How long does it take for stress to cause "symptoms"??
Hey everybody!! I was just wondering....to the people who have health problems due to stress/anxiety, how long were you under continuous stress before your health started to be affected? Here's my situation: About 7 weeks ago, I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time and the condom broke. I am 6 months pregnant and haven't been with the baby's father since before I found out I was pregnant. I felt bad having sex with my boyfriend because I knew it was a selfish decision, I should have been thinking about my baby and not myself. So, when the condom broke, I started freaking out about HIV. My boyfriend said that he got tested in October and was fine and I don't think he would lie to me. But then again, a lot of people we trust usually crap on us, don't they??? LOL....so anyways I know just about everyone who's scared of HIV gets classic "symptoms", but there were a few for me that I could not ignore. Here they are:
Twitching all over my body
Tingling in hands, they were both actually numb for a whole day
Itchy skin, little "bug bites", never had hives so don't know what they look like
Pain in one of my toes and in one of my fingers
I hear that stress can cause those things (but so can HIV), but how long does one have to be severely stressed for them to happen? I guess you could say that I have been thinking/stressing about HIV literally every minute of every day for about 7 weeks now. Is that long enough? I do think it's stress related though because I've had a pounding heart even when I'm not conciously thinking about it and I've had bad chest pains almost every day now. It's just hard to shake my fear. I sent in the Home Access test today, so I guess I'll know soon if I'm going to live or die. I am just so stressed about the baby, I can't get over it. I would rather die 1,000 times than watch my child suffer over something selfish that I did. So, any answers would definatley help me....and prayers would help too!!!! =-) I surely learned the biggest lesson of my life this time!!
Sorry this post is so long!!