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Please Read (New Here) Anxiety Symptoms - Physical

carecaregeo1

carecaregeo1

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Dec 13, 2019
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Canada
A little background. My anxiety is linked to my hormones and health anxiety.
My anxiety was triggered in labor having baby # 2 and I have been battling since then. Good days, great days and bad days.

I tend to get into anxious states where my symptoms last days/weeks on end. I have few panic attacks more like all day anxiety physical Symptoms.
My symptoms include

jawpain - TMJ
Tired
Itchy
Gas/Belching
Tight Chest
pain in shoulders

I practice breathing techniques and I have started an anti anxiety medicine , but wonder what others do to combat the physical symptoms of anxiety.

ThankYou
Carol
39 year old new mama looking for support
 
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Megan333

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Dec 29, 2019
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Sheffield
Hi, I'm also a mother of 2 but the anxiety didnt come from them or labour.
I suffer very badly and I'm on medication, which doesnt help anymore. But I feel like you should seek help.
How long have you been suffering with this and would you go to your gp to speak about it?
 
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Isthisreallife

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Nov 19, 2019
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Wales
I totally get this.
not necessarily ‘ in my head ‘ issue. More physical issue. Which sometimes I’m not 100% sure it’s anxiety as how can it cause symptoms like that.
I have the jaw pain / clenching etc too.
I have no advice I’m sorry. just know you’re not alone.
what anti anxiety medicine are you taking? X
 
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nervousnelly2

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Jan 6, 2020
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I have a new appreciation for anxiety. I have recently developed health anxiety over reactions I was having to different foods. I developed a fear of eating. It then became fear of driving in case I was out in public and had a reaction. Then I didn't want to leave the house. I tried to challenge myself every day. I kept a journal of when I reacted, what time of day, the duration, and then kept a diary of what foods were "safe". I challenged myself each day to do something I was afraid of. Little by little my reactions became less frequent. I realize now that they were anxiety attacks. I developed them over a reaction I had to a protein powder I had. Then it grew from there. I got numbness all over my body and also had panic attacks. I became fearful of so many things from those experiences. It didn't help that my doctor refused to check things out and dismissed everything as anxiety. I had to go to a new doctor who did bloodwork, and saw that I had deficiency in vitamin d and b12. Once I started taking those vitamins, my numbness disappeared and my anxiety started to subside. Now I have only a couple of mild episodes a week instead of 7 or 8 intense ones each day. I am also on an antidepressant and take ativan when I can't control the anxiety with breathing and other strategies. I find if I stay away from sugar and carbs and eat a lot of greens, fruits and vegetables and lean chicken and fish and legumes I feel a lot better. I am also exercising daily. I am seeing a therapist once a week and have joined a walking group that meets twice a week. Staying social has helped as I'm retired and don't see people as often as when I worked. Since I've been doing these things, the anxiety is so much better. I'm now no longer taking b12 as my levels are better and am only taking vitamin d and my antidepressant. My doctor feels that once the anxiety is under control I can be taken off of that too. It's a long journey and has taken a lot of work to get this far. I know I have a long way to go. Try some of the strategies I've mentioned. I sincerely believe that you can beat this as I will. It will not win. Take the mindset that you are an intelligent resourceful person who will take control and work at making your body respond to what you believe it should be doing. Take care and try some of these things. I promise they will help you. One hour at a time. One day at a time.
 
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