I have no trouble walking, running or doing other exercises such as squats. It is a feeling, they feel almost heavy but are not actually too heavy to lift. I worry that soon the symptoms will get worse until I actually cannot run or walk.
Hi there. I don't find it this type of thinking surprising since you did say you have health anxiety. When you said jello legs the first thing that came to my mind is panic. Think about when you have a near miss in a car accident...you get jello legs. Panic causes jello legs. And anxiety does not have to always be a conscious thought. It can be a subconscious thought as well. ALS has always been in the back of your mind I'm sure since you have a family member who suffers from it. As you know people with health anxiety and OCD always key in on the horrific and what could be more horrific than being trapped in your own body. It is the same reason people get stuck on HIV...it carries a stigma in their mind. Even though it isn't a death sentence anymore, people still get hung up on it.
You said you have taken prozac for 1 week. I'm sure your doctor told you that it will take a good 4 to 6 weeks before you really see the true benefits of the medication.
I think you should do some meditation and some controlled breathing. Get rid of that panic you are going through. For anyone with OCD what we have to learn is to not give into the temptation to test and control everything in our environment. You going to doctors for every thing that you think you have is not going to get you anywhere but rather keep you in a heightened state of anxiety. Are you seeing a psychologist as well to learn cognitive behavioral therapy?
Thank you for your response!
Yes I am seeing a psychologist.
Good. I know it is hard to live with but with patience I'm sure you will feel better. Let the medication build up and practice the techniques that the doctor teaches you. Good luck.
I have dealt with similar symptoms in the past and some more recently. I agree anxiety can cause "panic symptoms" such as leg weakness, unrealistic thoughts and concerns. My main reason for posting is my concern with the fact you are taking prozac and having these symptoms. Don't get me wrong, Prozac is a wonderful medication for many people, however my experience was quite different. First of all when starting a new antidepressive medication, symptoms can actually increase at first and medication can take up to 3 months to go into effect. I could not tolerate Prozac as it caused my to feel as I was going insane.... insomnia, hyperactivity, mood swings and ect. Best advice is to stay in contact with prescribing physician and share your concerns. Also keep in mind, it may take several attempts to find correct medication that works for you. This is common and something I personally experienced. Best of luck and keep a positive outlook always ; )