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My anxiety disorder manifested about six months ago, when I had my first panic attack after leaving class at 9PM. Since then it's progressively gotten worse.
About four months ago, I began to have a twitching sensation in the area about an inch in front of and above my left ear, where my temporal artery is. When it first manifested, I saw my doctor after only a couple of days and they said it was probably anxiety caused and not to worry about it.
The *constant* twitching went away after about a week and it would only resurfance when I was having a panic attack or on odd days.
As of the last 2 weeks, however, it has become permanent and the sensation has begun to alter from a twitch to a constant, warm tingling sensation with sometimes a dull ache or sharp shooting pain. I have also on/off had a tenderness in the back left corner of my neck that I have never had before, and intermittent (but very few) headaches that were not especially painful. I have been having slight numbness and tingling in my left arm, my left leg, and the left side of my face.
Usually with anxiety symptoms like this I can calm myself down by reading that other people are suffering the same thing and they are fine and physically (if not mentally) healthy and not in danger of dying. However, I haven't been able to find anyone talking about throbbing or aching veins and arteries and I am worried that this is not typical and that this is something I need to worry about.
My partner is discouraging me from seeking medical care for this because I have already had it looked at when it first emerged, before it persisted and the new symptoms started. I am afraid he will be angry if he finds out I went to the doctor for it, as he thinks that I need to just ignore it.
What should I do? What methods can be used to reduce and control the physical symptoms of anxiety? I haven't had much success with breathing techniques, visualization, or EMDR, and any meditation I have tried has been completely unsuccessful because I am unable to divert my attention from the throbbing in my temple. Please help!!
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