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I am 22 and have been having anxiety and panic attacks. I also have been having muscle spasms for about 2 months now. My doctor put me on Welbutrin for a couple of weeks and that did not stop the muscle spasms. I am really freaking myself out that I have MS or ALS. I don't know what to do. I feel I can't wait it out because my mind is always racing about the fact that I could have a sever neurological disorder that can end everything that was going so good for a while. I really want to just go in and get a CAT scan or MRI. The muscle spasms are infrequent and don't always occur. They do happen everyday, however, it is spartically and more when I get off of work.
Has anyone had this symtom of muscle spasms. Sometimes there is even some sort of muscle numbness and pain, but mostly just sparatic spasms. I'm not talking about trembeling or twitching, had that as well but mostly subsided. These muscle spasms are running my mind crazy. I got a promotion at work but keep thinking I won't be able to do it because I got some serious neurological disease. Has anyone had muscle spasms as symtoms of anxiety. My panic attacks have subsided, but an still worrying ALL THE TIME that I have a serious disease. This is among the other weird symtoms and feelings I have. HELP!
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replied March 17th, 2007
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I'm sorry you are going through this! My first question is where are the muscle spasms? Are they always in the same location? How strong are the spasms? Do other people notice or is it something that you can only feel?

Have you brought your concerns to the attention of your doctor?

I have muscle spasms in my neck. The are related to a car accident, however, I have noticed that when I am stressed out my spasms can get worse. I am on antispasmatics. They are very mild and do not interact with my daily life. So try not to worry to much ( I know, easier said than done).

I hope you get to the bottom of things. Keep us posted!
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replied March 18th, 2007
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Your root problem here may actually be obsessions. These are treated through anti-depressants most of the time. Be careful of reading stuff on the internet relating to any type of disease because the symptoms can generally apply to anything and you'll be looking everywhere for an answer in no time.
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replied March 18th, 2007
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And what if you had MS. It is not the end of the world. Put your mind at ease, go to a Neurologist and get tested. You can live with MS. If you don't stop obsessing, you will make yourself sick.
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replied March 23rd, 2007
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Thank you for the feedback. I have been taking anti-depresants and things have been getting better with the panic attacks, so that's awesome. The involuntary muscle spasms have resided a little bit after taking the pills, and overall felt better. I think I do have an obsession problem. I never thought of it, but it is when I'm idel and things fester in my head. Pretty soon I let it fester long enough that it creates the panic. Obviously, lately I have been festering on the fact that these spasms haven't stopped after taking the meds and I feel like I have something more. I feel it in the head a little bit, but I think that is just the anxiety/obsession occuring. If anyone who has been in this situation or has anything to add I would love the advise. Thank You, Ryan
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replied May 24th, 2011
I'd like to interject here that I've got a similar problem, with almost constant muscle spasms. The neurologist I was seeing thought they were partial-complex seizures, but an epileptologist is suggesting stress-related spasms only, a kind of psuedoseizure. I have acute anxiety, and PTSD. So, I just wanted to empathize with your situation.

I don't think it's necessarily obsessive to observe all of these spasms. I have about a thousand a day -- who could say that's normal? Smile

I think it's good to kind of take the bull by the horns, having been to about 20+ appointments and proceedures to address my spasms the past eight months... and learn some intense STRESS management. Maybe find an epileptologist who might consider these to be pseudoseizures. (It's an awful name, and it's nothing you are making up -- you're not crazy. It's a natural physiological response to stress, plain and simple.)

Best,
Emmie
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replied September 8th, 2011
Muscle Spasms
Thank you to all of you for your responses. I have been experiencing the same thing for several months. Constant muscle spams and I have the same thoughts as the original comment. I know I have anxiety and have been told so. You do find yourself thinking crazy thoughts. I have gone to the ER several times for this stuff and even had my heart checked becuase of the spasms. I have scholiosis also in my mid back so that doesnt help with the spasms either. It sometimes feels like you are on a electrical current. So I feel for you and will pray you get through his as it is a battle. Try the Anxiety and Phobia workbook and Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. Those are helpful when everyone else cant find anything wrong or you can't get answers from doctors.
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replied March 7th, 2009
neurological disease
I came across your question when I was researching muscle spasms that I have had in the past. The problems you are facing are listed as symptoms of Lyme disease. I have just started researching Lyme disease and have found articles that tell me it is misdiagnosed quite frequently. I am trying to find the cause of my illness rather than treating the symptoms. I hope and pray you will do the same.
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replied August 15th, 2009
I have just joined this forum and I have had this problem for years and I am just beginning to realize it is stress and anxiety. About 2 years after I was out of high school, I noticed that my left hand would spasm, at first I was not afraid of it, I thought it was weird but I was not afraid of it and in a few secs/mins it stopped.

Then my parents started getting worried and made me lie down in case something happened. I guess they were thinking seizure like, but anyway since then things got worse.

I soon begin having tightening in my hand and arm and pulling back and upward of my arm. If I could not calm myself down it would feel like someone had millions of stick pins poking me under my arm and then my arm being torn away. My mom even said once she wondered why I was reaching over my head with my right arm. ( I was trying to keep from losing my left arm as I honestly felt like it was being torn off )

I too want to be completely free of this so I am hopeing this forum will help.

God bless,
Loretta
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replied October 8th, 2009
i have just started getting muscles spasms but i have been diagnosed with a prostate infection anybody heard of this happening?
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replied November 28th, 2009
Hi i have spasms down my entire left side due to anxiety and panic attacks i have had 2 ct scans, a MRI, and nerve testing done they could find nothing so I've been on xanax for about 2 weeks it helps alot but i know if i don't take it the spasms return so talk with your doctor about it mabe it will help I'll be praying for you.
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replied January 30th, 2010
I think it's a serotonin problem. psychological treatment may be useful rather than neurological treatment. i have severe social anxiety and i experience the the same symptoms.
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replied August 9th, 2010
Anxiety Very Possible
I have been having a similar problem in that I can't sleep at night due to jitters & muscle spasms. At first, I was experiencing this on & off on the right side of my body. It felt like Restless Leg Syndrome but in my arm, too. Now I have been having spasms in my lower left leg. I thought it might be the meds I take for depression, so I called my psychopharmacologist, who is excellent. At first he wanted me to see a neurologist, but when I pointed out that I was not experiencing the problem *all the time*, he said that was a completely different situation. I don't have it during the day, when I am more distracted, but rather at night, when I am thinking about my problems. It is anxiety--a psychosomatic problem. I have had psychosomatic anxiety before. I have had periods of panic attacks on & off for years, and a few years ago my speech kept getting slurred when I got anxious. That time I was scared I would have a stroke! There are a lot of forms unconscious anxiety can take, so while you may want to get checked by a medical doctor, keep in mind it may very well be anxiety. That reassurance alone may help you feel a little better.
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replied September 14th, 2010
Dude I have talked myself into the WORST panic attacks in the history of them doing that. STOP!!!!!!!!!! I thought "and sometimes still do" i have had brain cancer, growths etc in my head..... Don't read anything online. You name it I have had it. I had spasms so bad earlier trying to take a nap I had a dream that i was diagnosed with brain cancer... lol I'm not kidding. It will take over your life i have ended up at the hospital so many times the dr would come out in the lobby and tell me to calm the heck down and quit being stupid if i had brain cancer i would probably know it. spasms come with anxiety and ocd.... not been diag'd with that but pretty sure i am. anxiety will wooop your butt if you let it. I went thru 2 years of fighting it and finally i got it figured out. Its simple.... MENTAL FIGHT.. You can't beat me in a fight i wont let you... Go at it with that attitude and let me know how it works.. im only 6 years older than you!! Your going to have to work all day long to kick me down anxiety/panic attacks.. take that attitude for 3 weeks and tell me you don't see a change..
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replied January 17th, 2011
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I agree with chiproseberry... it's all in your mind. I also have those things and I think I will have some disease.

Some time ago I was on a diet to loose a few kilos, then a friend looked at me and said I was too skinny and I should see a doc to check if I had any hormonal disorder. Ok, it was enough for me to think I was sick with some weird disease, that one in the thyroid, so I went to the doctor and did all the exams - of course I was super healthy - but I insisted on the disease. The doc gave so much stuff to me.
I also have had a brain scan before but of course, again, I have nothing.
So we have to stop reading and diagnosing diseases based on internet resources, those things only make our anxiety worse. I do feel these muscle spasms sometimes, but ONLY when I am stressed out about something, and the best way I find to stop it is exercising the hell out of me, I feel much better.

Also, keep the brain "well fed" with good stuff and don't think about the bad things, each day is a day and you'll feel better.

Laugh with your friends, it also helps.

Hope you feel better, keep us posted Smile
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replied March 20th, 2011
I have the same thing -- thank you for your posts -- it makes me feel so not alone. I've had MRIs also and they've come back negative, but am freaked out it's MS or early onset Parkinson's or ALS or something when I have these spasms also. I am just starting Buspar which seem to help as does the Xanax
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replied May 24th, 2011
A few people here have mentioned Xanax... I have the same muscle spasms (just writing this, I've had about 10.) Thanks!
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replied June 17th, 2011
I have muscle spasms whenever I am bullied at work... I get bullied I get muscle spasms.. I get signed off sick and then get a new job and then get bullied and muscle spasms. I have been bullied all my life at every job I have ever had and at school and I can't take it anymore!!! Hence the spasms!
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replied June 18th, 2011
I got alot out of studying the power and control wheel to help rationalize bullying, to find good avenues away from it. I know I'm coming from the domestic violence arena, but this information helps in alot of relationships one finds abusive.

It's not your fault, and things can get better. The best thing is to rise out of it, and be happy, no matter what the circumstances are. (Can't control everything that happens to us, right?) Smile
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replied June 18th, 2011
Welbutrin Not OK...
I just thought I'd mention, since I'm having similar spasms, that I'm holding in my hand a note from my epileptologist to my psychologist/psychiatrist saying, "NO WELBUTRIN" but Lorsapam OK. Thought this might help.
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replied June 20th, 2011
Extremely eHealthy
here is a suggestion; start by evaluating your diet and add what is good and needed and stop what is useless such as junk food, sugary drinks
for spasms try drinking a ounce or two of pickle juice every day. if it works for u, it will be obvious shortly
it works for lots of people and can't hurt u
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replied July 27th, 2011
anxiety and muscle spasm
I just experience an anxiety attack, I had tingling sensation in my hands up to my elbows (tingling in my mouth also) then my hands contorted into a claw shape I couldn't get it to stop till the attack was over. Also had chest pain with the attack.
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replied July 27th, 2011
Is there a name for what my hands were doing?
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replied July 27th, 2011
anxiety and muscle spasm
I just experience an anxiety attack, I had tingling sensation in my hands up to my elbows (tingling in my mouth also) then my hands contorted into a claw shape I couldn't get it to stop till the attack was over. Also had chest pain with the attack.
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replied August 11th, 2011
Anxiety Induced Muscle Spasms
Hello all,

I want to start off by saying that I have the same problems as you with the muscle spasms. I don't know what it is but I have been prescribed every medication in the book. Let me start off with my history.

I am currently 27 years old and my muscle spasms began when I was 20 years old. The first episode I has was when I was pushing a car to get out from being stuck in the sand. As soon as I got the car unstuck, I walked for about 5 feet and my lower back locked up. This definitely was an injury because my spine was curved like an S. My belly button was off to the side so to speak and I had severe pain. Once that happened, I went to the doctor who prescribed me Flexeril (anti-spasmodic) and I couldn't take them because I was severely tired all the time. I could barely walk from the pain I was experiencing but I got better slowly on my own (over the course of 1 year with recurring episodes throughout the year. I developed an anxiety because of the fear I had of hurting my back again and I began to experience what is called "muscle guarding".
After my back finally started to get better (but always had minor pain), I began to develop a pain in my neck. This pain ultimately had me at the doctor again because the pain was excruciating. This time I went to a pain management specialist because I had every test done to me (MRI, CT Scan, X-Ray, etc...) and the doctor just said I had arthritis. I went to a specialist and was prescribed Diclofenac Sodium (Very powerful NSAID) and Orphenadrine Citrate (Muscle Relaxer) These medication seemed to take the edge of the pain away but I am very sensitive to medications and was experiencing some side effects that were not worth me continuing taking them. I then went back to the specialist and was given three Cortisone (steroid) injections in my neck, which was so painful, it made the pain worse.
A couple months later, I went back to my regular Doctor and was prescribed Vicodin and that really helped with my atitude not the pain (euphoria). I was unable to stay on the pills because my Doctor would not let me due to the possibility of addiction. I was then put on anti-depressants, which caused me to have severe insomnia, and I was prescribed lorazepam (Benzodiazepine) to help with anxiety and sleep. This drug seemed like the miracle drug because I could sleep finally and my muscle spasm and anxiety were ultimately gone. After about 6 months of being on the medication I began to take more than what was recommended because of a tolerance build up of the medication. At this time, I began to experience what was called tolerance withdrawal from lorazepam (A form of withdrawal that happens when the human body begins to crave more for the same effect. Even while you are taking the medication). I began to see another Doctor who would give me more medication so that I could take more. It wasn't like I was taking much because I started on .5 mg twice a day and I was taking .5 mg three times daily. This was enough to help me, but I knew something was wrong. I began to experience muscle pain and panic attacks when I tried to stop taking the lorazepam, so I continued to take the medication out of fear of having a panic attack. It wasn't until about one year ago when I finally decided to stop taking the medication because it was affecting my marriage and life. I was miserable and never wanted to do anything on the medication because it made me lazy. I stopped taking the medication and after 3 days, I began to experience withdrawal effects, which included extreme muscle spasms, insomnia, mood swings, headache, extreme panic attacks and many more I cannot describe. I didn't sleep for 4 days straight and felt like I was going to die or kill myself because my mind would not stop racing and the pain was unbearable. After about 15 days of quitting cold-turkey I began to feel better and my attitude totally changed. I wont go into details about this medication but I will say that it is bad news because of the dependency (not addiction).
When I began to feel better, the muscle spasms had become less severe and were tolerable with 800mg of ibuprofen twice a day. I then turned to natural ways and doing research on the Internet about why muscle spasms happen and how they can be cured naturally. I ultimately discovered that when I was stressed/ and or did not sleep the previous night, I would have more pain than usual. I also started paying more attention to my actions and reactions to events that cause stimuli in the body and began to notice that I was having symptoms of anxiety. I never thought I had anxiety because I thought it was just another Doctors' guess after they had been guessing my condition this whole time. I have since been trying to control my anxiety by breathing slowly and deeply and have since been in less pain.
My point is that our minds are very powerful and unique and we need to understand that a traumatic event in our life can cause a mess if we let it. It is now a daily battle to help my spasm and anxiety but I can honestly say that I have never felt better in the past 7 years than I do now. I would suggest getting put on an anti-depressant like Cymbalta or Lyrica that can help with muscle pain due to anxiety. I have a prescription for Cymbalta but am leary to take it because of the side-effects I have had in the past with other anti-depressants. I will let you all know what the results are. If anyone has any questions, please email me and I will answer any questions you might have. There is much more to my story than I can write here.
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replied November 17th, 2011
Muscle Spasms
So, now are you still taking the medication or controlling it with no anxienty?
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replied December 11th, 2011
Having severe muscle spasms really scared ...
Can I talk to you having extreme anxiety over this spasms and
I'm getting scared ...I have spasms in back of arms upper back
Calves and hamstrings ..I don't know what to do ..
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