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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can an anxiety disorder mimic symptoms like ms? muscle twitches ,prickly sensation, numbness ? had normal brain,neck mri and clean emg.

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Dr. Ajainder Shergill
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: Anxiety can, indeed, present with such symptoms. Important thing is to not chalk up the symptoms to anxiety until workup for other more serious things has been done. In your case, it appears that your studies are normal, so you should be reassured. There can still be some metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities that can cause such symptoms. If you continue to have symptoms, see your doctor.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Effects of anxiety: Symptoms of prickling, numbness and twitching can occur in anyone, and they can be more noticeable to someone feeling anxiety. Your tests are ok. That is great! Means those nerves are healthy. Maybe just oversensitive.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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