Am I really I'll or is it just my anxiety

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I got a studded bout of health anxiety 3 weeks ago

after a short illness.It has got to the point where my dr have me 50mg setraline to take.I took them for 3 days (haven't taken one since yday afternoon) as it has made my arms and legs feel weak and my head has started tingling today.Im terrified I have the start of variant cjd as I googled it and it says it can start with anxiety and the tingling and heavy legs are making me feel even more certain I have the start of it.Someone please help I can't stop crying :'( xx

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    Do you know how many cases of CJD there have been since 1994 question 1000s question 100s question 10s question Give up question cheesygrin OK I'll tell you, there has been about 180, sooo it's highly unlikely (verging on the impossible) that you have CJD smile
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    Hi amy, ihad the tingling in my head and round my mouth,it feels weird but apparently very common with anxiety. If you are still worried about it in a couple of weeks then ask your doctor to put you in touch with a wellbeing councillor. Hope this helps you x
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    Thank you.Today I haven't felt very anxious however I still have the heavy feeling in my arms and legs and I have had random shooting pains.I know it's most likely the anxiety but I've had this almost 48 hours (after never experiencing these symptoms before and wish they would go away as the longer it goes on the more I'm going to think it's something serious xx
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    Amy just so you know you don't have to be actually feeling anxious to have the physical feelings but if you are worried go to your gp and get it sorted. If you don't it will just get worse then your body will feed off of your anxiety. Good luck 😊

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    Been to an out of hours gp today.They don't think it's anything serious.i hate feeling like this almost 72 hours now and I'm worried I'm going to be like this for ever x
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    I know what you mean and i know whatever they say to you you are not going to believe it, but stay calm and see your gp that you trust , tell her/ him your feelings even if it sounds stupid . I felt like i was going mad when it first happened to me , thought i was dying but i am slowly getting there I will not go away over night but keep positive smile
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    Hi Amy,

    Although I have issues myself, I like to be able to help people.

    Google is often a cause of anxiety, but I suspect you are much like myself- you like to be informed, and to double check that a doctor isn't screwing you over, because you see it all the time on the news don't you ?

    I highly recommend you do some googling on somatic symptoms of anxiety,

    I see a therapist of my own choosing and she lent me a book on the subject it's unbelievable how your body can react to anxiety, even if you don't feel particularly anxious at the time, and the effects can last for a long while after one particularly stressful event.

    I also saw the best gastroenterologist in my area, and he said that people with anxiety can be much for sensitive to pain and other sensations, he mentioned they did a test where they inflated a balloon inside of two peoples stomach, one with, and one without anxiety, and the person with the anxiety felt it being inflated MUCH sooner than the 'regular person'.

    As much as I can stress it is EXTREMELY RARE to have CJD, those that have a higher risk are of those who have received a blood transfusion, or those that have been treated with a human sourced growth hormone pre 1985 (src HPA).

    If both your GP and that out of hours doctor suggested that it's nothing serious, I think they are probably right, and I know probably isn't what you want to hear, but my probably means 99.99999999%.

    Without taking offence, have you considered perhaps talking therapy ? I'm one of those that used to think 'f' that, there's no way it will help, but since starting mine, she has explained to me how the mind and body are so very very closely linked.

    Hope I may have eased your mind a bit ?

    Alex

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