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Old 03-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Can anxiety give you real physical symptoms?

Lately I have developed a fear of dying. At first, any little pain I felt would give me a panic attack. Then as time went on, I began to feel symptoms such as vertigo, tingling, pressure in my head, and a feeling that I just cannot relax.
I'm so scared this vertigo and tingling could be a sign of MS or the head pressure could be a sign of a brain tumor. At first my vertigo was only at night and now I have it all throughout the day. I have driven myself crazy googling symptoms. I really hope it is just my anxiety tricking me into believing there is something wrong with me. Can anxiety/hypochondria cause you to have these types of physical symptoms?

 
Old 03-24-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Re: Can anxiety give you real physical symptoms?

Hi Abby,
This is typical of anxiety. Your story sounds virtually identical to mine. I developed a fear of dying after suffering anaphylaxis with a nut allergy, and ever since I would panic at the slightest discomfort in my chest in particular.

The worry started all about my heart, a few times I thought I was having a heart attack and had all the physical symptoms to accompany it (tingling, numb extremities, palpitations, difficulty breathing, sweaty, cold flushes etc.).

Once I stopped worrying about that it just seemed to move, I thought I was developing MS, muscle spasms, losing control of my limbs etc. And you really can develop physical symptoms along with it. It shows the power of the mind... mind over matter as they say. I started having muscle spasms in my chest and stuff when I worried about this more.

So you will be amazed at how powerful you are. But that's also good news, it means you can take back control. It's not a quick or easy process, but as long as you are optimistic and persist, you can get there.

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:11 AM   #3
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Re: Can anxiety give you real physical symptoms?

Anxiety can cause symptoms, but not real harm from what I`ve read. I`m awful at worrying about my health too, so I try and go to the doctor whenever something is on my mind for too long. Worst they`ve ever actually found is an ear infection

I won`t list my many fears here to save you from adding those to your list, but my advice is just take the best care of yourself possible. I`m trying to quit smoking, eat better, excerise, etc., so I can at least do what I can to to prevent realistic things from happening anytime soon.

 
Old 03-26-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: Can anxiety give you real physical symptoms?

Absolutely! In fact, my physical symptoms have manifested very similarly to yours. Throughout college I had a lot of stomach problems (from stress/anxiety actually) and they kept developing until I eventually had to seek medical attention. After all of the worrying I've done my whole life over my health, finally one of my paranoid suspicions was actually true and that scared the hell out of me. It seems so silly, but it was one of the most stressful, traumatic times of my life for that reason. Since then I've been paranoid that I will develop stomach cancer, that I have intestinal blockage from tumors, that I'm on my way to the same esophageal problems my grandfather has...you name it, I've stayed up nights worrying about it. Long story short, the anxiety over my health that started my stomach issue in the first place, was only prolonging it.

Not only that, but I've also panicked over that head tingling feeling you describe. I felt like everything was fuzzy. That's the only way I can describe it...like there was static in my head, and even like there were bugs or something crawling all over my skull. I couldn't keep my eyes focused, I struggled with wondering if I was even awake or not! It is a very scary thing to have your mind take over your body. But it seems that everyone I know with anxiety or depression is a very mindful individual. We can learn to concentrate all of that excess energy into something constructive. Next time you are "feeling" something physical, evaluate what your week's been like. Do you have a lot on your plate? Are you depressed about something? Have you been anxious a lot? Then those minor pains your experiencing are probably either nonexistent or a real physical (but non life-threatening) result of the constant stress. Keep that in mind and over time, it'll be easier to recognize and rather than jumping to serious conclusions first, you'll realize it's probably just your anxiety.

 
Old 03-26-2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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Re: Can anxiety give you real physical symptoms?

I know exactly how you feel. I developed dizziness and nausea about 2 1/2 years ago and have been through extensive testing with all kinds of doctors and specialists. They couldn't find anything wrong, and told me it was all in my head. That's what doctors say when they can't solve the problem. I just recently finally found an alternative medicine pratitioner who ran a comprehensive urine test and determined that I have Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). He said it was due to my body's PH being out of balance, which probably happened when I took quite a few prescription meds for a back injury, just prior to all this.

So now he prescribed Cal Lactate to balance my PH and put me on the Dr. Reams Program. I have to test my saliva 3 times a day with test strips, and it is balanced pretty much most of the time. I also eat the Hypoglycemic diet and follow the recommendations as much as possible. I only eat fruit with protein, and it must be at the same time. I Don't eat fruit or sweets by themselves, or I'll end up dizzy again. I can only go about 2 1/2 hours between meals without eating, and there are other helpful tips if you google Hypoglycemia, that help a lot. Keep in mind that this does NOT mean you have Hypoglycemia, it just turned out to be my cause of dizziness and nausea.

But the thing that helps with the stress, anxiety, and worry or health issues is the most surprising thing of all. It is called EFT Tapping, and I learned about it from a different alternative medicine doctor. It works in minutes, and takes all my fears away. It is totally amazing, and is a form of energy healing that works on your energy meridians. It's the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has helped immensely with me wondering and worrying what other health issues may spring up.

Last but not least, The Emotion Code, a book by Dr. Bradley Nelson teaches you how to release stress and anxiety that manifests into health issues. I use the Sway muscle testing method, and go through this simple one page approach using his chart to release trapped emotions that turn into trapped energy in the body and result in health problems. I only use a refrigerator magnet, and only do it about once a week to be safe. I had no idea that there was anything out there like this, or that things like this occur in people. Everyone has a lifetime of experiences and baggage, that helps to be released to stay healthy. So I incorporate this method into my health protocol as well.

All these things have opened up my eyes to a whole new world of energy healing, the medicine of the future (as listed on the cover of the book). Anyway, these are a few new ideas. You will have to decide if this is something right for you or not, but just to let you know, I get immediate relief from worries and anxiety with the EFT Tapping, and always have to drink a cup of water afterwards. Good Luck to you and may God Bless You.

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