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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. Gracie63
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    24 posts
    30 December 2020

    Ive had 2 really good days and now out of the blue it’s back. Went out to shops and was fine before I left and then on the way home headache kicks in , pain around chest area , nausea and lump in throat. Now got to stop my mind from looping all over the place . I have terrible O.C.D

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  2. Gracie63
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    24 posts
    30 December 2020 in reply to annabay
    I have this fluttering in my chest (heart area ) and headache . I get very panicky and feel nauseas.
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  3. Gracie63
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    24 posts
    30 December 2020 in reply to Lacie

    Hey Lacie

    yes I can relate to what you are saying as I to do not really understand where all my anxiety is coming from at this time in my life. I did have anxiety in my younger years but at 56 I feel like I’m at a good place in life so not sure where this is all coming from. I have had mri and heart checks and all is fine but I still get these awful fluttering feelings in heart , nauseous, headaches. Of course this sends my mind into a loop and I start thinking the worst. It’s awful when it comes on because it just seems to come from nowhere. Sending you hugs.

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  4. bluemoonbluesky
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    30 posts
    31 December 2020
    I went out for a rigorous tennis session, the first real exercise in ages and was quite proud of myself. Thanks to anxiety and panic I had to give up the gym last year and have largely only been walking.

    On the way home on the train after the session I started fidgeting, my breathing became shallow, chest pains, my heart rate increased and I had that all too familiar impending doom feeling. It's all consuming and I just sat there waiting until the last stop. Got close to home and was totally fine. No matter how many times the pattern happens it still affects me.

    Very frustrating. Even worse is when I go through phases of bad dizziness and chest pains and go to the supermarket. My heart pounds and I just want to get the heck out of there ASAP.
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  5. cake my day
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    8 posts
    31 December 2020

    Horrible stomach like cramps that makes me feel bloated and nauseating chest pains.

    once i start experiencing these it gets to my head then the full blown irritated mood breaks out. something i really want to control and stop from happening cause i end up taking it out on those around. then my mind starts to really wonder out and overthinks everything. questioning everything and asking myself what if .......

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  6. Azza56
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    11 posts
    2 January 2021 in reply to Gracie63
    I totally get what you mean. I’ve been light headed for several hours, at the moment it comes and it goes, and I’ve been having these random aches all over my head along with my left hand and forearm being weak/tight almost like it’s swollen. And I keep thinking to myself i might be having a stroke or some other super bad life threatening condition even though I’m only 17 I do smoke and have for about 6 years now so that just backs up those conditions and my mind just spirals out of control and that’s typically how an attack starts nowadays. I’ve been having nonstop symptoms for 2 months now and I’m really tired of all of it. My symptoms seem to like to present themselves mostly when I’m trying to go to sleep which really sucks but I’m pushing through and hoping my gp and psychologist will finally give me some proper answers.
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  7. Gracie63
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    2 January 2021 in reply to Azza56
    Yes it’s not good hey. I’m having them right now and I’m trying to stay calm but it’s hard. Got gp appt next week so hopefully I will get some answers as well. Sometimes the worst part is when my mind just starts going on this loop and I start thinking the worst.
  8. Gracie63
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    2 January 2021 in reply to SCoo
    Yes I. can relate as I had my anxiety managed for years but now it’s like a full on assault on my body and mind. I’m not sure why it’s come back although have had a few stresses in life lately but nothing I thought I couldn’t handle. Hopefully GP will sort it out as I’m so over this , Always feels like I’m going to have a heart attack or something , get terrible palpations and racing heart although I’ve had tests and all is ok but my mind just goes to that place where I’m dying etc. It has really isolated me as I now get anxious having to leave the house.
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  9. Azizahaly
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    1 posts
    5 January 2021 in reply to TX
    I get a sickening feeling in my stomach - I cannot enjoy things fully and often very forgetful. It’s been a tough year for me and I’m struggling 3 days into this year. I made a mistake off the back of a very poor decision in hindsight and now I feel it will cost me the things I love the most
  10. Renthehen
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    4 posts
    5 January 2021
    Hi all....I've just joined this forum and suffer awful anxiety from time to time. I'm finding it especially helpful to know that there are people that think like me. I have OCD and fixate on medical conditions then spiral out of control. It's like a whole other person takes over my thoughts. I then get the usual physical symptoms of going to the toilet more often (it's like my brain is linked to my bowels!), lack of sleep and no appetite at all.
    Does anyone else find the mornings the hardest? If so, what do you find works to stop the panic feeling or at least ease it a bit?
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  11. Renthehen
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    5 January 2021 in reply to Azizahaly
    Hey Azizahaly...I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling great. Many of us here feel exactly the same...never feel alone, we all understand.
  12. markev
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    3 posts
    6 January 2021 in reply to Calmismygoal
    I wonder does anyone wake during the night with rapid heartbeat .I seems to continue into next day.and feel.really anxious all the time
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  13. GingerMan505
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    10 posts
    6 January 2021 in reply to annabay
    Hi annabay,

    For me it's a severe tightening of the chest, to the point where I've been scared I was having a heart attack. I ended up having scans on my heart and lungs during exercise, which is when I discovered it wasn't physical symptoms at all. It was a pretty scary realisation for me.

    In addition to that I've had trouble sleeping, but I've found meditation (particularly body scans for me) have been really useful in calming the mind and allowing me to drift off.

    Hope you're doing well
  14. Lillylane
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    6 January 2021 in reply to markev

    Hi Markev,

    I often wake up during the night with a rapid heart rate. Usually around 2am.
    I usually get up, feeling very shaky, to go get a drink of water before trying to go back to sleep.

  15. AnxietyHopeful
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    13 posts
    7 January 2021

    For me, it’s been nausea, dry gagging and not getting much sleep, roughly 4-5hrs only, 6 if I’m lucky

    Very reassuring to read that I’m not the only one out there going through the same thing, and I can only hope I can be as strong as some of the fellow forum posters here

  16. Kahil12
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    4 posts
    11 January 2021 in reply to exly

    Yep, sharp stabbing pains in the stomach is exactly what I experience!

    It's funny you mentioned your swimming carnival as the first time I really experienced this feeling was when I was way younger at my school sports carnival.

    Legit the weeks leading up I would have these sharp stabbing pains in my stomach.

    Curious to hear if you overcome this in any way?

  17. Gracie63
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    24 posts
    14 January 2021
    Been to the doctor and have been put on medication. I am starting to feel less anxious and my mind seems a lot quieter. I would say that I have a better handle on my anxiety and have put some coping mechanisms into place to help lesson the attacks such as meditation, breathing techniques etc. I still have moments where they are really bad but they have definitely lessened.
  18. blondguy
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    14 January 2021 in reply to Gracie63

    Hi Gracie63 and all the members above that have posted here on Annabays thread topic too!

    I also felt the same after experiencing chronic anxiety in the early 1980's. The meds also provided me with a solid foundation on which I could heal combined with regular visits to my doc

    Thankyou Gracie63 and everyone for being a part of the discussion

    my kind thoughts....Paul

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  19. Vallie
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    2 posts
    15 January 2021 in reply to Gracie63
    My anxiety started when my husband passed away and I find living alone is making it worse. I don't want to be like this but I don't know what to do.
    1 person found this helpful
  20. Not_Batman
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    15 January 2021 in reply to Vallie

    Hi vallie.

    im sorry to hear about your husband.
    have you any pets?


  21. Azza56
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    11 posts
    17 January 2021

    Hello all.

    recently I have been pretty good and if any symptoms were coming up they were small and I just did my best to ignore them. But in the past few days I’ve had some flare ups but worse than before. Last night I felt tired out of nowhere and and got a bit lightheaded and then of course assumed I was going into cardiac arrest or something silly then in the past half an hour I was watching a show and started breathing shallow and my chest got very tight out of nowhere and I got dizzy. I’m super on edge now since I thought I was getting better since I’ve been making good life choices.

    I’ve also been getting this occasional feeling of something rushing through my body like I feel super shaky but I’m not. It’s like I can feel my blood flowing all over my body. A lot of the time I also feel like I can feel my pulse all over my body like if I ball my fist I can feel it in my palm or put my fingers together I can feel it which I’ve never felt before an I quite frankly don’t like it. Has anyone else experienced these things? Other than this I have been pretty fantastic and even managed to get on a roller coaster the other day without having an attack. I get some chest discomfort like almost a spasm feeling after exercise it not too worrying.

    Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

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  22. Cockroach
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    3 posts
    18 January 2021
    One of the physical symptoms I hate the most are the hot flushes. Particularly when I am struggling at work in front of my colleagues. It magnifies everything I am feeling and I feel trapped.
    2 people found this helpful
  23. Guest_1573
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    149 posts
    20 January 2021

    So many symptoms.....globus sensation, sore jaw, sore ear, sore throat, sore neck, sore shoulders, nausea, reflux, headaches....the list goes on and on. As I suffer severe health anxiety it is a nighmare. As per my last post surely if something sinister was happening the bloods, scans, xrays etc would show something??? :(

    4 people found this helpful
  24. clown of mine
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    221 posts
    21 January 2021

    Vallie Sorry for your loss your husband must have been nice if you are missing him so. I hope you find some comfort here on the forums. I wish you well as you progress without him.

    The Horrible Anxiety Symptom I Get Is The False Sensation Of Having To Pee it is infuriating Like I can visit the Loo and immediately experience the sensation again. Then I get dizzy I go pale and still I think I need the loo. Doctor has helped me heaps now I preload and I am getting better at handling the false sensations.

  25. Not_Batman
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    21 January 2021 in reply to clown of mine
    so I've had 4 panic attacks this week which is an unwanted surprise, and after all of them i get really tired. not like after exercise tired, but like if i blink im going to fall asleep while walking tired. that and becoming really hungry.
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  26. LLaw
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    8 posts
    23 January 2021

    totally get how you all feel

    i get headaches for days at a time, nausea, loss of appetite, weak joints and muscles

    2 people found this helpful
  27. madeleineg
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    2 posts
    24 January 2021

    I have anxiety symptoms of...

    • Labored breathing, inability to take deep breaths
    • Nausea, loss of appetite
    • Heart and chest pain, mostly left side
    • Heart beating really fast, palpitations that are sometimes are felt in my throat
    • Sweating and clammy hands
    • Shaking and tremors, weakness and clumsiness
    • Mind fog, forgetfulness
    • Lightheaded, sometimes feels like there is air inflating behind my nose, eyes and forehead
    • Dizziness, vertigo
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Hot flushes, adrenaline
    • Muscle tension and spasms, back pain and tightness
    • Fatigue
    • Disassociation
    • Constipation
    • Insomnia and hypnotic jerks

    Panic attack symptoms are...

    • Cracking finger joints and clicking
    • Shaking knee (stimming)
    • Running my fingers through my hair on my head and pulling down at my hair
    • Shaking my head
    • Rolling back and forth or quickly changing positions
    • Scanning surroundings rapidly
    • Getting up, pacing back and forth
    • Yell, talking fast and slurred speech, stuttering
    • Hyperventilating
    • Hard and rapid heart beat
    • Adrenaline
    • Excessive sweating and clammy hands

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  28. Kindra
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    5 posts
    26 January 2021 in reply to Azza56
    I completely know how you feel. You are not alone. I have been experiencing debilitating panic attacks. I get sensations in my body and i think that Im going to die or something is happening i think the worst. At the moment im starting to recognise it early and start my deep breathing, focus on my breath that brings me back. I never have been a person with panic disorder, only recently in the last year with finishing my degree, relationships problems, financial problems and starting a new job coming up this has been heightened more than ever. I hope i can start my new job and this doesn't affect it too much
  29. Kindra
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    5 posts
    26 January 2021 in reply to Gracie63
    Hey, I know how you are feeling. I get in that loop too, I feel a sensation and i lose control. I think that my body is holding me hostage all the time. Im trying so hard with meditating, and deep breathing and being present. Its helping but some days are so freaking hard. I had no idea anixety was this bad. For years I havent experienced this.
  30. Kindra
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    5 posts
    26 January 2021 in reply to Renthehen
    Hi, yes i get OCD too about physical sensations and health anxiety. this more so than ever since i finished studying medicine. I feel so ashamed as i feel like my profession expects me to be strong and know about medical conditions enough to be able to control my own self. I place too much pressure on my self to be good. I get sensations in my body and I have panic attacks from them some times. I feel like i cant breath, swallow, and i have to go to the toilet.

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