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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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34 y/o female w extreme anxiety. Can twitching and brisk reflexes for nearly 2 yrs but no weakness/atrophy still be ALS? Neuro says anxiety, scared.

Anxiety help: Without any weakness over that time frame, the Neuro is right - ALS is not likely. But you do feel worried and a good Health Psychologist might help you as you investigate. They can evaluate the emotional part and refer you to physicians w/ their impressions of the physical part. That's a bit like having an attorney. If the Dr didn't mention MS. I don't want to worry you, but that's worth a nod. ...Read more

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I habe constant leg stiffness nd paun did a lot of blood work and spine brain MRI all clear afraid of ALS doc says anxiety what are chanses 20 yrs?

I habe constant leg stiffness nd paun did a lot of blood work and  spine brain MRI  all clear afraid of ALS doc says anxiety  what are chanses 20 yrs?

Test are reassuring: Normal test should reassure you if they dont ask yourself why they dont.Pain is not a prominent feature of als. ...Read more

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Brisk jaw jerks. Isn't that normal if it was very brisk than abnormal correct. Als specialist say its anxiety nothing else wrong though. Should worry?

Brisk jaw jerks. Isn't that normal if it was very brisk than abnormal correct. Als specialist say its anxiety nothing else wrong though. Should worry?

Likely MD correct: Stress, tension, anxiety, and hyperthyroidism may all result in increased reflex responses, and what you describe above is not at all part of als. Not clear to me why this has been considered, based on information provided. Hope this also reassures you. ...Read more

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Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Improbable: There are many beneign causes of leg pain/ parasthesias. See musculoskletal specialist, like a manipulative do. Is there a family hist of nerve diseases? Activity can cause it too. ...Read more

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Habe leg stiffness and pain had blood works spine brain MRI neuro test all clear afraid of ALS but doc said anxiety can it be caused by anx?

Habe leg stiffness and pain had blood works spine brain MRI neuro test  all clear  afraid of ALS but doc said anxiety can it be caused by anx?

Possible: If all work ups have not found any underlying problems for your symptoms, it will be a good idea to get evaluated psychiatrically. The stress of being medically screened sometimes can be so overwhelming for some, that even after no diseases are found, the worry continues. Talking to a psychiatrist may be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have occasional lightheadedness, and on other occasions I feel a head-rush similar to an adrenaline rush. I also sometimes have a tingling sensation in my feet and hands. Should I be worried about brain tumors or ALS? Or is this anxiety 101?

I have occasional lightheadedness, and on other occasions I feel a head-rush similar to an adrenaline rush.  I also sometimes have a tingling sensation in my feet and hands.  Should I be worried about brain tumors or ALS?  Or is this anxiety 101?

Need more info: Your complaints are common to many conditions both physical and psychological. It would take an exam and a detailed personal history to try to understand what is going on. First start out with a visit to your family physician who after an exam and interview should be able to set you on the right road to feeling better. ...Read more

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Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety. 17yrs old

Hmmm: No way to tell with those history elements alone. Please follow up with your doctor to share more history and be assessed further. A neurologist would be a good choice as well. good luck figuring it out ...Read more

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Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, some numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. Is it ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety.

Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, some numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. Is it ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety.

Tremors: With these symptoms you need to see a good diagnostician and I would start with my family doctor. He will probably start with a complete blood panel and exclude all metabolic disease . If this is all normal that he will be able to send you to the appropiate specialist to treat your condition. Do not try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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I have anxiety, taking escitalopram 20mg, since 2 weeks have dull pain and weakness in both thighs..Can it be something serious or just anxiety? Als?

I have anxiety, taking escitalopram 20mg, since 2 weeks have dull pain and weakness in both thighs..Can it be something serious or just anxiety? Als?

Anxiety: Pain ; weakness in thighs are musculoskeletal symptoms. At your age, the most likely cause would be activity of sorts. Anxiety itself can present as various physical and/or mental symptoms, including musculoskeletal.(if continues, talk with your pcp) note: anxiety treatment requires twice the medication dose and twice the time to respond to medication treatment compared with depression treatment. ...Read more

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