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Suffering with anxiety and depression, from 2 months - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your quer
User :   hello
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
User :   nice to meet you
Doctor :   same here
User :   ok just keep with me im going to type
Doctor :   ok
User :   for the past 2 months i have been suffering with anxiety and depression
User :   I went to the er for panic attacks and they gave me valium and azipham
User :   on the first i got health insurance which is good and got a primary doc
User :   he put me on lexapro and xanax which is working well
User :   during the two months i have been having muscle twitches all over my body
User :   i am 24 years old
User :   good shape
User :   and no family history of this
User :   once in a while my calfs get stiff and it makes me think I have ALS or something so I can not calm down
User :   it stinks becuase i already have anxiety
User :   i went to the er!
User :   they did all the blood tests
User :   potassium
User :   magnes
User :   electrolytes
User :   sugar
User :   and so on
User :   also docs did a ultra sound on my leg so no clot
User :   two er docs said i am fine and my primary did the old school reflex tests and checked my strenght and said dont worry about it
User :   hard not to worry when there could be something seriously wrong
User :   but i want to trust them and just live on, maybe my anxiety is doing it or the lexapro, maybe i am thinking too much about it and thats the problem
User :   anyways lol
User :   breath
User :   are you still there after all that?
User :   doc?
User :   doc please you did not bail on me did you?
User :   helloooooooooooooooo
User :   hello
User :   are you there?
Doctor :   hi
User :   did you get all that
Doctor :   sorry there wasc a technical error
Doctor :   bu i got your message b
User :   ok
User :   thanks for not leaving
Doctor :   so do u have any symptoms ?
User :   i typed a lot of stuff did you get all of it?
Doctor :   yes i got all of that
User :   symptoms of what i told you what i had
Doctor :   i want to know are u having any sympyoms right now
User :   muscle twitching
User :   mostly when my body is at rest
Doctor :   just stiffness and twitching right ?
User :   correct
User :   im so scared its als
Doctor :   any cramps and sudden weakness , loss of bowel and bladdert control ?
User :   nope
Doctor :   you need not worry at all
Doctor :   this is not ALS
User :   do you think it could be BFS?
User :   or just a combination of anxiety and meds?
Doctor :   This is not of any pathologic significance at all
User :   ok I know it is rare, im 24 but know it is possible
Doctor :   is there any atrophy of your limbs ?
User :   what does that mean lol?
User :   sorry?
Doctor :   i mean does ur legs seem thin and non muscular ?
User :   no not at all
Doctor :   including thighs?
User :   i have the same amount of muscle as i did
User :   yes and thighs
Doctor :   in that case, you dont have any muscle and neurologic involvement
User :   i wonder what the twitches are then
Doctor :   hence no ALS or BFS
User :   they are in the back of my arm, calfs, back, thumbs
User :   kind of everywhere
User :   its weird, very annoying
Doctor :   USUALLY WHEN ANXIOUS or tensed, you han have muscle groups contracting independently
User :   i am very tense
Doctor :   this is callled fasciculations
User :   but doc, they happen a lot when my body is resting
Doctor :   and are very normal physiologically
User :   so all in my head lol
Doctor :   yes, they occur only at rest,
User :   ahhhhh
Doctor :   and not while activity
User :   so i need to stop thinking about them
User :   and in time they will do away?
Doctor :   so there is nothing to be worried about
Doctor :   yes , they will reduce over time
User :   well thank you
Doctor :   even if they persist to come any time u need not be worried at all
User :   ok thats makes me feel so much better
Doctor :   as more u r conscious about that, more u will be worried that it might be something seriously wrong
User :   i konw
User :   know
User :   i just keep thinking about it and it makes things worse
Doctor :   so just relax and enjoy ur life
Doctor :   u have nothing to worry
User :   thanks a lot doctor
Doctor :   u r welcome
User :   you helped me so much you have no idea
Doctor :   i am happy to help
User :   thanks have a good one, thats good for me
User :   bye
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   good day to you
User :   thanks
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