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Hello. For some background info, I'm a 28yoF and I've always been a somewhat anxious person, prone to social and health anxiety in particular. As is was the case for many, 2020 was a terrible year for me, I became rather obsessed with my health and the health of my family (mainly because of COVID). So chronic stress would be an understatement.
Also, being isolated and having little contact with my friends and people in general has had a deeper impact on me than I anticipated at the start of the pandemic.
A month ago I went for an MRI for some migraines and it came back clear except for some tiny white matter lesions which led me to (google and) become convinced I have MS. In the meantime I was cleared by two neurologists and my anxiety about that has lessened, but not disappeared.
Shortly after reading about MS I started developing mild related physical symptoms that I had read about, such as tingling, tremor, eye issues etc. (I made a post here about that a while ago).
To say I'm now completely convinced those symptoms are 100% caused by anxiety would be a lie. But I'm inclined to believe that is the case. Anyway, now, more than a month later, most of them have dissipated.
What worries me now is the brain fog I have sometimes and the fact that sometimes I cannot remember words (not in speech, I'm usually fluent, just in my mind when I start thinking about what I want to say). They're not common words that I use every day, but they aren't very rare ones that I use once a year either. Every time this happens I panic a lot and I can imagine that doesn't help my mind clear up much either.
I also noticed that I have some mild memory issues (I can't remember some actor or celebrity names right away, which I used to be very good at before). All in all not something that would worry someone else I guess.
I brought this up to my therapist and told her how I find it strange that this happens now and not a month ago when I was way more stressed. She said that many such symptoms (including the physical ones I felt before) happen after the fact, meaning after the trauma or stressor has disappeared or lessened.
Can anyone relate to this? Should I be worried?
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