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Old 01-02-2007, 08:25 AM   #1
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Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

Hi all,

Had my first panic attack in 2000, since when I have had them here and there until April, when they became a common occurence and anxiety set in...it's been a permanent ever since. I deal with it every day. I have noticed that since that time I am always SICK, meaning, physically sick. Like colds, or feel like I have a virus, or the flu, etc. Like now, I have been sick since Thursday, just nausous, cold and sweats, tired, etc. It's Tuesday now and I still don't feel well. BUT I did notice that as I had to return to work today after the mini break, I felt more ill than I did on the weekend. Sitting here at work, I feel flu-ish again, anxious, tense, etc. But really feel like I could vomit. Is being physically sick a result of anxiety?? Not a day goes by that I am not anxious or afraid of having a panic attack, or even having one or the start of one, or two, or three, etc. 2007 is a new year and today I am making a phone call for help, but I wanted to ask about this "sick" thing. I am not imagining it. I really feel unwell. Any thoughts?? Thanks

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Old 01-02-2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

Hi Scotianprincess

Yes anxiety/panic can make you sick so to speak. However, you don't say in your post if you've been to a doctor and had a complete physical and bloodwork up.

I experienced my first attack appx. the same time you did and put off going to the doctor because the attacks decreased and were farther and farther in between but, I was having many physical symptoms. Was also having colds, flus, and just overall minor physical symptoms that drove me crazy for several years. Essentially, I was having the very same symptoms as you. Finally, my body said no more. I got so dizzy at work one day and hot flushes, was about on all fours, thought I was having a stroke and dying.

Long story short ~ got to doctor ~ did check up and pulled blood. Found out I had high blood pressure and LOW THRYROID. The thyroid being low (or going low for several years) had my body out of balance. It is part of your endocrinal system - so is your adrenal gland. It being low was playing havoc with my adrenalin and throwing me in to horrible panic attacks.

Very treatable. Please let us know if you've seen doctor. If you haven't seen one please be sure to do that. A great deal of anxiety/panic is caused from unlying physical problems. Other times it is caused from nerves and emotions. You have to know which it is in order to treat it.

Good luck - keep us posted.

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

Hi there, thanks for the reply...at least I know I am not alone in this!

I had bloodwork done in the summer, in August - all that they said was wrong was that I had low iron (so I have been taking it) and I also needed to get an immunization against german measles again. But then again, the clinic I go to leaves me feeling uneasy quite often, like they just care about rushing me in and out, which is why I didn't persue the anxiety/panic thing after I initially went to them for assessment. I spoke with one of the GP'S who specializes in mental health, and she did this long exam type questionnaire, said I needed therapy, gave me meds and said I was depressed and had anxiety/panic disorder, come back when you feel better and we'll talk therapy. When I went back b/c I HATED the meds she put me on (paxil) cuz I felt so awful and out of it, she just said take half dosage and come back and we'll talk therapy. Not to mention when she did the questionnaire she was reviewing my answers and passed judgement right away on something I wrote about my relationship, so that turned me off. I haven't been back since she said take half a dosage. She did give me a prescription for 'ativan' which I take when I feel like I am going to have a bad panic attack, but I am still anxious all the time, feeling unwell, etc. I had to pop one just today cuz I couldn't get control of my anxiety and it was starting to build. Even though I tried to go with it and face it, and challenge it, I don't like feeling this way at work, which is ALL THE TIME.

So, yes I have been to the doc, but I think I am going to contact my employee assistance program now and get them involved, b/c I have missed a lot of work b/c of this, and I spend most of my work day in a bad way. You know how it is....

Maybe they can refer me to someone who knows what they're talking about. I'm just sick of feeling mentally and physically sick.

 
Old 01-02-2007, 09:40 PM   #4
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Ok that answers the medical questions I had. Then I'm pretty comfortable that what your experiencing is panic/anxiety. There is a book by Dr. Claire Weekes. It will set you on the road to recovery. Available in paperback at all good book stores or prob. library. See if you can get your hands on copy - you'll find immediate relief to your problems I promise. You'll carry it with you and love it. Title ~ "Hope & Help For Your Nerves". Please, please get it and let me know how you do. It's great to help you immediately and to carry with you for quick reference. You'll think she wrote it especially for you. She understands you and what your going through and tells you what to do to reclaim your life.

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Old 01-05-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

You are not alone. I feel that way too. I constantly feel sick but it could be different feelings from one day to the next. My stomach is always unsettled and nauseous. I get shakey, lightheaded, dizzy, achy, just general all over yucky feeling like when you have a virus. Even when I know I don't have one. My problem is that I am obsessed with illness and deathly afraid of vomitting. I believe that these fears have been the sole cause of my anxiety, and the anxiety in turn makes me physically sick. It is a never ending circle for me. I feel sick so I get anxious, I feel anxious so I get sick. I have also had the full bloodwork, and a million things checked out. I was convinced that I had ovarian cancer, and even after the test was negative I still believe that I could have it!! It is absolutely ridiculous, but that is how I operate.

This probably isn't making you feel any better, but I wanted to let you know that you're not alone. It's not in your head. These physical symptoms are REAL and anxiety can manifest itself this way. The physical symptoms do NOT have to show up just during or before actual panic attacks. They can hang around all the time. And it is extremely frustrating. I am working on calming myself down somehow...but it is hard...good luck to you!!
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Hi there I also get sick. i have had a number of tests and all was normal. I get very dizzy and actually suffer from vertigo which is teribble. I have the whole stomach thing andI also feel like I have the fluor a bad cold. I have no energy and feel generally unwell. It lasts with me for a few days then goes away and I feel great. I normally get like this after I have had a stressful week at home or at work or when I have a big change in my life coming up. Try to listen to your bod.y and rest a bit the world can cope without youfor a few days. It does pass

 
Old 01-06-2007, 09:21 PM   #7
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I feel exactly the same and mine started with one single panic attack and I also feel sick all the time. I have had almost every test known with perfect results on all.For me dr's and test became a habit "a expensive one",I could not beleive anxiety was making me so sick. The book mentioned is a great book,I got mine last year and it describes me to a "T", to be a older book it's really kept up with the times, check it out.

 
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My problem is that I am obsessed with illness and deathly afraid of vomitting. I believe that these fears have been the sole cause of my anxiety, and the anxiety in turn makes me physically sick. It is a never ending circle for me. I feel sick so I get anxious, I feel anxious so I get sick.
welcome to the club.....what is it with us?

 
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Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

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I am always SICK, meaning, physically sick. Like colds, or feel like I have a virus, or the flu, etc. Like now, I have been sick since Thursday, just nausous, cold and sweats, tired, etc. It's Tuesday now and I still don't feel well.
This is how I've been feeling for a month, it's steadily getting worse and I'm much worse in the mornings and right after eating. Today was the first day I missed work.

I've never had a full blown anxiety/panic attack. I have anxiety, depression and panic every day. Does this sickness mean I might have an attack in the near future? I am going back to my GP on Friday and have a first appt at a pdoc in 2 weeks, I'm going to beg them to try to move that appt up to next week.

 
Old 01-10-2007, 07:19 PM   #10
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Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

It could go either way, but the more you worry about it, the more likely it is to occur. I hope you feel better and I am sorry you missed a day of work. I know it really bothers me when I miss work, but sometimes everyone needs a "mental health" day.

God luck with the doctor and I hope he can finally answer some of your questions and get you fixed up.

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Old 01-11-2007, 05:18 PM   #11
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Yeah, I think it can make you sick.

When I had my first one in august, it lasted for a few hours, which SUCKED. Then when I saw the guy who was my boyfriend at the time the next day, everything came back, and every time I saw him I'd feel anxious and nauseated, and before that we were together for two years, now it's over lol.

For me, anxiety really messed with my stomach. I guess all the stress messed up my nervous system which messed up my digestive system, so now I have to watch what I eat more often.

 
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I know it really bothers me when I miss work, but sometimes everyone needs a "mental health" day.
Thanks OE, but I felt very physically sick, like a flu (nausea, feverish, sweaty, chills, weak, shaky) although it might be mental in orgin. I hate this. And I was "sick" in bed, in a hotel, until 3pm. I hope the doc can find the cause of my "not being able to get out of bed in the mornings" quickly, I can imagine this might not be easy to fix.

 
Old 01-12-2007, 05:14 AM   #13
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You never know. I know mornings are the worst part of the day for me. Have you tried exercise, meditation, or breathing techniques? All would help you with what souns to me like a prett demanding job. Also, lay off the caffeine if you can. I know, it sounds like blasphemy, but it really will help.

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I started feeing "sick" like this when I switched from Wellburtin to Celexa at the end of December. The doctor thinks that the Celexa might have caused my nausea, shivering and sweats, fatigue, not being able to get out of bed, etc. I have never felt this bad before in my life. Could Celexa be the cause? I was hoping the Celexa was going to be the wonder drug it was for me 7 years ago. Yesterday, the doc put me on 30 mg of Cymbalta. Now I wonder what this drug is going to do to me.

I wish I had never asked for Wellbutrin this past summer when I quit smoking.

 
Old 01-14-2007, 01:12 AM   #15
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I'm a little biased. I take Xanax and that is it 2 mg per day spread out in 4 doses for my anxiety and it takes care of my symptoms almost entirely. I love it and wouldn't go on another SSRI if my life depended on it. I tried a bunch of drugs about 5 years ago or so for anxiety. I took Welbutrin, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Buspar, the doctor even prescribed Zyprexa (an antipsychotic). I think he was just runing out of anxwers. Anyway, none of them worked at all and each one came with its own special list of horrible side effects. One day I through all of the drugs into the garbage and never looked back. For 4 years I was anxiety free, but it turns out I was doing a lot of drinking with friends. I was single and into the party scene, so alcohol was consumed 3 days at least out of the week. Turns out alcohol can help with anxiety and that is the reason that a lot of anxiety dissorder sufferers become alcoholics. Anyway, I decided one day that the drinking had to stop and then the anxiety returned full force. I had also quit smoking which I am sure aggravated the situation. Anyway, I finally went to a specialist here in San Antonio on anxiety dissorders who has about 400 patients who are on Xanax and he said almost all are doing great. I took the prescription and have not had so much as one panic attack. All of the physical stuff went away like the morning stomach pains, headaches, etc. I feel normal again, so my advice, again biased, would be to try to take Xanax regularly. It wil make you tired for about three days, but once the three days are up you won't even notice any side effects. I work in a really high stress environment, am starting my own business, going to school for my masters degree, and having a second child, so as far as stress levels go. I am probably pegging the charts. Point is, Xanax is helping me get through these times of stress and live my life. Meditation has also played a big role in my recovery. Just thought I would throw that out there. Your doctor will tell you the Benzos are addctive, but so aren't all the other drugs out there and it takes months for them to work with their side effects. Xanax works immediately.

Good luck,
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