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I had no idea there were so many Anxiety symptoms. WOW.

May 10, 2009 - 108 comments

I just copied a list of all anxiety symptoms, you will be amazed. Here it is:

Common anxiety symptoms include:
Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general):
Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”
Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
Chest pain, chest tightness
Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
Cold chills, feeling cold
Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
Dizzy, feeling dizzy
Electric shock feeling, body zaps
Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't
Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
Feeling cold or chilled
Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
Head Zaps
Heart palpitations, racing heart
Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
Increased or decreased sex drive
Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
Muscle twitching
Nausea vomiting

Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation.
Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
Skipped heart beats
Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck
Startle easily
Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Trembling or shaking
Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
Warm spells
Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
Weak legs, arms, or muscles
Weight loss, weight gain
Chest (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area):
Chest pain or discomfort
Concern about the heart
Feel like you have to force yourself to breath
Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat
Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
Emotions (see mood) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with emotions, mood, and feelings)
Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear):
A heightened fear of what people think of you
Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
Fear of being in public
Fear of dying
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
Fear of passing out
Fear that you are losing your mind
Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
Need to seat near exits
Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head):
Burning, itchy, tight scalp
Dizziness or light-headedness
Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Head zaps, head tremors
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth
Hearing (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing):
Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
Low rumbling sounds
Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head
Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking):
Afraid of everything
Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
Fear of going crazy
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Feelings of unreality
Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
Having difficulty concentrating
Nightmares, bad dreams
Obsession about sensations or getting better
Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
"Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again.
Trapped in your mind feeling
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders
Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings):
Always feeling angry and lack of patience
Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
Emotions feel wrong
Everything is scary, frightening
Feeling down in the dumps
Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
Frequently feel like crying for no apparent reason
Have no feelings about things you used to
Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You feel like you are under pressure all the time
Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach):
A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times
Constant craving for sugar or sweets
Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech
Dry mouth
Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
Feeling like your tongue is swollen
Lack of appetite or taste
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Nausea vomiting
Nausea or abdominal stress
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
Teeth grinding
The thought of eating makes you nauseous
Tight throat, lump in throat
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Tongue symptoms - Tingly, “stretched,” numb, frozen, itchy, “crawly,” burning, twitching, “jumpy,” aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn’t).
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin):
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Skin problems, infections, rashes
Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep):
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
Jolting awake
Waking up in a panic attack
You feel worse in the mornings
Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight):
Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
Dry, watery or itchy eyes
Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
Eyes sensitive to light
Spots in the vision
Flashing lights when eyes are closed
Your depth perception feels wrong
Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch):
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Feeling cold or chilled
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Tingling, pins and needles feelings
Other anxiety symptoms are described as:
Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
• Having a heart attack
• Having a serious undetected illness
• Dying prematurely
• Going insane or losing your mind
• Suddenly snapping
• Losing it
• Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love
• Losing control of your thoughts and actions
• Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself
• Losing control
• Fainting in public
• Not breathing properly
• Losing control of reality
• Choking or suffocating
• Being alone

These are some of the more common anxiety symptoms. This list isn't exhaustive.

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by lasvegasgirl6, May 13, 2009
wow I must have anxiety BAD got alot of those symptoms!

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by margypops, May 13, 2009
I am sure that list is right sassy I managed to get rid of my GAD and Panic but had it for many years, occasionally comes back but have learnt to deal with it....I still dont know if it has been caused by something like Lyme which I am at presant researching ..

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by lonewolf07, May 13, 2009
Incredible what our minds can do to produce these anxiety symptoms.  It makes it so difficult to tell the difference between what is a real illness and what is anxiety.  Not to mention that anxiety can worsen already existing illnesses.

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by methangelnomore, May 13, 2009

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by margypops, May 14, 2009
What about this one 'smelling something burning ? anyone had that ....

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by teko, May 14, 2009
Wow! Now I know what they mean when they say stress can kill. Yikes!

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by SassyLassie, May 14, 2009
Ture, it is a long list, but, it certainly does not mean that those of use that have anxiety are going to have them all. I seem to have more than my share, but, LOL, for me, that is normal. Actually, the reason I posted this is because it gave me comfort knowing that anxiety can cause these problems and they are NOT in my head.


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by SassyLassie, May 14, 2009
Margy, I have at times smelled something "Burning" drives me crazy, I hate that.

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by AireScottie, May 15, 2009
Sassy, I have to thank you for putting this up.  I don't have any kind of anxiety disorder, and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why my (very bad) docs kept telling me I did and trying to weasel out of treating me.  I now see that almost all my symptoms are on this list.  That really disturbs me, because I bet there are other people out there like me who have autoimmune, neurological, and genetic connective tissue problems that are treatable who are also being blown off  or mistreated because of this list.

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by SassyLassie, May 15, 2009
It is so sad, Scottie, when folks have this problem, they are so often dismissed as being a hypochondriac, when it fact, they truly are feeling these symptoms. Anxiety mimics so much, and if the docs would just realize that and really test deeper, they would see that to be true.

I am glad this helped you. Get the book called "hope and help for your nerves' by Claire Weekes, it is awesome, and she goes into detail about a lot of these symptoms, and she helps you as well, it is like she is sitting next to you talking, I love her, I wouldn't be without her books. You can get them on-line at amazon or borders.

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by NCGurl704, May 20, 2009
I have anxiety and my symptoms didnt get this bad until a few months ago. I thought there was something seriously wrong with me with the head zaps and the chest problems and the dry mouth. I would drive my mom crazy going to the doctor all the time. They wouldnt find anything wrong and that would scare me. But I now I know that I just need to get back to taking my meds. I tried to suck it up and handle my anxiety without the meds but Im trying to graduate and go to college and I just dont have time for the annoying symtoms holding me back. It would also make me depressed that all I would do is come home from school and lock myself in my room. I just wanted to be alone all the time. I dont hang with my family very much and I would snap at them when they try to help. Thanks for posting this so now I know Im not dying xD

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by Beachwalker33, May 21, 2009
As I was reading I was waiting for Panic attacks.After my Mom passed,my aunt came and helped me back up her stuff,I started having panic attacks that would set off my asthma.They hospitilized me for a day,as they said I would have died hadn't I came in.I had the women convinced it was grief and stress,especially considering I weighed 100 when I got out of there,my usual weight is 120-125,and was always in shape.I'm trying to put on weight,I do but it just won't stick for long.I now have whiplash and a pinched nerve in my neck.I don't feel as depressed.I did something that injured my neck,trying to save one of my birds,I did save the bird.It has taken 10 months since mu Mom passed,but I'm feeling better,panic attacks every once in awhile.I'm always cold and wake up in a sweat at times,better then the panic attacks! Take care,God Bless and thanks for taking the time to write all that out! Jen

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by stealthegray2009, May 21, 2009
How deep you are in it's never too late , the old thinking is giving way to new discoveries that our brains are rigid and hardwired , no it's not and your thoughts changes your brain as much as medication can , called neuroplasticity , the neurons that fire together wire together is the fundamental building block of neuroplasticity . Focus exclusively on how to do things right . Who cares what people are currently doing ? Let’s focus completely and intensely on the desired state . The most desirable pathways are stimulated and visonary change becomes possible . Yes you can literally turn your life around and recover from depression and anxiety . There is also negative neuroplasticity , use it or loose it , and when you do the cheerful and bright person that you once were , you slowly fade away .

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by stealthegray2009, May 21, 2009
the stress response which was once vital for survival in the wild is silently killing us now , it was designed to give us power boost (increased oxygen blood flow to the muscles) to help escape the lion who was out to eat us ... when we think of loss or feelings of victimization , we kick into that mode and the brain shuts down systems one by one not necessary for absolute survival like digestion and cell repair , the immune system breaks down , etc ... somehow the fight or flight response is turned on as if somebody flipped a switch and it stays on 24/7 . Studies done on wild baboons demonstrated that those who were on top of the social structure had less stress hormones in their blood and the lower the ranking in hierarchy the more stress hormones they had and their arteries were all blocked up with plaque while the baboon on top lived healthy and a long life . Meditation turns off the stress switch and lights up the frontal lobe part of the brain . Anti depressants work by restoring chemical imbalance but also grows new brain cells or neurons as evidence suggests . We can do the same thing by learning new things , mixing with people , doing 1 hour of running a day , etc and eating lots of fresh juice of veges and avoiding processed food and sugar/caffeine . God bless

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by Mary 53, May 21, 2009
I found this very interesting. I work in the field of mental health yet have never seen such an exhaustive list!

Sadly, about 3/4 of this list includes symptoms that can cause problems in women who have had a surgically induced menopause.

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by Mary 53, May 21, 2009
Oh my gosh, I have to agree with Ariom63... we need a delete button here!

I just read what I wrote and, well, gee... these symptoms would cause problems in ANYONE, right? What I meant to say is that many of these symptoms can arise after a woman has had a surgical menopause, particulary and especially if the right kind of hormonal help is not being used. Sorry about the confusion!

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by Cherie762, May 22, 2009
I wish more people were taught breathing techniques, it is such a helpful thing to know. Helps me when ever I feel anxious. I have shown many patients how to "do" it and its great, gets the mind off the panic and increases 02 to the brain.
Another techinque thats much harder, but great is visualisation  had a MRI (scary) a few weeks ago, and I in my mind was on the beach in Florida the whole time..this tech. is not for everyone, takes a good imagination, I can hear the waves, see the beach smell the smells etc..

the breathing thing, should be taught in school, seriously we have a nation of really anxious people and its starting younger and younger our kids have a lot of pressure in schools,

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by stealthegray2009, May 23, 2009
the breathing technique called pranayama - the alternative nostril breathing is so helpful that it has been said those practicing it , ideally starting in their twenties will never get cancer or diabetes . and by restoring homeostasis balance whole body will be activated

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by Cherie762, May 23, 2009
wow stealegray, never heard that fact but thats amazing, so I am onto something believing kids should be taught it in school, helps them to calm before blowing up over a upsetting event, great info from you !!

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by NCGurl704, May 23, 2009
Ive tried the breathing thing but its not much help when my chest starts to feel really tight and the light headed feeling. Makes me want to faint. It calms me a little but not as much as it as it use to since I have more symptoms that just wont make it better at all.
I am REALLY embarrased about my anxiety and I try my best to hide it. I dont tell my friends I have it. If I think Im going to freak out I go to the bathroom. And when my mom looks over and sees me taking deep breaths she starts to freak out herself and gives me so much attention which I hate.
Ive tried my very best to handle it without the meds. I didnt take any for almost a year. But it just kept getting worse!

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by margypops, May 23, 2009
You know I heard recently that breathing through your nose and taking deep breaths like Cherie said helps a lot...I dont seem to get very Anxious nowadays I like to think I told it to bugger off and it did...

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by SassyLassie, May 23, 2009
I posted this list because I wanted folks to know that what they were experiencing was not in their heads, and to help them realize that anxiety can cause all kinds of problems, it was a comfort for me to find out a lot of these things.

I have also posted this list in the anxiety forum, however, I think that thread is no longer on the first page.

LOL, I have tried some of those breathing techniques,they made me worse, but, then again, I am opposite, I think it is great that it helps some folks.

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by barbie71, May 23, 2009
How is GAD treated?  With Medications? If so, what kind?  Is it possible to have both GAD and Adult ADD? If GAD is treated through medication -- would their be an any interaction between the GAD and ADD meds?

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by viv26, Nov 07, 2009
wow.i knw i've read about anxiety and their symptoms but have not really appreciated it,especially outlined this way.from my little experience as a doctor(just graduated),i realised i've been suffering from GAD many years of my first my parents thought it could be spiritual.thank God for this forum.

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by williehazel, Jan 02, 2010
Very interesting to read all of these statements.  there are so many people with the panic anxiety disorder which is never diagnosed.  My disorder was the main reason I went back to college at the ripe age of 45 and took many psychology classes.  I have to say, though, that psychology itself served not much purpose for me.  After my doctor determined, after several visits, there was nothing physically wrong, I spent five weeks in a posh mental facility.  Waste of money.  Frued was too prevelant.  I finally did the research on my own, saw a psychiatrist and told him what was wrong with me.  After talking for about an hour about my symptoms, physical and emotional, he 100% agreed with me.  I had been taking the wrong meds for years.  He put me on prozac (I have depression too) and Buspar.  I have done very well with those meds.  Yes, I still have occasional attacks, and no, they are still no fun.  I lost my oldest son to acute lukemia two years ago last month, and when I get really down about his death, I tend to get the attacks as well as the depression.  I have learned a self hypnosis technique which works very well.  Talk to your muscles from your toes to you head, and concentrate really hard on your chest.  Takes a lot of "self training", but I strongly suggest anyone try it.  The irregular heart beats are the most upsetting I think.  I am now 69 years old, and figure if they havn't killed me in over 30 years they probably won't.  And if they do I will be with my son.  God Bless each of you.

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by jue939, Jan 19, 2010
Gee, I have books with less words in...what a list, its knackered me reading it!! On a more serious note, its true anyone with anxiety especially GAD or health anxiety its not unusual to experience many of those symptoms. Thing is the more you worry, the more you worry, it grows so too do the symptoms which then feeds your anxiety even more, where does it stop? Its like getting of one ladder and stepping onto another but you don't actually get off inbetween!

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by jue939, Jan 19, 2010
Sorry for that comment, not being rude in any way. Its just great that I have found this site, I don't feel so alone now.xx

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by mamajune, Mar 30, 2010
Thank-you for starting this thread . I have been having these burning spots all over my body for about two years.At first Ilaughed them off as just my imagination but now I have them almost every day and they are growing . I asked my doctor about it and he kinda blew me off.It's a relief to know I'm not alone and crazy.  

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by SassyLassie, Mar 30, 2010
Nope, you sure are not alone, and doctors always seem to dismiss their patients when things are anxiety related, it is sad that we are not taken more seriously.

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by shellybelly5724, Apr 05, 2010
Don't feel so alone now.  Went to the ER today, had a pain in my chest, sure I was going to die.  Been struggling with abdominal gas and bloating and distension after a round of antibiotics for a sinus infection.  Probably normal reaction, but stressing out about it has obviously made it that much worse.  Also the facial tingling, thought it was from the sinus infection, but they told me that was probably my nerves also. Face been getting noticeabley red lately. Been dealing with anxiety for years.  It almost seems like my symptoms change as I adjust to them.  Crazy.  

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by nicola1982, Aug 06, 2010
I'm 28 and from london. I have struggled with anxiety for 6 years now and the best and only cure is positive thinking and being a good person. Be good to the people around you, don't let any negative words pass your lips about any one. Do things that will make you feel good about yourself. Be a good person and think positive thoughts by changing the things you don't like about yourself and inner happiness will prevail. I had an anability to be in inclosed spaces like tubes or planes. So for a while I allowed the fear to control me but the truth is it's not real and when you turn around and look fear right in the face it disappears as it isn't real. So I traveled on a plane to Italy and it was hard as the fear on the way to the airport was difficult to deal with and I wanted to run out as the plane was closing the doors but I didn't and I faced the fear and it disappeared instantly like magic because if you feed into it it will haunt you forever but if you face it it disappears as its not real, it's a trick of the mind. Face all your fears and they will disappear and think positively even when your feeling anxious as the only person keeping the fear and anxiety in your life is you. I know it seems easier said then done but it isn't whats more scary living with it all your life while it cripples you or going through a some immediate discomfort in order to face it. You are in control of your mind don't let it trick you into thinking your not.

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by nikysoya, Sep 28, 2010
Burning Tongue also identified as glossodynia,  oral galvanism, stomatodynia is characterized by the nonstop burning sensation in all part of the tongue. If the burning is near in lips, inner cheeks etc then it is referred as burning mouth. Burning Tongue is precipitated by  gum problems, chronic infections, dry mouth etc. Baking soda is very effective in curing Burning Tongue. Baking Soda is also known as Sodium bicarbonate .for more details click burning tongue.

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by alishagrace, Sep 28, 2010
Collagen is a collected works of usual proteins that set up a link among the tissues in organize to hold them jointly. Collagen, also called as Zyderm or Zyplast, is an injectable packing used to fill up in fine lines and wrinkles and to get better the look of the lips and the skin just about the eyes.
You must always know all the risks, benefits, and outcome of the Collagen Injections for that visit

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by zoe20, Nov 30, 2010
hey im 20 sufferd anxiety for a long time now not good but when i became pregnant it started worse and then i have most of the symptoms had ct scan still think i ill seen like 10 doctors nothing just so scary

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by katrinika, Jan 29, 2011
SassieLassie!  Thank you SO MUCH for posting this list.  I've been trying to tell people this and they brush me off like I'm nuts.  I knew before I ever went to the first doctor for the first test that I had adrenal fatigue, if not adrenal exhaustion.  What I didn't know was there was no treatment for it... so, instead of addressing my issue, I was tested for low blood sugar... it came back normal... "you're fine".  I was not fine.  

The REALLY sad thing is that many people (including poor doctors who I brushed off) did try to tell me it was anxiety.  It was too much effort to change my diet, begin regular, exercise, seek spiritual development, etc.  They all required me to take responsibility for my problems.  So I got worse until there was nothing (NOT) to do but take pills.  These have ruined my health (I hope not permanently).  

"Get the book called "hope and help for your nerves' by Claire Weekes" -- I bought this book after blood tests and a saliva test revealed that I have basement level cortisol.  This book and the book Raw Family are changing who I am.  I like the new me.  

Bless you, bless you, bless you!!  :)

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by SassyLassie, Jan 29, 2011
I have both of Claire Weeke's books, they are awesome, in fact, I used them both so much that I had to get new ones.

I am glad the article helped you.

Bless you too. :-)

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by Becca323, Jun 12, 2011
I get many of these symptoms when I have to do a speech or talk to someone important. I have horrible anxiety at this very moment because I'm starting the new term in college tomorrow and my one class is business communications (speech class). What's worst is there will be over 30+ people in there AND my fiance is in class with me too. I've passed out before doing speeches, so I'm not surprised if I go down once again.
I have had the metallic taste in my mouth for 3 days now, but I had no idea that was also linked to anxiety. Good to know. Thanks!

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by jml1117, Apr 14, 2012
This is a fantastic post!  I have suffered anxiety on and off for my entire life, I am 41 now.  A few years ago, the anxiety returned very aggressively.  The anxiety attacks came completely out of the blue, and I could not figure out what was triggering them.  I would wake up having attacks that were so severe, that I would become too physically ill to get my son ready for school or take him there.  I went to my doctor and she prescribed Xanax.  It was a small amount and not refillable.  I thought I was fine because it stopped, then it started up again.  After doing this a couple of times, I was told to see a psychiatrist to determine what was happening.  This is where my story takes a wrong turn.  I was misdiagnosed and medicated.  I found myself in a situation where the anxiety was constant, and the meds I was prescribed made me worse and gave me symptoms I have never had before.  After getting nowhere with my doctor, as she refused to re-evaluate me, I started looking for a new doctor.  I had a friend who had been diagnosed the same as I had been, but my friend was improving, so I asked him for his doctor's name.  After going to his doctor, I have been re-diagnosed (after extensive testing).  My first psychiatrist did no testing at all, she talked to me for about 15 minutes and reviewed notes from the therapist that I was being forced to see before she would diagnose or medicate me.  My new diagnosis showed that I have adrenal insufficiencies which have created hormone imbalances.  In turn, these imbalances have created vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as the hormones facilitate the absorption of the vitamins/minerals.  Topping it all off, the adrenal insufficiency also has left me making low levels of epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and dopamine.  I also produce very low levels of serotonin and progesterone.  My cortisol levels start very low in the morning ( they should be highest in the am), and rise sharply at night (should be low at night).  this made it almost impossible to sleep.  All of these things are related to one another.  It has been like a chemical domino effect within my body, until I finally could not function any longer.  Since I have started my treatment almost a year ago, my severe anxiety is for the most part, gone.  I do not have the debilitating anxiety attacks that I used to have.  Most of my treatment is natural, for which I am thankful, as I seem to be very sensitive to medications.  I have suffered many of the symptoms on this list for years!  I encourage anyone who is having anxiety issues to have their doctor run test on the endocrine system (especially the adrenals), vitamin/mineral balance, neurotransmitter levels and kidney function.  These tests can reveal many physical/chemical culprits of anxiety and depression.  Once any of these causes are discovered, an appropriate treatment can begin.  I cannot begin to say how much my new treatment, as the result of these tests, has changed and improved my life and my health in general.  I am not saying that I believe that this is at the root of anxiety for all who suffer from it.  It is just one of many causes, and is often over-looked by medical professionals.

Once again, this is a great post!  For anyone who has not experienced anxiety, it helps create a clear idea of what is happening to a person suffering from anxiety.

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by quinkerton, May 16, 2012
Hi I was just reading your post from ages ago. I have been having the same symptoms for the past 2 years off and on. was on celexa for a while but worsened my tmj so I went off it. did you ever come to any conclusions? I have the same facial pain in left side, was having sinus problems bug that stopped immediately stopping the celexa. my left ear feels as if I have a lot of wax and a cotton ball in their but my dr said it looked clear. it drives me nuts! having a really hard time being a loving mom as all I want to do is have things very quiet and still. my kids make md anxious and I hate that. I have terrible neck pain like a book on my head and I have a loss of motion in my neck. when I look down the base of my skull hurts. I also have been having a burning sensation in my lower left side above my pelvic bone. I read a side affect from celexa is gastrointestinal ulcers, jaw clenching and sinus problems. check, check and check. I went to my dr 2 years ago and she says I have IBS, and anxiety. what can I do that doesn't require drugs? I try to stay pretty drug free.

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by nshore2001, Jul 19, 2013
When a doctor can't figure out what is going on, they will often tell you that you are crazy, more or less, and that your symptoms are the cause of stress. It is easier for them to use stress as the cause of your illness in some cases as opposed to treating it or admitting that they don't know what is going on. A recent study found that 55% of the time, doctors will ignore your symptoms and will stop looking to see what is wrong because they don't want to be bothered. They would have to explain complicated situations, and many do not want to do this.

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by LivingInHope, Jul 24, 2013
In relation to nshore's response, I did this journal entry to medical doctors awhile back:

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by Freedom46, Aug 27, 2014
This list is AWESOME MS. Sassy. I have anxiety really BAD!!! But I'm like you I did not know the list was that long LOL..

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by Bunsey01, Oct 20, 2014
Oh my gosh thank you for postin these symptoms. I had no idea and it may sound funny but it kinda put my mind at ease. Just came back from the doc now and he said I'm having depression and anexiety attacks. First time with this and first time on meds. Just thought I was losing control and my mind. Thank you to all that post here because reading this means I'm not alone. First time on a sure like this and it's great!

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by Kimmy3000uk, Oct 21, 2014
Hi I'm new on here I find all of ur comments great I've suffered with anxiety for 10 years I was o citalopram for 7 years up until 3 weeks ago doctors switched me to sertraline I've never felt so ill! Sertraline was stopped 6 days ago I am now back on citalopram still feeling very anxious at the moment but I dot know if that's becuz I'm having fro coming off sertraline or starting citalopram again or maybe a mixture of both??? Doctors seem to think becuz I onlu stopped citalopram 3 weeks ago I shouldn't  get to many side effects going back on, has anybody experienced this?

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by Problem787, Nov 07, 2014
Hi Guys

I have been suffering from anexity for the last four years but for the last 3 weeks it's been really bad the last episode is that my left arm and leg are very tight with headaches I can only think I am having a stroke I cannot get that out off my head, does anybody else feel like this.

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by Lilslim24, Nov 19, 2014
I have been feeling like something is wrong with me. I would get up in the middle of the night and walk around my house and tell myself something is wrong with me. My body would go numb and I can't sleep after that if I try to sleep my body starts to jerk and I would wake up. My doctor gave me some medicine called Paroxetine to take at night but I'm scared to take it. Can someone please help me?? Could this be anxiety?? Will it ever go away if I take the medicine??

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by SassyLassie, Nov 19, 2014
@ Problem: I hope you are feeling better, I can understand your fear of having a stroke, anxiety, however, can cause the exact symptoms you are describing. You entire body is "tight" due to the fact that you are more than likely holding yourself that way due to being afraid. I have had those feelings, they are not pleasant. Try soaking in a nice warm bath with Epsom salt, this is a nice way to relax for lots of folks.

@ Lilslim:It sure sounds like a form of anxiety, also could be a form of sleep paralysis, both are stress related. I am not familiar with that particular drug, but I did a search on it, and yes, I think it would probably help you some at least.

I would recommend that you both read the book called "Hope and Help with Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes. It is the best book I have read regarding anxiety and fear. I believe it can purchased through

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by chocolatey_37, Nov 24, 2014
Hi my name is sharon I been having a lot of things going on with my body.burning in my feet back finger sweating heart palpitations shaking day and night muscle twitching the doctors don't know what it is can anyone please help.

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by SassyLassie, Nov 24, 2014
Sounds like anxiety, or even pinched nerves. I would see a chiropractor, believe it or not, if you have pinched nerves in your neck and back, you can have lots of the symptoms you are having.

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by spanky2404, Nov 29, 2014
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I have been on Celexa 10mg for about 3years: and 5mg for about the last 6 months. I have a difficult time remembering things like names, places, and general vocabulary. It seems to be getting worse. Originally, my doctor prescribed it for anxiety. I had panic attacks and it became difficult to breath. I felt like I was suffocating: I just couldn't catch my breath. I am currently on anti-anxiety and anti-depressants. .......Anybody with similar symptoms?

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by awilliamson27, Jan 03, 2015
I have been suffering from anxiety since April. Am on buspar, xanax and BP meds. None of this is working. I still have panic attacks everyday. Been dealing with tingling tongue, arms and lips, fatigue, no appetite, dizzy, nausea, just to name a few since December 23rd. It is affecting my whole life, work and family. I have an appt with a psychiatrist Tuesday so hopefully he can help me more than my family Dr has. Just reading the comments has helped to calm me down. I am also ordering the book u recommended.

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by SassyLassie, Jan 03, 2015
I am so happy that my comments have helped you. I think the book will be of great value to you, I wore my first one out, I carried it everywhere with me, marked it all up, etc. It is awesome.

God bless you.

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by Lizam7, Jan 22, 2015
Oh my god, I have almost all of them, it seems to me I am dying, please tell me how to cope with it, I cannot live like this any more

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by my5blessingsplusyou, Jan 26, 2015
I too have had a lot of these and its annoy that I can't figure out how to cope with them what should I do to make this feeling go away
Also does anyone ever feel like their face is itchy

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by SassyLassie, Jan 26, 2015
I found that reading these two books: "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" and "Peace From Nervous Suffering" were the best help I ever had. You can still get them through They are by Dr Claire Weekes. They are so easy to read, and follow, it is like she is sitting next to you talking. I read mine so much I wore them out and had to get new ones. I highly recommend, they WILL help you.

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by nursegirl6572, Jan 26, 2015
Anything written by Dr. Claire Weekes for anxiety is awesome.  Here's a resource list of books, etc to help with anxiety that I composed.  Lots of great books!  Another one I recommend a lot is "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" by Edmund Bourne.  It reads a lot like a textbook, very interactive, informative, with lots of self teaching tools!

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by SassyLassie, Jan 26, 2015
Awesome, thanks for sharing.

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by Elleneggys, May 05, 2015
I have burning arms and chest never had this before taking celexa

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by SassyLassie, May 06, 2015
Could be a dog-gone reaction from the drugs. Have you told the pharmacist?

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by riokai2, Oct 09, 2015
Hi is feeling like you need to go to the toilet for a number two a symptom I've got alot of others but not read that

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by riokai2, Oct 09, 2015
I'm very anxious at moment as I google alot of symptoms and always brings worse case scenario up. I'm shaky gritting teeth feel like i need to open my bowls all the bloated belching all the time. I've alot of stress at the moment I'm anxious lost my appetite and lost a bit of weight all in the space of 7 days

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by SassyLassie, Oct 09, 2015
Yes, Rioka, feeling the need to have a bowel movement is a symptom. Your digestive track is certainly affected by stress and anxiety and this can cause diarrhea, etc. Your other symptoms are also stress related. The digestive system is very prone to being affected by anxiety.

I do a lot of Google search too regarding my health. I end up scaring myself which brings on more anxiety.

I hope you get better soon. Anxiety is no fun.

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by Wisconsin01, Mar 09, 2016
Four months ago (when my sleep with disrupted from a new symptom of tinnitus) I was suddenly awakened to a trembling vibrating feeling on the back of my neck.  It last only a few seconds but it was enough to make me jump out of bed in a panic.  I thought: did I just have a seizure, what's happening?!  Well a few days later it came back only list time I felt trembling all over every time I tried to fall asleep.  I could even feel my heart beat all over my body as I layed in bed in fear. Then it got into a pattern; sleep a few hours a wake up trembling for about 30 sec-heart races-full sweat-then wide awake and can't sleep for hours. When I do fall back asleep it starts repeatedly. Sometimes I first wake to this sudden "awake feeling rush" then the trembling starts in like one second. The intensity varies from a vibration to tremble and the patterns over these months vary; sometimes arm, both arms, chest, neck, or jaw.
I saw my GP (said it was anxiety), a neurologist (said it was anxiety) ran lots of blood test, had a brain mri-all normal.  Now I scheduled another neurologist  appt. to have a sleep study and an endocrinologist to check my hormone/adrenal levels.
I know it started with anxiety and when I look at my journal it logically seems to be anxiety.  But this symptom is so strange!!  I just can't seem to accept it's anxiety.  I read Claire Weekes book but it doesn't say much about this symptom.  
Praying for peace!

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by SassyLassie, Mar 09, 2016
I know that anxiety symptoms and stress can be horrible, they never seem to get better, and, the more a person agonises over them, the worse they seem to get. I hope you can get some relief from all this, I feel your hurt, it is no fun. God bless..

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by Barb135, Mar 09, 2016
SassyLassie... I don't know you, but I'd like to... this journal landed on my home page and I'm not sure why, but I clicked on it, and I'm glad I did.  While the list of symptoms is somewhat repetitive, it covers a lot more ground than I would ever have given credit to anxiety... However, I've been having some strange symptoms that I couldn't put my finger on; going through the list, I guess I did... thank you very much...

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by SassyLassie, Mar 09, 2016
Hi Barb,
I am glad it helped you. Anxiety can mimic and cause almost every symptom imaginable,  it is awful. Unfortunately, many doctors just don't seem to care; but the symptoms are every bit as real as what they are mimicking.

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by Candace8475, Apr 08, 2016
I feel horrible like I can't get enough air! I feel like I'm have a heartattack while a lot of the symptoms that I'm experiencing are in this list help! What do I do?

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by SassyLassie, Apr 09, 2016
Hello Candace,

I am sorry for just now getting back to you, I live in New Zealand, so, I am not always on to reply immediately.

Anyway, how are you feeling now? From your description, it sounds like you are having an anxiety attack, when I am in panic mode, or even stressed, I can not breath, I constantly am gasping for air, and I have heart palpitations. Try to relax into them, this one book I have called "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" says to "float with it" in other words, don't fight the feelings, sort of go with them, don't give them any attention, I know it is easier said than done, I still am not good at it and I have had anxiety since my 20's and I am now 58.

If you get worse or feel like you can't handle them, then I would probably go to the ER, they will be able to calm you down with a anti-anxiety pill, take some tests, etc. When all the tests come back "normal" and they always do, you will feel relief.

I hope you are doing better now.

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by claudiaono, Jun 11, 2016
i think ive developed an anxiety disorder, my limbs feel exhausted, i keep grasping for air, im crying as i write this for no reason, my heart is racing, my jaw cracks, i feel inadecuate and unfit, im currently unable to go to sleep because of th fear of every gap in my room, half open doors, the space under my bed, i also feel nervous in the dark and ive been getting really scared of the future and failure.. im really scared i feel like im dying.

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by claudiaono, Jun 11, 2016
i think ive developed an anxiety disorder, my limbs feel exhausted, i keep grasping for air, im crying as i write this for no reason, my heart is racing, my jaw cracks, i feel inadecuate and unfit, im currently unable to go to sleep because of th fear of every gap in my room, half open doors, the space under my bed, i also feel nervous in the dark and ive been getting really scared of the future and failure.. im really scared i feel like im dying.

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by SassyLassie, Jun 11, 2016
Hello Claudiaono.
Your symptoms are classic symptoms of anxiety,  I have had them all at one time or another. They are truly miserable. One thing that really helped me was reading this book called "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" and "Peace from Nervous Suffering". They are by Dr. Claire Weekes. They both helped me immensely.  I think they can still be found through They are easy reading and her explanations and helpful ideas are awesome. Also, take a good B vitamin complex as they are great for emotional issues. Have you had any tests run? Sometimes an over active thyroid can be an issue as can adrenal exhaustion.  Blood sugar instability can cause all these symptoms as well. Food and chemical allergies can certainly be culprits too, they sure were in my case. Believe it or not,  my chiropractor helped a great deal as many vertebrae in my neck were misaligned,  when this is the case, all the symptoms of anxiety can be present.  I hope you will be able to find relief soon, it is no fun having to live like this on a day to day basis. I am a Christian and prayers have helped as well.

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by Moodi_fa, Jun 13, 2016
My sister is 24 years old and Since childhood when she relax sometimes she falls on the ground numb and then she experience an electrical shock , knowing that she always feel cold in her body parts that sometimes she has to wear socks in summer , we went to numerous doctors and we still don't know the name of this sickness or the reason and the medication for it.
Is there a scientific identification to what she experiences and what should we do ?

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by SassyLassie, Jun 13, 2016
I am sorry your sister is having these issues. I am not a doctor so I don't know if there is any scientific identification for this. I would try a chiropractor,  sometimes when vertebrae are out of alignment, they can punch nerves causing different types of reactions. I am sorry I can't be of more help.I hope she can get these issues cleared up. God bless you.

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by Bourbondude69, Jul 18, 2016
I've been getting dizzy, tigngly in the the arms and around chest likes it's tighenning and like I have to force myself to breath deeply and I'd say increased sex drive. Which is weird considering how awful I feel. It's been happening randomly recently used to only happen when I'd have a superbad hangover

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by SassyLassie, Jul 18, 2016
Hello; the tingling and breathing issues sound anxiety related, as does the dizziness. If it continues or gets worse, however, I would see your doctor to rule out any possible serious issues.

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by Natachina, Oct 23, 2016
Hi Wisconsin01, I have the same thing going on with dizziness & pressure in my head. My doc. Thinks it may be adrenal related connected to toxins & anxiety. I am anxious to figure it out. It's extremely unpleasant & hard to function!

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by Sheldon01, Nov 01, 2016
Right now I have a extremely tight pressure no pain in my throat I get it so often. Two doctors has said it was gerds without actually testing anything to see if it was actually gerds. Made me feel like I was crazy and making symptoms up. Although I found out I am extremely anemic, low rbc, and other problems. They didn't try to cure those problems either which makes it even worst. I do not trust doctors anymore seem like it is all about a check and not the patient.I have had at least 30 something problems listed on here. I am currently waiting for insurance to kick in two months away but I hate living like this. Seems nobody around me understands that anxiety and depression is debilitating. It is tough and I feel so alone and scared I will never be cured of it. The physical symptoms are the worst. I just want to feel like I once did. It has only gotten this bad for a month I can't see living like this forever.

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by SassyLassie, Nov 01, 2016
I use to feel that way, I felt so alone, fortunately, for me, I had an understanding family and friend. For years, I could not work and was afraid to go out.

What helped me was a book called "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Dr Claire Weekes. It is so easy to read and understand, she writes just as if she was sitting next to you talking, I wore out my first copy and had to get another one. I think you can still get it through

I also saw a Naturopath/Medical doctor. He spent lots of time with me and did so many tests, the main thing that showed was unstable blood sugar and many food allergies. Other than that, nothing really major, I took some good, high potency "B" vitamins, and others that he prescribed. acupuncture helped, but the main thing was chiropractic adjustments. My upper neck had vertebrae that were out, he worked on them and I slowly got better, to this day, however, it is still a weak spot for me, so, I go weekly, sometimes less if I feel good.

I am a Christian, and I truly believe that the Lord was with me during this, I feel He led me to doctors that would help, and to other things that were instrumental in getting well. When I was able, I attended a lovely church, the congregation was awesome as was the home group I use to attend.

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by Sheldon01, Nov 03, 2016
Some nice church members have been dropping by lately. I panic while in the car now so we will be having bible study at home. That does make me feel better getting closer to God. Hoping if I am spiritually happy and close I will make it through this. I have loss my ability to laugh. I can fake it but I do not really laugh. That is hard on me as I was a normally bubbly cheerful person. Think I will try a naturopath as I know I have many defiencies. I even thought about acupucture and at least getting a great massage as I am experiencing body pains. Most people understand depression  and it's symptoms but anxiety seems like it doesn't get as much attention/research. Thank you so much for this list. I don't feel so crazy now.  Hoping to start therapy soon I should get better. Hopefully.

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by rossmac1, Dec 19, 2016
this summer I picked up a diarrhea bug and twice I went to the doctor and he confirmed it was only a bug I had but in my head I cant stop thinking its something more serious I know I am feel fine I am eating ok I am never sick my toilet habits are back to normal I am not loosing weight so how can I get this obsession out of my head

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by SassyLassie, Dec 19, 2016
Hello~You need to focus on positive things. Remember, your doctor has said all is well, there is nothing to worry about, and you even said you are not sick in any way, so, focus on all that. When ever a negative thought comes in to your head, just remind yourself that all is well and then concentrate on something you enjoy.  :-)

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by Dee1956, Dec 20, 2016
Hi there! I found this a few months ago, I thought I posted to thank you. I might have, there was a problem back then posting on journals.
Thank you for this information. I have anxiety which seems to be worse right now. I am going to read the books you recommended

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by ando35, Dec 20, 2016
God Bless you Sassy Lassie. And all of us.

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by ando35, Dec 20, 2016
I have the same thing but with dental phobias. I was afraid of gum disease/losing teeth so I went to the dentis. They said my gums are fine that I have some bone loss but it's not a big deal.

I got nervous and went to another dentist and they said my gums are fine and I have 20% bone loss. Now I am obsessed with my teeth and gums all the time. Recently came off an AD and that is the probable cause.

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by SassyLassie, Dec 20, 2016
Hi Dee~

I think you will find those books to be very helpful, I know I did and I thought I would never find anything that helped. I am glad that my journal was of some help for you.

Merry Christmas!

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by SassyLassie, Dec 20, 2016
Hi Ando~

Phobias like these are sure miserable, but, you will find that you will eventually get over them. It takes some time, but one day you will realize they are gone. Try not to worry too much, I know it is easier said than done, but worry can cause more acid in your system and that is not good for teeth or any part of your body. Trust your dentist, all is fine.

God bless you too and everyone here.

Merry Christmas!!!!

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by ando35, Dec 20, 2016
Thank you :)

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by dse111111, Feb 22, 2017
H1i i dont know where to turn i have been to gps sycatrists and nothing has been done they habe diagnoses with adhd from the age pf 4 on tablets all my childhood right up in till i was 14 then a doctor said i didnt have adhd and now 8 years on i have it again? Im taking stattere atmaxtine. Wish doeant stop me beeing rhestless like they said im on 60m. risperdone 4mg doesnt help with my sychotic episodesloose i choke cant feel my body think the room is closing in on my cant sleep without light on and something thats not scary i can sit on my bed for days. Also takeing siteraline 100mg and mirtazapine 15mg. I have sensation in my body im constantly choking on a lump in my throat i have lost over 4 stone in weight in 12 months i cant stop grinding my teeth im scared of everything severe chest pain pins and needles i think every one trying to kill me and through the night i just lie there in a trance often i go to bed at 9 pm and i have experiances that im out side my body will still be in that state till the next evening where i cant move i have lost all the dopermine in my brain i really cant deal with this anymore. I used to do rygbu 4 times a week gym 5 days very fit outgoing person. Lets just my fear has grown so much i have spent the last year i left my job left my realationship of 5 years. I am now cruppled in pain with nerves bones face pain my head turns warm and very dizzy sevral time over the last month my eyes will go blury and im so dizzy my legs give way and im sitting on the floor holluicanting for sometimes seems like days :( i have slashed my neck arms legs and death never leaves my mind. I am forgetting things as serioious as how old i am. I cant rememeber any of my happy life memories is a blue i am sitting here now and cant swallow through my kneck i really am in a bad way there so much more i could write :( im so scared of trusting syc to go in a mental hospital and my mental health department have let me down my gp has as harsh as it is im dead in the isinde i have been taking over. And the only thing stopping me end my life is family but its getting to the point where as sorry as how sad they will be i cant go on with chest paints fast heart rate sweats i am disconecting with this life it need to be put a rest. Please could you show me how to copy and paste this so i can photo copy it. Thank you very much :) i been trying since tbe age of 14 i would never write this onlne normally but i have tried doctors physchiatrist tablets since the age of 4 im choking on a lump in my throat now i cant feel my feet so dizzy i dont dare risk get up for cold glass of water. Tha k you sorry for my spelling

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by SassyLassie, Feb 22, 2017
Hello~I am so sorry you are going through all this. I have some suggestions that may help.

1) I would definitely see a chiropractor. I had so many of the same issues you are having, it turned out that vertebrae in my neck were out of alignment, they were pressing on other nerves causing a lot of the issues, plus, just being "out" of alignment can cause these issues. My dear mother, before I was born, had a lot of these symptoms as well, again, a chiropractor helped her.

2) I suggest seeing a good, Naturopathic physician, or an MD that specializes in Alternative medicine (in other words, one who specializes in nutrition, vitamins, minerals, allergies, hormones, etc) I saw one in America, she helped me more than any regular MD ever did. All the MD's told me was I need to see a psychiatrist, which I knew was wrong. When I saw the other doctor, they ran all kinds of tests on me to test for food allergies, vitamin, mineral, and amino acid deficiencies, blood sugar, etc. They also ran some tests for my hormones, such as adrenal glands, thyroid, and the female hormones as well to include progesterone, the three estrogens, testosterone, etc.

3) I would be willing to bet that you have many food allergies along with chemical allergies, no one knows how horrible having these allergies can make you feel unless you have them. I would certainly ask for some tests to rule out any chemical or food allergies. I was allergic to almost everything I ate. I am so much better now though.

4)Ask for 6 hour glucose tolerance test to rule out hypoglycaemia, your symptoms also point to a blood sugar imbalance, if you have low blood sugar, you will have lots of the issues you are experiencing.

5) It is my opinion that you need to add high potency vitamins and minerals to your diet. I suggest taking a good, high potency Vitamin B complex (100mg) 3 times a day, one with each meal, the "B" vitamins are the "nerve" vitamins, without them, you can have all kinds of anxiety. They also help to support the adrenal glands, I am sure yours are being over-worked with all the stress you are having. I would also add Vitamin C 1000 mg, three times a day, along with a good, multi-mineral supplement with a high amount of chromium (this helps blood sugar) and calcium and magnesium. For support of your adrenal glands, add "Bee Royal Jelly" this little product made by the bees is amazing for supporting the adrenal glands and moods. If possible, ask the doctor for the "saliva test for hormones' this is more accurate than blood work. In the mean time, if you have access to it, I would go to the health store and along with the vitamins, etc, I have suggested, purchase some "Bio-identical" Progesterone cream. This will help to stabilize your hormones.

6) Your symptoms also point highly towards a condition to "Candida"  Here are some links to an author who specializes in it. You will find the info very informative:
Many people have it and don't realize it.

7) There is a wonderful book, called "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Dr Claire Weekes, and another, by the same author, called "Peace From Nervous Suffering" I highly recommend both of them, you can get through Amazon I believe. They helped me so much, in fact, I kept re-reading them so much, I wore my first copy out and had to get a new one. She writes just as if she was sitting next to you helping you, it is amazing.

Again, I highly suggest seeing a Naturopath, he/she will be able to guide you even more with the suggestions I have given you, they will "fine tune" you to exactly what you need after they run the needed tests. You are on so many drugs, I don't doubt you feel awful, they are chemicals and your body is not use to chemicals. However, I do not suggest you stop them until seeing the Naturopath and chiropractor, they will help you to be able to stop them in the correct manner.

As to copy and paste. First, you "highlight" my entire article, then, you click on "copy" go to where you want to paste it, then click on "paste" you should then see it in the new location and be able to print it.

I hope I have helped some. Feel free to PM me if you have any more concerns.

God bless you

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by sports22, Mar 19, 2017
Hello! I have anxiety from bullying:( I'm 13, and I'm addicted to googling illnesses. I always think I'm having a stroke,heart attack, or dying. I've had an EKG, chest scan, and I'm seeing an neurologist March 29 @childrens national, I've been off Zoloft for a month and been on Lexapro & Klonopin. I haven't had a freak out in a month, I've always been calm, but I still have symptoms! Is this normal? I've had anxiety since Thanksgiving when my family had a big fight! So also stress and being scared and upset triggers it:) I've gone too BrookLane for 10 days and during those days I felt safe because they did a medical checkup every day. But since then I've been googling my symptoms and I think I'm either having a heat stroke, heart attack, or stoke! Im always scared and crying because I don't want to die! Plz respond because my parents call me crazy and I just need to feel and think positive :) Its ruining my normal life, I do sports 6 nights a week and I'm so scared I'm dying I don't feel like going! I always tell my parents to take me to urgent care, family doctor, or ER but they always scream at me ! I see a conselour every week & and psychiatrist every 4 weeks, but I've only seen the psychiatrist twice. I JUST NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET:(

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by SassyLassie, Mar 19, 2017
Hello! I am so sorry you are going through all this with your nerves. I can relate as I had the exact same fears when I was in my mid and upper 20's. I saw many doctors, they all told me to see a psychiatrist, etc. Well, forget that. I finally decided to see a doctor who not only did conventional medicine but also holistic. What a difference, he did not say I was crazy or that I needed the psychiatrist. He ran hundreds of test on me, it turned out I had multiple food allergies, a very unstable blood sugar, and my hormones were all out of balance. All this, plus my neck being out of alignment, was causing the symptoms.

What started the anxiety cycle was a horrific fall down a flight of stairs, it was after that, a week later, that the panic attack and health anxiety hit full force. Unlike you, I was never calm, I was a nervous wreck, I cried all the time and just knew that at any moment I was going to die, I was petrified.

Being calm with the symptoms you have can be normal, most folks aren't however. Stress and fear can definitely trigger the health anxiety and any anxiety for that matter.

I will say this, the worse thing ANYONE can do it research Google for symptoms, I know, I am an expert at doing it, and all it does is feed my fears. There are so many symptoms that mimic other symptoms, it just isn't not too dependable. You have had numerous tests, it appears, and they all have come back favourably, so that is an excellent sign. However, I do understand your fear and feelings, you are NOT crazy, you are scared, and for some reason, this health anxiety has latched on to you and is making your life miserable. Your parents should not holler at you, that just makes your anxiety worse, I am sorry they are doing this, I was blest to have parents that understood, but in so many families, that is not the case. Your parents are probably concerned, but they just don't know how to handle "nerve" situations.

I would certainly keep exercising, this helps the keep the adrenalin from going over board, it is also good for any type of anxiety. I also would add, if possible, a good, high potency Vitamin "B" complex, a good multi mineral complex, and vitamin "C". These all help the nervous system, the "B" vitamins are known as the "Nerve vitamin" they can work wonders.  Also, if possible, try to see a chiropractor, you undoubtedly have some misplaced vertebrae in your neck, this can most definitely cause anxiety. There is also a book that will help, it is called "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" it is my Dr Claire Weekes, I have read mine so much, it is falling apart, it is so helpful. You can get it through Amazon still I believe.

I hope I have helped some. Feel free to message me anytime, I know how it is to not have anyone to talk to.

Take care and God bless

Oh, I forgot to add, prayer and my belief in Jesus helped immensely as well. All this put together should start you on the road to recovery. :-)

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by SassyLassie, Mar 19, 2017
Hello again~I forgot to mention a few things.

Have you checked out "Anxiety" forum, it is outstanding. There are so many helpful folks there.

Also, you are 13, I am guessing you have probably just started your period, this will definitely cause all kinds of anxiety symptoms. Your hormones are busy trying to adjust themselves, so, they will be all over the place. They will calm down in a year or so.

Again, in the meantime, try what I suggested earlier and keep in touch.


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by Sweettart36, Mar 20, 2017
I have really bad anxiety anyways I have a lot of these symptoms as well because my high anxiety gets the best of me I take seroquel as well for anxiety and depression but doesn't work that well

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by Moonie31, Mar 22, 2017
Hello i just start 2 months ago with just about all these symptoms please tell me what can i do to ease them

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by specialmom, Mar 22, 2017
What a great and timeless journal SassieLassie!  Hope all is well.  Miss ya!

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by SassyLassie, Mar 22, 2017
Hi Specialmom. I am doing OK, I am living in New Zealand now. I married a Kiwi. It is lovely here but not home, I hope to return to the states in July. How are things with you?

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by SassyLassie, Mar 22, 2017
Hi Moonie31~

I am so sorry you are going through all this with your nerves. I can relate as I had high anxiety and panic attacks when I was in my mid and upper 20's. I saw many doctors, they all told me to see a psychiatrist, etc. Well, forget that. I finally decided to see a doctor who not only did conventional medicine but also holistic. What a difference, he did not say I was crazy or that I needed the psychiatrist. He ran hundreds of test on me, it turned out I had multiple food allergies, a very unstable blood sugar, and my hormones were all out of balance. All this, plus my neck being out of alignment, was causing the symptoms.

What started the anxiety cycle was a horrific fall down a flight of stairs, it was after that, a week later, that the panic attack and health anxiety hit full force. I was never calm, I was a nervous wreck, I cried all the time and just knew that at any moment I was going to die, I was petrified.

I would certainly do some type of exercise, especially a nice, brisk walk, this helps the keep the adrenalin from going over board, it is also good for any type of anxiety. I also would add, if possible, a good, high potency Vitamin "B" complex, a good multi mineral complex, and vitamin "C". These all help the nervous system, the "B" vitamins are known as the "Nerve vitamin" they can work wonders.  Also, if possible, try to see a chiropractor, you undoubtedly have some misplaced vertebrae in your neck, this can most definitely cause anxiety. There is also a book that will help, it is called "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" it is my Dr Claire Weekes, I have read mine so much, it is falling apart, it is so helpful. You can get it through Amazon still I believe.

Have you checked out "Anxiety" forum, it is outstanding. There are so many helpful folks there.

I hope I have helped some. Feel free to message me anytime, I know how it is to not have anyone to talk to.

Take care and God bless

Oh, I forgot to add, prayer and my belief in Jesus helped immensely as well. All this put together should start you on the road to recovery. :-)

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by GinaHartung, Apr 23, 2017
Omg thank you so much I have been what felt like I was losing my mind for well over a year now but only as of the last few months it's gotten to the point where I wouldn't doubt every nurse at my doctors office probably knows me by voice cause I call atleast 4 or more times in one week my fiance works 2nd shift he leaves at 10am an doesn't get home til about 9:30pm I go completely insane being home alone all the time I now have 2 dogs and 2 cats trying to avoid the loneliness of being here all by myself all the time. After reading this I will be taking it with me to my next doctors appointment they need to figure out some way to fix me without turning me into a mindless idiot which they tend to do when they put people on the wrong meds.

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by SassyLassie, Apr 23, 2017
Hi Gina~You are so very welcome. I am glad my article helped me.

It is unfortunate that so many doctors will ignore anxiety and the symptoms; it seems they always want to label a person with these issues as a psych case, which is so not true. I hate the drugs they recommend. If you read some of my posts, you will notice that I advocate the use of natural remedies such as vitamins, herbs, minerals and help from a naturopathic physician and chiropractor. It was the help from all these that finally got me out of the horrific anxiety mode I was in for so many years. Also, my faith in our Lord was a help.

I understand the anxiety that loneliness can bring on, I still fight that at times myself. I have two dogs and they do help. I wasn't this bad until 4 years ago when I married a New Zealand man and moved over here, I think my homesickness for the states plays a major role in the fear. My husband gets up at 3:00AM, goes to work at 3:30 and I am left at home, in the pitch dark in our bedroom. We live way out in the country, and it can be quite scary. I have mild insomnia, so, I can't fall asleep quickly, so, I listen to my favorite music, smooth jazz on the internet, that helps some. I fall asleep when it gets light. LOL, it is a trip at times. We had an earthquake last week, which is normal for here, well, it was dark, I was alone, so I freaked. If it hadn't been for Facebook friends to talk to, I would have been a basket case.

So, you see, you are not alone and you certainly are not a mindless idiot. You will get better, it just takes time.

God bless you

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by Tovalady, May 20, 2017
I know this post is old but in all of these symptoms I don't see anything about a constant salty taste in the mouth!
Does anyone else have this as a symptom ?
I have issues with bulging discs in my spine and have reason to think it may be a spinal fluid leak!  HOPEFULLY NOT but it's a real possibility!
If anybody has a salty taste please post a response so I can put my mind at ease !

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by SassyLassie, May 22, 2017
Hello~I have not had a salty taste, but have had a slight metallic taste. I firmly believe that ANYTHING can be related to stress as each person's body reacts differently. I have many herniated discs, and they hurt, but, they have not caused any salty taste.

I recommend, however, that you see a dentist, you could have a slight oral infection. If saliva production is impaired from a blockage or infection in the salivary glands, you may find yourself with a dry, salty mouth. In a similar vein, a build-up of bacteria can cause a salty taste along with bad breath. This is often a consequence of not brushing your teeth.

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by silvsx, Jul 23, 2017
hello i stumbled across this forum recently and heh i actually relate to many of the anxiety symptoms posted. for eg, the metallic taste in my mouth, bloating/burping/feeling of fullness after short meals and indigestion for about two years plus now since a major national exam two years plus back, heart palpitations, light headedness, feeling tired all the time, feeling like the ground suddenly sunk, it happens randomly when i'm walking, sharp ice prick headaches, insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, an on and off cough, probably from the acid reflux, chest pain, focusing on my breathing, difficulty swallowing, feeling nauseous before eating, feeling as if things get stuck very easily in my throat and a lump in my throat.

i've started going to the psychiatrist recently and she prescribed me laxapro and xanax, not very sure if they're actually working, i still face such symptoms but just less often, however, she wasn't very helpful on the emotional and how to deal with stress part.

like you, i'm a christian. i'm quite troubled since a new phase of my life is beginning, university and some advice would be appreciated.

i'm always questioning if all my symptoms are due to underlying medical conditions besides anxiety because i truly feel terrible sometimes, my cousin has lupus and i just found out, she told me to get it checked out just in case but i haven't done so. idk sometimes i'm also scared like gosh what if i have cancer or something? it's just so ridiculous, but yet, the anxieties feel so real.

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by silvsx, Jul 23, 2017
also, i think it's really cool how you've remained on this thread for around eight years already and shared your experiences with everyone here!

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by SassyLassie, Jul 23, 2017

Sadly, so many doctors do not deal with the emotional aspect of anxiety, and yet, that is sometimes the most important part.

What helped me lots were two books, one called "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" and "Peace from Nervous Suffering" both are by Dr Claire Weekes. These are very easy to read and so very helpful, she writes just as if she were sitting next to you talking. I have worn out a couple already. You can get them at still. They are marvellous.

If you have had all the medical tests, and still  a reason for the anxiety has not been found, I would say it is not due to any medical condition. You may have some vitamin and mineral deficiencies however. I would start taking a good, organic multi vitamin, also, a high potency "B" complex as these are the "nerve vitamins" Add extra vitamin "C" as well as this helps to strengthen the adrenal glands, they are almost always overworked when under stress. Taking a high potency multi-mineral is also important with emphasis on calcium and magnesium as these help to calm the nervous system as well. Some amino acids are also  helpful. I have found that taking 500mg of L. Tryptophane helps calm me down, take it 3 times a day. Also, if you have hidden food allergies or gluten intolerance, anxiety symptoms will certainly act up.  If there is a reputable Naturopath in your area, I highly recommend making an appointment to see him/her. They specialize in issues like this and will dig deep into the cause and not give drugs to mask the symptoms.

I also found that seeing my chiropractor helps immensely, many times vertebrae in my neck are out of alignment, this causes all sorts of anxiety symptoms, once they are adjusted, you will start feeling better, and add your vitamin and mineral regime, you should start feeling like a "new you" in no time.

I have always been afraid of cancer as well, and heart disease, again, all this is normal with anxiety.  I hope you start to feel better and that some of my suggestions help. Feel free to PM me here any time.

God bless you

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by tzerr, Jul 29, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to care!
Anxiety and panic attacks are scary and debilitating and can make your life a living hell.
I work with people who have never had them and they think I am crazy when I tell them about all the horrible symptoms that I experience on a daily basis.
I hear comments such as:
only weak people suffer with anxiety
its all in your mind
your over thinking too much.. just to mention a few!
I get up and go to work every day and work a stressful job as well as live stress full life as do most of us,
I never give up but I sure feel like I want to at times.
I have so many symptoms from that list and it seems like mine started when I hit my 40s and intensified when I got a divorce.
you cant imagine how awesome it is to know that someone truly understands how I feel.
thank you so much!

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by Mahm7, Nov 09, 2017
Going through sevre anxiety and Dipression since last four years and families with most of the symptoms mentioned. Mine is treatment resistant GAD and MDD and facing 24/7 unrelaxed and stressed daily. So many side effects of Antidipressants
Destroyed my eyes, Stomatch, liver, lungs, heart, body, bones and more importantly my brain which contineously racing with all sorts of nagative thoughts related with my past and present, replays and tour tire me contineously. Lost my mind, memory, sleep, appetite, taste, smell, fun, smiling, laughing, enjoying anything, sad, helpless, hopeless, worthless, supportless, isolated, ignored, abandoned, miserable mentally and physically.....OMG.
Don't know how to get out of it. Daily Doctors or Lab or Psychitrist's or some specialists visit. Unable to drive so partially disabled. Brain not working...... Kindly realize about this miserable and worst sickness and force Gvt. To recognize mental health more and provide more help and assistance to bring majority of suffered to have some sort of peace. It's killing needs support, help, advice with solution. Tried all venues but suffering not ending.....

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by egoli3, Jun 08, 2018
I switched from working onsite yo online. So i basically work from home. Don't know if i miss the social connection but i wake up feeling super tired,fear of going crazy and trying to control my thoughts and sometimes dizzy and weakness of my upper limbs. Haven't noticed any sort of hyperventilation.

When i go out with my friends, u need see the smile on my face. I'm so thrilled. I think i miss having friends. Most of them are in different countries. Its hard being alone and my bf doesn't understand.

But when i take a sedative, i feel better immediately...though without sleeping cos i lower the dose. I don't take it often except its so bad. Don't want to get hooked on drugs.

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by Kiwinoz, Jul 19, 2018
Hello there, I really appreciate the above list and comments. It sounds exactly what I am going through. Last year while on holiday I suffered a blood clot on the right side of the brain, after numerous MRI's and x-rays my clot is reducing in size and it seems to be heading in the right direction. Lately I have notice that they right side of my body especially my arm and hand seem weaker or have that lighter feeling. Then out of the blue I have this really overwhelming feeling come through my body, i feel like the world is about to end and I can't stop shaking and then have sharp pains in my hands and feet and a really flushed face and ears. I am spoken to my GP about it and she doesn't seem to be worried about it, I went to see a Psychologist and I end up doing the listening while he does the talking so I don't know what to do...  I do take quite a bit of meds due to the blood clot, blood thinners, anti seizure, and thyroid medication and I am thinking my body could be telling me to stop taking the meds as its nearly been a year since the blood clot.    

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