Headaches.muscle aches/twitching caused by anxiety??

I have definitely had my run with panic attacks and anxiety these past few months. I felt I was getting better with therapy, but now I have headaches, muscle twitching and eye pressure. It comes and goes.

eye exam, head Cat scan are normal. So, is this anxiety????? Im so over this!!

I see a therapist who thinks I am LOOKING for something medical to be wrong, but my symptoms are REAL :(

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  • I have twitching in my legs and feet. It is a symptom of anxiety and so are headaches and pressure it's from tension. If your tests are normal it must be anxiety. But I like you really struggle to accept its all anxiety so I know how you feel.

  • Hello

    I certainly think headaches can be anxiety related and not sure how you can look for a headache as when you have one you know about it so even though I can agree that we sometimes do go looking for things wrong not sure how your therapist comes to the conclusion that we can go and look for a headache unless they mean that when we have a headache we then go looking for it to be something major rather than just seeing it as a headache ( if you know what I am trying to say )

    The twitching again it is not serious but something that happens , I often have had one near my eye , so frustrating when it happens as you feel everyone will be able to see it yet when you look in the mirror you can struggle to see it but it feels worse than what it looks , I do believe when we feel anxious it can bring both these symptoms on but if we try and just see them for what they are then they do subside again

    Try and be reassured with all the tests you have had done and they are all clear that physically you are alright :-)

    You have been doing well but you have to remember with anxiety like most things when you are recovering you can have periods where things go down a little again but you would not realize this if you had not made such good progress as you have been and I am pleased you are still in therapy as you will work through this again and start to to feel the benefits :-)

    Take Care x

  • Hi. The short answer is yes - all of your symptoms can be associated with anxiety disorder. This illness gets away with it by making us believe that there is something really wrong - even to the point of having symptoms of a physical illness. And the belief that something is wrong is a very strong one - despite having lots of negative test results. So your symptoms are indeed real - but misleading. I think maybe that is what the therapist was trying to say, in a very un-therapeutic way.

    Of course those of us with anxiety disorder look for a medical explanation for a physical illness we believe we have - but the physical illness is not there. So we get frustrated and feel that no one is listening or taking us seriously. But the real illness is psychological - and that is where the solution to it will be found.

    It sounds like there might be some kind of issue between you and your therapist. That needs to addressed if you are to get the most benefit out of the therapy. You have to be able to trust your therapist and what they say. I hope that you feel better soon.


  • I like the therapist, he just believes im always looking for problems, but the truth is the symptoms are always looking for me :(

    The therapist suggested Psychological testing. Not so sure. This all started 2 1/2 months ago out of nowhere. I have seen 2 Neurologists with no real answers. All in your head. I believe it was cause by a medication for acid reflux.

  • The therapist needs to explain to you why the suggestion for testing in order for you to be happy to go along with it.

    Anxiety disorder is a psychological illness - albeit with the ability to produce physical symptoms. Many people on here will tell you they have seen various doctors with no result forthcoming. That is because the illness has no physiological basis. I think this is what the therapist is saying - it is common for people with this illness to really believe that it is physical. They go from test to test believing that they will find some overlooked cause. No cause is found because the illness is not physical. And that can be a difficult thing to explain to people - we are all so used to certainties in life, to clear and understandable explanation and reasons for things happening. It might also be difficult because there is still a stigma when it comes to anything that can be labelled 'mental illness'.

    It is not actually a mental illness - it is a psychological illness closely related to ocd. It might be helpful if you could ask your therapist why he wants you to do certain things or answer certain questions. I was a therapist myself for 30 years until my own illness - and I would always welcome client input and questions.


  • Thank you. Im not sure what he is looking for, but I will ask :)

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