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Sudden weakness in arms, legs. Anxiety, stress. What should i do? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Mar-2013
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User:hi i keep getting a sudden weakness in my legs
User:and arms
User:i have anxiety which is making it worse
Doctor:Stress , is most commomly associated with episodes of muscle weakness
Doctor:stress releaving exercises will Meditation will help here
User:i also keep extreme faintness
User:my legs keep collapsing underneath me although there is no pain
User:also severe fatigue
Doctor:Fine , Have you got yourself eamined ?
User:i have seen my gp who has referred me to a neurologist
User:but i feel very ill today, should i go to the hospital?
Doctor:If it is really more uncomfortable then do go to the hospital
User:what are the possible causes?
Doctor:there are many causes for such muscles weakness a detailed examination can narrow down the list
User:is it an emergency? i am very reluctant to go to the hospital, but my appointment is two weeks away, i cannot wait that long
User:i am 21 years old
Doctor:I would say sooner the better , as most of muscle related conditions will be progressive in nature
User:ok, i had an mri of my chest and abdomen in summer 2011, would this have picked up any spinal problems?
Doctor:MRI specifically of spine could b of help
Doctor:not of chest and abdomen
User:ok could it be related the the anxiety
Doctor:Yes, stress and anxiety are commonest causes in young adults for such weakness
User:ok, how likely is ms and such like?
Doctor:MS is most often associated with other abnormalitities like speech, eye , face abnormalities , I would not suspect it in your without a detailed examination
User:ok, what do you advise should i wait for my appointment in three weeks, go to the hospital now or wait until tomorrow and go
Doctor:you can wait until tomorrow
User:to accident and emergency?
User:or should i go the walk-in centre
User:or my gp
Doctor:I would say a GP first who can reffer you to a neurologist
User:i have already seen him, but my appointment is in three weeks, i cant wait that long i need to work
Doctor:3 weeks is a long time but there is no risk
Doctor:but try to consult earlier
User:so i dont need to go to the hospital?
Doctor:As I said earlier the better
User:ok thanks
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