chronic health anxiety

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can anyone helpme? docs have diagnosed health anxiety but im convinced i have me,ihave numb cheeks,tingly chin and lips,tingling feet and one numb sometimes tingly hand,anybody else relate to this?

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    sorry im meant im convinced i have ms not me
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    That's how health anxiety works unfortunately, convinces us that we have all manner of things. When your Anxiety is controlled these fixations will stop. Don't Google symptoms though, trust your Dr. Have they prescribed any treatment for anxiety? Meds or therapy?
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    Hi Sarah

    Welcome to the forum

    All these symptoms are anxiety its hard I know to believe  but try some therapy to try and learn how to cope with it or it will take over your life

    An easy way to get your head round it is there is a switch in your brain that is broken and it makes you think your in danger when your not causing panic/anxiety.

    This forum is excellen for support

    Stay Strongcool

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      thankyou lynne for your reply,this has taken over my life already,3 doctors have diagnosed anxiety but ive made the mistake of using google and of course it brings up ms,its the face thing that worries me the most,cheeks feel numb but kinda full and a bit tingly then chin teeth and lips tingle ,this is constant it never ever stops or eases ever!
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    It's important thing with health anxiety is to recognise it as anxiety and not to feel you have to find resolution to the physical health symptoms. If you try you'll go round forever as there is no physical problem to resolve. I'd agree therapy is a good place to start and try to not listen to people who encourage you to have physical things checked (you should always in the first instance have things checked with a Dr which you have). People who have no understanding of health anxiety tend to give bad advice, not on purpose usually but they don't understand the nuances of health anxiety
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      thankyou for the advice,i am currently waiting for a phyciatrists appointment so maybe that will help,the face symptoms are soooo real and make me feel scary/panicky and the numb sensation is there all the time same with my feet,cant be rational about it at all,does any of my symptoms sound like ms?im terrified docs are missing something because im so anxious
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      Symptoms can relate to any illness at all, that's the problem, we become symptomatic of everything and anything. Psychiatry is a good place to be, until then stay off Google and try to keep as calm and distracted as you can
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      No Sarah. Not MS but hyperventilation. Numb or tingly feelings in hands, feet, face and lips are typical of hyperventilation. I expect you get feelings of stiffness in your fingers and face too, plus dizziness and slight nausea. These are all symptoms of hyperventilation - over-breathing without realising you're doing it. Hyperventilation is brought on by anxiety. It's completely harmless but can produce very unpleasant feelings. I used to do it when I was young and still catch myself starting even now, in my 70s, if I'm very anxious.

      I'm a former neuro nurse, btw.

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      thankyou lily that has reassured me slightly,i have it all the time in my face then a little numbness in left forearm that comes and goes then my left hand is quite often numb and tingly,sometimes 2 fingers sometimes whole hand,feet constantly tingle,i dont have stiffness in fingers but sometimes pain in 2 fingers,my cheeks are kind of numb/tingly/throbbing constantly and i feel like i have tremors so thats why im so scared,is it possible to have all of this all of the time and all down to anxiety?
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    Unfortunately we all have it...: that's what happens when I'm feeling anxiety.... Then it get worse and I have a full out anxiety attack and have all those symptoms.... It feels like a heart attack
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    Any kind of tingling or numbness should be seen by a neurologist,  it sounds nerve related and since it is in more than one place, it could be anything.  The world of nerve disorders is enormous and complicated.  Some diseases, like diabetes ( and I am not saying you have that...) can cause nerve type pain and numbness.  Chart when it started, keep a daily recording of how severe or mild it is and where it is.  Then, take this chart to the doc with you, lay it on their desk and be sure they answer each concern to your satisfaction.  You may need some tests to find answers unless the range of symptoms you have may be easier to diagnose.  One never knows but take charge, keep records of all symptoms (including any new ones or ones that have disappeared) and be diligent about your care.  Stay positive and don't worry until you have a reason, ok?
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    I get tingly face, different parts but i was told it was from tmj by a surgeon.the rest of what you wrote matches anxiety according to the symptoms. Also have odd tinnitis at times. Wow I just read lilys said it was breathing related which is relieving and interesting. But i know inhave tmj so i think its different sensations. Got to love anxiety it really makes ine huge mess in the body 😞
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