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During the past 10 weeks I have been experiencing a range of

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Hello During the past 10 weeks I have been experiencing a range of neurological symptoms. These started with tremor in my left thumb and has progressed to my left hand and right hand and right leg. I have experienced internal tremor when waking. I have experienced weakness and co ordination difficulties, twitching and jerking. All these symptoms are worse when I am anxious and do come and go. The tremors are fairly constant.

I have also experienced on two ocassions "whole body fizzing" that were very frightening one of which was prompted by a spasm that occured in my leg and woke me up. I quickly got up and

experienced this "fizzing reaction".

4 years ago I was diagnosed with CP through alcohol abuse and although I stopped drinking immediately my fear is that these symptoms are related to damage I may have caused. I initially thought it might be Parkinsons due to the tremors but realise now that this is unlikely, a fact supported by my GP. My GP is treating me for anxiety as I have had a previous occasion of this (13 years ago) with a range of neurological symptoms ultimately brought on through stress. My blood pressure was taken on Friday and the Doctor said this was okay.

I am an anxious person and have become extremely anxious now. On a couple of occasions where I have managed to lower my stress levels I have enjoyed better days but the symptoms always return particularly the tremors. Would a neurological disorder act in the same way?

I presume ultimately I would need a MRI scan but please can you give me your thoughts. Would the symptoms present like this thorugh nerve / brain damage? Would you expect my blood pressure readings to be normaI if there was a such an issue? If so is the prognosis extremely bleak. I am sorry to be so gloomy but it cannot be anything but serious unless it is anxiety related.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  jbmd replied 5 years ago.
jbmd :

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jbmd :

Has the GP, who is very wise to suggest anxiety as this is a common cause of all sorts of problems, done vitamin levels, specifically thiamine (B1), cyanocobalamine (B12) and Vit D?

jbmd :

Anxiety also makes everything, especially everything neurological, worse, so it's wise to treat anxiety under any circumstance where it interferes with health and happiness.

jbmd :

What is your doctor giving you to take? I want to make sure no drug side effect is playing into this.