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Intermittent anxiety, fear, nocturnal insomnia, due to stress for 7 days-does it require medical attention? Whats my best option?

Intermittent anxiety, fear, nocturnal insomnia, due to stress for 7 days-does it require medical attention? Whats my best option?

Talk: Your best option is just to go talk out your symptoms with someone. Put them out there & together sort out what feels most helpful. You can start with your regular provider, a support counselor, or a therapist. You are smart for reaching out--keep going. No harm is done if stress is temporary and much can be gained with skilled help. Sore arm, you would not pause-- sore mind, seek aid too. ...Read more

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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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Does cardiac arm pain tend to be consistent? Been having intermittent arm pains that are increasing my anxiety, but theyre localized & move frequently

Does cardiac arm pain tend to be consistent? Been having intermittent arm pains that are increasing my anxiety, but theyre localized & move frequently

Not necessarily: If you have experienced chest pain, and symptoms involving the left arm, and the latter can be quite vague, and this is getting more frequent and troubling, do not hesitate. See your doctor today, get an ekg, and if necessary, a cardiac stress test. Other causes may be present, but that can be decided later. ...Read more

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Can extreme anxiety (working on it!) contribute to low gallbladder function? Symptoms = nausea & very minor intermittent pain upper right. No stones

Can extreme anxiety (working on it!) contribute to low gallbladder function?  Symptoms = nausea & very minor intermittent pain upper right.  No stones

Sure: your med list make it seem you are modulating hormones that can have effects throughout the GI tract. I don't think there is any specific pathway, but so many factors contribute to gall bladder function. Sometimes simplifying diet (usually some version of 'no wheat, no sweet, no full milk, full milk products, or milk fed meat' is helpful. ...Read more

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Intermittent tingling in the tips of left fingers, primarily index. Feels like time is frozen. Left shoulderblade ache. Anxiety, muscular, cardiac?

Intermittent tingling in the tips of left fingers, primarily index. Feels like time is frozen.  Left shoulderblade ache. Anxiety, muscular, cardiac?

None of above: Neuritic. Your symptoms can be explained by a combination of neuropathies from the cervical roots C4-7 to the brachial plexus to a median nerve entrapment (carpal tunnel) - particularly the intermittent tingling in your 1st, 2nd (index), 3rd, and 4th fingers. A careful neurologic exam should be able to determine the level of the pathology. ...Read more

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Intermittent "popping" sensations in upper right scalp, scared of "Subarachnoid hemorrhage". Could it be muscle tension?Anxiety?Any advice would help.

Intermittent "popping" sensations in upper right scalp, scared of "Subarachnoid hemorrhage". Could it be muscle tension?Anxiety?Any advice would help.

GOOD NEWS: It's not a subarachnoid hemorrhage, b/c that's INSIDE your skull. My guess is that YOUR guess is correct, and that it IS, indeed, stress related. ASSUMING your SKIN IS INTACT (if NOT, go see MD) Try closing your eyes, taking slow deep breaths in thru nose, out thru mouth, exhale is longer than inhale, and giving yourself a scalp/face/neck massage. It might be easier to try in shower 1st. be well. ...Read more

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For 2 hours intermittent 30 second ache in and around left breast.No other symptoms. PCP says heart ok.Anxiety?Muscular? Cardiac?Indigestion?

For 2 hours intermittent 30 second ache in and around left breast.No other symptoms. PCP says heart ok.Anxiety?Muscular?   Cardiac?Indigestion?

Hormonal Changes: Anxiety is possible. Before I consider it anxiety, I would look into hormonal changes that are common after the age of 35. Breast exam and a baseline Mammogram and a symptom chart based on your menstrual cycle are the basics I would do first. Decrease your caffeine intake, take some Ibuprofen and increase your physical activity for 3 months. If this does not help, then it is time to get a consult ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause intermittent episodes if forehead swelling, abdominal swelling, eye pain, and neck pain?... I also suffer from sinus .. No fever

Can anxiety cause intermittent episodes if forehead swelling, abdominal swelling, eye pain, and neck pain?... I also suffer from sinus .. No fever

No: It cannot. Something is physically wrong. Please consult with your family doctor. Most likely related to sinuses and allergies. Best wishes. It could also easily be more than one thing. ...Read more

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