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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. blondguy
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    24 May 2020 in reply to TaylahAnn

    Hi TaylahAnn

    You are not alone with having cramps and diarrhoea....(depending on what your GP diagnoses) loose bowel movements with cramps can be a common symptom of short or long term anxiety...I used to have the same symptoms and they are awful to have

    Can I ask if you have been experiencing any stress in your life recently?

    my kind thoughts....Paul

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  2. AMMoverthinking
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    25 May 2020

    My symptoms change.

    sometimes it’s a racing heart rate and digestive issues.

    sometimes it’s being jittery and clammy.

    At the moment it’s tingling and numbness in the arms and legs which of course has set my health anxiety off more as I’m convinced it’s MS.

  3. Daisee
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    25 May 2020 in reply to Ricman
    Can fully empathise with you Ricman! Hand and leg tremors and when people talk I have a slight "blaring" in my left ear. Like you palpitations (missed heart beats). Even had the odd eyelid twitch. Hot flashes are my favourite... NOT ;)
    I do self-talk and try and belly breathe, making sure I breathe out longer than my inhale, telling myself to relax. I have learnt a few things from Yoga. At the end of the Yoga session they do a relaxation 5-10 minute time and it has taught me to use it when I remember!
    I should also be using this now as I'm going through a difficult time. Thanks for giving me a heads-up!
    Take Care.
  4. M1ssjess89
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    25 May 2020

    I think I could be here all night with all the weird symptoms I get!!!

    Fatigue - My eyes get tired and lose focus - Gutt pain - Not regular at all and get the runs on and off

    Headaches - Muscles are tense - Jaw hurts - Shocking memory

    and now since March - Pins and needles - they could be in my shoulder, my lips, some of my calf muscle, a few of my toes, my back, buzzing feeling in my toes, skin crawling in random spots but usually over my abdomen, random itches, my eyelid twitches randomly sometimes, muscle twitches, super restleless legs

    I tell my husband I need to be put down

    I have freaked myself out so much I think I have MS. I just saw a neurologist who thinks its all just stress/anxiety and withdrawals from my old medication. I'm getting a full body MRI and he's told me it's more so I can calm down. .. I'm still freaking out the MRI comes back with bad results.

    I feel for everybody!!!!

  5. AMMoverthinking
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    26 May 2020
    Does anyone ever feel really right in the biceps? I get this sometimes.
  6. Jill G
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    27 May 2020 in reply to Ricman

    Hi Ricman

    Ive been getting the heart palpatations and can feel pounding out of my chest and in my throat. I went to the gp and wore a heart holter for 24 hrs. They picked up 4 beats that were beating faster. As a precaution lm going to see a cardiologist. Im hoping its all anxiety related plus lm also been struggling with pppd dizziness for over 17 months thats howvl got my anxiety

  7. Ricman
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    27 May 2020 in reply to Jill G
    Hi Jil. I wore the holter and bp monitor for 24 hours each. Just the odd extra beat and was told that is normal. My cardiologist did the exercise stress test and ultrasound on the heart and was told there is nothing to be concerned about at all.
    it’s just the anxiety. And it drives me nuts lol. It’s actually gotten a lot better the last week or so and all I get now is some mild chest discomfort and a stitch in my ribs when I’m feeling anxious. And weirdly it’s those things that make me anxious. Chicken and egg.
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  8. Jill G
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    28 May 2020 in reply to Ricman

    Hi Ricman

    Thanks for your reply. Thats good hear that all was normal. ..l hope mine is the same. .lm guessing the same tests will be done on me. ..its the part where l haveto catch my breath and cough as it feels likevits in my throat.

  9. Marto9014
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    28 May 2020

    Hi all

    My physical symptoms have been going on for about 3 weeks. They include the following:

    - pins and needles/numb patches in legs

    - sore muscles in my right leg

    - waking up with pins and needles in my right thigh

    - burning feeling in legs

    No day is the same, and its never on a specific spot. I had a serious health scare a few months back and am thinking it may be residual effects of the stress that put me under.

    I am getting an MRI done next week, my GP seems to think these are all stress/anxiety related but I'm absolutely petrified that is MS. Thats the problem with looking up Dr Google I guess. Will be a long wait, was hoping to get something done sooner but obviously services are very busy post covid.

    Although these feelings are terrible, this thread has provided much comfort knowing that people are feeling similar symptoms.


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    28 May 2020 in reply to Marto9014

    Hi everyone! ...AMMoverthinking...Daisee....M1ssjess89....Ricman...JillG :-).....

    Hey Marto9014....thankyou so much for mentioning "this thread has provided much comfort knowing that people are feeling similar symptoms" You are really proactive by seeing your GP and getting the referral for the MRI

    I am only a temporary caretaker of this great thread that was written by Annabay in 2019. I used to have chronic anxiety and my physical symptoms are the same

    be gentle to yourselves in this difficult time


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  11. AMMoverthinking
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    29 May 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Has anyone had phantom smells and a headache? I keep getting a want of smoke type smell.

    I seem to be rotating through so many different symptoms at the moment.

    makes it hard to calm myself down when there is a different symptom every day.

  12. AnxiousAF
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    29 May 2020
    For me its i stop breathing and then i get a wave of nausea and heat racing, its not a good time :(
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  13. Jesicca
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    29 May 2020 in reply to annabay
    Hey everyone,

    I often feel a very heavy feeling on my chest weighing me down when I feel anxious and I feel like I'm constantly on the verge of tears that just won't come. I like going for a walk in fresh air or doing some meditation or yoga when these feelings come around, especially when they aren't linked to an event.
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  14. Ricman
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    30 May 2020 in reply to AMMoverthinking
    My symptoms rotate as well. At my worst I never knew what I would wake up to. Now that things have improved I still get a very heavy feeling in my chest from time to time. I get pressure in my head and I suffer from air hunger quite regularly. These come and go from day to day and multiple times through the day in some cases. I just try understand that your body is Under stress and I just have to ride through the cycles.
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  15. Healthy anxiety
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    30 May 2020

    I’m suffering from health anxiety, for about 2 months. I’ve been getting

    squeezing of the heart Burning heart

    lungs are burning and itchy


    headache with double vision and lack of focus and concentration

    ive seen heath professionals many time some are helpful and some are not, I’m still in the process of getting things checked out. But once I’m all done and I get the ok I’ll just keep replaying what the doctors have said I’m all good. Easier said than done especially when I get an episode. But knowing everything is fine helps out a lot too

  16. Rosco2020
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    30 May 2020 in reply to George_K

    Abdominal tension tight in either side of the groin. Bloating like my skin is going to burst. Abdominal pains, stabbing gas like. It is not a nice feeling. It never goes. Especially when I breath in deeply. Husband took me for a drive today and could not wait to get home.

    I believe, I need to try and do some exercise. One step at a time.


  17. blondguy
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    30 May 2020 in reply to AMMoverthinking

    Hi everyone and great to have so many people share their physical symptoms of anxiety

    Hey AMMoverthinking.....good on you for being on the forums.....anxiety can be awful as it shows itself in so many many ways.....Its always helpful to check if you have been going through ongoing cumulative stressful events as these can sometimes result in the feelings we have

    Hey AnxiousAF.....just from my own experience the tight breathing and racing heart are very common feelings of anxiety......Always a bonus to see our GP with these symptoms.....and yes they are awful to have

    Hey Ricman....great to have you as part of the forums....all the symptoms you mention are horrible to have...yet very common....I remember having the same....Seeing our GP can provide some peace of mind

    Hey Healthy anxiety.....you are proactive with your health by consulting with your doctors and good on you! Anxiety can also mimic physical conditions too as you are aware....be gentle to yourself

    Hey Rosco....welcome and thankyou for being a part of the discussion too! Depending on our GP's advice these symptoms can be awful to experience....If you think they are anxiety related please do mention this to your GP

    sometimes anxiety related symptoms can be a result of cumulative stressful times in our lives....(subject to our doctors diagnosis of course)

    If anyone wishes to have a look.my own physical anxiety symptoms are listed on this thread in the first couple of pages of this excellent thread

    my kind thoughts always :-)


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  18. Healthy anxiety
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    31 May 2020 in reply to blondguy
    Thanks mate! I just wanna know does anyone have any tips to help control “healthy anxiety “ I’ll be gentle with myself too
  19. BillieChook
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    1 June 2020 in reply to Ricman

    If I’m having a particularly bad anxiety episode (usually when something has changed in my world...so between the pandemic and being a teacher this has been frequent) my body wants to go to sleep or just lay down. This week I had blurred vision and a headache. It seems mine is head based - feeling hungover when I haven’t been drinking. Feeling faint when I’ve slept/eaten/etc. At the moment it affects my head and wants me to shut down.

    Sending you all support. I know how annoying it is when you just want to get on with life. We don’t choose this. You aren’t alone. I can see I’m not alone.

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  20. blondguy
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    1 June 2020 in reply to BillieChook

    Hello BillyChook (and everyone!)

    We are very grateful to have you on the forums and thankyou for sending everyone your support! It means more than you know.

    Part of my own symptoms were the exactly the same as yours when I was working in corporate and they are awful to experience.....When we are feeling 'overwhelmed' these symptoms are more than common

    Feeling faint....headache feelings....blurry vision...and feeling that we really need to have a decent sleep..Ugh!

    You have helped so many people with your post BillieChook. 70% of the 'hits' we have are from people that choose to 'read only' which is great....the other 30% choose to post like you and I have

    Its only my humble opinion if thats okay....I hope you can make a double appointment with your GP and have a talk about how you are feeling

    You have a tough profession as a teacher BillieChook....considering what we are going through

    respectfully yours....Paul

  21. cakeboss
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    91 posts
    2 June 2020 in reply to blondguy
    I know this feeling oh so well to .I have had some stress recently and i just hate the pains in the stomach and then they set off health anxiety .I also have anxiety panic disorder and had a panic attack yesterday .I am heading back to work today not many hours and so nervous havnt worked since the c virus outbreak and im feeling crap let you know how i get on .
  22. Blufftuff
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    145 posts
    2 June 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Totally agree

    Often we can beat ourselves up on this which only makes anxiety worse

    yes some of needs doctors/counsellors or even a good friend who can get beside us and be a great support

    overtime I have learnt early triggers and I now remove myself from the situation, even if just for a short time to grab a coffee.

    This gives me time to refocus and not feel so overwhelmed.

    Take care

  23. Ricman
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    2 June 2020
    One of the biggest challenges I have, and I assume most of us do, is actually believing these physical symptoms are actually anxiety. Mine are mainly in the chest and shoulder area (left side which annoys me - the right would make me less inclined to think it's my heart). But I've had a couple of good days where the 'symptoms' have not been there. Today I discovered I need to do some expensive plumbing repairs to the house (like I haven't had enough stress this year) and as the plumber is telling me all the stuff that needs to be done (we are talking thousands of dollars), my chest got tight and the gosh darned knot in my rib appeared. It will hang around for the night and my mind will try to play tricks on me but it's so obviously to do with stress and anxiety. Believe what you know is true about how your anxiety effects you but always remember to seek medical advice for anything you can't explain - that's how I work.
  24. Bonnie.r
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    2 June 2020

    Hi hello!

    Hope everyone's doing okay :) just joined today :D

    I was wondering if anyone else gets really bad shakes. Like not like when you have a panic attack but your whole body just starts shaking really bad and you start sweating and all your muscles cramp up and like the only thing that really helps is breathing deep (it sounds like a panic attack but i swear it isn't or at least its unlike the ones i've had in the past) and also for me, doing something distracting like watching funny youtube. This usually happens when theres topics of conflict but lately its gotten worse, like it happens when we're talking about planning my birthday zoom call or just when I have class that is actually quite chill. Though i might be lying to myself if i said it wasn't stressful cause i do design and every class is basically getting critiqued on your work so maybe i am lying to myself woops. I tried reading through some of the other replies to see if anyone else experiences this but then i started feeling like i wanted to cry so stopped after skimming like 5 posts. so yeah, please tell me if i'm not the only the one (which i'm sure i'm not) but these 'episodes'(?) confuse me a lot cause i've told my friend about it and she was surprised

    Hope everyone stays safe <3

  25. Bonnie.r
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    2 June 2020 in reply to Jesicca

    Hi jesicca!

    just wanted to say i do the exact same thing! love going out on runs or walks on sunny days and pretty skies do wonders to calm me down even if its momentarily. and yoga's the best for stretching out tight muscles and practicing deep breathing. I really recommend Yoga with Adriene on youtube for anybody else who might see this. She's really great - has yoga practices for beginners onwards and for absolutely anything. workouts, stress, waking up, period cramps, chronic pains, feeling sad, being productive etc. I felt really silly doing yoga at first cause of all the loud breathing and stuff but eventually i got used to it and now i love it!

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  26. Gambit87
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    5 June 2020

    Hey there everyone!

    I've been trying out the yoga with adriene videos! they are good.

    so, the night before last I ate a packet mix butter chicken dinner thing - it gave me heart burn and I ended up having a bad sleep - eh, it happens! mistakes were made.

    Last night, went to bed at 11 - woke up at 1230 - couldn't get back to sleep until about 3. It felt like my heart was racing and I was overheating! like I was to hot under the blankets, but if I took the blankets off I felt the cold air on my skin but wasn't cold. My mind was clear and relaxed though - I didn't feel anxious but after talking to my girlfriend about it it appears my body was anxious?!

    sometimes I do get anxious when I think about whether or not im going to get a good sleep that night.

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  27. Blufftuff
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    145 posts
    5 June 2020 in reply to blondguy

    My early sign is mostly the shaking of my left hand gets so bad cant hold cup of coffee

    I then need to relax focus on something else till shaking goes away.

    Being able to recognise this early is very important

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  28. SaiyanSteph
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    5 June 2020

    I have a lot of physical feelings and problems that come with my anxiety so I’m just going to put a list so I don’t have to type a lot, sorry just been hard the past couple days.


    trembling all over my body

    shaky voice

    ringing in my ears


    and I could go on and on and on, I’m even nervous now just posting this reply cause I’m scared that I’m going to get hate replies, but here it goes.


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  29. Sophie_M
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    5 June 2020 in reply to SaiyanSteph

    Hey SaiyanSteph, thanks for reaching out to this community. We understand it can be hard to post when you're feeling so low, so we are genuinely grateful you decided to reach out. We're so sorry to hear about your experiences with anxiety. We understand that these feelings must be very overwhelming. Please know that you're not alone and there will be members of this community who relate to what you are describing.

    Can we ask if you are you currently receiving mental health support, or have you in the past? If not, we would urge that you do seek professional support to help you work through these urges that you're experiencing. If you are not sure of how to access mental health support, please contact the Beyond Blue Support Service anytime on 1300 22 4636 or get in touch with us on Webchat 3pm-12am AEST here: www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport One of the friendly counsellors can offer you some support but also provide you with advice and referrals for seeing a counsellor in a more ongoing way. Many of our members will understand and may be able to help.

    If you would like to post further, please feel free to begin a personal thread and we can discuss more about what's on your mind and how we can best help support you. 

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  30. blondguy
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    5 June 2020 in reply to SaiyanSteph

    Hello SaiyanSteph (and thankyou Sophie_M)

    We understand how you feel SaiyanSteph....anxiety is horrible when we have these awful symptoms you mentioned..I used to have chronic anxiety and it was a dark place to be in

    Good on you for being a part of the forum family! If we didnt have new members like yourself the forums wouldnt exist so thankyou so much for contributing to the discussion

    Can I ask if you have seen your GP about your anxiety? This is crucial so we can find some peace of mind in these difficult times

    we are here and listening!

    my kind thoughts for you


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