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struggling with mental health, 27 weeks pregnant. Please help.

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Chloeisobelle21 Sun 31-Jan-16 14:39:25

I've always suffered with health anxiety from a young age, and due to a few traumatic events in the last few years and unexpectedly becoming pregnant while on contraception has thrown me into a black hole again. This is my second child, different dad but dad has done a runner, anyway. For nearly 3 months now my right leg has been feeling strange, it starts under the knee and goes into my ankle, it's like a heavy, weak clumsy feeling which is pretty much constant. This is causing my health anxiety to sky rocket because I think it may be neurological. I've spoken to different doctors who did a strength test and what not on the leg and said there's no change in actual strength but due to the worry it is causing me have reffered me to the mental health team for therapy and I've been put on some new medication to try and help the panic attacks. Has anyone had this bizzare feeling in pregnancy before? Could it be a pregnancy issue? I don't experience pain in the leg at all. It just feels so strange all the time like it might give out on me. I don't feel like I can cope with the upcoming birth of my baby because of all this mental stress. I am so energyless and depressed, I can't even get excited about the baby because how disabling my health anxiety is right now. Thanks for anyone that took the time to read this long post. sad

Floowho Sun 31-Jan-16 19:22:10

Didn't want to read and run. When I was pregnant with my second ds, a section of my right thigh felt constantly numb. I put this down to the baby being on a nerve. Remember that your hormones are ruling you at the moment. I had ante natal depression, and it is rubbish. Perhaps counselling will help.

WombOfOnesOwn Sun 31-Jan-16 19:46:14

Sounds like bad sciatica.

Chloeisobelle21 Sun 31-Jan-16 20:17:23

Thank you. I thought there was always pain with sciatica? I have an appointment tomorrow with a therapist at my local hospital. I just feel so scared and alone

Chloeisobelle21 Mon 01-Feb-16 11:22:56

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Cornberry Mon 01-Feb-16 23:53:32

You poor thing. I suffer from crippling health anxiety and I feel your pain. I haven't had this but I will say that when I was pregnant I got every symptom going and so many random things that weren't typical. Like above poster I also got the numb thigh from second trimester, and now that DD is 20 weeks I still have it! I think pregnancy is different for every woman and comes with lots of unexplainable symptoms. It's shit, basically. I will tell you something I discovered recently that might be bollocks but that I found convincing. Apparently many people are magnesium deficient and magnesium is hugely important for the nervous system. Are you taking a supplement? Also 27 weeks was about when I started to become anaemic which is quite common in pregnancy and the GP put me on iron tablets and I got some energy back which really helped. Good luck and hang in there. Xxx

Chloeisobelle21 Wed 03-Feb-16 20:54:27

I've been taking normal pregnancy vitamins, not sure how much magnesium are in those though. I'm just so scared all the time. I'm having therapy but I just want the funny feeling to go away. Family say not to worry about it but it's not that easy with HA is it. So sorry you suffer with it as well, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I just hope things start to improve soon sad

Sophia1984 Wed 03-Feb-16 21:58:24

Just wanted to let you know I understand how awful and paralysing health anxiety is - I've had it for years and have been utterly convinced I have every disease going. I think it gets worse in pregnancy because we have so much symptoms we haven't had before and it's hard to know what's normal. I'm sure you know that one of the horrible things about anxiety is that you constantly seek reassurance, but once you get it about one thing you will find another to worry about. It's brilliant that you have a therapy appointment tomorrow and I really think they will be able to support you through the last months. I know when I had really bad anxiety, I had physical pain in my joints and tingling everywhere and it was completely psychological (though no less painful and upsetting for it..) Sending you strength x

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