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Could this be anxiety?

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    Sarah

    I have for the past few weeks been experiencing weakness, pins and needles and lack of sensation through my body. When I touch my face there isn’t much sensation there and it feels really odd to me. I feel disconnected to my body and everything around me. I have seen my doctor who has basically said I am wasting their time as there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have never experienced this before and it’s quite scary. This has come after a stressful period in my life so I do believe it can be a mental problem. Has anyone had anything like this?

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    JD

    I have experienced this and was told it was anxiety. I have also been told by my long time Dr he doesn’t think I have anxiety outside the regular anxious about things that logically people get anxious about. Can’t say who is right but it freaked me out but really went away shortly after.

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    Kate
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    yeah, it talks about it online, you can google it. It says breathe slower, move around, do some light jogging, distract yourself, and long term control your anxiety.

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    anonymousse
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    Did he/she refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist? If not, call their office and ask for one.

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    Lisa

    A therapist should make sure that there is no physical problem before diagnosing anxiety. It doesn’t sound like the symptoms I associate with anxiety – I would go to a different doctor.

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    Sarah

    They did no tests. Just asked me to make a fist and said I have no physical weakness and as I had been there twice with the same complaint they would get quite angry if I made another appointment. I guess I should see a therapist privately.

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    Lisa

    I’m a therapist. I think you should see a better doctor. Are the physical sensations constant or do they vary depending on what you’re doing?

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    anonymousse
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    There’s no reason for a doctor to get angry at you for that. You aren’t wasting their time.

    Find a new doctor who takes you seriously.

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    Sarah

    I notice them throughout the day even when I am busy. I will be aware my hands are very tired and then a loss of feeling like when you have lied on your hand and it goes dead. I feel generally weak all over with internal shaking. I do notice it so much more when I am not busy as I think I focus on it then. I was working out daily until this started now if I excercise the weakness and pain is a lot worse. If I have been lead to believe it’s all in my head as the doctor dismissed me so quickly and said it’s probably stress.

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    Lisa

    If you had ruled out a physical cause it would probably be useful to journal these sensations (when are they the most noticeable, what situation are you in, what thoughts and feelings do you notice) – also pay attention to when it’s better. But I don’t think you can rule out a physical cause yet. I think the fact that you can be distracted from it doesn’t mean it’s psychological.

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    Sarah

    Thankyou. I will do that 🙂

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    JD

    Talking to someone tends to help me. It distracts me. If I’m driving I’ll call my husband or best friend. Just talking about mundane stuff. Just thought I’d share the only little tip i have that works for me.

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