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What is wrong with me? Should I go to a doctor?

Ok, I've always had OCD, never diagnosed with it, but I know I have it. I've also always been worried that bad things will happen to someone I care about and even though I don't want to visualize it, my mind makes me. And my husband left for basic training this past Monday and the OCD is a lot worse and my heart is almost always pounding because I'm paranoid that something will happen. The paranoia is so bad that I won't even drive the speed limit when I'm driving, like when its 55, I drive 35. I don't really want to be on medication, but it really drives my husband crazy that I won't go to sleep until the house is clean (when he was here anyways). I also woke up the other morning and I'm not kidding...only half my face worked, the other half was just limp...i couldn't open my eye or anything.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:33 AM on Nov. 17, 2008 in Health

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  • Definately go to the doc girl! The one side of your face going limp is known as bell's palsy. A form of cerebral palsy and a doctor should evaluate you for that! Sorry that you're missing your hubby so much right now! Mine doesn't like it when I don't sleep until the house is clean either! You are not alone...keep me posted.

    Answer by bamaunicorn at 4:59 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Thanks for the advice. I looked up the Bells Palsy and it says that one thing that can cause it is Lyme's Disease which I had when I was little. I plan on making a doctor appointment tomorrow. My face is back to normal now though, it just was like that for an hour or so. But either way I want to check and be sure. Thanks again!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Sweet address the OCD with your dr, please! You will feel better about it an dyourself if you do. . . My DH has OCD and is not on meds but I can see noticeable difference in him if he takes one of my xanax. It helps him and relieves some of the anxiety which in turn reduces the OCD a bit. He does see a counselor, not for the OCD, but by talking about the issue that bother him with the counselor it has helped the OCD a little bit. The face thing is a definite to get checked out, that would have freaked me. . . Much รขโ„ขยฅ Dani

    Answer by lildudet1969 at 8:53 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Yep sounds like the face thing is bells palsy. I had a friend that had issues with that. The older she gets the more frequent she has it. And with the heart palputations and driving stuff that sounds more like panic attacks than ocd related. If you feel you have ocd the best thing to do is get evaluated. I know you don't want to do the whole medication thing but if they get you on the right meds you could have a much better life. Trust me. I have panic attacks and thought I could handle them on my own. I got on meds and felt like I had a whole new outlook on life. Good luck and please go to the doctor and tell them everything that is going on.

    Answer by priddymom at 9:31 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • my hubby is bipolar and doesn't want to take meds either but after having been on and off of them he recognizes that he just feels much better and can deal with day to day life better with them. he decided he would rather just sacrifice and take the meds than sacrifice his serenity. it's okay if you need help. the point is to be happy, doll. (hugs)

    Answer by figaro8895 at 10:37 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Thanks so much, you guys are so nice. I was afraid I'd see someone bash me!! That's why I'm anonymous.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:46 PM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Bells Palsy, OCD, severe anxiety, paranoia, focus on cleaning or doing tasks over and over, can be symptoms of late stage Lyme disease, a bacterial infection with borrelia burgdorferi. This infection frequently causes each of the symptoms listed above. See the Neuropsychiatric manifestations of Lyme Disease at The specific article is at

    Columbia University Lyme Research Center in New York is currently studying psychiatric effects of Lyme disease and its coinfections on the body.

    Treatment is with long term antibiotics and you can find more information from Lyme Literate Medical Doctors at Why don't people know more about this? See and


    Answer by Pblu9207 at 11:29 PM on Dec. 3, 2008

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