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Avoiding the doctors because I'm scared...

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flass Thu 04-Apr-19 15:44:46

I know IABU. I had a baby 5 months ago and put my symptoms down to that. I'm not sure anymore... symptoms:

- pins and needles in face
- pins and needles in back
- sometimes can't take in a full breath but no issues breathing generally
- dizziness (just feel a bit spaced out)
- so, so tired
- stabbing pains in my face twice

The pain in my face was so bad I nearly went to a&e. I'm so busy I can't seem to get a docs appointment. Part of me just wants to go to hospital.

I feel really wrong.

Tell me these can all be normal symptoms of something mild? I'm quite scared I've got something serious wrong with me.

DeadDoorpost Thu 04-Apr-19 15:46:21

By no means a Dr but I'd phone 111 first and see what they say. It doesn't sound usual.

Gilead Thu 04-Apr-19 15:49:44

The pain in your face sounds like trigeminal neuralgia which is agonising. The other things I don't know, but wonder if you had an epidural which may have caused a bit of temporary nerve damage. I really would get to the Doctors. Nothing to be scared off. flowers

flass Thu 04-Apr-19 15:50:55

My uncle has MS and I'm scared of this. I can't bring myself to call them 😥

chestnut9 Thu 04-Apr-19 15:54:40

Hey, poor you. I had EXACTLY these symptoms including the face pains (plus random back pains) for months and was convinced I had some terrible illness - it was actually anxiety. I'm not a doctor so you obviously need proper medical advice but this sounds very much like it could be anxiety. BTW I didn't actually feel that anxious / hadn't admitted to myself it could be mental health related. But it was a stressful time and I can see in retrospect I probably was very anxious.

Mascarponeandwine Thu 04-Apr-19 15:59:39

Ive had this plus many other symptoms. It comes and goes and has done for 12 years. Seen two neurologists. Mri is clear and reflexes normal so it’s just put down to “unknown”.

There are also many ms mimics that don’t progress in the same way. There are also many people like me (up to 50%) for whom it remains a mystery. But at least ms has some really good disease modifying drugs nowadays that probably werent around when your uncle was diagnosed. For me the worrying about the unknown was eventually worse than a diagnosis. Good luck with whatever you decide.

ABC1234DEF Thu 04-Apr-19 16:00:36

If you have something serious going on, it's going on regardless of whether or not you go to the GP.

Alternatively if you go to the GP, you can find out what it is (if anything, it may be nothing serious at all), and if it is something serious (big if!), you can get something done about it.

Do it for your baby, if not for yourself. Your baby needs you to be fit and healthy for a very long time yet!

Girlofgold Thu 04-Apr-19 16:02:38

You're scared and that's natural. Feeling scared will not change what you may or may not have but early treatment with most things is beneficial. Go, for your own sake. You're torturing yourself and there's a few things it could be before you leap to MS.

CherryBlossom23 Thu 04-Apr-19 16:08:01

Similar to a poster above I had very similar symptoms and it was anxiety too. You should get it checked out anyway, chances are it's nothing serious but it's better to know if it is.

Peterpiperpickedwrong Thu 04-Apr-19 16:16:21

My pins and needles in my face were a vitamin B12 deficiency and my exhaustion and breathlessness were a combination of anaemia and a thyroid issue.

Please go to the drs, it could be something simple and easily treatable and could save you endless anxiety and sleepless nights.

Tolleshunt Thu 04-Apr-19 16:41:00

Could very easily be a trapped nerve in your back/neck, which a couple of trips to an osteopathath could sort. Or vitamin deficiencies. It could be one of several thing, all of which are more likely. Please try not to worry. Could somebody support you by going to the GP with you?

pyard Thu 04-Apr-19 17:07:29

I had similar to this and it was vitamin/mineral deficiencies (b12, D and calcium). It was worse when I was post partum and bf.

Misswontmissdontmiss Thu 04-Apr-19 17:08:40

Did you have a c section? I had tingling and numbness for a year or so after mine. Long gone now though.

Cantthinkofanythingrightnow Thu 04-Apr-19 17:14:08

I had very similar symptoms and it turned out to be a combination of b12 deficiency and a thyroid problem. Please see your dr it might be something easily treatable with b12 injections.

gower4 Thu 04-Apr-19 21:16:34

Explain your fears to the doctor and take it from there. There are loads of things it could be.

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