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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. beader
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    23 June 2020 in reply to Kavanna
    Well Kavanna this sounds just like me. Have tried many medications and none work and some make me feel worse, My left hand is weaker on the keyboard now. Anxiety is my constant companion. I avoid lots of places and people. It's one hell of a ride, right!
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  2. Ekc
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    23 June 2020 in reply to May Tee Tee
    Thankyou for your kind words it means so much.

    I've never had anxiety this bad before. The good thing is i have a referral now to see a psychologist. I have spent every moment for the past months constantly accomodating everyone except myself. I don't want it to be too late healthwise before i set my priorities straight.
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  3. blondguy
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    23 June 2020 in reply to Ekc

    Hi Everyone (New posters too!)

    Hey Ekc....Beader....A warm welcome and thankyou so much for speaking from the heart too! I am only a temporary caretaker of this excellent thread topic that was written by Annabay in 2019

    Hey May Tee Tee....thankyou for your support and being a part of the forums

    my kind thoughts always

    Paul

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  4. TheBigBlue
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    27 June 2020

    I’ve had anxiety for years. Mostly I suffer with the pounding/racing heart, sometimes shortness of breath, nausea, sweaty palms etc but I discovered a new physical reaction to a situation on Thurs.

    i had an appointment with the psychologist & had taken my sister along for support. However this in itself was anxiety inducing because I was a bit nervous about my sister hearing about all my issues (PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety & all the other fun things).

    Anyway, the tension inside me just kept building & literally after 10mins in there we had to stop so the psychologist could talk me through some breathing exercises.

    Anyway, my heart was racing but the psychologist kept saying she could see it in my face. She said my face was trembling. I don’t know if this has happened before as my attention was never drawn to it. it happened again in the car on the way home. I looked at my face in the mirror & was shocked to see my chin trembling, my lips trembling in a very obvious manner.

    Has anyone else experienced something like this? There is definitely no hiding this reaction from the people around me. My anxiety is causing me anxiety! 😢🤣

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  5. blondguy
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    28 June 2020 in reply to TheBigBlue

    Hi Everyone and thankyou for being a part of Annabays thread topic!

    Hi TheBigBlue...I hear you loud and clear on these symptoms....I used to suffer from these awful symptoms too

    You are spot on when you mentioned your anxiety is causing you anxiety...Anxiety does feed off anxiety for sure

    The trembling is very common as our adrenaline is working overtime (anxiety + anxiety = shakes/trembles)

    Its taken me a long time to understand that the earlier we seek frequent help from our doc the better our recovery will be..I didnt know this when my anxiety was chronic in the 1980's..so my anxiety symptoms exacerbated.

    Hope your weekend is going okay......Paul

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  6. Kdee09
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    28 June 2020 in reply to TheBigBlue
    Hi I’m new, my first comment so Quite nervous about posting anything I’m not too good with my words lol but Ive have had pretty bad anxiety for a few years, I’ve never been to a doctor about it. I keep telling myself I should but never do. I suffer from the trembling, It can get pretty bad, I’ve always felt like there was something wrong with me. For a while I thought it was just around new people or people I didn’t feel totally comfortable with but it also depends how I am on the day.
    It feels like my whole head is trembling, and my face is hot. I break eye contact because it makes me feel like I can control myself, but then that makes me feel awkward and uncomfortable that I’m always looking away when someone is talking to me and they may be able to see me trembling. I feel It’s also effecting my speech, like I go blank and I stutter and the words don’t come out right 😔
  7. TheBigBlue
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    29 June 2020 in reply to Kdee09

    Hi Kdee,

    welcome to the forums. It does sound very much like you may have anxiety.

    i know it’s scarey, but I spoke to my GP first about my symptoms. From there she referred me to a psychologist. I actually found this really helpful, although I still have slip ups along the way.

    but a psychologist was really helpful in learning how to manage the anxiety (in most situations).

    Feel free to read some of the other posts in here. You can post again here if you want to talk more about your situation or need some advise.

    Take care

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  8. TimCB
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    30 June 2020
    Thanks for all the posts, it's reassuring to see a lot of how I feel reflected in your blogs. I feel for you all as it’s been a nightmare at times. I'll read more about everyone, but to put my side out there;
    ME:
    I'm just about to hit forty and breezed through life without a worry...until the last 5 years. I have a stressful job, lots of kids, etc but increasingly over a few years had...
    SYMPTOMS:
    Heart issues/palpitations. Went on blood pressure tablets for a bit that helped. Then was in London last year and woke up with H/R >200, ended up in A&E was terrified, couldn't sleep for weeks after as was scared.
    That was 9 months ago and now mental health issues have ramped up; feeling confused, dizzy, trapped, like I’m going to fall over when I’m walking or forget speech mid-sentence. Constant headache. Leg twitches as I fall asleep then wake up feeling really anxious. Constantly exhausted.

    GETTING BETTER:
    My GP has tested everything (MRI, bloods, urine test) and always come back fine. Nice to rule things out though.
    “Western medicine”. I got a bit better on another medication but stopped due to headaches (maybe interaction with antibiotics). 6 weeks on and headaches continue - wake up endlessly. Arrrggg! I THINK I’m only anxious about being anxious, but I know I over think things and try to fix them as opposed to accept them. I’m probably annoyed at “not being able to cope” given I had been able to for so long.
    Mediation. Try 20 mins mediation everyday (Headspace) which I think helps. Even tried Acupuncture and Reiki (the Reiki lady was great to talk to)!
    Have made decision to make big lifestyle choice (long service leave, maybe step back from stressful job). Stepping back from a career I’ve worked hard to build which is part of my identity is hard, but I’ve realised not at any cost – happiness and family come higher than status and money. I think the root cause of all this for me was thinking I’m superhuman and just doing more and more. The frog in the saucepan of water who doesn’t realise it’s warming up. My Dad passed away 18 months ago and I think that triggered a feeling of fragility, then not dealing with that, working ever harder – something had to give.
    There’s times when I’m terrified that I’ll “be stuck like this” and other times (like just now in reading your blogs) when I realise this is just part of being human – and talking and sharing is a huge way of coping and reducing the anxiety to a manageable sized thing. Thank you all for sharing, chat soon!
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  9. TimCB
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    30 June 2020 in reply to bookish
    Hey Bookish - just reading this entire thread (newest to oldest for some reason...) and I have had exactly your shopping list of symptoms. They haven't gone away, and I haven't found a magical cure (message me if you do!) but reaching out to say I'm here with you.
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  10. blondguy
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    30 June 2020 in reply to Kdee09

    Hello Everyone...and thankyou for being a part of this very helpful discussion :-)

    Hey Kdee09 ...Hey...TheBigBlue..(thankyou for jumping in and providing your support!)

    Hey TimCB...great to have you here and thankyou for sharing your symptoms...You are not alone in any way with the heart palpitations and anxiety feeding the anxiety...Good on you for the helpful post Tim..not to mention being so proactive with your well being!

    People are always welcome to write their own thread topic too as there will be more replies to your own specific set of anxiety symptoms :-)

    my kind thoughts......Paul

  11. TheBigBlue
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    30 June 2020

    Yikes!

    im sitting here ordering if my work place is taking advantage of me with the current changes due to the current Covid issues & then I start reading through the past few posts here & now my anxiety is raging again.

    I’m sitting on the lounge, watching tv, snuggled under a blanket, day off work tomorrow but my heart is pounding in my chest. I shouldn’t be stressed but I am 😫

    ok, off to do some deep breathing exercises to get myself back to some semblance of calm

  12. blondguy
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    30 June 2020 in reply to TheBigBlue

    Feeling stressed is okay and common TheBigBlue

    be gentle to yourself....you have a day off tomorrow :-)

    Great to have you as part of the Beyond Blue forums

    Paul

  13. Mitchy1967
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    2 July 2020
    Hi guys, I can relate to everyone's symptoms of anxiety. I have just woken up with my heart racing a massive headache and fear of I don't know what? I think I am having a heart attack but know there is nothing wrong with my heart as I have had every test under the sun. This anxiety is so draining! I feel so hopeless and just don't know what to do. I have been seeing a psychologist, tried meditation and mindfullness but I can't seem to control it. I have medication to take when I feel an attack coming on but the symptoms are the main worry for me. I don't know what else to do to try and ease these feelings. I have tried just about everything and anxiety and depression still rear their ugly heads all the time. Some times I don't even know what the trigger is. Feeling hopeless :(
  14. TheAnxiousOne
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    2 July 2020

    Hey guys,

    i’m wondering if anyone has this weird sensation of having bubbles under your skin?It’s mainly on my legs, but it can happen in my upper body.

    I wouldn’t say it’s a twitch or a jerk. The best way to describe it would be as a bubbly sensation.

    Please let me know. This is freaking me out...it’s not helping my anxiety at all...

  15. blondguy
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    2 July 2020 in reply to Mitchy1967

    Hi Everyone, thankyou for sharing your anxiety symptoms..Doing so helps others know they are not alone :-)

    Hey Mitchy....your symptoms are exactly the same as mine used to be...and yes they are awful to have...Just my opinion after a few decades with anxiety if I can..The earlier we seek treatment the better our recovery will be..Thankyou for being a part of the the forum family!

    Hey TheAnxiousOne....I used to have a feeling under my skin when my anxiety was bad and sounds the same as you have. Knowing anxiety it does manifest in so many ways...Its another very common physical symptom which is frustrating yet harmless....Thankyou heaps for helping out and being a part of the discussion!

    my kindest thoughts....Paul

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  16. Taz14
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    3 July 2020

    Hi all, I have had anxiety for 20 years. Specifically OCD, General Anxiety, Social and Health Anxiety.

    My symptoms are as follows:

    - Most recently 5 months, wide spread fasciculation's (Muscle Twitching)

    -Heart palpations

    -Feeling Dizzy

    -Brain Fog

    -Shortness of Breath

    -Feelings of panic, need to run away type feeling - Stress Response

    -Sweating

    -Hyperventilating

    -Tremors, feeling vibrations in random spots under my skin...imagine like a phone is on your skin type feeling

    -Feeling in another zone, like I'm floating in reality during severe anxiety

    -Night mares, really graphic , frighting night mares

    -Feelings of being different and very self critical of myself

    -Stabbing pains that moves around to different spots

    -Fatigue

    The list goes on, so many strange things.....

  17. Mitchy1967
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    3 July 2020 in reply to blondguy
    Thanks blondguy. I am having a really bad week and am beside myself with all the symptoms. I feel like I am going to throw up and have been feeling like that all day today. I am distracted and don't want to talk as it uses up too much energy. I am hoping that tomorrow is a better day. Is it possible to be anxious 24/7? I have been like this for nearly 2 years now and am wondering if it will ever go away or will I ever be able to control it. I put on a brave face all the time saying I am ok to people when I am not. It is so tiring and I feel so lost. I hope everyone is feeling ok and send my thoughts to everyone who suffers with this illness on a daily basis. :)
  18. Mitchy1967
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    3 July 2020 in reply to Taz14
    Hey Tax14, I am hearing you loud and clear. How do you manage your anxiety? Any tips or tricks? I have tried meditation, mindfullnes and breathing but it doesn't seem to be helping. I have seen a psychologist a couple of times and don't think that has helped either. I am trying to be positive but some days it is just too hard. I seem to have symptoms every single day and night. It is such a horrible thing to go through and I feel for all of us who suffer with this. I wish you the best of luck :)
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  19. brampton f
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    4 July 2020

    My chest feels tight as if I have butterflies, but they are not good happy butterflies, the feeling makes me feel nervous and sad if that makes sense.

    I shake and it makes my head go almost boiling hot and gives me bad headaches and bad mood swings as an effect of it.

    It makes me cry.

    It makes me overthink to the max.

  20. Mitchy1967
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    4 July 2020 in reply to brampton f
    Hi Brampton f, I am a massive overthinker to which doesn't help. I know where your coming from. Just last night I burst into tears because I am sick of feeling yuk all the time. Sometimes I just get so overwhelmed and don't know what to do so I just burst into tears. It is such a horrible feeling. Glad you posted on here. It is somewhat comforting in a way to know that we are not alone in this and there are so many people living with anxiety and depression. I wish you all the best. I am always here if you need to chat. Michelle :)
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  21. Mactedbelmax
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    4 July 2020
    Hi Everyone after suffering from an anxiety and panic disorder to varying degress in the last 20 yrs I decided it was time to check out some forums and im glad I did reading through these posts make me feel like im not alone in my fight. Physical symptoms of anxiety for me can be various with the most common being heart palpitations, nausea and tension headaches (bad ones) going through a health anxiety disorder in the early 2000's was not easy as i had every test imaginable and they couldn't find anything wrong with me,the doctor pretty much told me i was making everything up and i was wasting his time. As i age my body throws more concerning symptoms at me which almost always ends up with me having a panic attack! I have recently been feeling off balance and fuzzy in the head also have experienced a couple of brain zaps which are scary as hell somedays i feel utterly defeated by this disease as the more I stress about my physical symptoms the more i get and it just becomes a horrible circle of fear and anxiety being able to write about it and having a supportive family helps. Don't be afraid to reach out
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  22. Taz14
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Mitchy1967

    Hi Mitchy1967,

    I'm actually trying meditation and spiritual things, where nothing makes sense and modern tests and medicine don't work....i'm looking out further so to speak.

    For my I have linked it to a fear of death, if I can somehow tap into the spiritual world...perhaps it might ease the fear of the unknown. Sounds crazy, but it seems to work better then a counselor for me.

  23. Mitchy1967
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Taz14
    Hi Taz14, I also have a fear of death as well. It is always on my mind. It is just horrific. I have tried spiritual stuff as well. I don't know if nothing is working because I haven't been practising long enough or it just isn't working for me. What sort of spiritual stuff are you looking into? I have tried Reiki and healings but no luck. I am running out of options as I have tried so many different things. Would love to hear your thoughts on what you are trying spiritual wise. Michelle x
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  24. Mitchy1967
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Mactedbelmax
    Hey Mactedbelmax, I have had every test under the sun like yourself. I feel stupid when all the results come back saying medically I am fine, when I am not fine. I have tried so many different things to help with my anxiety and depression but I am not having much luck. Being an overthinker doesn't help either. I have been practicing meditation and mindfullness but having no luck with that either and I have been trying it for a couple of years now. I just don't know what else to try. I have been to a Psych and no luck either. I am so interested in what tools people use to overcome anxiety and depression. If you ever need a chat always here. :)
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  25. Mactedbelmax
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Mitchy1967
    I have found keeping a journal really helpful i started it a couple of months ago and when you read back through you pick up on different triggers for your anxiety so instead of freaking out about my physical symptoms i can think more rationally about them which helps reduce the severity
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  26. Mactedbelmax
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Taz14
    I too suffer from almost all of those symptoms with all sorts of weird body sensations they can be really frightening it is comforting to know that there is others out there going through similar things i have often thought that im the only person in the world with crazy physical symptoms!
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  27. maccaz
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    4 July 2020 in reply to Mactedbelmax
    which ones do you get mainly? have you found any methods to manage it that work for you?
  28. Taz14
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    5 July 2020 in reply to Mitchy1967

    Hi Michelle :-)

    I had tried connecting with deceased family members, for some reason when I have connected with them (Via physcic) I feel connected to the side I felt the most scared about.

    I was very skeptical of this type of connection at first, but when I had a session with someone who could actually connect with the other side, things were said in such detail, the person couldn't have made it up.

    I have read Kyle Gray Meditation books, and ones to connected to healing. It helps, it doesn't fix it but it takes the edge and intense fear away. I once read a book about anxiety , by I believe it was by Bev Aisbett. It was the best book i have ever read, it talks about anxiety as something not "bad". For example anxiety is a warning system, a stress response and I guess mine is intensified , so instead of viewing it as a bad thing I must get of... I learn to manage with increased awareness. It really helped me during a bad times, but the good thing is when I go down the rabbit hole of anxiety, I read over these things again to calm me down.

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  29. Mactedbelmax
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    5 July 2020 in reply to maccaz
    Hi there, it varies for me a bit but at the moment i have been getting alot of tension headaches, brain fog and heart palpitations, i have taken medication for a long time which helps with reducing the amount of panic attacks i get, keeping a journal and accepting my anxiety has helped alot if you can accept whats happening to you and meet it head on instead of fighting makes a huge difference although i still struggle at times i believe that has been the biggest help for me it has taken 20yrs for me to start accepting it
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  30. randomx
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    6 July 2020 in reply to May Tee Tee

    l get serious brain block, if it's a people thing l'll just sort of mentally freeze up, can't think anything or speak it, and if l'm suppose to do something l won't be about too just fumble about and mess it up. lt's caused me the most humiliating times of my life and once in particular at a time where it just could not be worse and in front of 100 people and family. l can over power it these days mostly but it can still get me as in that time 7yrs ago which l'll never forget rest of my life, no one will. but many many other times also and some from growing up as well that l still remember like yesterday.

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