Some Anxiety Questions: muscle weakness, fatigue, and loss of appetite
if you start having anxiety, thinking about the what ifs and just having negative thoughts, will it affect you for the next few days? sometimes i feel as though i am worrying about things for a day or two then it passes but then i start getting other symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, and loss of appetite. these symptoms and especially the loss of appetite starts to get to me and then i start worrying about that. i feel like im going to die if i dont eat and that pressure causes me to not feel hungry. i start getting nauseous even thinking about food and that only fuels my anxiety even more. not to mention if i feel fatigued or muscle weakness i feel like i may have a serious illness. does anyone else have this? what can i do to help relieve these symptoms?
Very high levels of anxiety, especially over a longer period of time are exhausting and can cause all KINDS of physical symptoms from fatigue, weakness, muscle pains, headaches, GI disturbances (such as nausea, lack of appetite and diarrhea), insomnia, chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling hot or cold, you name it. I could go on forever...there are that many symptoms that can be attributed to anxiety.
What do you do to relieve the symptoms? You address the anxiety. If you allow the anxiety to continue without addressing it, the symptoms will continue, and even worsen and new symptoms could appear also.
Your kind of anxiety can be managed very well with therapy and some work on your part to taking the control back over the intrusive thoughts. If every time you get a thought about your health and start "what iffing" you run to the computer...you're only fueling your anxiety.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to seek help for the anxiety, learn what you can...and start making the necessary changes to stop the cycle.
You are just have anxiety and panic attacks. You could also possibly be experiencing depression. Anxiety, stress, and depression can affect you daily and can go on for days, weeks, or months if you don't seek treatment. It will cause fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, etc.
Figure out what is stressing you out in your life. Sometimes its one thing. Sometimes people let different stress factors build up until it's difficult to deal with all at once. Think about what is causing the anxiety. Is it something happening in your life - is it school, work, financial issues, relationship issues? It could be something small that you've obsessed about or something major in your life. Whatever it is, start thinking of how to approach this "problem" and how you can fix it.
Anxiety is rooted in something happening in your life. There are relaxing techniques you can use, including breathing techniques, visualization, hot baths, splashing cold water on your face. A really good technique is to use a cold press (or frozen bag of vegetables) on the back of your neck. You can also hold it in your hands or put it on your forehead. Lie down or sit up with your cold press (whatever is more comfortable and relaxing for you), close your eyes, do slow inhaling and exhaling and visualize you are in someplace relaxing, calm and safe, inhale and exhale. Everytime you have a negative thought about anything, death, etc. Visualize pushing that thought behind you. Just push it and it slides away. Re focus on your breathing and visualization. Everytime another negative thought happens or you start to feel anxious, push it away and refocus. Make sure you have the cold pack on the back of your neck (or hand, forehead).
You can view other techniques online: http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/treatment/relaxation
Certain techniques work better for different people. The one I just described is a pretty popular one that's relaxing and can help you fall asleep.
If you are still experiencing anxiety on a regular basis you should schedule an apointment with a psychologist to discuss issues you are having, therapy treatment, and different ways to deal with your anxiety, stress and/or depression.
Make sure you eat, even if you don't feel like eating. If you don't eat and stay stressed out, you can end up developing thrash or gastritis. You'll have to take antibiotics for thrash and gastritis will have to take prilosec.
Hope you try out some of the relaxation techniques tonight and get some rest. Good luck!
Be honest with yourself. Negative thinking won't kill you, but positive thinking would help you immensely. Muscle weakness and fatigue are classic signs of axiety: caused by the way we tighten-up when we are nervous, but we don't feel it until later, about a day. Loss of appetite is only life-threatening if you are severely underweight, have anorexia, or just go a week without food. There are religions where 'fasting' for days or weeks (no food, liquids only) is normal. No one dies from that. If you're not hungry, don't eat. Certainly lay off the food if you are nauseous. At least drink things that can provide you with nutrients your body needs, like Ensure, and V-8. A multivitamin wouldn't hurt as well. Blessings - Blu
Thank you BluCrystal. At the moment I am eating again but can't seem to gain weight like I used too. Before, I would sometimes even hold back because I would start to gain weight so easily. Now I am trying to eat more and to be honest, I don't think I am eating as much as I used to so maybe that's why I can't gain weight. Right now my weight is sustaining but it feels like I have to put much effort to keep it that way. The scariest part and best way to describe how I feel is that it basically feels like I am at the edge of a cliff and with one misstep, I can fall at any moment. I feel like I am on my toes all the time with my diet and if I just give in and let go, my weight will go down dramatically. This of course is fueling the anxiety. I am putting pressure on myself to eat something. Then I weigh myself to see if I am gaining weight which I usually am not. I don't know what to do but I am trying to stay positive. I am just grateful for the moment that I actually have an appetite right now for the past few days because that too can be a passing thing.
You feel like I feel.My anxiety cause loss of my appetite,but I try to eat and every day I weight my self,but I am not gaining weight,and that cause me more anxiety and panic attacks.I feel like I am a strange persson and I won't be again my self.
thats what i am afraid of. i hope that because all of this happened, the next time i get a cold, i hope i dont feel like i am going to die. i have to stay strong and positive. i think you should try too. just know that we are here to talk if you need to vent. thank you for your post. makes me feel better that im not alone.
Yes ,we feel better when we know we are not alone.The feeling of anxiety is very bad,and sometime hopeless.When I can sleep and eat I have more anxiety .When I traveling I am afraid of catching some disease.I am a little obsessive about my health,even I know that the anxiety do not help to keep my health .
exactly. its a very vicious cycle. i never could imagine that anxiety would feel so real. before this happened to me, i thought it was nothing that serious. when i heard stories of people going through this i thought i was pretty dumb and that they could control it if they really wanted to. now i know better and feel very sorry for anyone that has to go through this as it feels like the most hopeless feeling in the world and nothing can save you. it really does feel like you are going to die.
how long have you had this problem with anxiety? months? years? i've only had separation anxiety during my childhood but now i have health anxiety. i guess its similar to hypocondria.
I had something like this for 4 months, almost 3 years ago when I had a bad cold and now for 2 months after 2 weeks of pain in my right ear and throat without any infection.I did MRI head and neck,ultrasound neck,X-ray of face , examen with optic fiber of nose and throat,all is normal,but some time the pain is back ,not every day,and feel anxiety even if I do not have any pain.
had something similar to your experience. that is pretty much what triggered all the anxiety for me. i wasn't feeling well for a few weeks. had fatigue, mild fever, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, and just basically malaise. the difference with this one is that i did not get my common symptoms that i usually get when i am sick. the runny nose, sore throat, couple days of fever, and just basically whatever common symptoms that goes with a common cold or flu. so that is why i was very worried because it kept going away and coming back for a little over 2 months. i would be good for a a few days then feel malaise for a few and it would just keep repeating over and over again.
now almost 3 months later, i am starting to feel normal again but in the back of my mind i am still wondering what that was and if it was something serious or not. so my anxiety has gotten a lot better than before because i am overall feeling better now but i still worry here and there whenever i think back to all that i been through and its driving me crazy to know the answer of what i was feeling for those 2 months. it still scares me.
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