JanLynn, I was this way for my entire life since about age 12. I am 42 now. It got so bad that after an anniversary trip during which I spent nearly the entire time fearing I would die, I went to my GP and said I can't do it anymore. I was afraid of everything. that I had a blood clot that would kill me, cancer that was forming, appendicitis about to flare, you name it I thought I had it and that it would turn deadly. My GP is awesome. My husband came with me because I wanted him to hear and participate. He did not know the extent of my anxiety. After a long discussion, it seems I might be a bit OCD and rather than washing my hands repeatedly or combing the fringe on rugs, I am OCD about my health. I also work in the medical field, so I know about all the rare and unusual events that can rob people of a normal life which I'm sure, raised my anxiety even more. Anyway, I started on Citalapram to help reduce my anxiety and this has made such a huge huge huge difference in my life!! Instead of dwelling on my fears when they pop in my mind, I am able to move on! I'm not suggesting this is the answer for you, but let me tell you, after nearly 30 years of my paranoia/fear of contracting serious health issues or my family contracting serious health issues, I am living again.
I hope you are able to find some relief from your worry. Some worry is normal, but when it controls you---well, I hope your dr. listens closely and that s/he hears the level of concern in your message. I had to swallow my pride and say blatantly where I was at---the bottom. I couldn't do it anymore--trying to deal with it on my own. I was miserable during a time I should have been having the time of my life (on that vacation). I spoke plainly and she listened thoroughly.
I have had instances where a portion of my leg feels like it is burning. In my car, in the summer it felt like it does when you are too close to a hot pipe or even a fire. Like you have to move away from it. But of course there was no hot pipe or fire. It was the strangest thing. It happened off and on for awhile and if I remember correctly only in one leg--in the lower front part of the leg. I never could attribute it to anything, but when I investigated symptoms, I learned that pain can come in the form of heat. Check out dermatome maps that show how different parts of your body may be affected by misalignment or other nerve "irritations". I discovered this when only my left pinky and left side of my left ring finger tingled. Tracked it down to compression of an ulnar? nerve in my elbow (from leaning on the elbow too much). But I learned about dermatomes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatome_(anatomy)View Thread
Update: i saw a neurologist who tested a bunch of things and wondered about my foot reflexes which indicated a possible problem with my vertebrae. Did an MRI and all was fine. Nothing was pressing on my spine, no slipped or bulging disks, no indicators of MS. He concluded there was not a neurological explanation. I still suspect hormonal fluctuations, but wouldn't you know it? I haven't had a recurrence for over a month now. Kind of like when your car is having problems but then acts fine when you take it to the shop!
But, that could be perimenopause....inconsistent fluctuations....?
Best to all, and just remember you are not alone! I was so thankful I found this sight and am signed up to recieve emails whenever a new post is added.View Thread
Interesting! I am 40 years old, period has increased in frequency to every three weeks (used to be every four weeks), and I do have anxiety. However, six months ago I had a sudden intense heat spread across my upper back followed by slightly blurred vision and tingling all down both of my arms. Since that "big" one, I have lesser versions a couple of times a month. I can tell they are coming about 10 seconds prior...the heat spreads across my upper back and the tingling all down both my arms. This is different than the anxiety symptoms I will feel, and have only just now started keeping track of when they happen to see if it's linked to hormonal changes during the month. I did have one last night that only consisted of heat and only on the left side of my trunk and head. Each time it lasts a minute or two, but one time the arm tingling continued for five minutes. I wonder too about back alignment...check out dermatome maps that show how different parts of your body may be affected by misalignment or other nerve "irritations". I discovered this when only my left pinky and left side of my left ring finger tingled. Tracked it down to compression of an ulnar? nerve in my elbow (from leaning on the elbow too much). But I learned about dermatomes. I am talking to my dr.next week about this heat and tingling. She had said to lt her know if they continued. Thanks e eryone for being brave to post your personal experiences. It is so helpful to know we are not alone.