1. What were your first two symptoms, i.e., your first reason for coming into the doctor (and being diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome) and the second reason for going to your doctor (and being diagnosed with definite-relapsing remitting MS)?
2. Have you ever rode roller-coasters or theme-park rides as a juvenile? Did you particularly enjoy them? I, for instance, have horrible motion sickness and cannot stomach them; though driving is not a problem for me.
3. Have you tried focusing on other parts of the scenery (like the lanes directly in front of you)? Have you tried applying blinkers
to yourself with your hands and seeing how you felt then?
4. What if you are driving? Is there a difference in sensation as you have a firm hold of the steering wheel [if you wish to: try it slowly, at first, down a straight, unpopulated road]?
5. Have you had anxiety or panic attacks in the past unrelated to the current driving scenario?
Thanks everyone for responding
I do have aggressive definite RRMS. My first relapses were numbness is several parts of my body and my right arm was paralyzed.
I have had anxiety and panic attacks since I was a kid (few and far between though) My panic attacks are caused by many different things lately. Generally, they happen while I am in a car whether I am the driver or passenger. My husband always drives when we are on the highway because of my anxiety.
I used to just be shy and nervous, but I was able to handle that. Now almost every time I get nervous I just have a panic attack. It's taking a toll on my body. This extreme anxiety started around January.
About the highway thing, when you are about to go down a big hill or go down a roller coaster and your stomach goes up into your chest or tickles or whatever you want to call that intense feeling, that is what happens to me when we go fast and it doesn't just get better, we actually have to stop or slow down for that intense feeling to stop. The funny thing is this happens to me in the movie theater as well, so the over stimulation thing makes sense.
It doesn't matter if I cover my eyes because my brain still knows I'm moving fast and it doesn't like it lol. I will not be driving when we move as we have 2 small children I need to take care of and even when I was driving, the cars zooming by me would cause me to panic. I'm just so tired of it!
I am going to my doctor soon to talk about something to relax me. I just don't want to be on an anti depressant. I will definitely look into my magnesium levels and into Bachs rescue remedy