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#161702 Multiple Sclerosis or Anxiety

Posted by Matt210 on 10 May 2009 - 11:10 PM

Hey there,

I'm no doctor, but I have had the eye pain thing before as well as constant muscle twitches and pretty much all the symptoms you describe here. I really don't think you have MS. Anxiety causes an unbelievable amount of symptoms - many of which will seem to have absolutely no connection to your stress levels, etc. It sounds like a justifiable bout of hypochondria on your part - you have weird symptoms and to top it off you had an irresponsible doctor scare you needlessly on an online forum.

My advice: Go see your family doctor. Tell him your MS fears. Tell him you are having major anxiety over this and that you want him to give you 100% assurance that you do not have MS. He may be able to do that without doing any tests - but if you feel you need a test to reassure you, tell him that. Once you find out you do not have MS, you have to sit down and write down to yourself that you are healthy at this moment and from that point forward you are not going to worry about any more diseases/illnesses, whether mental or physical. The problem with anxiety is you can become obsessed with being reassured. Allow yourself reassurance once only and then use that reassurance for all future worries.

#152093 PET Scan

Posted by Matt210 on 06 February 2009 - 02:35 PM

Would someone please sum up the different brainscans, too many abbreviations. Tnx in advance.

In brief (really simplified explanations here):

CT and MRI are to look at the structure of the brain. So you'd see tumors or any physical abnormalities. CT is less expensive but has poor resolution. MRI uses magnets and has a higher resolution.

EEG and MEG measure electrical and magnetic impulses created when neurons in our brain fire. They essentially show what kind of activity is going on in our brain in terms of electrical activity - the results come out as waves on a chart. There are certain 'normal' levels of brain waves that a person should experience during consciousness (and we also cycle through a bunch during sleep).

PET (and SPECT) inject the person with a radioactive substance. I have no idea what the science is behind it, but it is able to show what areas of the brain are active. Your PET image is then compared to the 'average' PET image to determine if there are any abnormally active areas. SPECT is much less expensive but has no where near the accuracy of PET.

Finally, fMRI is what is considered the best functional brain scan. It measures brain activity as well by looking for areas in the brain that have high levels of oxygenated blood (areas with high activity require large levels of blood with oxygen and nutrients in it). It has high temporal and spatial resolution so it can actually tell what part of your brain is active while you do certain activities or are stimulated in particular ways.

It's been years since I've had any of these tests but I think it was CT and EEG that I had back in the day and both were normal as well. This was before DP though - just when I was experiencing extreme levels of anxiety.

#69061 No childhood memories?

Posted by Matt210 on 26 April 2006 - 09:51 AM

Yeah, I've thought about the risk of creating false memories, and of course I wouldn't want to do that. It's just that most people seem to remember most of their childhood from age five or so, and I have always wondered why I can't do that. I don't know, it just feels like it would be easier to cope with whatever childhood trauma(s) I had if I could only remember them. Perhaps my biggest trauma was the feeling of being abandoned by my parents, a feeling so powerful and painful that I don't want to remember it ever again... nah, I don't know, I'm just guessing because I'm curious to find out.

Memory is a tough thing to judge. If someone said "Remember age 6" to me - I draw a completely blank - not ONE thing comes to my mind. Same if I think "Remember what my Mom and Dad were like when I was 6" - nothing but blanks.

Memory needs cues to work from - if someone says "Remember when your grandma took you on that trip to florida when you were 6" - I can then remember it - trying to just "remember" a period of your life is nearly impossible.

#65782 Hypochondria...

Posted by Matt210 on 19 March 2006 - 08:20 PM

I had the most ridiculous hypochondria for a year a while back - i diagnosed myself with almost everything i had heard of at one point - including all kind of heart malfunctions, degenerative diseases, and so forth.

Now i dont really worry about my physical health as much - mostly just worry that im going to get schizophrenia, dissociative amnesia/fugue, DID, Dementia, or that im just going to start running around like a mad man all over the streets.

I can defiantely relate to the struggle with hypochondria though - it was NOT pleasent.