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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. willdo
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    23 January 2020

    Hi all,

    my physical feelings of anxiety:

    Hyperventilation-shallow breathing, giddy, light headed, neck tension, tightness in the throat.

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  2. Missing user
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    24 January 2020 in reply to annabay

    Hi everyone, I'm Tayla and I'm 20.

    I've had anxiety - social anxiety and normal anxiety, or Generalised Anxiety Disorder if you prefer to call it that, and Major Depressive Disorder etc. since I was about 12 or so.

    My symptoms are the following. I'm sort of used to it although it is scary and uncomfortable for me.

    • Nausea, sometimes vomiting. So feeling sick, stomach pains/cramps, like having a knot in your stomach, more that than butterflies.
    • Sweating (I sweat a lot anyway which I hate, I get so embarrassed).
    • Dry mouth and a bit of a sore throat and wanting lots of water, although I do keep hydrated.
    • Headaches - some bearable, some not. This can also be because of fatigue, not eating enough, from the sun, etc. for me anyway.
    • Sometimes dry reaching randomly, maybe sometimes certain smells may set it off. And no, I'm NOT pregnant (never had well you know).
    • Heart racing/some chest pains. But that's mostly when something very anxiety provoking happens, so a panic attack. For example a loved one going to the hospital.
    • Crying and getting agitated even at small things, and sensory overload. One thing that makes me annoyed quite easily with the sensory overload especially when I have a headache is the sound of dishes clunking together.

    I think that's all of the symptoms for me so far, it depends on the day, what's going on etc. I get pretty anxious and depressed even over small and stupid things, things like "oh that wasn't so bad", for example going into a shop especially on my own, to get food or something. I know it sounds stupid but it can be so bad for me because I've had people be rude so many times.

    I'm sorry everyone struggles and has these symptoms, but it seems like most of them are similar/the same. I've heard by Doctors that these symptoms are common with anxiety, especially those diagnosed with it, like me.

    I hope everyone's OK. Please stay safe and take care everyone. I'm thinking of you all.

    Thanks,

    Tayla xx

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  3. PeterBa
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    25 January 2020 in reply to TwitchyOne

    Hi TwitchyOne,

    Did all of your symptoms pass in those 5 or so months or just the swallowing one?

    Was there anything you found to help, or just time?

  4. Missing user
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    26 January 2020

    Hey everyone, Happy Australia Day. I'm sorry everyone's struggling and I hope everyone is alright.

    I've been feeling so sick on these new meds, been on them for 2 weeks and I know it was those because ever since I took them I've been feeling this way. It seems to get worse every day. And it lasts the whole day and night - when I sleep, when I wake up, when I eat, when I don't eat, when I drink water, when I drink coffee, anything like that. It's scary. I've also been feeling dizzy some days and walking into things, even on my walk with my dog a few days ago. I was so glad that I didn't collapse because who would've found me? No one I bet, or if so what's to say people would've helped, and how long could it have been?

    I'm so scared. I don't want to go to hospital for how I'm feeling and mental health. I don't want to have tests done. I'm depressed in general but this isn't helping.

    But my Psychiatrist is putting me on new meds sometime next week. I just want to cry I'm feeling so bad :(

    Tayla

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  5. Johnny_
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    26 January 2020 in reply to TwitchyOne

    Hi TwitchyOne,

    thankyou for posting your symptoms, I hope you feel better knowing there are others out there with similar symptoms and know there is lots of support here too:)

    Where abouts do you get the muscle twitches and the pins and needles sensations?

    A couple of months ago I suddenly got tremors in my arms and legs, and like a skin burning sensation on my forehead and forearms. They are not there all the time but it’s still not know if it’s anxiety or not, so I’m curious as like you said, it’s not fun!

    I’m glad the choking feeling has not returned, that would have been the worst!

  6. Johnny_
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    26 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi mb20lover,

    Happy Australia Day to you too :) I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time but glad to see you come hear for a little support.

    I think you are doing well even though these days are hard. Try to find one good thing that you love and build on that little by little. On my hard days I either go for a walk and have a bath with nice music in the background.

    if the medication is not working I’d see the dr again and let them know they are making you feel sick, I’m guessing they will change them.

    If your at the point you need to go to the hospital I’d say go otherwise see how you feel in the morning.

    there’s nothing wrong with having a good cry, it’s a way out body removes toxins so don’t feel bad if you do.

    If you have some friends or family around you maybe get in contact with them and watch a movie and just relax with them, it does wonders for me.

    i hope you feel better :)

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  7. blondguy
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    26 January 2020 in reply to Johnny_

    Happy Australia Day too everyone :-) and thanks to Annabay for the excellent thread topic!

    Hey Johnny_ you mentioned "there’s nothing wrong with having a good cry, it’s a way out body removes toxins so don’t feel bad if you do"....Thankyou for this wise post Johnny_ having a good cry does provide us with a way we can 'release' our pent up feelings....whether having a cry on our own or especially in front of our doc can work wonders with a 'tired mind'

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  8. Missing user
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    27 January 2020 in reply to Johnny_

    hey Johnny.

    thanks for your kind words and suggestions, I appreciate it. I'm sorry that you're struggling yourself and I hope you can get some support from these forums and elsewhere. I hope you had a good Australia Day too, I didn't do much.

    I'm trying to do your suggestions, I go for walks daily aswell, listen to music, stuff like that. it helps sometimes. I feel most not really happy 100%, but content if you will, when I'm alone in my room at night on my iPad listening to music, coming on here, watching funny stuff and all of that. I've adapted to being alone so I'm used to it, and I enjoy being alone most of the time.

    yeah my Psychiatrist is putting me on new medication sometime this week or something, my GP prescribed it. however I told my GP how I've been feeling mentally and physically and she literally just said "oh well". she's starting to get rude and not care in my opinion but it isn't that easy for me to change GPs, I live in a small country town, about 4000 or so people. it can be nice here some days but other days I just want to run away from here. the scenery and bird life is nice though.

    thanks again for your kind words and reassurance, I appreciate it. I hope you're getting some support too from here and other places like professionals and I'm so sorry you're struggling aswell. thank you for reaching out to me. I hope to chat to you more anywhere on these forums like here.

    please take care, much love and big hugs.

    Tayla xo

  9. Missing user
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    27 January 2020 in reply to blondguy

    hey Paul.

    I agree with Johnny, I like that quote, so thank you both of you, and everyone here.

    I hope everyone's alright, take care everyone.

    much love and big hugs to everybody xx

    Tayla xo

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  10. Johnny_
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    27 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi mb20lover,

    Thankyou for your words of support, it’s greatly appreciated! I mostly just relaxed and took it easy as these last couple of days have been hard, possibly due to the heat as I’ve always struggled in hot weather.

    Im glad to hear you do those things, I notice it helps me a lot to get through the days. Like you, I don’t mind being on my own but not all the time as I find it hard living on my own in recent times.

    Glad to hear your switching to new medication, let me know how you go. I hope it works for you. Not great about your GP, are there any others in town? I love country towns but there are some disadvantages when you need health care. Hopefully your psych is great.

    your most welcome:) I have a psych that I see, and a good GP too who have been great so far. I’m not on medication as yet as I have going well but I think I might have too to keep my emotions at bay, see how I go over the next few as I am returning to work.

    Again I appreciate your kinda words, the love and hugs too, sending them straight back to you, take care xo

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  11. Missing user
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    27 January 2020 in reply to Johnny_

    hey again Johnny, thanks for responding again.

    yeah being alone can be good at times, other times it's depressing for me.

    about the medication, the current one I'm taking wow, I can't even mention how crappy I feel. I feel extremely sick every day. I feel dizzy and I'm worried I'll pass out, especially on a walk and no one will find me and help. I get a dry mouth, and I seem to be feeling the heat more than usual, as in nearly passing out and I'm used to it and walking in it. I knew it was the medication because ever since I started them 2 and a bit weeks ago I've been feeling awful. I had a massive headache one night but I think that was fatigue also and I was crying. I felt so sick and I had to get up at about 4am and get stuff for it. I haven't vomited but I feel like I will every day. I walk into things. I've told my Psychiatrist all of this, I'll be starting the new one this week or something I think? I hope these are better. lower dosage but working my way up and up as the Psychiatrist said.

    you're welcome for your kind words, I'm glad you appreciate it and feel the same about me, so thank you lots. yeah the GP situation sucks right now but my Psychiatrist is amazing. I hope he still wants to keep seeing me, he's never said that he doesn't want to see me but the report and referral he sent to my local biggest hospital triage said "I hope you can assist with Psychosocial services", what does that mean? does that mean he wants to help me himself and get others to help me or he doesn't want to see me any more? none of it said he didn't want to see me but that's just me thinking the worst, sigh. I was crying a lot from it and other things getting to me just before.

    about changing a GP, I don't think so. there's a couple of others at the clinic but I don't know.

    take care, thanks again. sorry for my venting, sigh. love and hugs back to you again xx

    Tayla xo

  12. blondguy
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    28 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Everyone and thankyou to Annabay for the great thread topic!

    Hey Tayla....Thankyou for your kind post above re Johnny's quote

    This thread topic is open to all members, if you find this thread helpful with your own symptoms you are always welcome to start you own thread about your situation...just so we can make room for the new people with their own physical anxiety symptoms :-)

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  13. Missing user
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    28 January 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Sorry Paul.

    I did make some posts about my situation. But it's fine I get your point.

    I think I'll go off these forums & social media for a while. Not one of those "goodbye" posts, I just can't seem to do anything right and support people although I try my hardest.

    Tayla

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    28 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi everyone!

    Hey Talya.....you provide a ton of peace to people on the forums...Unless I have missed something you have done everything right. Im sorry if my post appeared insensitive or awkward especially after all your continual support to others on the forums! Your thoughts are always welcome

    kindest always

    Paul

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  15. Up the Villa
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    29 January 2020

    Hi all some interesting reading, thanks. Never suffered with anxiety, (i am 59). Until around 3 months ago. I think it was brought on by insomnia after the sudden death of my sister 7 months ago.

    My symptoms are usually triggered by a whole body sinking feeling, (like when you hear really bad news) this makes me feel anxious and comes out of nowhere, just a random sensation.

    My anxiety feels like pins and needles around my eyes and nose, finger tips, feet. My mind races away with negative thinking. I also feel tight chested, and very jittery.These symptoms last around an hour or so, and tend to be in the morning or early afternoon.

    I don't suffer with racing pulse or sweating.

    It is all so new to me and trying to get my head around it all is adding to the anxiety. I have joined a gym and think the days i go are my better days anxiety wise.

    Rob

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  16. Johnny_
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    30 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi mb20lover,

    its great to hear from you again.

    On those hard days at home, get out and about somewhere, even sitting at the park does wonders. I’ve recently learnt about meditation and have taken it outside, it’s great so I recommend it to everyone. There’s lots of free videos on YouTube about it too:)

    I’m sorry the medication has been working for you but glad to hear you have a new one on the way to try. Be patient, you CAN do it! Keeping a diary about how you feel is important but never focus on what you wrote once you close the book if that makes sense, focus on positive things.

    i can only say, ask your psychiatrist about what he meant. If questions like that go round and round in your head, right them down and ask because it gets them off your mind....and you feel better.

    i don’t mind listening to the venting, we all need too and that’s what this is all about.

    Aww thankyou, throwing them right back at you again xo take care of yourself:)

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  17. Missing user
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    30 January 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul, sorry for just replying now. Yeah your comment was a bit insensitive to me, but that's fine I suppose. I probably just took it the wrong way so apologies.

    I took a bit of a break from these forums anyway. But I get what you mean, stay on topic and stuff like that.

    Tayla

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  18. Missing user
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    30 January 2020 in reply to Johnny_

    Hi Johnny.

    Sorry for just replying now, I took a bit of a break from these forums, so apologies. Thank you for replying to me again though.

    Yeah I do exercise daily, well walk anyway. I have an exercise bike in the house but I don't use that much, I'm so unfit, and I eat junk. Probably defeats the purpose of walking & probably doesn't help, sigh.

    Thanks for your suggestions, I'll try and do some of those. Depends how I'm feeling & what I feel like doing, if anything really. Like most people I guess?

    Thank you, I hope the new medication works too. I'll be seeing my GP tomorrow then starting the new meds on either Feb 1 or 2. So I guess it'll be a while before they start to work, if they help. Low dosage to start with then if I can tolerate the 2 other higher dosages my Psychiatrist recommended, I guess we'll see. I hope I don't feel as horrible as the ones I'm on now.

    Yeah I'll do that about the diary and writing stuff down. By asking my Psychiatrist that question, what question do you mean exactly - saying I feel like he doesn't want to see me anymore (that's probably me being paranoid & assuming the worst which I can't help), or other questions/things to say, or all of those?

    Thanks, hope you're alright. Love and hugs back.

    Tayla

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    30 January 2020 in reply to Up the Villa

    Hi everyone and thankyou Annabay for the helpful thread topic too!

    Hey Rob....my condolences for the sudden loss of your sister....that would still be a recent wound to heal I just turned 60 and anxiety is awful to have especially when it affects our day to day well being. Just as per my experience with anxiety the tight chest feelings and the jitters are signs that our adrenaline is working overtime. I do hope you can stick around the forums Rob...(only if you wish of course) Thankyou for your post!

    Hey Tayla......please excuse my Typo with your name...on the 28th Jan...oops!

    Hey Johnny.....Great to have you as part of the Beyond Blue forums too :-)

    Paul

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  20. calmseeker
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    31 January 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hey there Tayla,

    Please don't leave the forums ! You're such a sweet and helpful girl and I have enjoyed chatting to you at the BB café.

    Paul just meant that this particular thread is very 'specific' and not so much 'conversational'. This thread is particularly great for people experiencing health anxiety, they can quite quickly read the myriad of symptoms that anxiety throws our way and eliminate sinister health concerns, without sifting through long conversations. Your post on January 24 where you listed your symptoms was perfect for this thread!

    I hope you are doing ok Tayla and look forward to having a cuppa with you at the café.

    Massive calm vibes getting sent your way.

    CS

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  21. Missing user
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    31 January 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul.

    No problem, typos happen. All good. Thanks for saying that though.

    Hope you're alright, take care.

    Hugs,

    Tayla

  22. Missing user
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    31 January 2020 in reply to calmseeker

    Hey calmseeker. My apologies for just replying now.

    Aw thank you, that all means a lot and I appreciate all of it. I think the same about you and everyone on the forums.

    I enjoy chatting to you aswell, and others on these forums. Yeah I get what he meant, sorry for misunderstanding Paul, and to everybody else.

    I've had a bad few days, especially today, but thank you. Massive calm vibes to you and everybody here too.

    Love and hugs,

    Tayla.

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  23. Missing user
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    31 January 2020 in reply to Up the Villa

    Hi Rob, apologies for just replying to you.

    Wow I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, my condolences to you and your family.

    That's nice that you're going to a gym though so good on you, I hope that helps you and I hope you find other things you think help, and I hope you find support here on these forums.

    I hope you're doing alright, grief is a hard thing as I know myself. Just remember there's no time limit on grieving for any lost loved one, that's what I tell myself.

    I hope you're alright and I'm so sorry for just replying to you now. You can just log into the forums, then go to My Threads, which shows what you've posted and commented on, and it will show you when people have commented when you click on them.

    Massive love and hugs to you.

    Tayla

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  24. blondguy
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    1 February 2020 in reply to calmseeker

    Hi everyone!

    Hey Calmseeker......Thankyou for mentioning this particular thread is very 'specific' and not so much 'conversational' I appreciate your help and understanding

    Hey Tayla......Its all good and thanks heaps for the kind support you have provided to people on the forums :-)

    Members are always welcome to post what physical feelings they get!

    Paul

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  25. Missing user
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    1 February 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul.

    That's fine, my apologies for the misunderstanding.

    Also, since this thread is about symptoms, I wanted to ask a general question to everybody if that's ok please.

    Is it normal to get angry on meds, or angrier? My previous ones made me that way. I started taking new ones today, I feel fine so far but we'll see, it's only been a day.

    Just a general question to everyone since this relates to anxiety and symptoms. I was going to make a post but I don't really feel like it, sorry. And yes my GP knows, I'll have to tell my Psychiatrist next time I see him, he put me on the new ones because I was feeling extremely sick no matter what everyday, and dizzy some days, on the ones I just stopped taking, it just wouldn't go away regardless. It sucked and depressed me, made me anxious too.

    Tayla

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    1 February 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Tayla! New members are always welcome to post about their physical symptoms of anxiety

    no apologies necessary as we are all equal as contributors on the forums...This is a classic question for your GP yet with my own experience anger isnt common with most medications..They can some time to kick in Tayla

    Can I ask why you dont feel like starting your own thread? You will have heaps of replies from people that are experiencing similar feelings :-) If you are stuck on creating your own thread...no worries at all....just ask away we can help out

    We are listening...Paul

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  27. Missing user
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    2 February 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul.

    I just don't feel like making another thread because it's not something I really want to talk about & post about again since it's quite upsetting & traumatic for me. But I'll think about it, I'll see. Thanks for your suggestion though.

    As for asking my GP, she doesn't care about me, has no knowledge of anything (has no clue what meds I'm taking, what my Psychiatrists' name is, about Medicare, nothing), & she doesn't do her job. I don't know why. Not that easy for me to get a new GP.

    But yes, my parents, GP & Psychiatrist know everything. I'll see about making a new thread although that's why I don't really feel like it. Plus don't want to clog up the forums etc.

    Thanks.

    Tayla

  28. Cuddlybear
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    4 February 2020 in reply to Mendel
    I can relate to you very well Mendel. Some days are fine then other days can be agonising. I am currently experiencing anxiety and can't seem to shake it, although I do have a few things in my life happening that may be triggering it at the moment. I don't really have any one that could possible help me with this as I have told my doctor and other health organisations of my situation and no solution has been successful. One thing I do find that helps is to have a journal or diary to write down all that I am feeling and going through, and or to take walks, it seems to clear the mind a little. Being occupied can help also. Working out exactly where the anxiety is coming from can be tricky, finding solutions can be to. Hang in there and know that your not alone.
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  29. Cuddlybear
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    4 February 2020

    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading everyone's symptoms and show empathy. My symptoms can be burning sensations in the head or pins and needles, to constant headaches, dizziness and lack of balance.

    Anxiety can be scary and frightening at times and I myself is trying to find some form of solution or therapy to cope with it. I tend to just take myself out of that particular situation causing anxiety, instead of facing it, so it continues with all other situations I'm in.

    It is enlightening to hear other peoples stories and to know your not alone, so thank you for sharing.

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    4 February 2020 in reply to Cuddlybear

    Hi Everyone! Thankyou for sharing your physical anxiety symptoms and to Annabay for writing this thread topic

    Hey Cuddlybear.....I understand your symptoms and they can be horrible to have. I remember having the dizziness...the pins and needles and especially how scary it was as well...Thankyou for your positive reply when you mentioned that its enlightening to hear other peoples experiences with this condition

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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