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Muscle weakness and Anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hello, i am having a feeling of weakness in my right arm and its also in my hand
User :   i suffer from anxiety and im feeling awful at the moment
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed the weakness?
User :   i have noticed the weakness in my right arm just recently.. in the last hour
User :   but over the past few weeks its been in my left
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you able to grip a pen or a spoon with your right hand?
User :   yes i can
Doctor :   Do you have difficulty while combing /drying your hairs?
User :   no difficulty
Doctor :   Do you have pain around the neck?
User :   yes i feels like muscular pain and i get massages
User :   and i get a bit of back pain
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you suffer from similar problems in the past?
Doctor :   Did you recently suffer from an fever or any other infection?
User :   no i havent i have only noticed this within the past month
User :   i have recently been on antibiotics for an ear infection
User :   and i have a prolactinoma with i take medication for
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Based on your description, I do not find any features suggesting of a definite neurological weakness.
Doctor :   The symptoms that you describe is probably a functional disorder.
Doctor :   Which inturn could be due to the anxiety problems.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes i understand
User :   also sometimes the weakness spreads into one side of my mouth and leg
Doctor :   Functional symptoms usually settle down with good bed rest and relaxation techniques.
Doctor :   If the symptoms are severe, then you will need to see a doctor for better anti anxiety medications which can induce drowsiness.
Doctor :   The medications can be avoided if you can help yourself relax better with proper rest and relaxation techniques.
Doctor :   Relaxation techniques include deep breathing exercises, counting breathes, a cool shower, yoga and meditation.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i understand
User :   i just get scared that it could be stroke or heart attack
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   Your symptoms are not suggestive of a stroke or a heart attack.
User :   ok does the weakness in my face and suggest that its muscular related?
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   the symptoms are suggestive of a functional disorder
Doctor :   which is probably secondary to anxiety.
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