what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?
hey there, what physical symptoms of anxiety do you experience?
I often feel very alone in my experience of having physical chest (what I think are heart) spasms and was wanting to create a space for everyone to list their physical feelings that come hand in hand with anxiety so we can all feel less alone.
hope everyone is well.
They're not painful and might happen a few times every few days but it's frightening as hell. It's hard to describe. They can come out of nowhere but tend to happen when I'm sitting or standing, not moving. I might actually go back and get some blood/electrolyte work done at the GP, but everytime they've come back fine and the GP is left scratching their head. Frequently I'll get twitches in my calves, arms, back, and chest, never had them before my first panic attacks.
On another note, I'd recommend the DARE app and its exercises. That app has really helped me to cultivate an attitude to just stop caring so much about what might happen to me. Plus just also a really nice thing to listen to.
Looked at a computer screen and though I could see the words on it, it’s as if I could read it over and over again but it wasn’t going in. Got worse as I panicked about it. A bit different for me as I usually feel anxiety through stomach upset.
I notice too a massive drop in energy level when anxious. Like I suddenly feel a desperate need for a sleep but was fine 2 minutes ago. Then that stresses me out because it’s hard to feel confident completing tasks with no brain power.
I’m a bit late to the party as I’m only new to forums but here goes
My physical symptoms of anxiety can include
- a warm burning sensation down the back of my neck or through my arms + chest
- a lump in my throat like I’ve swallowed a large piece of food and can’t quite get it down, which turns into me stressing about choking
- heart palpitations and racing pulse
- blurry vision and the feeling I’m going blind. (Thinking vision is cloudy or getting tunnel vision)
- nausea and stomach problems
- headaches, mostly down the back of my head and into my neck
- I’ll get the shakes, my muscles will twitch and spasm
I don’t usually get all these symptoms at the same time unless I’m having a major panic attack but even then I usually will cycle through them with 1 or 2 at a time. Anxiety is such a strange thing but we have to remember, it’s HARMLESS!!!
hope you’re all well!
I’m so glad there are other people on here who I can relate to. I don’t know too many people who’ve had similar symptoms to me but reading through the comments makes me understand otherwise!
When I first got anxiety 11 years ago my symptoms were:
- lump in my throat like before you start crying but it never goes away and it makes you freak out about feeling like you’re choking.
- all over body shakes and muscle spasms
- racing heart
- anxiety attacks where I couldn’t breathe
- heart pain/chest pain
- increased gag reflex
Now, I still get symptoms but they’ve sort of narrowed down and worsened in my opinion and feel more long term.
- lump in throat still
- gag reflex really sensitive
- swallowing reflex
- heart palpitations
- sudden and random pain in lungs lasting a few seconds
- false sense of asthma onset
- panic and especially in crowds when it never used to happen
- fear of heights
i hope this helps anyone struggling and feeling like their symptoms aren’t valid or understood. I think everyone has different symptoms and they’re all valid ❤️
Hey everyone! and to Annabay who created this excellent thread back in 2019
Lucyyy mentioned 'Anxiety is such a strange thing but we have to remember, it’s HARMLESS!!!' Good1 Lucyyy
Hey GG224....Welcome and thankyou for taking the time to post your symptoms...I used to have the same and yes anxiety is an awful set of symptoms for sure
Just from my own experience....If our anxiety begins to interfere with our ability to function on daily basis...whether at work school or personal life seeing our GP can reduce our anxiety issues
my kind thoughts
Hi Guys! I am new to this and very excited to get involved!
I would say when I get anxious, the number one thing I experience is the sick feeling in the stomach, the tight chest and sometimes my body shakes if I am really anxious about something. Although, it is good to tell yourself that these symptoms are okay and it is just your body trying to keep you safe. I know from my therapy sessions I have learnt that it is a safety mechanism, therefore tell yourself that your safe, your okay and you will get through it. The body and mind can do amazing things to protect us.
I hope this has helped some people,
Welcome to the forums and thankyou for helping other members with your own experience! We are usually quick when replying to new members.....oops!
Brooke mentioned 'I experience is the sick feeling in the stomach, the tight chest and sometimes my body shakes if I am really anxious about something. Although, it is good to tell yourself that these symptoms are okay and it is just your body trying to keep you safe"
I really hope you can continue to post Brooke....only if and when you wish of course 🙂
my kind thoughts
Two years ago, when I was first diagnosed with anxiety, my main symptom was dizzy spells.
This time around, I have been experiencing the "sick to my stomach" feeling, shaking and coldness (especially if something/someone has just upset me) and, weirdly enough, forgetting words when I am speaking or even thinking by myself!
But I just noticed that GG224 mentioned gag reflect and I have been experiencing this for the last few months. I didn't think it would be down to anxiety but thought it was weird that out of the blue I was struggling to take my morning tablets.
Thanks for listening and hope to learn from others.