I’m so glad to find this thread! Looking for a little reassurance…
I’m 35/m, healthy, good nutrition. I work at a computer and weightlift 3-4 days/week. Mother has MS, her sister had ALS. Everyone in my family has elevated anxiety levels, including me.
A few weeks ago I started getting Ulnar Nerve Entrapment symptoms during the night, at first in 1 hand at a time. (tingling/fuzziness in pinky and ring finger). I kept my usual routine, but over the following weeks the symptoms got more regular, and I started noticing them during the day. This was already causing me a A LOT of anxiety, as I started worrying about permanent nerve/muscle damage, etc.
I went to see my GP, who was not too concerned. He said it was classic symptoms of a compressed Ulnar Nerve, and either I could lay off the gym and wait, or go see a Neurologist if I was worried. He also mentioned that it was a little unusual that the symptoms were on both arms (bilateral).
I latched onto that last part, and started Google-ing related topics. I ended up reading about MND, MS, ALS, etc., which were concerning. But I still believed that my symptoms were local to an impingement in my arms from my repetitive work and weighlifting.
The Next Day— I woke up with mild vertigo, weakness and brain fog . This made me a little more nervous, given my arm issues.
The Next Day (2)— I started getting muscle twitches in my legs and around my body. This is went I went into full-blown panic, having ever-more intense waves of anxiety.
Despite my family history, people think that the twitching muscles is a result of the anxiety. I was given a anti-anxiety med by a friend yesterday, and almost all the symptoms went away. I also felt free to be in the moment, without it being clouded by “worst case” thoughts every time a remaining twitch would happen. (I'd rather not take meds)
I have an appt. with an appointment with a neurologist in 2 days, and I'm really anxious about what he will find through EMG, NCV, MRI or otherwise. I’m having trouble containing the fear right now, and it’s ruining my days/nights.
Sorry for the long post! I hope it’s useful for somebody. Would love to hear anyone’s feedback about their related experiences. :)
Thanks in advance.