on the verge of giving up.

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I am 29 male I have suffered from anxiety since i was 14 years old. I can't go further then 5 minutes from my house without freaking out. Recently i slipped and fell on the stairs of my house and ended up being in bed for a week unti i was able to walk. I scared myself after the fall that i was going to be paralyzed, fought through it and was ok. Then one night laying in bed i felt a weird numbing sensation throughout my whole body and i panicked, it eventually went away but i've been terrified ever since then and turned to google, i seen everything from pinched nerve to MS, Parkinsons etc etc. Ever since then it has been down hill, i started feeling weak, lifting anything gave me a weak feeling, which caused more panic. I've been to the doctor, had blood test done, still i don't feel right. 90% of the weak feeling went away after i told myself i was fine over and over and then it turned into burning / vibrating feeling in my legs, that went away and it turned into fully body shakiness and now the burning / hot feeling is back. My muscles are always tense, if i bend my legs at the knees, they shake and it panics me even more. Even when i feel like i am calm & my heart isn't racing, I still feel all of this. Can this be from Anxiety, I've dealt with anxiety for years but never physical symptoms like i have been feeling for the last two weeks.

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    Fallingapart.... Yes physical symptoms do exist with anxiety. I have had it since I was 14 and I'm now 35. Its awful and I know how u feel . your mind can be ur own worst enemy. And with anxiety is it. U feel and think all kinds of things. Ur not alone.
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      Thanks. and I can't tell if my right hand is weaker or not because i make a fist so much and use all of my strength doing it that i can't tell if it's just sore from doing it so much or if it's weaker.
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      Fallingapart... Ur entire body is probably exhausted from the constant worry and fear. I go through times where my body feels like a piece of glass and if I move in gonna break into a million pieces. That's when u gotta sit back , take some deep breaths and repeat to ur self that ur all right and this feeling will pass. Always remember that no matter how scary anxiety feels , it will not hurt u. It just scares you to death. If ur anything like me ur probably aware of every lil feeling that u have and freak out when u feel one lil thing is feeling weird. I have learned over the years that I can learn how to control it or it will control me and let me tell u , it will control u if u let it. I was home bound for 6 months. Couldn't do anything but freak out all day. No fun and I don't wish it on anyone.
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      Yes that is exactly how I am, i am to the point that i don't remember what was normal feeling before all of this, did my muscles shake like this before and i just didn't notice it etc, etc.
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    I would also like to add, when i wear pants i feel like i get the burning / tingling sensation more. When i take them off an put shorts on, it goes away.
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    Fallingapart... I'm the same way. I always say I wanna feel normal again but I have forgotten what normal is. I would just like to get through a day without constant worry about every lil thing I feel.
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      I try so hard to ignore it, i feel as if i have an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, and the devil is winning. I do good ignoring me for a little bit, but i eventually crack and fall into a dark place and have to struggle to get out of it, and then the next day it is the same cycle over and over. I was given Cymbalta by my doctor, but i've heard so much bad stuff about it ( withdrawal ) mainly, that i am terrified to touch it.
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      Fallingapart... I can only share my personal experience with cymbalta. For me it was awful. I was severly sucidal and just felt out of control. Total nightmare. I have been on Zoloft for years now along with xanax for those awful breakthrough panic attacks. My 16 year old also takes Zoloft. We both see a psychiatrist and I still struggle daily. Its not easy . having someone who knows how u feel makes feel less crazy.
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      Do you feel anyway responsable for the 16 year old having anxiety? I found my teenage daughter googling her symptoms a few months back and I went mad. Ever since I suffered from anxiety,I've set strict rules on how my kids use the net. No FB or twitter and no googling your symptoms. My daghter has defied me on two of the rules (caught her with a fb account). Maybe I've been too strict and she's rebelling,but I'd hate for my kids to go through what I went through.
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    I was a little younger than you are now when I suffered from anxiety,I too feared having MS and Parkinsons,my biggest fear was ALS. I'd start off with one illness and then move on to another, each one would be worse than the previous. When I thought I had ALS,I would wish for MS,as it was the better of two evils. It's been 10 years since I suffered fron anxiety,and guess what? I didn't have any of them. I had every symtoms under the sun,twitches,numbness,cramps,insomnia, you name it I suffered from it at some point. 

    If I went the Doc's and she/he said,your got ALS,I would have believed them,yet I refused to believe them when they said I was fine. You will only get better once you come to terms with the fact anxiety is the sole reason behind your symptoms,it's that simple.Putting words into practice is easier said than done I'll admit.

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      I don't remember getting the dry mouth,but I got all sorts of mad symptoms. I still get the odd twitch once in a while,and I had cramp yesterday, but I don't dwell on it and they go. It's mind of matter,if you think positive,you can overcome anxiety. 
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      Thats where i am now. I am trying to ignore all of it, think happy thoughts and let it go. It's an extremely hard thing to do, easier said then done. I do feel like a weight has been lifted off of my arms / shoulders after not thinking about it. I am hoping if i keep ignoring me, the shakiness and everything else will go away.
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    Well. Today is the calmest i have been in weeks, i feel kind of normal again. I did have a bit of weakness and extreme fatique earlier, but it went away quickly. I have been focusing on doing Belly breahting exercises and it seemed to help a whole lot, i felt like my old self. i am left with the shakiness still and slight teeth chattering, I am hoping if i can keep calm like i have been today, keep doing the belly breahting exercises & think happy thoughts and ignore the shakiness that it will eventually go away.
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