Conflicting symptoms and not sure what to think

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Chadwilliams1

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Hey all,
I’m a 44 year old who has been very lucky with my health- never had an IV administered until very recently. About a month ago I started experiencing a random left eye twitch along with a strange feeling of being pulled down ( especially when on my phone- it affected both my hands and my head.) Strangely, at about the same time I developed a GERD problem and started having pain in my left arm. I visited a cardiologist who told me my heart was fine.

Shortly afterward, I started experiencing a weird sort of vertigo where I felt like I was being pushed hard to the left when I was walking or sometimes even sitting or lying still. About a week later my left trapezius muscle became randomly stiff and remains so- sometimes it will loosen a little but then it gets stiff again- this has been going on about a month. My right upper back muscles are a little stiff as well, but not as bad as my left one. It feels like my upper torso is being squeezed. I can still perform all tasks and raise my arms above my head and side to side with no problems, but there is lingering tightness and I feel uncomfortable when using a fork because of the tightness. .

I’ve started having aggravations with swallowing- sometimes I go from hypersalivation to dry mouth within a thirty minute period ( though I do have GERD and a cavity that has just started acting up). Just a few days ago I started noticing that my left leg is a little weaker than my right, though sometimes it’s better than others and the problem is always worse when I first wake up or have been sitting a while. Just two nights ago I experienced muscle twitches for the first time (in my upper back) that lasted about an hour. And for some odd reason my pinky finger tries to pull away from my other fingers sometimes and that really freaks me out. I’ve woken up and had to flex my hands to get my hands going a few times- this comes and goes and is a when I wake up thing.

My lower and mid back began hurting just a few days ago as well. I’ve had tingling and pins and needle feelings in my hands and arms and also some facial numbness ( had a very recent sinus infection, though). Recently had a brain MRI and all clear. I know that the digestion / tingling/ back pain aren’t ALS related but since the problem started at about the same time I decided to add it for proper context. All my blood tests are normal as well. I honestly don’t know what to think- anxiety has never been an issue for me, but I’m definitely concerned- any thoughts or ideas from people more knowledgeable than me would be really appreciated.
 
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What was the recent IV for?
Antibiotics and drugs used to treat GERD can have many side effects. So can inadequately-treated infections and GERD.
I take it you've been tested for COVID, esp. if you've been out and about getting care.
Obviously, you need to get your cavity treated or you could get an infection (or may already have one).

Treat what's in front of you, circle back to your recent prescribers, get healthy from your pre-existing issues, and I think you will feel better. You could have a video visit, at least, with a neuro, to track the vertigo/pins/needles.

Best,
Laurie
 

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Thanks for the reply, Laurie. I’ve been tested for Covid and Lyme- both negative. Concerning Lyme, I’m an outdoorsy type and pulled a tick off of me about a month and a half ago. I’ve read that often times people who get tested for Lyme have false negatives, especially if they get tested early.

The come and go nature of my symptoms- and recent lower back pain/ pain in my arms/ tingling/ pins and needles- leads me to believe that spinal misalignment/ herniated disc/ pinched nerve in lower lumbar is a real possibility as well. I’ve never had panic issues before, but have had three panic attacks since all this started ( palpitations, sweating, etc. with no heart problems- I’ve had my heart thoroughly checked). And I’m a lifetime stomach sleeper who now is trying to learn to sleep on my back- not going well at all so far. I’ve been told that panic attacks can cause tight muscles well after they happen.... and the lack of sleep is no doubt compounding everything.

You mentioned something I haven’t considered- side effects from Gerd medication. Much of what I’m experiencing- the insane vertigo in particular- started after I began taking Prilosac. Maybe I should walk that back or try another med for the Gerd. The twitches- which I’ve only had once- could be caused from anxiety/ lack of sleep. I got the IV during the time I had my brain checked- when the sideways vertigo was at it’s worst.

Thanks again for your response- God bless all of y’all who help people with this tragic disease and all the ones who struggle so much.
 
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