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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. TahliaF
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    11 August 2020
    My hear starts pounding rapidly and i can't sit still, i often fiddle with whatever's in my hand.My body gets all tense and i feel as if i cannot breathe,in some cases i cry or just dont talk and sit there and suffer in silence.
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  2. onthefence
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    11 August 2020

    Nausea is my biggest symptom, it comes in waves and can make it hard to do my mindfulness exercises or breathing or meditation as I can get a big wave of it that knocks me off track. It usually fades with time it's just trying to stay calm (and near a bathroom, sorry if TMI!) until it passes.

    I've found I get really hot if I'm starting to panic as well - like what I imagine a hot flush to feel like, sweating and wanting to cool down. But that's rarer.

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  3. Jill G
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    12 August 2020 in reply to summer girl

    Hi Onthe fence

    I can totally relate to the nausea it was one of my horrible symptons. I got it like clockwork every morning for months. Eventually it got better as l stop fearing the anxiety.. l totally understand its so awful. Hope you start feeling better soon...your not alone

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  4. Jasjit
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    12 August 2020

    Hi Everyone!!

    To be quite frank, dealing with anxiety has been the biggest challenge of my life since childhood and up til now. I have fully accepted this as a fact! I used to suffer from social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and fears of animals! It was too much during my childhood and into my late adolescence. I absolutely agree with all the physical symptoms that everyone has shared, I experienced all of them.

    But just a tip on how I fixed?! It was simple, I started eating clean, exercised vigorously, and started yoga every single day!! I reversed all my anxiety problems! I can now speak in front of 100 or even 1000 of people. I believe this is reversible!! We can fix this!! I simply had to change my lifestyle and connect my body/mind.

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  5. c#ristine
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    16 August 2020

    It depends on the severity of the anxiety. It can range from quite mild to more severe. You hear a lot about flight or fight mode but the third one freeze isn’t always mentioned. When things are really bad, I tend to go in to freeze mode. My mind could be racing and my heart pounding but I physically feel like I cannot move. This is particularly unhelpful in a true emergency. I have had trouble in the past knowing if a situation is urgent or just feels that way.

    One way I’ve learnt to become physically unstuck is to ring a relevant person (example the vets when my dog was sick, poisons information when my ex flatmate took an overdose of his prescription meds )and then just do exactly what they tell me to do. I’ve also rung trusted people in my life to ask for their assessment of a situation.

    Other physical symptoms are a hot band around my belly, tightness in my chest, heat that starts in my fingers and moves up my arms. Shallow breathing.A feeling like I am in a play and I’m going through the motions but none of this is really real.

    cognitive symptoms include the inability to think clearly, to make decisions to remember things. writing things down really helps with this.

  6. blondguy
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    17 August 2020 in reply to TahliaF

    Hi Everyone and thankyou for helping others by being a part of the discussion!

    Hey TahliaF.....I feel the pain you are going through with these awful symptoms..I used to have the same symptoms too...The good news is that they do lessen over time...especially when we have a talk to our GP to discuss these awful feelings. Everyone is always welcome to start their own thread topic too...If you wish!

    Hey onthefence....the nausea can be a pain for sure. Our digestive system is the most sympathetic to anxiety feelings.....and our stomach does let us know

    Hey JillG.....always great to see you on the forums...I hope you are doing well!

    Hey Jasjit....Thankyou for your super helpful feedback! Its great to have your feedback on how you have dealt with your anxiety symptoms....You have done really well with the lifestyle changes...Good1

    Hey c#ristine....Welcome and really appreciate you sharing your experience...

    c#ristine mentioned " It depends on the severity of the anxiety. It can range from quite mild to more severe"

    My own anxiety symptoms are listed on this thread in the first couple of pages if anyone wants to have a look

    kind thoughts

    Paul

  7. Sickofeverything
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    17 August 2020 in reply to Soleildor
    Wanting to run away...I complained about this today to someone. I just can't be left with my own thoughts. Things just too much to handle
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    17 August 2020 in reply to Sickofeverything

    Hi Sickofeverything

    I just replied to your new thread topic...I really hope you can have a look

    just a note...If you want to have a chat we have super caring people 24/7 on 1300 22 4636...Its private and also non judgmental too!

    Paul

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  9. PanicButton
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    18 August 2020 in reply to blondguy

    This year has been the most challenging of my life. I have suffered from mild depression, panic disorder and health anxiety for 10 years. It has been controlled on-off with medication and therapy but for a couple of years now it has been steady decline, now hitting the bottom where I just feel totally helpless and incapable at times.

    A close family member has been really ill and it has fed my anxiety. I experience symptoms out of the blue, always different. I have had severe tiredness, breathing difficulty, vertigo, paralysis, stomach issues... I have been in several blood tests, specialists, ECG, head CT, vertigo clinic. Never found anything too alarming, yet I constantly fear that the next thing will be real.

    I am just exhausted of the mental and physical drainage. Especially during COVID. I am experiencing the main symptoms at least once a week. Not that I want to. And it is always the same fear, anxiety, inability to sleep, uncontrollable emotions.

    Not that it always shows, I am able to keep up the facade most days. Smile at work, do my share. But it is starting to crack and I am struggling keeping it together.

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  10. Mattw
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    18 August 2020

    i love this thread makes me think im not alone in these feelings i get all the damn time.

    My problems started a few years ago when i was watching a horror movie, my head got super cold and i felt terrified that has never happened to me before in my whole life, im currently 36.

    Then i started getting these chest pains from sitting in front of the pc all day, sometimes it just happens out of the blue and makes me go into a semi panic attack if i focus on it all the time. After i went to the doctors and got reasurance it wasnt related to my heart i manage to push the fear away....until it started manifesting as something else like the feeling im not breathing properly even though when i focus on my breathing i feel like im getting proper air coming in, but the more i focus on it the worst my breathing gets until i feel whoozy, i find if i can distract myself good enough and i stop focusing on it it goes away.

    But lately it started manifesting as another symptom again, vibrations in my chest. this scared the hell out of me, this one feels like im about to die at any moment,

    I managed to get into the cadiolgist a few weeks ago for a video meeting and talk to him about it he went over my ecgs and holter monitor report and said it was most likely from stress, im booked in for the pschologist on the 25th, im praying to god that will help me. im sick of waking up with panic attacks of my heart racing/vibrating with the flight or fight feeling overwhelming me and shaking that last for 5mins. it just seems like a vicous circle this anxiety shit.

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  11. crazycatlady13
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    19 August 2020
    Hi guys,

    It's been a while since I posted on the BB forums, I was doing very well mentally but since the pandemic hit I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety.

    I think had my first ever anxiety attack two nights ago and I was so scared. I had trouble going to sleep, felt a pang of nausea, was trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in but couldn't. Then I started sweating very heavily and I just couldn't stop tossing and turning for the whole night, I literally had no sleep and could not relax at all! I ended up getting up from bed, walked around a bit and it helped me relax a little. But I wasn't sleeping well. I couldn't control my mind. I couldn't think of happy things that I usually do before I fall asleep.

    Has anyone experienced that before? Its very scary because it was my first time, I didn't know what to do.

    Last night I did a bit better, I slept for 2 hours straight because I was exhausted from the previous ordeal, but then suddenly woke up sweating again. I am not sure if its my clothes but I had to take off some layers and opened a window. I couldn't really sleep again but I ended up using the 'Smiling Mind' app to help me sleep which actually worked!
  12. Capricorn85
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    19 August 2020
    It’s pretty complicated for me, I started having panic attacks in high school, 20 years ago and have lived with anxiety since. I get really caught up in my head and lose track of the moment. My face can go really red and my heart races. I usually get anxious when I’m feeling comfortable because I’m scared that something bad will happen
  13. blondguy
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    19 August 2020 in reply to PanicButton

    Hi PanicButton

    Welcome to the forums and thankyou for being a part of the discussion too! You mentioned 'I am just exhausted of the mental and physical drainage. Especially during COVID' I hear you loud and clear...my anxiety has increased since Covid as well

    You are always welcome to start up your own thread as you will have responses that provide more effective support....as this thread topic turns over so quickly...Only if you want to that is :-)

    Hey Mattw....Thankyou for being part of the discussion. I feel your pain/anguish as I had the same horrible symptoms as yourself in my 20's. You are proactive with your health and taking all the necessary steps. Just a friendly note.....Your GP can be a huge help with these feelings...Most GP's have a better understanding about anxiety now than even 10 years ago...Making a double appointment and having a talk can provide some welcome peace of mind.....especially while waiting for our appointment with a psychologist

    Hey crazycatlady13...I understand and feel your symptoms....they are awful and yes scary to experience too. I hope you can have a look at my symptoms that I posted on the 1st or 2nd page of this thread. This Covid virus has many people feeling super anxious....You are not alone... at all...Great to see you on the forums too!

    Paul

  14. blondguy
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    19 August 2020 in reply to Capricorn85

    Hello Capricorn85

    Welcome to the forums and thankyou for your post too!

    I understand what you are going through as I used to have the same symptoms and they are awful

    If anxiety starts to interfere with our ability to function on a day to day basis then we really can benefit from seeing our GP as they have a better understanding about anxiety than even 10 years ago.

    You mentioned 'I usually get anxious when I’m feeling comfortable because I’m scared that something bad will happen'....This is a very common symptom of anxiety....as we are 'anticipating' the anxiety returning. Having anxiety for 20 years would be a drain Capricorn85.

    I used to have chronic anxiety that started in my early 20's....I do know that the earlier we seek some support the better our recovery :-).....I wish I did!

    great to have you as part of the forum family Capricorn85

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

  15. PanicButton
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    20 August 2020 in reply to Mattw
    Hi Mattw, yeah totally not alone. It is frustrating when the feeling keeps changing all the time. The minute you have got used to a new symptom and understood it is anxiety related there appears the new thing, even worse than the previous one. For me it has always been the physical part that has been the most difficult to handle as it can be so severe. One time I read an article about MS disease and without thinking about it further I developed a sever vertigo that lasted for 3 months!!! Got me through all the tests and imaging before I finally admitted it was anxiety related and then one day I woke up in the middle of the night half of my body paralised. Took a couple of minutes to regain feeling in that side and scared me pretty badly. I just wish there would be a pill that would take the physical symptoms away but cannot live on sedatives all the time.
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  16. Mattw
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    20 August 2020 in reply to blondguy
    blondguy unfortunatly my GP is useless ive been going over my symptoms with him for a year but does nothing, when the cardiologist listed in my plan to see a psychologist ASAP he questioned it and i told him i was being anxious all the time and i was afraid of dying you know what he said to me...."we all die sometime" i need another doctor but the clinic i go to has alot of the facilities built in to it like blood test the cardiolgist and the psychologist.
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  17. Mattw
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    20 August 2020 in reply to PanicButton
    PanicButton im with ya mate...i just wish all these damn symptoms would stop, the one i get alot is the rush of fear over little things like the dog shaking a little bit which causes me to think of the shaking feeling and feel a rush of flight or fight feeling out of nowhere
  18. Peaktop
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    22 August 2020
    I feel sorry for everyone who goes through this. I had a strong anxiety attack last night and i thought initially it was like a heartburn but I jsut had salad for dinner and i felt like I wanted to vomit. I went outside the house for fresh air and my body was shaking. I was thinking to go to my neighbours and knock the door to feel better but then I was so scared that I have a heart attack. I feel my jaws tightened and I am always stressed. I am a single father and I have even more stress when I have my little kids with me scared that something will happen to me that will scare them and they could not do anything. I always carry my phone with me even when I go from room to room within the house. I bought a blood pressure tester and my blood pressure was 150/90 last night when I had the anxiety attack. I don't have appetite and I lost 7 kilos since May. I see (online) a psychiatrist and I am learning how to defuse the negative thoughts but the theory is something different to the actual.
  19. Sandro
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    25 August 2020 in reply to gucia6

    Hi Gucia6

    As someone who has experienced anxiety amongst other mental health issues over the last 10 years or so, those symptoms certainly resonate. I would suggest seeking a diagnosis from your gp and look at what could be the underlying factor/ causes to then apply treatment options. Good news is there are many treatment options and one that has done wonders for me is meditation and mindfulness. A daily routine is also something that I stick to and also eases my anxiety and gives me structure, walking , reading , listening to a fav podcast and my iTunes playlist is also great along with eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. Hope this helps a little and good luck :-) ,

    Take care and stay safe,

    Sandro

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  20. Sandro
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    25 August 2020 in reply to TahliaF

    Hi Tahlia

    Sorry to hear you're having a bit of a tough time. I have experienced those feelings many times over the past 3 years experiencing crippling anxiety and distressful thoughts. I can tell you that I am now in a really good head space and even though you can not see it at the moment things will get better for you. I am not a medical practitioner and I hope you are getting the support you need, if not I would suggest seeing your GP. Throughout my journey I have done allot of work on myself and controlling my mind and body, the main reason Im in a good place these days is through meditation and mindfulness along with exercise , reading , eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. The video clip that started to change my thinking and was lucky to receive is one called "Bob Proctor Reveals The Secret To Overcoming Anxiety" on youtube. I watched it every day for 30 days , I had little faith at the start and struggled to understand it but when it started to sink in I started feeling relief. Anyway the main reason for my message is to let you know things will and do change and get better, keep up being brave and stay strong

    Good luck and hope this helps a little

    Take Care

    Sandro

  21. Sandro
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    25 August 2020 in reply to c#ristine

    Hi C#ristine

    Hope your well in this challenging climate ,

    I sympathise with you on having to experience those terrible feelings of feeling stuck and cognitively challenged and poor memory. I got to the stage where I did not even use a computer, sending an email became a real pain as the words were just not coming to mind and along with suffering insomnia just being able to do the usual work / life things took allot of energy and will. However today I find myself in the best mental and physical and spiritual health due the following. I watched this video for 30 days in a row on anxiety- it's called "Bob Proctor Reveals The Secret To Overcoming Anxiety" on youtube which started to give me an understanding, on the way our interesting minds work sometimes for us and sometimes against us. Cleaned up my diet and eliminated allot of sugar and drank plenty of water, along with walking , stuck to the same bedtime routine, doing my favourite things even if you have lost interest (it comes back) like listening to a fav podcast , playlist , watching a movie, reading a helpful book and setting myself little tasks nothing to big. But the greatest benefit I have found has come through meditation and mindfulness, I am not sure whether this is something your interested in but I definantly recommend it. I have only just joined this forum and this is only my second reply so not sure whether we can recommend books ect but I would highly recommend , Breaking the habit of being yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza which has helped me so much. Also note that over time you will overcome the fight,flight,freeze , just need to keep searching for alternatives that will continue to help you

    Hope this helps you a little,

    Take Care

    Sandro

  22. isabelle21
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    26 August 2020

    Hi all,
    I've been suffering from anxiety and more so some strange physical symptoms with stiffness in my legs (more so my thighs)... and it feels like my legs are jelly-like. It's really weird... as I will notice it when I go out for a walk. I never notice the stiffness anywhere else. I don't know whether this is something worse or not anxiety related but it's causing me so much panic and stress to the point where I am anxious to even go for a walk and feel comfortable and confident that my legs are going to suddenly fail me. I don't know whether this is something other people have experienced? Sometimes I won't get the stiffness and sometimes I will. There's no pain as such but just tightness.. like the feeling of elastic bands around my thighs. I am really concerned. The more I think about it.. the more I panic. When I do go on my walks and feel it coming on... I will often turn back and come home because I feel really strange.
    I exercise often and am fit but the stiffness in my thighs feel different to post workout strains that I would normally get.
    Any thoughts, comments, ideas? :(

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  23. Gg22
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    30 August 2020
    My biggest struggle is a rapid pounding heart. I can see it in my chest and it scares me I usually get shaking afterwards and generally feel low. It usually comes out of nowhere which is even scarier for me.
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  24. Watermelon1234
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    31 August 2020

    Hi everyone,

    One of the symptoms of my anxiety is dry mouth, especially when my anxiety levels are high. I am constantly sipping water, however, that means going to the toilet more often. I have also tried chewing gum every now and then.

    Just wondering if anyone has found any remedies or techniques to help minimise dryness in the mouth?

    Thanks in advance!

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  25. Jill G
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    2 September 2020 in reply to Gg22

    Hi Gg22

    Yes l know how you feel it's really scary when your heart is pounding really fast. Anxiety brings on many symptons as l found out. To ease my mind l wentvto the gp to get it checked out just for peace of mind. Take care

  26. Mattw
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    3 September 2020 in reply to Gg22
    yea mate i know exactly what you mean, the more you focus on it the more that chest shaking happens, went to cardiologist then he directed me to a psychologist where she explained what was going on with my brain and she taugh me a simple breathing excercise which shuts down the anxiety feeling almost instantly for me, which is breathe in for 4 secs then hold it for 4 seconds then breathe out for as long as you can and repeat that. the heart palpitations and the shaking feeling in my chest goes away fairly quickily when i wake up with them now
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  27. Kody
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    3 September 2020
    I regularly have anxiety attacks which mainly consist of rapid heart beat, nausea, dizziness and heat waves throughout my body. They usually only happen when i have to present something at school or have to talk in front of a large crowd and they only last for a couple of minutes but they can get very frustrating when i am trying to concentrate on something important. I also crack my knuckles frequently and fiddle with the things in my hand to try to calm my anxiety although it only sometimes works. the thing that i have found most effective is chewing gum as it takes my mind off the attacks and makes me less stressed. The only problem with this, is that my school does not allow chewing gum in class, meaning when i feel anxious i have to hide my gum from my teachers which raises my stress levels anyway.
  28. blondguy
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    4 September 2020 in reply to Watermelon1234

    Hi Everyone and huge thanks for contributing to Annabays' thread :-)

    Hey Watermelon1234

    After dealing with dry mouth anxiety related symptoms I found a helpful fix....I just bought another bottle from chemist warehouse and it works really well!

    • Oral7 Moisturising Mouthwash 500ml

    any questions are always welcome

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

  29. Larks98
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    5 September 2020
    Hi Guys.

    Was at work on the 1st of June and felt my heart all of a sudden start racing.
    I also had flu symptoms at the time.
    Went straight to hospital to get tested for COVID. Results came back negative.

    Left the hospital and went home. Whilst at home felt my heart was still beating fast and decided to go back to hospital.
    Spent the night in hospital and had multiple blood tests done as well as a chest X-ray and ECG.

    During this time having the flu, I honestly thought I had COVID and it scared the shit out of me.

    As time has gone on I have seen my GP on the regular and have had more tests done all to have come back with nothing wrong with me, just negative thoughts.

    Anxiety is all new to me.
    So coping has been very hard, trying to tell myself that I'm fine aswell as having panic attacks every now and again.

    My symptoms have been: indigestion aswell as having the constant taste of vomit in my mouth.
    Having a constant feeling of having something stuck in my throat.
    Constant muscle aches and pains through my arms, back, shoulders and chest.
    Some mornings it feels as though I've had someone sitting on my chest through the night.

    My anxiety is both mentally and physically draining. Some days are harder than others.

    Off to see a physcologist on the 28th of this month. Hopefully they can get me in the right mind set and on the road to recovery

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  30. Yara
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    5 September 2020
    I'm continuosly having difficulties in getting sleep this week, so the headache always there, even with the analgesics, it is heavy week really

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