PLEASE HELP! Strange anxiety symptoms

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Hi!

I've had health anxiety for years but only recently I've been getting and overcoming the symptoms such as; foggy head, light headedness, aches and pains. And all sorts of specific ones!

But for the last 4 or 5 days I've got a new symptom of weak legs but when I tense a muscle, say when I smile it's like my facial muscles twitch or spasm.

Usually when I have symptoms for a couple of weeks I move onto another one, especially after reassurance. But I would like some reassurance on this topic please!

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    Hi Sam,

    That sounds like health anxiety's ugly head raising up. I too have had symptoms just like yours. Aches, pains, tingling, twitching...all common with us anxiety sufferers. You never realize just how much anxiety takes a toll on your body. It causes muscles to these up without you even realizing it, so when the muscles finally relax you feel the effects. It's crazy how you can actually even localize pain to a specific area. For example if you're afraid of having a brain tumor or aneurysm you can literally start to convince yourself that you feel pain in your head. Same goes with ANY part of the body. That's what I've found. Just try to remember it's anxiety and push through it by taking your mind away from it. Try exercising, doing something you enjoy, picking up a conversation with someone...anything to focus your brain on something other than every little ache or pain. I've been in your shoes and still deal with those symptoms but I've found this helps. Hang in there. It'll all be ok

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      Thank you so much Tom that is so reassuring. I understand everything you said and can definitely relate! It's just the aching after smiling and stuff which are crazy feelings! But what you said makes sense so thank you bery much for your reply!
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      My right cheek started to feel droopy and numb feeling but not numb like 3 days ago it's not spread to the other side and around my mouth. It comes and goes through out the day but I would say 95% of the day it's there. I know it's health anxiety but it's new symptom for me as well and now I keep looking in the mirror constantly to see if it's drooping. Wish there was a simple fix to this but it seams like it just takes time. Best of luck
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      Hello again Tom, I just have one further question! Since before the muscle weakness and trembling began, when i cross my legs i get pins and needles and i often get numbness in my fingers. I'm going to try some Magnesium capsules as I fear I may not be getting enough! (it can't hurt). I was just wondering if these are known anxiety symptoms to you? Thanks! 
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      Hey Sam, yup pins and needles are another big symptom of anxiety. It's the after effects of the adrenaline. The magnesium might help especially if you aren't getting enough. Low levels of magnesium can even be related to causing heart palpitations. So yea, definitely give it a try
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      Hi Tom, for the last 4 or 5 days my other symptoms have gone down, my legs are feeling a lot stronger than they were. But the end of my right index finger has gone quite numb or twinges when I move it I a certain way. Is this another symptom because of all my others? This one is really freaking me out
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      Hey Sam, glad to hear your other symptoms have gone down! The thing with your finger doesn't sound too concerning. Could be a pinched nerve somewhere. Like I said if all major tests were conducted and ruled normal that should give you peace of mind whenever you get any type of symptom.
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    I would try to take a couple of nice hot baths everyday. Make sure one of them is right before bed. It helps your muscles relax, & will help you cope better. Also, try to distract yourself by watching a nice movie, or by reading a book. 
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    I get that too. If I'm waiting for a picture to be taken and it's not right as soon as I smile my cheeks start to twitch. Do you get other symptoms and sensations too like muscle twitches everywhere, hot or cold sensations in parts of your body, muscle weakness and fatigue? Everytime one symtpom goes I get another and it sends me jnto a panic it's never ending sad
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      Hi Tracy,

      Honestly don't worry, everything you've just said I have had, and moved on from! Now it's the numbness and tingling I've moved on to! Don't worry, it's our bodies releasing adrenaline and other hormones. Can't be good for us all of this stress we're putting on our bodies, but that is the only thing that's wrong with us smile

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      I can't take it it is so extremely exhausting amd debilitating. So not that you mention numbness and tingling, the other night I woke up at 4 am in a complete panic attack. i was sleeping on my side with my leg crossed over infront of the other and I woke up and felt my leg and it was numb from my knee down. I was beside myself!!! I sat up on the side of the bed i knew if i stood on my leg it would give out and after a minute my knee felt a tingle and then it all went away. Has this ever happened to you?
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      Yeah that has happened to me, when I just cross my legs they go numb and tingly. I'm going to try and up my magnesium intake as this helps with muscle cramps and I fear it is low and anxiety uses up the magnesium in our bodies with adrenaline
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      Thing you need to tell yourself is "I can take it, I have made it this far!" "And nothing serious has happened, but I have been uncomfortable"  I know it is hard to think this way, been there.  But it truely gets better!
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