pins and needles sensation is driving me mad.

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hi all, i have terrible health anxiety, every day i fear every illness and sensation i feel.i have always had terrible thoughts of being ill and been told its the end.i have a huge fear of the doctors and really struggle to go,even with the simple stuff as i alaways fear the worst. I am currently on ctrolapram 20mg a day and just started CBT having been to my doctors a few mths in such a mental state about dying, it ruins my everyday life, i have constant thoughts about every sensation in my body is a terminal latest fear started in july, i stopped taking my meds suddenly and thought i could cope, been very wrong, i went to the doctors after 4 weeks in such a state as my body had started getting tingling and pins and needles all over most days, she didnt do any tests and told me it was due to me stopping medication and the anxiety as well as drug withdrawel from the meds.

a few weeks later it disappeared when i relaxed as i was away, however now it has come bak even worse, i am going insane with it, it is all in my arms, fingers, legs,some times my chest feels tingly and even my lips occasionally, my CBT lady said it is a classic sign of anxiety, but i struggle to believe it is only that?? 

i have also started to get a cold sensation in my foot or fingers, i am now stressed it may be diabetes,Brain tumor, MS is  big thought..... please please anyone help if you also suffer any of my similar sensations, it is worse at night time.   i have noticed that it does get worse when i focus on it, or if i am busy it can disappear, 

I am so so so stressed about it, it is ruining my life at the moment. i know i should go back to the doctors but i am too scared.   

please anyone who has had a similar experience Help......

sorry ive rambled on.


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    hi belinda33639,strange how it disapperaed when u were away -get back to docs and get on meds-new ones as it seems the one u were on wasn't helping.I was started on sertraline 3.5 wks ago as my anxiety appered from nowhere and cld not get it to stop at all.I also have physical symtoms -a clear sign of anxiety but today they seem to be subsiding at last.
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    Your story is very similar to mine! I have always been an anxious person but since a very serious illness and 4 operations in March 2013 i am a changed person. After an initial elation that i had recovered from the illness and feeling grateful to be alive, a gradual doom and fear has set in as i have convinced myself something else is about to happen! After months and months of gradual de line and eventual meltdown, i was referred for CBT and put on anti depressants... The therapist has explained the pins and needles to me as just the body's way of making sure the blood in the body is available to the heart and that means there is less blood in the extremities... Now that i understand some of the reasons why the body reacts the way it does to that " fight or flight" thing that it does, it has removed some of the fear! I have also started taking nice walks, meditation, and going to be looking at my diet ... Im determined to get well again... You will too, be patient and kind to yourself xxx
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    firstly and I say this to everyone with general health anxiety do not read about the medical issues if it is going to make you feel worse.  If you are worried speak to a professional to allay your fears but avoid the trap of getting overly worked up about various things that are not there.  If you get ill you get ill but until that time enjoy life.


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