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Numbness and tingling in left arm and leg due to anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   hi i've been to hospital with chest pains twice in past 4 weeks
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   everything related to my heart came out fine they ran alot of exams on me and i seem to be fine it started it out with just pain in my chest and constant burping
User :   then it started to become more like pressure in my chest by my heart that would shoot up my neck and into my jaw
User :   i had alot of anxiety attacks where i thought i was having a heart attack or something
Doctor :  
ok
User :   they told me i had a GI problem and i should see a GI specialist
Doctor :  
Yes I remember we discussed this previously on GERD too
User :   my left arm had been feelin weak this whole time
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   Do you have the chest pain now?
User :   no
Doctor :  
When was your last visit to the ER?
User :   so i was on my way to the GI doctor and i felt my left arm get very numb and tingly
User :   then i felt my left leg get a bit numb and weak
Doctor :  
The anxiety can cause such numbness and tingly
User :   i was a little scared but i though maybe because i had not eaten much that day
Doctor :  
Numbing and tingly in more than one region point more towards anxiety
Doctor :  
ok
User :   so after i got home from that docotr i started eating and everything but my arm and legs still felt the same
User :   later that nnight i decided to take a hot bath to relax after i came out of the bath i felt my arm start hurting
User :   then the pain got even worst i went to bed put a heating pad on and woke up later that night with alot of pain i went to hospital they told me it could be paresthesia they gave me motrin and i went home
User :   the next day i started feelin more numbness but now my face felt num like my jaw
Doctor :  
ok
User :   ever since then now my face feels a little numb but my whole body i get sharp stabbing pains like in my nerves
User :   like shooting stabbing pains all over my body
User :   i dont know what it is
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   sumtimes behind my neck sumtimes my back but mostly my arms and legs and feet
Doctor :  
If the numbness and tingling is for more than one region one should get evaluated properly with primary physician ( PCP) and then get referred to Psychiatrist / Neurologist whomso ever it may be concerned.
User :   yea i made an appt with neurologist already
User :   but im very concerned
Doctor :  
Good
Doctor :  
Listen to me now, you are having panic attacks frequently I guess
Doctor :  
You can now go to a Primary care provider ( PCP) and ask him for anxiolytics
Doctor :  
which will reduce your problem temporarily before you see the Neurologist
User :   yea ive been relaxed recently though and seems like my pains arent going away, but right now i am concerned about multiple sclerosis
Doctor :  
Have you gone through internet trying to relate your symptoms?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
Yes I knew this
Doctor :  
You would do the same and interpret it as Multiple sclerosis
Doctor :  
Multiple sclerosis is something which is just rare for a person like you with just numbness and pin
Doctor :  
and no muscular weakness
Doctor :  
If you keep searching the internet and get confused you will be more panic
User :   well i do have muscular weakness too specially left arm and leg
Doctor :  
and which increases the anxiety and the numbness increases
Doctor :  
How many times it happened yet?
User :   what happen?
Doctor :  
Tingling, numbness and weakness
User :   ive been feelin like this for 2 days constantly gettin these sharp stabbing pains
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Do you have visual changes?
User :   not really
Doctor :  
Do you dizziness or vertigo?
User :   dizziness ive had but its mostly when i have anxiety
Doctor :  
Usually the vision changes like blurring of vision and falls and black outs are one of the most important early symptoms in MS
User :   i do have spasms all the time
Doctor :   If you have one problem already in the form of anxiety why do you relate the current symptoms to a problem which is not yet diagnosed
Doctor :  
This increases the severity of the current problem
User :   well its not easy when ive never felt this way now all the sudden i feel like this and its related to MS
Doctor :  
What do you want to do now?
Doctor :  
Can you see a PCP and get some anxiolytics prescribed
Doctor :  
which will help you till the time you see a Neurologist and get the MS ruled out
User :   i dont know i guess i just needed to talk to somone about my concern
User :   what would i get an MRI?
Doctor :   I can always listen to your concerns but you should come out of the preformed opinion and stop relating your problems with the diseases that you find on internet.
Doctor :  
Well after your consult with Neurologist, he does a physical examination and if he feels the need for MRI he orders it
Doctor :  
Yes MRI shall help in differentiating with MS or not?
User :   im sorry to ask but what kind of physical exams do they perform?
Doctor :  
You do not have to feel sorry, you should know what is done.
Doctor :  
Neurologist examine your capacity to interpret, listening, vision, memory, power, reflexes, tone of the muscles
Doctor :  
and co ordination
User :   oh ok i see
Doctor :  
He will test your other senses
User :   what can cause my symptoms though?
Doctor :  
Anxiety I could easily say now
User :   its weird because today i went to work and for like 2 hours i felt nothing
Doctor :  
Then you were constantly engaged in some work where you had no time to think of your health. So no thinking, no anxiety, no anxiety and no severity of the symptoms
Doctor :  
though you might have the perception.
User :   alright i guess so
User :   well thank you for helping me out
Doctor :  
Do not just worry about your symptoms
Doctor :  
You do not have a major illness
Doctor :  
they are minor ailments with constant anxiety you are in
Doctor :  
Ok?
Doctor :  
Please follow up with me after your consult with Neurologist
Doctor :  
Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
User :   i understand and thank you for your help your the most helpul guy here
User :   done
Doctor :  
Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :  
Bye for now.
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