hurt like i had small rocks in them, but i couldnt stop. I even got this weird sounding cough - kind of like a cat coughing up a hairball. (hah thinking about it is making me do it)It has actually resolved itself as my anxiety has gone down. I still feel it on occasion though but its not nearly as bothersome.-Samantha
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • hi,ive been suffering with anxiety for years but for the past eighteen months its been awful. i get constant muscle twitches, aches and eye pain and after looking up my symptoms on the internet, am convinced i have MS.My boyfriend thinks i am insane but i just cannot get it out of my head. Can twitching be connected to worrying?Also, last month i thought i had HIV. Every symptom I get always develops into the worst case scenario. The HIV thing began because i developed a bad cold and read on the net this can be one of the early signs!I know its totally ridiculous but i dont know how to overcome my severe health anxiety problems.I am not on any medication and I wondered if anyone is going through a similar thing?!thank-youI'm currently going through the exact same thing! For the past three weeks, I've been having similar symptoms. I've been having muscle aches all over my body, numbness/tingling in my hands, neck, head and back pain. I've even been to the ER twice. They tested me for lyme disease, which came back negative, and all the regular bloodwork came back normal.So today I went to the neurologist and he said it was quite confident that it was just stress/anxiety. I was skeptical because I have never before had any physical stress symptoms. Also, he didnt even think doing an MRI would tell him anything different. He's one of the best specialists in the city I live in though and came highly recommended, so I'm going to try to reduce my stress and relax a bit. If this doesnt go away with the next couple weeks though, I am going to insist on more testing.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
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  • Thanks to all of you -- I've been under so much stress for the past 2 or 3 years and have experienced hair loss and now for the past 6 months, muscle twitches, primarily on my left side. Going to the neurologist tomorrow, because I'm completely freaked out. I also pray/hope it's not something scary like MS. That terrifies me (and then, more anxiety). I did take the multivitamins and minerals that have been sitting here on my desk for months...I appreciate the support and suggestions.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
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  • i am allergic to many dairy products so i know my nutrients are probably lacking in certain areas.good luck to you all and take careOh the clue! Do you completely avoid dairy, or deal with discomfort? Are there possibly other food allergies and/or intolerences? A food allergy can lead to the body's inability to absorb vital nutrients (like Magnesium!)It would explain the twitching, the anxiety, and why a minor illness (to a healthy immune system) could seem like HIV. If it helps put it in perspective, I thought I had CFS or IBS first, then started to think MS or fibromyalgia, and after catching the flu thought I HIV or mono.Decided to find out if I was allergic to any foods and on the wheat-free phase of the diet, found myself 100% cured!
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
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  • Oh the clue! Do you completely avoid dairy, or deal with discomfort? Are there possibly other food allergies and/or intolerences? A food allergy can lead to the body's inability to absorb vital nutrients (like Magnesium!)It would explain the twitching, the anxiety, and why a minor illness (to a healthy immune system) could seem like HIV. If it helps put it in perspective, I thought I had CFS or IBS first, then started to think MS or fibromyalgia, and after catching the flu thought I HIV or mono.Decided to find out if I was allergic to any foods and on the wheat-free phase of the diet, found myself 100% cured!thank-you for posting. i have always been allergic to milk especially. even as a baby i was fed soya milk (or so my mum tells me)its a weird allergy because i can eat cheese and yoghurts etc - just seems to be dairy in its purest form.i do take vitamins (when i remember) and they do make me feel better so hopefully things are improving.i do hope things are good with you now? amazing how a few small diet changes can improve your health so drastically!take care
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
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  • i dont think you have to worry at all about having CFS .. as for that one has post excertional fatigue as one of the main symptoms and you havent mentioned that (and one has to have it for 6 mths for a diagnosis). it could even just be stress, stress can cause all kinds of symptoms.. even twitching.. and you are sounding anxious and stressed. if you happen to be on any SSRI drugs (eg for depression or anxiety) , they can have the side affect of anxiety and muscle twitching.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • its a weird allergy because i can eat cheese and yoghurts etc - just seems to be dairy in its purest form.No no no! Even if you can go "symptom-free" (if you call what you're describing symptom-free) you're still potentially damaging your body and its ability to absorb nutrients. You really should stop eating any dairy product, period. Long-term damage is done at much much lower levels than the digestive symptom threshold. Just because your stomach is feelin' OK doesn't mean its OK to eat. A lot of people have these issues related to anxiety/stress and mal-absorbtion but since they have no stomach pain they assume it must be something else.And look for other allergies! For example, in Northern Europeans, milk intolerence is actually very rare and its likely to be caused by a DIFFERENT food intolerence wreaking havoc on your body like wheat/gluten or corn. In the non-white population, milk allergy is more likely to stand alone but its also usually more severe than the type caused by other intolerences. Overall, food allergies and intolerences occur in about 10% of the general population (type and allergies per person are the only racial variables) but they are only fully diagnosed and treated in about 1 out of 40 people who have them! Very few doctors specialize in this area, although it can account for a large portion of the reported illnesses.Basically, everything you described says "untreated food intolerence" to me. It could be any number of other immuno-logical disorders, BUT those are the ones the doctors usually look for (and I'm assuming, haven't found). Untreated, and it CAN lead to a very depressing list of life-time conditions, including depression, schizophrenia, MS, lupus :( Instead of finding the cause up front, the doctors will wait until the damage is done and something is REALLY wrong so they can sell more drugs/surgeries. I wish I could find a less pessimistic rationale; but, there seems no logical reason why one of the most common AND easiest to fix problems goes tragically undiagnosed.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • I have Anxiety. I'm also a hypocondriac. The following symptoms occured at different times throughout the past four years:The internet has made each of my symptoms worse. I'm also psychosomatic. My symptoms are "always" the worst case scenario.I have sensitivitiy to caffeine and anxiety/panic attacks started while I was drinking a cup of coffee four years ago. The following symptoms developed from that:Shortness of breathChest painsFeeling of being out of touch with reality (going crazy)Above symptoms put me hospitalized me two times. I went to cardiologist who did a full workup. EKG, stress test, heart monitor, everything. She found nothing.One night about a year ago, I woke up from shooting pains in my right leg and arm. After that, I experienced several weeks of something attacking my joints in my legs, arms and wrists. A week after that, I started having muscle spasms (fasiculations). I was convinced it was ALS based on everything I was reading on here with a slight hope that it would be MS. So I got an MRI to deterimine if it was MS. MRI ruled out MS. That's when I really started worrying that it was ASL. My spasms got worse, I'd get cramps in my legs and the absolute worst thing that I believe happend was my inability to sleep. My insomnia was exsacerbating my symptoms.My PCP assigned me a neurologist. The neurologist took a Creatine Kanese test; an indicator for ALS. The test came back normal but she wouldn't rule out ALS. She referred me to an ALS specialst. A month later, I was able to see an ALS specialist at Emory. She performed a nerve conduction test and concluded that I did not have ALS. Soon after, many of my symptoms started disappearing. I started getting sleep and feeling better.Two months ago I woke up with pain in my finger joints. They'd feel swollen and painful in the morning and evenings. This went on for two weeks. Everything on the internet tells me it's Rheumatoid Arthritis. Went to the doc again. They took some blood and tested for the RA factor. RA factor test came back; everything looked OK. The internet said that sometimes the RA factor doesnt' show up until a year after symptoms appear. I went back to the doctor and demanded to see a Rheumatologist. I saw the Rheumatologist about two weeks ago and I explained to him my symptoms. He said that if I had RA, that I'd be in some SERIOUS pain and damage would be visible from an XRAY. Since then, I've been taking a multivitamin which seems to help with the pain in the fingers. It's like much of the pain disappeared once I got the confirmation from the Rhuematologist.Anyway, This is my story and I'm sure the majority of this is related to Anxiety.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
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  • I think that a lot of us are even spending time on these boards because we have anxiety disorders related to health. I certainly do. I have similar symptoms and I agree with the first responder: Get a cognitive behavioral therapist. This is a physiological condition, a real illness. You don't have to live like this. It really helps, and maybe some medication for anxiety, at least until you make progress with the cb therapy.Good luck, I know how awful this is.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
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