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Old 10-05-2008, 09:51 AM   #1
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Could This Be Nerves/Anxiety?

I swear, I've had every physical problem that can be associated with anxiety. It seems like constantly keeps tossing me new medical problems, and the fear of the unknown just chokes the life out of me.

Now I am really in a bind. I no longer have health insurance due to a company layoff in July. I have to get ready and face a huge job interview tomorrow which is 4 hours away. And I feel like a physical wreck. It started a week ago with unexplained muscle cramps on the back of my legs and hips. The cramps would come and go, although they were mild enough where I could sleep comfortably at night. The cramps get really bad when I'm sitting in a chair.

On Friday, my dad was put in the hospital, and all my attention was focused on that. I didn't have any cramping problems. I felt fine yesterday as well.
But today, the cramping is back. I feel it in my legs, arms, even fingertips. I wonder if this could be a form of a panic attack because that fear of dying is really coming over me today.

Anyone ever experience somethng like this? It just makes no sense why it would disappear for two days and then return. I haven't been straining my muscles or anything.

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Old 10-05-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Could This Be Nerves/Anxiety?

When I had severe cramping in my legs, I was diagonised as having low potasium. A simple blood test can show it. Good luck, Linda

Old 10-05-2008, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: Could This Be Nerves/Anxiety?

The fact that it went away while your mind was focused elsewhere strongly suggests anxiety disorder.

Anxiety Disorder is a readily treatable condition through talk therapy, behavioral therapy and/or medication. There are many support groups both in your local area and online dedicated to anxiety disorders.

Muscle cramps are often related to low potassium and dehydration, a banana (high in potassium) a day and remembering to drink enough fluids is always a good idea. Sometimes people with anxiety don't eat properly. All that chronic adrenaline can suppress appetite, even thirst.

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Old 10-05-2008, 12:56 PM   #4
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Re: Could This Be Nerves/Anxiety?

Muscle cramps that come and go can be caused by nutritional deficiencies...athletes know this and that is why they're very careful about drinking rehydration drinks (and keeping their electrolytes in balance) and eating well balanced meals.

Too much is blamed on stress and anxiety...that is not to say the symptoms are not real...but the symptoms are caused by something else.


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