burning sensation down arms,ringing in ears,feeling generally unwell?

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hi all.

I have suffered from anxiety/depression on and off for over a year,the diagnosis coming at the start of this year and then it going away for a while and coming back even more intense recently. i lived abroad for over two years and my condition was 'triggered' while away due to several factors but i overcame it with a little help from AD medication.everything was ok up until August when the symptoms were triggered yet again by a stressful event,in days after this my anxiety was a living hell,my appetite vanished and i felt generally unwell and had this burning sensation over my body-mainly down my arms. i had never expereinced the burning sensations before!

Anyway i moved back home two weeks ago as things were getting too stressful and my mental and physical health was drained. last week i was a lot better and relaxed,i went out for lots of drinks with friends-which was good fun-but resulted in the worst two day hangover i have ever had,the anxiety went through the roof so to speak. since the weekend my symptoms have got worse and worse,i have found myself rolling around in bed every night since monday with insomnia and disturbing thoughts-to the point where i freak myself out into thinking im psychotic. my skin is on fire,i get dizzy,agitated and my appetite is vanishing. as the week has went on its making me depressed and dont see any way out! im supposed to be leaving for Oz in January for a year out but i cant even find any positives in that. id really appreciate some advice on how to calm myself down,my plan is to go and see the doctor on monday but monday seems like lifetime away right now

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    Hi Colin,

    I have been going through his really bad for the last 2 months. My arms burn everyday. If you pay attention subconsciously you are probably tensing them alot. I find it really hard to sleep, i have no appetite and mornings are the absolute worst! I didn't want to take medication, I tried 3 of them, took them for a few days and they made me feel so much worse I stopped. 10 days ago I couldn't take it anymore I saw no end in sight. I went to the hospital and they told me I had to take the medication suffer through the side effects and they would get better or I continue to feel like this. I was so desperate I started sertraline and have been on it for 10 days now. The first 6 days I was nauseous and vomitting after that it went away. I still have anxiety and I have a long way to go but I feel better then I did and it can only get better I'm hoping. I was at the point I couldn't get out of bed, didnt want to be alone, couldn't eat or sleep wouldnt leave the house, and I lost almost 15 lbs. Are you still on antidepressants now? If not, I would get back on them and not wait like I did and suffer for months. If you are still on them you may need to increase your dose or change medication. I have also had to take lorazepam for panic attacks and to help me sleep. I'm starting to think things might get better and a week ago I didnt see that at all. I was done with life. I still have alot of anxiety and times during the day I feel bad but atleast it's not all day like a week ago.

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      Hi Tracy. Thank you for replying to me. Have you found any way to control the burning sensations? Im not on medication anymore,was on Sertraline up until June but agreed with the doctor abroad things were a lot better so I gradually tapered off them for a few weeks. The thing that worries me about going back on medication is the side affects at the start,had a pretty rough ride of it to begin with...it made sleeping worse & right now the main issue is sleep-and lack of it.

      It's really nice to hear your feeling better than you were,it's actually perked me up a little & given me some hope. Positivity is something that's been missing from my life for quite a while,even though I have moved home & should be as happy as ever I feel like I've ran away from the issues that have triggered all of this again. Reading you saying things were better than it was has helped tonight. Thankyou

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      Hi Colin,

      Glad I could be somewhat of help. I find it helps to talk to other people going through the same thing. This site has helped alot. I haven't found anyway to control the burning sensations. I have started to be very aware of how tense I am and check very often and try to relax. But as soon as I realize my shoulders are up and tensed along with my arms and try to let go of it, it auatically quickly tenses again do its an all day thing paying attention to it. It's to the point that I have been tensing my right shoulder holding it up and my arm so much that my shoulder hurts and feels very fatigued. It's affecting my arm and hand as well with like a tingle feeling. Then I google physical symptoms and send myself into a panic thinking I have something serious wrong and it keeps setting me back. I know no am extremely tensed and it makes sense for my arm to feel tired when I'm squeezing it all day everyday but when you have anxiety it's hard to rationalize that and think logically. I find taking baths in Epsom salts helps with relaxing and the burning for a little until you start to tense again. But I guess the more you do it the more relaxed we can get. I have tried massage but they only work for a short time so I'm hoping that the sertraline I am on will start to take away the anxiety and therefore the tension and burning etc. If you have only been off sertraline for a few weeks maybe the side effects won't be as bad if you were to start them again? Or maybe try a different antidepressant? I know how bad I have been for 2 months and it was my only hope. I couldn't do it without them and I really didn't want to take pills at all. It has only been the last couple says that I have started to feel some what better that I could eat and leave the house for a short time.

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      This site definitely does help.when this first happened back in January I found some comfort in speaking to people & hearing their points of views & ways of dealing with things through this. I find it hard to tell people face to face how I'm really feeling,not wanting anyone to worry & pass my problems onto them. It's a case of smile and put on a brave face every day. I can relate to the Google scenario,you type in a question looking for reassurance & end up even more stressed out than you were to begin with? It's easier said than done but i reckon staying away from Google would help a lot haha! its still beyond me how anxiety can trigger so many different physical symptoms,it's a scary experience! Will definitely go to the doctor on Monday & see about medication,your words have helped tonight. You can only pick yourself up & want to get better,it won't happen on its own smile
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      That is exactly what I do, I google symtpoms looking for reassurance and it always makes me feel so much worse and sends me into a panic. Then I can't get it out of head and convince myself I have whatever serious disease comes up. I stopped googling general symptoms and now if I google I put anxiety and the symptom instead. Even that sometimes can be bad to do. I have accepted it's best for me not to google anymore as my doctors have told me as well. It is extremely difficult to accept and believe that anxiery can cause so many physical symtpoms on its own. I have had anxiety for years bt I always coped on my own it never got to this and I have never until 2 months ago had panic attacks. It was the scariest thing I thought inwas dying and I was having them every day more then once. I almost called an ambulance a few timessad I haven't had one in atleast a week and I can only hope it stays that way. I have to increase my dose of sertraline to 50mg bc I was so sensitive to antidepressants I had to start at the lowest 25 mg. I'm nervous about it bc I was sick at first and my anxiety did incerase. I'm hoping it won't be as bad since it is already in my system some. I hope I never have to go through what I have been through in the last 2 months again. I have never felt so bad and really didn't see any end. It was complete torture and I feel like I just exist. I couldn't even work. I hope you get the help you need on Monday so you can get it under control and it doesn't get worse.
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      Hi Tracy,

      How are you doing today?The google trap can be a nightmare,i have found myself checking every single symptom looking for answers and leaving myself in a worse state than i was to begin with...promised myself last night i was going to start fresh today and stay away from google,definitely easier said than done. when i first started sertraline in January i took 50mg,over the course of 6months i didnt need to go any higher thankfully,it did help,but i made some lifestyle changes along with it,made an effort to see the positive in absolutely everything,changed my diet etc. over time it all went away and i was in control and happy again. so it is absolutely possible,i hope you see a huge difference soon.

      After another restless night i decided to go to a health shop today and explained my situation,the guy knew exactly what i was talking about and actually explained what anxiety does to the body and how the mind and body reacts physically and mentally better than my doctor ever has,after a 5min chat he advised i try Magnesuim citrate 150mg- take one in the morning after food and two at night after food. after coming home i googled it(as you do) and came across this interesting page about it.....maybe you can take a look and see what you think?

      im still going to go to the Doctor on Monday and even ask about CBT as its meant to help also. hope your having a better day

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      Hi Colin, glad you're feeling better, I'm going in to third week of 50mg sertraline, my anxiety is a lot better, and fog has lifted, still not sleeping very well, and I don't know if its normal to have a racing mind with thoughts popping in all the time? Is that part of depression, or another mental illness, I'm too scared to google it lol, I have had a couple hours on Friday where I felt complete normal, still don't like being alone. I'm just loosing hope 😢, I think people can see on here I'm really trying to get hope back .

      Thanks for any positive reply x

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      Hi.

      Sorry to hear your having a bad time of it. The best thing you could have done was ask for help,talking to someone and getting things out in the open is the first step in the right direction. The racing thoughts are all a symptom of anxiety,your doing the right thing in not googling anything.what I've been trying to do & it helped in the past is count to 10 in your head when your thoughts are taking over,it will distract you from them. It will take a bit of time but you will be ok,look back at when you 1st started the medication 3weeks ago,how far have you came?dont give up! What triggered all of this for me again was an unexpected break up with my girlfriend,the stress & anxiety it caused is worse than I have ever experienced,i dealt with it & got on with things & let work take over my life for 3months which has only made things 10 times worse now,I should have asked for help when it all happened rather than try to ignore it. I have moments where i feel good & positive & then moments where I'm a complete mess,with anxiety & depression your mind tends to dwell on the negatives rather than benefit from the positives. But with help from a doctor & hopefully a counsellor I'll get through it. 2016 isn't far away so you should try & make it your goal to put all the bad stuff behind you from this year & make a fresh start. Col X

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      Anxiety plays on your mind,that's what's horrible about it. It scares the sh*t out of me too,can worry myself into a panic thinking about it sometimes. Hope tomorrow is a brighter day for you smile X
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      Hi Colin ,

      I don't get email notifications anymore when there are new posts and comments So i just got this now. I have been trying to stop googling and when I do adding anxiety to the symptom however it doesn't work either. Something always ends up coming up, exaxtly what i am afraid of, scaring me and sending me into a panic. I am still waking up with so much anxiety I can't cope. I have been going to the dr almost everyday for reassurance c my anxiety is so bad mostly c of the physical symptoms. If they would go away It wouldn't be so bad. I convinced myself I have a serious neurological disease and I can't get past it. I go to the dr and they all say you don't have ms parkinsons or als or any neurological disease the symptoms don't present like this ad then I'm ok for a couple days and then I get some sensation tingle burning muscle twitch and start to panic again go to google and thenjoy conice myself the drs are wrong. It's exhausting sad I really can't cope anymore and I just want it all to stop

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      Hi lattifa,

      I still have bad anxiety in the morning and some throughout the day. I can't get past these physical symproms if they would stop I wouldn't be so bad. I have bad health anxiety and every twitch weird sensation Im convinced it's a serious disease. I have really bad muscle tension holding my shoulders up forward and tensed and cold sensations in my arm sometimes muscle twitches all over randomly and sometimes I even feel a tightening in my muscle in my arm I don't know if it's bc I'm so tense or o muscle spasm but google sends me into a panic and I just want it to end. I haven't been googling as much bc it makes me feel worse but if I get a symprom that really scares me I turn to google hoping to feel better but it does the opposite sad

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      Hi Tracey,

      Can you imagine what life would be with out google? For people like us, it would be great wouldn't it? We would have no choice but to trust our Drs!!?

      I have got to the point in too scred to google! I know I will find my worst fear if type in my symptoms. Even though I dont google anymore my mind still produces a load of crap that scares me!! You have to fight the urge to google symptom's, you KNOW it will bring on panic and Dee down you kind of know its all anxiety. Anxiety creates al the syptoms in the world and corresponds with every disease known!! Try thinking about the new you in 2016, what you will be wearing , are you going to go for a new look? Are you going to save for a holiday? Write down some plans, google cloths , hair styles holidays, courses you cous learn? Andx slowly slowly get your mind absorbed in to other stuff. Dont get me wrong its not easy nd the thoughts my still be there, but sometimes for a few mins you wil forget then it will come back, we need to train our brains back to normity, its hard very hard and I think will be a long prices for us! But all we can do is our best. Imagine how ong it took us to train our brains to be the way we are , fcor me it was sudden after trauma, but it gets worse and worse before you know it, it starts to take over your life 😠 .

      Come on NO more google, lets do this together.

      All the best, keep me up to date on how its going, tomorrow is A new day.

      Xx

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      I want to believe it's all anxiety but it's really hard to bc I don't k ow how anxiety can cause all these all these real symtpoms....do you get the muscle twitches, weakness feeling in arms, burning sensation, tingling, numbness, flu like symptoms too?
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      Hi Tracy

      How are you doing today? I really wish I could do something to help you,sounds like things are really tough for you at the moment. From what I found out,the burning sensations & spasms/twitches are a stress reaction,your body & mind are overly stressed-even a few days after you calm down these symptoms can persist . See if you can set yourself a target,don't google any symptoms for a couple of days & see how you feel,i know it's really hard but once you break the cycle it should help you some. Have you seen any improvement with the medication your taking? Thankfully & fingers crossed it stays this way-I'm feeling better,i opened up to some close friends about everything,for me I have always hidden everything away from people & put a brave face on & smiled which has only made things worse now I look back. Is there anyone close you can talk to,it might help you relax??-the saying goes 'a problem shared is a problem halved' This forum is a great help but talking to someone in person is an even bigger help. I know Christmas is coming up & this time of year can be hectic so it's difficult to find time but maybe you could get away for a day to a spa & try & leave your thoughts at home for a day,even if it's only for a day it might help? Did you look into the magnesium supplement i wrote to you about,I also have another one you can have a look into-5HTP,I've been taking it for a couple of weeks & seeing positive results without noticing-basically my mood is a lot more stable & my thoughts are in control without me noticing. Just something you can look into.

      Everything will level out for you Tracy,it might take a little more time but you will get there,don't give in! X

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      Yes I do ! Do you sleep ok at night? O think sleep is very important for people like us (anxiety suffers) being tired can make things a whole lot worse.

      I'm sure that its all anxiety, and you need to belive that too. It doesn't mak e nit gp away, but it helps lesson it slowly. And lessons the intensity.

      Do your breathing when ever possible, to train ur body to relax, have you tried swimming and sauna, this helps me get good sleep, or I mean better than usual sleep.

      X

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