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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. daftestpunk
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    23 April 2022
    For the past 3 weeks I've also had this itchy throat and a dry cough. I don't cough anything up, and I haven't had any other related symptoms. Has anyone else had anything similar? I had blocked nostrils as well so I'm taking a nasal spray which seems to be working so far, so I'm thinking it's allergies? Just weird because it's autumn.
  2. missep123
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    25 April 2022 in reply to daftestpunk

    Hi @daftestpunk,

    I haven't had that specifically but with me it's sniffling! It's almost like an anxious tick I have been having?

    Anxiety can come out in very interesting ways but this thread is so helpful to be a sounding board for what we are going through!

  3. daftestpunk
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    25 April 2022 in reply to missep123

    Thanks for the reply. Yeah I like using these threads as a sounding board, while I'm waiting to seek professional help for this. Your point about an anxious tick could hold some ground actually.

    It's actually gotten much worse today, think I might actually have a cold! I'm quite fatigued, have a tension headache and a very itchy throat. Interestingly the nasal passage has cleared up, and I am not too short of breath.

  4. Cuzzies21
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    26 April 2022

    Shortness of breath which leads to dry reaching, high blood pressure and sweating like crazy, so much sweating that I've destroyed most of my shirts at the arm pits (material has permanent stains from the sweat) I have tryed all deodorants, even the expensive chemist hard core stuff.

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    26 April 2022 in reply to Cuzzies21

    Hi everyone! Thanks to all the new posters that have taken the time to be a part of the forum family :-)

    I used to have chronic anxiety and understand the symptoms and yes they are horrible to experience

    If anxiety symptoms begin to interfere with our ability to function effectively on a day to day basis.....seeing our GP asap is essential

    my kind thoughts

    Paul


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  6. Cuzzies21
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    27 April 2022 in reply to blondguy

    Yeah I'm already on medication, GP doubled the dose 5 months ago, it has helped somewhat to claim me down but that's about it. Psychologist didn't help apart from identify the situation to which I can't get away from. Like others have been to ED with chest pain and high blood pressure.

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  7. Nav09
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    29 April 2022 in reply to Gg22

    Thanks, in a way it helps to know I’m not alone. :)

    Recently my lip have started to go tingly and numb at times on and off but i have since noticed it’s when I’m under stress. I also seem to get these brain type waves that I often catch the feeling and it stops me in my place at times as I notice them and I seem to be sensitive to sounds. But it all seems to hit me at once at night time. Which all points to anxiety i say. I feel as though I’m going to demand the gp to put me on some sort of mental care plan just to keep my mind at ease.

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    4 May 2022 in reply to Nav09

    I might have posted this before, but sometimes a sudden sadness just kind of clouds around me. Maybe not so sudden if i think back on it.

    Right now im sitting here minding my own business, working away, and for the last 4 hours i found myself just getting sadder and sadder for no apparent reason until the first tear decides to show up. Then a shaking hand.

    time for a break to regroup my thoughts.

    Not_ Batman

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  9. Fiatlux
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    5 May 2022

    Lately I am so exhausted and anxiety hits often.

    Is this ever going to get better.

    I want my pre pandemic, carefree positive life back.

    I cry at the drop of a hat and frequently.

    The stress is exhausting.

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  10. Fiatlux
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    5 May 2022 in reply to Not_Batman
    Not Batman, that’s why everyone needs a Robin. 🙏🏼
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  11. Not_Batman
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    5 May 2022 in reply to Fiatlux

    Thanks Fiatlux.

    it does get better, we just need to work on it but by bit. Im not the mess i one was. I still get down, but have far better management for it.

  12. RibbG
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    7 May 2022

    Hi so I found this thread Tuesday just gone and it has helped me realise that I'm suffering anxiety symptoms and attacks and have been for a long time. I am 36/M married and I have been dealing with anxiety since I was around 9-10 years old I also have ADHD which was diagnosed at age 9.

    My symptoms range from:

    • Tightness in the chest/hard to breathe or gasping for air
    • Burning sensation in chest and left arm
    • Dizziness or lightheaded
    • tinnitus or sudden high pitched sounds in my ears which then starts vertigo
    • Racing thoughts that I'm dying
    • IBS sysmpoms which do not discriminate where I am if I have to go it's now (which has been affecting me since I was 10 years old at the time of any stress)
    • General body discomfort and/or irritability
    • Hot flashes
    • I have been grinding my teeth and/or clenching my jaw so bad most my adult life that I have had the two top back teeth on both sides ripped out (including bone that it was impacted in) and now have a problem with my jaw locking all the time on the right side
    • nausea
    • Depersonalization
    • Hyper awareness and hyper sensitive of the skin

    These have affected my work I have been throughts so many jobs because of my anxiety trying to explain to a boss why you have to go to the toilet so many times most people write you of as a stacker/lazy or crazy. All your posts have helped me realise that I'm not dying and I'm not the only one dealing with this and thank you. I would love to talk about my story more when I find the appropriate thread thank you for readind.

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  13. Gracie63
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    15 May 2022 in reply to RibbG

    Hi RibbG

    I to have been living with anxiety for many years and I was amazed at seeing all your symptoms because I to have all those symptoms. Iam a 58 year old F and the struggle sometimes is just exhausting. I have been to the ED many times and had many tests. I actually went to hospital last night around midnight with a really bad panic attack although at the time I didn’t put it down to that. It has taking me all night and all day and still I’m not fully coming down from it. I’m so tired. I have spent most the night and day on the toilet as yes I to have that problem. I have spent most the night and day reading post on BB and it really does comfort me to know I’m not alone . Take care.

  14. Kat_Em
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    16 May 2022
    I'm in so much pain. The tingling, the pins and needles. The sensitive skin. The fatigue. Everyone keeps putting it down to Anxiety and telling me it's in my head. I can feel it. It hurts. It is taking control of my life. I cry everyday. I don't want to socialise. I feel broken and alone.
  15. missep123
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    19 May 2022 in reply to Kat_Em

    Hi Kat_Em,

    I am so sorry you have been going through that. That must be so difficult honestly, I hear you. Can I ask, have you been to any specialists about it? Could it be to do with nerve pain or something going on with the nerves in your body?

    We are here for you!

  16. Ethelbrush
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    24 May 2022
    Before going on medication I had regular panic attacks and the constant fear of having another one. Exhausting. My anxiety is everything. I'm now 66 and have lost 2 close family members and our 2 beloved dogs this year. I am preoccupied with dying and death. Not every minute of the day but it pops up all the time. How do you turn that off? Very frustrating.
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    24 May 2022 in reply to Ethelbrush

    Hello Ethelbrush...(and everyone!)

    Thankyou so much for being a part of the Beyond Blue Family

    I understand what you are are experiencing with ongoing panic/anxiety attacks,,,,I used to have chronic panic attacks for a few decades and they are horrible to have..and am still medicated

    Ethelbrush...My sincere condolences for the recent loss of your family members and your two 4 legged furry family members....:-(

    This thread topic rotates quickly as its about symptoms and thats okay as I just noticed your post and really hope you can start your own thread topic

    any questions are always welcome Ethelbrush

    my kindest

    Paul

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  18. Sophie_M
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    25 May 2022 in reply to Ethelbrush
    Dear Ethelbrush,

    Thank you for your post. Like Blondguy Paul, we would like to encourage you to start a new thread with your questions so more of our wonderful community members will see, and have the opportunity to reply, to your post.

    We understand that living through severe panic attacks can be extremely devistating. We understand that a common treatment is specialised deep breathing techniques which often can interrupt the increase in specialised overarching mental focus on one thing. Some of our members have posted about ways to learn and utilise these sorts of breathing techniques.

    We would like to encourage you to call BeyondBlue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, or Lifeline on 13 1114, whenever you find yourself mentally heading in a direction you don't like. Their Mental Health specialists can talk you through the potentiial panic attack, and if successful, it might be lessened quite a bit.

    We are always here for you.

    Warm regards,

    Sophie M.
     
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  19. Sophie_M
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    25 May 2022 in reply to Ethelbrush
    Dear Ethelbrush,

    Thank you for your post. Like Blondguy Paul, we would like to encourage you to start a new thread with your questions so more of our wonderful community members will see, and have the opportunity to reply, to your post.

    We understand that living through severe panic attacks can be extremely devistating. We understand that a common treatment is specialised deep breathing techniques which often can interrupt the increase in specialised overarching mental focus on one thing. Some of our members have posted about ways to learn and utilise these sorts of breathing techniques.

    We would like to encourage you to call BeyondBlue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, or Lifeline on 13 1114, whenever you find yourself mentally heading in a direction you don't like. Their Mental Health specialists can talk you through the potentiial panic attack, and if successful, it might be lessened quite a bit.

    We are always here for you.

    Warm regards,

    Sophie M.
     
  20. Hayabusa
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    20 June 2022

    Hello everyone.

    I have just found this thread after experiencing my symptoms for a number of years. For me I get tight chested and of late I feel like I just want to cry. The tight chest feeling sometimes is so bad once my work colleagues wanted to call me an ambulance.

    I work in a demanding job where I am expected to perform at 100% all of the time. If I drop the ball once it doesnt matter about the remaining 99.99% of the time where I didn't drop the ball. My job is an engineering role in the food industry, so its not like I'm saving lives every day.

    My role is seriously under resourced to the point where I have not had a day off work for months, soon I will have worked 100 days straight. I have a plan to get out of this as part of a tree change but that is 12 months away.

    How I cope, if it gets too bad I try to pivot what I am doing to something that I enjoy doing.

    Graham

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