Not sure if I should post here or in Health and Healing since its a bit of both. I'm wondering if anyone has had something similar mentally AND physically?
A couple of months ago I started getting pinprick-type feelings mainly in my right arm and foot (and sometimes throughout other parts of my body). WIth that there would also be some feeling of tingling/numbesss in my arm/hand/foot/leg (altho its never been really numb, i can feel when i touch, i guess it more of a falling asleep tingling feeling.) Over the past month it has worsened, especially when sleeping. I can't sleep laying flat or I wake and my leg feels very tingly/heavy and I feel like my arms fall asleep more often. This has increased my level of anxiety to where i have already had one full blown panic attack and now for the past couple of weeks I feel like I have some sort of panic disorder (can't calm my mind, have lost 6 lbs this past week b/c i have no appetite). I've always been somewhat of a hypocondriac when it symptoms occurring in my body... so, of course, for the past month I've been convinced I have MS or something worse. Have been to my primary for bloodwork (all normal), 2 neurologists, and just got back from my follow up and both brain and neck scans showed nothing. THe doctor wants to do one more nerve test, just to rule out any nerve issues, but doesn't think much of my symptoms. I asked if anxiety can cause issues like this and the first neurologist said yes, second didn't think so (altho he did say these symptoms are a common complaint in his office and most that don't have a cause go away but sometimes take months).
I felt *somewhat* great yesterday when they called with my results. I still had some symptoms but they weren't bothering me and now today I'm back to worrying that its just something else that they can't figure out. And when I worry like this I just can't function. I don't want to do anything with the kids, I can't relax b/c then I focus on my leg, I pace around thinking all day long, sleep is broken up all night long. I guess you can say I'm under a good deal of stress... a young familiy member passed away unexpectantly recently (and I have worried thoughts often about death), I homeschool and have a hard time finding a balance, my kids are always fighting, my husband has an anxiety disorder that has caused some issues in the past that should be dealt with, and then this. My husband keeps trying to convince me that its anxiety and that i have to work on it (I started going to a therapist last week too), and that its alright if I need medication for now. I was prescribed .25 mg of Xanax for the MRI and for help with sleep if needed - I've taken it twice during a panic episode and it seems to calm me when I'm really worked up (I know the long term issues with Xanax.. I"m preferring not to take this if I go forward with getting on medication). I feel like all of my random other symptoms (tingling/weird feelings in face, along my back, etc.) disappear when I take it.
I dislike medications in general and I just don't want to go on them, but part of me is thinking its something I really need to do to get myself out of this. I guess I just hate making this decision since I feel I should work on these issues naturally (therapy, chiropractic, supplements, etc.), but I think I'm a little beyond that at this point.
Any advice out there? Feeling a little crazy.