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Topic: what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?

  1. blondguy
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    3 March 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Tayla....I hear you loud and clear on your symptoms...They are exactly the same as what I used to have and yes they are horrible to have...ugh! Your input is helpful as it helps others know they are not alone..Thankyou!

    Hi Clarissa26.....thankyou for helping out on this thread...I am also on meds and they have helped me so much...and as you mentioned having a 'routine' too! Thankyou for your valued input on this thread!

    Hey Mendel.. The feeling you mentioned about feeling disconnected is common....just from my own experience I also feel 'vague' or 'distant' as though I am not there too...You have done well by explaining this feeling...Thankyou for being a part of Annabays thread topic :-)

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  2. Missing user
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    3 March 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul, thanks for that. Nice to see you again since i had a break from the forums, it's good to be back since I missed everyone.

    I'll add a suggestion:

    Anxiety/fidget toys can help sometimes as distractions. So stress balls, things like that. I guess it's a bit of mindfulness too, right? There's lots of things to try and that can be purchased, pretty cheap too most things.

    Tayla

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  3. known
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    Hi,

    Joining this thread, it's helpful to see that people experience the same things, and lots of different things too!

    Physical symptoms that I experience, and that I have recently identified as anxiety:

    - A huge rush of sensation up my back

    - Pain in my head, usually the back of my head

    - Waking up in the middle of the night from nausea

    - Pain in my throat like there is a cork stuck in there

    - Feeling "zoned out" - therapist calls this disassociating

    - Sweating

    - If I am in a room full of people, their faces and features seem extremely intense

    - Pins and needles in legs

    - Excessively tired like a hangover after an anxiety attack

    - Tight shoulders

    - Clenched jaw

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    7 March 2020 in reply to known

    Hi Known

    thankyou for helping us help others by posting on Annabays thread topic and welcome!

    Im glad that you have found this thread helpful...as many have done too...Your symptoms are what I also experienced in the 1980's when I was in my 20's and they can be awful to have for sure...You are proactive with your health Known and good on you...My symptoms are listed on this thread a few pages above...I was a dill and thought I could self heal with my own physical symptoms...and I was so wrong by not seeking help at the time

    great to have you as part of the Beyond Blue forum family :-)

    Paul

  5. TheAnxiousOne
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    7 March 2020 in reply to Mendel

    Hi Mendel,

    I have Experienced (and still do) the exact same thing. The feeling of being distant and disconnected from the situation/conversation. As if you’re there but you’re not really/fully present. You’ve explained it so well. It’s spot on. Exactly what I’ve experienced as well.

    I’m wondering if that’s ‘brain fog’...?

  6. TheAnxiousOne
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    7 March 2020 in reply to MidLifeGirl

    Hi MidLifeGirl,

    I started to experience similar thing (only on my right side of the body) About 2 months after having my baby. And it was just after I received a phone call from a doctor regarding an MRI.

    I too have seen a neurologist and will continue to see them just to make sure nothing is happening.

    This ‘sensation’ has improved a lot, however I now get really itchy from time to time.

    Does anyone else get this as well? :(

  7. Missy72
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    7 March 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hi

    I awake early hours of the morning with this weird feeling in my head.. it’s like waves of something..& then it washes over my body. Then I get very ‘nervous’ & a bit ‘jittery’.

    For the rest of the day I get shaky, jelly legs, blurred vision & an overall nervousness. I always feel slightly better in the late afternoon.

    This has been happening since November 2019. I was anxiety free for about 9 years. Trauma bought this relapse on.

    I’m hoping that it will work itself out soon.. like it did the last time.

    I’m seeing a CBT psych and a psychiatrist. I just have to try & stay positive but it’s so hard when I’m just existing’.

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  8. SSC
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    8 March 2020 in reply to 44Max44

    Hi,

    When I first had anxiety, I was totally in a different zone in life. Honestly, I did not have the senses to realise what all was happening to me. I recovered with the help of therapy but after a few years it has come back. I feel my jaw hurts a lot. I have to sometimes pat my cheeks to feel better. This constant realization that my heart is beating fast is something I hate. This time around when I know the symptoms well, I tried my coping strategies but they failed. None of them worked when they previously did. All that makes me more anxious.

    I feel sick and tired all the time and each and everything is just a big big effort. I find myself dragging from one moment to another. For a few days last week I had phases when I felt super energetic but that did not last very long and now I feel drained and defeated again.

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    9 March 2020 in reply to TheAnxiousOne

    Hello Everyone! and thankyou for being a part of Annabay's great thread topic

    Hi TheAnxiousOne...Brainfog is common and I remember that feeling of disassociation too...thanks for providing support for others on the forums too

    Hi Missy72....I understand your symptoms as I used to have them as well and yes they are a pain to have for sure..Great effort having CBT and you are definitely not alone when you mentioned ' I just have to try & stay positive but it’s so hard when I’m just existing' Ditto here Missy72

    thankyou amazing people for being a part of this thread topic!

    Paul

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    9 March 2020 in reply to SSC

    Hello SSC

    Welcome to the forums and thankyou for your posting on Annabays' thread topic too!

    I understand the roller coaster of anxiety you are going through and it is horrible to have....Just for me I used to grind my teeth in my sleep which made my jaw ache..a lot...Feeling drained and defeated is unfortunately common with anxiety...ugh!....I have posted my own symptoms on this thread like you have

    peaceful thoughts

    Paul

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  11. Gellical Cat
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    9 March 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Great topic guys, and a variety of symptoms! For me, it would be speech related, like I would forget what I was saying and rather than stutter I become forgetful and go on a tangent because I lose my train of thought.

    I also physically lose my balance so I need to be wearing flat shoes or I fall backwards when I’m anxious. With my mouth, rather than go dry it does the opposite. Sometimes I get the shakes from anxiety too.

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  12. Guest_1055
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    9 March 2020

    Sick feeling

    The feeling to run or hide

    Chattering teeth

    Sometimes a sense of being far away

  13. Missy72
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    10 March 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul

    How did you get rid of your anxiety? I was 8 years free, but it came back again after a further trauma.

    right now, I need some positivity that this won’t be permanent. It’s all day every day currently.

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  14. Missy72
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    10 March 2020 in reply to Mendel
    I get the same.. blurry vision..& it can last all day...
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    10 March 2020 in reply to Gellical Cat

    Hi everyone and thanks for being a part of Annabays helpful thread topic too!

    Hey Gellical Cat and thankyou for the kind feedback too...I hear you loud and clear about losing balance and the shakes too....ugh! The over supply of adrenaline can allow these symptoms to happen unfortunately. Once again very common with anxiety

    Hey Shelll...your symptoms are also a part of this horrible anxiety...feeling distant and the chattering teeth are very familiar to me as well....Thankyou for your valued input Shelly

    Missy72 asked an excellent question 'How did you get rid of your anxiety?...Thats a huge question yet a very important one so I will only cover some brief points that have helped me heal from my own chronic anxiety issues over 37 years (as people have varying levels of anxiety symptoms)

    • It took me 13 years to accept that I couldnt self heal with my own anxiety levels...(probably denial..my bad)
    • Having wonderful care from 2 GP's that persevered with me.. when I was in denial
    • Avoiding (where possible) toxic or overly critical people....they dont help our recovery
    • Accepting our anxiety symptoms and not 'fighting' them...Fighting anxiety only intensifies the symptoms
    • Being 'Gentle' to ourselves and seeing our GP (or counsellor) as frequently as we can for a 'tune up'

    Health professionals have mentioned to me..many times...'If our anxiety starts to have a detrimental impact on our day to day well being and ability to function effectively we need to seek assistance. In a nutshell....anxiety is temporary and can be treated...It does take time..patience and a strong dedication to heal

    sorry all for the long post...I hope some of that was helpful...my kind thoughts...Paul

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  16. Guest_8790
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    Physical feelings of panic

    Hit my head with my hands.
    Feeling my blood pressure is higher than normal. On meds for this.
    Rapid pulse.
    Emotionally thinking i am going mad and hate myself.



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  17. blondguy
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    11 March 2020 in reply to Guest_8790

    Hi Rusty girl....I hear you loud and clear about the rapid pulse and the BP being higher than normal..You arent going mad at all....Its the awful roller coaster ride of anxiety feelings.....Your symptoms are the same as mine used to be...Please dont hate yourself....

    Annabay wrote this thread in October 2019 and thankyou for your valued post...I am sure we have spoken before...Its great to have you as part of the Beyond Blue forum family Rusty :-)

    my kindest...Paul

  18. Guest_8790
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    14 March 2020 in reply to blondguy
    Re physical feelings of anxiety

    Thanks for your thoughts. I wish I could overcome them, but find it hard to change. In addition I have a form of agoraphobia which causes me anxiety so feel trapped.

    I guess there is no quick fix so will hope to manage it as best I can. You are lucky you have overcome yours.

    I have been here a few times trying to sort out my life. Still work in progress.

    Rusty
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  19. Guest_1055
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    Hello just thought I would post this incase it's helpful to someone else.

    Just a couple of days ago, I had been with someone who experienced many different symptoms such as:

    ... tightness in the chest area over where his heart is

    ... lightheaded

    ... clammy skin

    ... Increased heart rate

    ... sweating

    ... a feeling of being cold

    ... Nausea

    ... pain in the shoulder

    ... feeling really tired,

    .... Passed out

    Anyway he was admitted into hospital to see if his heart was OK. Seen by a cardiologist.He was told he did not have a heart attack.

    I researched symptoms of a heart attack... all those symptoms could indicate one.

    I also researched anxiety and stress related symptoms. They can be extremely similar to a heart attack. And sometimes the person thinks they are actually having one.

    My friend will be having a further heart test where they inject dye into the arteries do see if there are any blockages. Just to rule this out.

    But yeah the doctors told him he did not have a heart attack. My friend said to me it was anxiety /stress related.

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  20. mon1ker
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    My physical feelings all kind of connect and I think I'd say it's almost like I forget how to function? Sometimes I walk jerkily, I don't know how to position my hands or feet or head or how I should sit, I start breathing heavily and out of pace. It's as if everything becomes unnatural and I have to work for it, but I can never get it right.

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  21. Sherry29
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    Hello!

    I was wondering if anyone could help. I haven’t been diagnosed with anxiety as my symptoms have only occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. I’ve been to 2 different doctors, bloods came back normal. Doctors didn’t seem overly concerned.

    symptoms started with ;

    -pins and needles / dead leg and arm mainly in right side at night

    -Right side body weakness
    -strong sensations of body when falling asleep
    -waking up suddenly to a dead body and feeling weak but could move it once I registered
    -mind awake body still asleep
    -head rushes and sensations
    -vivid night terrors of being harmed by someone then suddenly waking up
    -waking up in a state of panic / tight chest / breathing heavy / mouth and body shaking (only sometimes)
    -right side feeling weak (varies, has improved)

    -difficulty holding long convos sometimes

    -Feeling spaced out, like I’m not part of some of my body

    Random sharp pains but bearable —Irrational thoughts
    obsessive googling symptoms

    Being fine then driving to work and eyes go funny for a split second and sensation at back of head and then panic but still in full control of driving

    Feeling of being disconnected from reality at night (sometimes)

    A bit light headed

    -Muscle twitches

    -Scared something is about to happen to me physically or seriously

    -social anxiety (that’s alway being there)

    my symptoms have changed over 2-3 weeks. Some gone, some new ones and some good days with no symptoms but then I have a bad day and again think their is something medically wrong with me!

    i don’t drink, smoke, have medical history, I’m very active, eat well and not an overly stressed person. I can pin point a few causes to this oncoming (if it’s anxiety) but I just don’t know what to do.

    Thank you in advance :)

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  22. Missing user
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    Hi everyone, I've commented here with my anxiety symptoms before but I have a question relating to the topic please. Lately I've been having these symptoms, and I'm too scared to tell the GP and get tests although I just think its anxiety because I get most symptoms often however some seem new to me, at least that I've picked up on anyway. The symptoms are:

    - For the last couple of days I've been feeling extremely sick whether I eat or not and stomach problems like gastro (could be a bug and no it's not contagious), I get this often. Perhaps something I ate or withdrawals from my old meds and my body adjusting to my new ones although I just started them?

    - Headaches.

    - Dry mouth and a bit of a sore throat.

    - Dizziness/lightheadedness (such as when I'm in the shower, bending/sitting down and get up, etc.) This is a new symptom for me that seems more common.

    Is this normal, and could it be from anxiety? I'm worried my Psychiatrist hates me and doesn't want to work with me anymore although he's never said that (because he keeps telling me to go to the triage although I told them they refuse to help me and I told the GP too). I'm trying to cope with the symptoms but its hard, I haven't vomited but very close to. Also very dark intrusive thoughts.

    Worried about the new meds also, any reply would be appreciated, thank you.

    Tayla

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    25 March 2020 in reply to Guest_8790

    Hi Rusty girl....I am not lucky at all for overcoming the bulk of my anxiety....as you know its a crappy place to be in and I still have infrequent periods of agoraphobia...I used to have the frequent chronic anxiety attacks which have been treated by ongoing super regular visits to my doc...Its hard work...and it can take a long time..determination and frequent treatment..I understand what you are going through Rusty

    Hi mon1ker....good on you for posting on Annabays thread! Anxiety of any level can be a pain for sure...When our symptoms have a detrimental effect on our day to day ability to function ...then it usually time to see our GP.....great to have you as part of the forum family mon1ker!

    any questions are always welcome!

    Paul

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    26 March 2020 in reply to Sherry29

    Hi Sherry29

    Good on you for posting and being a part of Annabays thread topic!

    Your symptoms are very common yet awful to have as you know...Im not a doc yet I have had many years with similar feelings as you have..Just a friendly note about using Google for help....please dont as there is way too much inaccurate information. Google can be very counter productive where our mental health is concerned

    Just a polite suggestion if I may.....to receive more responses I hope you can post your own thread topic! It is easy to do and if you have any questions just ask away....There are many gentle people on the forums that can be here for you Sherry

    we are here and listening :-)

    Paul

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  25. M1ssjess89
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    I had posted in my own thread but I feel like I need to post again. I've had pins and needles for 5 weeks now. Since it's started I feel like a totally different person and I am struggling. I have pins and needles mainly in one hand and my middle finger hurts. Sometimes I feel like I have muscle weakness so I panic. I feel like all the time I am panicking and feel sick, because I think this is the start of something bad. My doctor things it's all anxiety, but I cannot shake it. Im just stuck in panic mode and cannot enjoy anything. I wake up in panic mode, scared to get up. I have bad ibs, my eyes are now playing up and are so tired. I'm so tired. Is this all anxiety? I'm so scared I'm getting permanent nerve damage or something.
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  26. Guest_8790
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    27 March 2020 in reply to blondguy
    Thank you for your reply. I hope I was coming across as patronising, just glad you seem to be in a reasonable good state. I am trying to change my life and some days ok but like yesterday when I got two job offers i was naturally excited but nerves and anxiety took over. Due to urgency of the role to be filled and it relates to a similar role i had 5 years ago, anxiety and worry i will fail, I am now doubting I can do it even though it only first stage, as worry i will have to leave due to mental health issue which was reason i had to leave last job. Not sure what to do.


    Rusty
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    27 March 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89

    Hi everyone! and thanks for being a part of Annabays helpful thread discussion :-)

    Hi M1ssjess89 Good on you for posting again! Anxiety can present in so many ways including pins and needles and these awful thoughts too....Your are proactive for seeing your GP! That is a huge sign of strength. What is the name of your thread? From what you have posted your doc seems to be right about mentioning anxiety

    Hey Rusty....Being unsure is understandable...especially with having any level of anxiety/agoraphobia.....If our anxiety starts to have a detrimental affect on our day to day well being.....we do need the help of our doc/GP..You have excellent communication skills Rusty...Self doubt can be a pain Rusty....I understand you loud and clear....You can deal with the 'now'......and I feel you are more than qualified to do so....Our self doubts can be consuming and sometimes lead us astray....I hope some of this post was of some help Rusty :-)

    take care everyone!

    Paul

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  28. M1ssjess89
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    27 March 2020 in reply to blondguy
    Hi blondguy,
    My thread is "I am exhausted".
    I get nerve pain in my hand and that worries me 😥 it's just everything.
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    27 March 2020 in reply to M1ssjess89

    Hey M1ssjess89,

    Hope you're well.

    Are you using a ergonomic mouse pad? You might want to let your GP known about your hand.

    Hope you have a great weekend, in whichever way you spend it.

    Regards

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    27 March 2020 in reply to CalmCat

    Hi Everyone

    Hey M1ssjess89....thankyou for your thread topic..This is an awful time to have any physical anxiety..

    Hey Doz86...thankyou for being so quick and helping out! Nice1 :-)

    Paul

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