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I believe what happened to me was that I got so worried about having cancer that my whole body tensed up and started to ache. I couldn't accept that all this muscle pain and body aches could be caused by anxiety. I convinced myself there had to be a medical explanation and started surfing medical websites. I found so many conditions that fit the symptom that I became fixated on them. Namely ALS/MS. I would think about every ache and pain and twitch that I had. If I dropped my keys or mispoke a word or stumbled I was convinced that it was a symptom. I enjoy alot of physical activities, hiking,biking, bowling, playing ball and so on. My Doc told me there was no way I could do these things if I had one of these diseases but I was so consumed I could not get it out of my mind.

Sometimes I would catch myself clenching my teeth or sitting with my muscles tensed up like a ball and I could get myself to relax and release the tension and it would make a big difference. I think that is one of the keys, being able to release all the tension and let your mind and body relax. I find if I stay busy I can go all day without even thinking about my physical symptoms.

I know in my case I could completely kick this thing if I could convince myself anxiety was the whole problem but in the back of my mind I still have these shreds of doubts and what ifs that I haven't been able to let go of. I have more good days than bad and even my bad days now are livable. I can still go to work and do what I have to do.

I've never worried about things I can't control in my life but for whatever reason I can't make my health fall into this category and there lies my problem.

I hope some of this makes sense to you and makes you realize that it's not just you and that there are many out there with the same problem we have. So, no we're not nuts and yes we can get pass this.

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