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Physical symptoms of anxiety

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Mon_Ammi

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Hiya,

This is a first for me in so many different ways. A first to experience GAD and a first to seek help for it.

It's driving me mad. It all started, out of the blue, with a pressure over my chest, and was quickly followed with rapid heartbeat, pins and needles, hypersensitivity and random aches and pains. I'm at a point where I'm sure something serious has to be wrong with me, although the Dr. says I'm fine, as well as my ECG and other tests. I don't feel unwell - it's just this myriad of unrelated symptoms. Needless to say, Google is NOT my friend right now...I've managed to convince myself that I'm either going to have a heart attack, or have one or the other debilitating, life threatening illness, waiting to be diagnosed.

Most of the physical symptoms have now subsided (just a bit more than 2 weeks since the original symptoms), except for random pins and needles in my hands and feet, and the occasional random jolt of pain - is it possible for anxiety symptoms to last some weeks? Even though (I think) I don't feel anxious? I must admit, I am anxious over my anxiety, and hypersensitive to every feeling in my body :/ Not a nice way to live.

So many questions :/ Would appreciate any advice or confirmations of what I'm experiencing right now.

A xxx
 
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Derek

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I have had almost exactly the same as you are describing a few years ago, the solution I found that worked was to give up completely bread and any food that contained wheat and to eat lots of greens such as spinach and lettuce. But please do not take what I am saying as advice on what to do, ask a doctor .
 
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Mon_Ammi

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Hi Derek,

Many thanks for your response, and of course - I will seek the necessary medical advice I need from a doctor. Funny you should mention about the clean eating - I am a clean eater, and have cut gluten, dairy, red meats and processed food out of my diet about 18 months ago. I juice every day and avoid all the food baddies :) I have been feeling so much better in the last year in all other aspects, but now this anxiety has kicked in :(

The doctors have assured me several times that this is delayed anxiety due to a string of traumatic events that happened in my life a few years back, but I've just been having a hard time understanding that anxiety can cause such severe physical symptoms! Did your symptoms come back? Do you find that it's triggered or out of the blue? So unsure what to expect going forward :(
 
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Hi mon_Ammi

Welcome to the forum.

I think symptoms of anxiety vary very much from person to person.some of the feelings can be similar.
Mine can be triggered at anytime and when I least expect it. Then sometimes I can do things and am surprised I don't get anxious.

Sometimes it's the smaller things that can, out of the blue ,trigger me.
and yes I get some bad physical symptoms too. Like you I was surprised at them. Good to hear your Dr is aware.
I hope the forum helps you,it helps me to know people understand.

Wish you well
Unique1
 
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Mon_Ammi

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Hi Unique1,

Nice to meet you and thank you :)

Sometimes it just helps to know that there are others out there who know what you are talking about..it's almost impossible to tell someone close to you what you are going through, and expect them to understand and appreciate it's impact on your life fully. I guess we are all just looking for some reassurance, a quick "it's going to be okay" to get you through the next set of symptoms...I still have a lot to learn, but it's clear that there is life after HA and/or GAD...feeling positive at the moment! :)
 
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Hi.

Yes totally agree. It does help to be in touch with people who understand.
I've learnt so much from this forum, reading posts and posting. It has been so useful to me.


I've found the anxiety a hard slog at time, like one step forward two steps back, although I understand it better now and so am able to manage it better, well most of the time. :)
Good to hear your positivity.
Unique1 x
 
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Derek

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Did your symptoms come back? Do you find that it's triggered or out of the blue? So unsure what to expect going forward :(
Hi Mon_Ammi
That is great you are eating healthy foods.
Sometimes my symptoms come back but I am learning how to get through it, sometimes I would do something I like doing and that helps to relieve it.
I think it is triggered if for example someone had an overly aggressive tone in talking to me, that would bring on a panic attack .
 
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