pins and needles

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Hi guys...just want to know can you get pins and needles without hyperventilatin..or is it gbs because ive been reading about gbs and now im terrified..pls help...im on prozac tablets from doctor aswell..maybe its a side effect? I started two days ago...ive pretty much convinced myself i have gbs...pls help...and also this is my 3rd time writing here sorry if ive been annoying but im terrified...x

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    Just try to stay as calm as you possibly can Rachel46144. I know this is easier said than done. However, you might be slightly hyperventilating without realising you are. I sometimes get the tingles just before a panic attack and that tells me I need to try and distract myself, calm down or remove myself from the situation I dont wish to get into. I am not sure about the side  effects of Prozac but it seems a possibility that could be the cause.  Did your GP give you any information as to how you might feel in the early  days? Anxiety and panic are clever at making ypu think you have something far worse. Our brains go into overdrive and conjour up numerous scenarios. Have you anyone to help you out? Try to tell yourself that you are still able to text a message on here and in spite of everything you are still here. 

    Trust me, you are going to be just fine. This will pass, and hopefully your medication will help you get through this,  but it might be a little while before you turn that corner. I hope this helps you a little?x

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      Thanks sue...i just feel from the symptoms ove read on the internet about this guilainn barre syndromme...im just so terrified abd scared of becoming paralysed..and i already feel numb....i have actually convinced myself i have this sickness because my have constant pins and needles...the doctor never said abt the side effects no....but the pins and needles did start the day after i started...i just dont know what to do..xo
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      Hi anxiety,s a pig eh? Can I suggest you read the patient leaflet with the pills? It's maybe a known side effect. If not have a word with your chemist or doc. Hope it settles down for you. 
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      Did you have any tests done to determine what might be causing you to feel like you do? And, of course, just like yourself I  have resorted to Dr Google and given myself a panic attack over thinking what I might really have.  I try not to do it now. The reason we do it is  because  we dont believe  that it is anxiety causing  us to feel so awful, but it is and it does! If you are not satisfied with the Prozac and you feel it is making you worse, go back to your GP. I was prescribed Sertraline. That made me feel awful. I have since stopped taking it and have been referred for counselling.  Our brains are powerful and if we start to overthink about symptoms then we can really convince ourselves that is what we have. I do hope you can try and distract yourself as i know how scary  one can become when in this mindset. Have you someone that can support you at home?x 
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      I didnt feel these symptoms really untill had researched on internet...ive just myself really convinced and i dont know how to unconvince myself...i have had blood tests done and my reflexs are working perfect...at home my mum is great xo
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      If our brains are so powerful that they can work against us by creating all the horrible symtoms related to anxiety then they must be powerful enough to work FOR us too! Different thinking required! I don't know how to do it. Just saying really. 
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    Hi Rachael, doesn't it seem a bit of a clue that the pins and needles started the day after you started  the Prozac. When starting anti-depressants you often get a few weird symptoms in the first weeks as your body adjusts to the drug and it could well be this. I would go back to your doctor and ask him/her. Something most sufferers have learnt on this forum is never google symptoms. Anxiety has a field day with it! Also reading the side-effects on the medication leaflet can be a problem as the manufacturers always cover themselves for being sued by listing every remotely possible thing from pimples to sudden death! This can also be an anxious experience, for no reason. Pins and needles are a fairly common symptom of anxiety as you can hyperventilate without noticing and, as you are anxious, this would be the most obvious reason, but check with your GP. By the way, it doesn't matter how often you post on here, you are not annoying. I think most people on this forum have compassion and understanding for how terrifying anxiety can get at times but remember that, no matter how scary it gets, anxiety is not dangerous and cannot harm you in any way.
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      I'm sorry you are having these symptoms but they are also symptoms of anxiety. No harm will come to you. You are not going mad and you will not die. This is just what anxiety does to you. It is very uncomfortable but not dangerous. You will be alright. Nothing is going to happen to you. Can you get a friend to come over or talk on the phone to someone or failing that phone a helpline like Anxiety UK or No Panic or Samaritans. They may be able to help you calm down. Even if you do nothing, you will still be OK, but I know it's tough. Big hug xx
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      Hi,these symptoms are side effects of medications.I had same symptoms when I started  Citalopram .I was ill for about 3 weeks.I lost my appetite too.Don't worry you will be fine,the side effects will go away
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      Yes all med for anxiety have similar side effects.I start taking cit for 4 weeks still have some side effects but not too bad .First 2-3 weeks I had realy bad symptoms .Maybe your med won't give too many side effects,anyway take few weeks for med to work, so you have to be patient.
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