Your Symptoms Of Anxiety Explained Here

Hi everyone, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to help you possibly understand your symptoms of anxiety a little better. yes this post is long and I am hoping you'll read it to the end. Yes I have been through all of these myself for 6 years before finally overcoming the situation. No I am not a certified therapist or anything like that, just a man on a mission to help others.

With that said let's begin understanding...

As we know now people who have an anxiety disorder are often faced with many uncomfortable symptoms, and it is not surprising that due to the similarities of the symptoms to other illnesses people often seek emergency medical care. What happens in the mind will be expressed through the body and symptoms can range depending on the person, sometimes a pattern of unmasking and losing fear of one symptom can just open the door for a new physical symptom, this is the tricky side of anxiety and panic attacks.

On their own these symptoms are not harmful but anxiety feeds on these symptoms, which in turn aggravates the disorder, causing more anxiety. We tend to interpret physical sensations which we can't identify clearly, as that we are sick, these symptoms should always be checked by a doctor but if your doctor determines that there are no medical problem causing them, then you are dealing with physical anxiety symptoms, so let's recognize some of the more common ones and why they happen:

Chest pains – Chest pain from anxiety is commonly located over the heart and described as a sharp pain with the pain increasing when you breathe. When your heart rate speeds up during panic the muscles start to contract, which leads to chest pains, the release of stomach acids and indigestion can also cause chest pains though.

About 40% of people with a panic disorder tend to experience the symptom of pain in their chest and think that they are having a heart attack, or in fact have an undiagnosed heart condition, but it's important to know that chest pains associated with panic disorder is NOT related to the heart. Chest pains can come suddenly and can last for hours at a time, pains in the chest area related to panic and anxiety usually stays in that area and rarely causes any other soreness in other parts of the body, whereas when a heart attacks occurs and causes tightness in the chest, the pain tends to radiate farther away from the heart towards the shoulders, neck and left arm.

Just knowing this information many times can lead to a growth in confidence that can take much of the fear away from having chest pains, and eventually can go unnoticed because of the lack of respect you show it eventually.

Dizziness – 3 Million Americans find themselves always dizzy with feelings that they might faint or pass out, but most people would never link anxiety and dizziness together, in the beginning of my anxiety disorder I had many dizzy and lightheaded “spells,” but these spells quickly turned into a constant feeling of unsteadiness and focusing on an object all together became very difficult. When I would tell friends and family members about this feeling I experienced daily that felt like a constant drunken or hungover feeling, they would joke about how funny it was, but the severity of it can completely control your life.

When I tried to show people how I felt, I told them to shake their heads back and forth 20 times and when they stopped that was in fact the feeling I had ALL the time, that exercise caught their attention very quickly and they soon tried to understand a little more about the connection to dizziness and vertigo so that they could become more knowledgable and help me out. When people who suffer from dizziness related to panic and anxiety enter an environment that is filled with visual stimuli such as going grocery shopping in a grocery store filled with people, the dizziness gets much worse and too much sensation is coming into the brain. Also performing precision visual tasks like reading a book or getting work done on a computer can also make the dizziness worse.

Dizziness from anxiety is triggered by the rapid breathing that anxiety causes, but how come rapid breathing from exercise doesn't cause the same kind of dizziness as rapid breathing from anxiety does I wondered? When people exercise they require more oxygen and start to breath rapidly, but they also need to breath out any excess carbon dioxide that can be produced during vigorous exercise. So increasing the breathing is actually a result of our bodies functioning appropriately in response to an exercise, but when someone is going through panic and anxiety the rapid breathing is more then what the body actually needs, therefore releasing too much carbon dioxide which in turn cause the ph of the blood to rise which causes a constriction of our blood vessels in our brains that leads to a dizzy and unsteady sensation.

If you feel dizzy, there is no cause for alarm and such actions as standing too quickly after being seated for a long period, a new medication, not eating anything all day, and the flu can all explain why you feel a SUDDEN dizziness, but by correcting and being conscious of our breathing as outlined in another section you will be able to tame and eventually get rid of dizziness by anxiety.

Anxiety Sweating and Shaking – Sweating is an involuntary thing so we unfortunately do not have the luxury of not sweating, anxiety sweating is a normal bodily reaction to a stressful situation but can have a big impact on your social life and can leave you feeling very vulnerable. In a nutshell to understand this reaction, stress causes heat in the body which makes you sweat. Boxers tend to get oiled up from waist up before a boxing fight because when someone doesn't fire a punch straight at their target, the oil, or built up sweat throughout a boxing match actually makes an incoming punch glide off the face or body causing less damage then of their was no oil or sweat, in the prehistoric days sweating was necessary during a physical fight to save peoples lives as well.

Normal release of sweat is released when overall levels of anxiety are lessened and eliminated. Shaking is again a by product of the fight or flight response and is commonly associated with social anxiety disorder. Raising a glass during a social get together can be a battle in its own when adrenaline kicks in and sometimes you may find that your legs shake and lips start to quiver also.

These symptoms are all maintained by a cycle of negative thinking and seeing yourself shaking will make you feel more nervous, and as you try and hide your nervousness and shaking your muscles tense up further. Fighting against signs of shaking tend to make the shaking worse, so avoid the fight and let it be at as much as you can, what's the worse that can happen? Someone sees you slightly shake and may think you're a little nervous, so be it.

Lump In The Throat Sensation (Globus Hystericus) – Globus Hystericus is a symptom anxious people have that makes them feel like they feel a constant pressure in their throat or the feeling of a lump or something stuck in their throat area. This was extremely bothersome to me and led me to many check ups, an ultrasound of the throat and a camera that was put in through my nose and down to my throat area, all which came back negative which confused me further.

I continuously tried to clear my throat and eventually starting to feel a clicking feeling due to the habit of constantly clearing. It feels similar to a feeling you get when you watch a very sad movie and you're tearing up, but Globus Hystericus is a constant more exaggerated feeling that can lead to shortness of breath and eventually a full blown panic attack due to the over worry of what this constant feeling could be.

Prolonged muscular spasms in the throat and nervousness is again the main culprit here, and when focused distraction is applied the feelings of the annoying lump in the throat are quickly forgotten and tension is brought down.

Palpitations – Unlike a constant feeling like Globus Hystericus, palpitations can come on all of a sudden and can be very alarming sometimes just as you are dozing off to sleep, or even upon waking. The more panicky you feel the more adrenaline is released by your glands which results in a quicker heart beat. As much as you may think your heart is beating at a speedy rate, if you take your pulse you will find that it is a normal speed, and most people in fact don't even feel a heart palpitation but overly aware and anxious people tend to be extremely aware of each and every feeling their body produces, and interpret this heart palpitation as something serious. The key is in your reaction, if the feeling comes about it's important to not react in panic as this too will pass.

Headaches – Tension headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week, and can be the result of bad posture, hormonal changes and skipping meals as well as stress and anxiety.

Overconsumption of drugs for headaches and migraines can in fact result in rebounding headaches and can make the original feeling much worse. I will again go back to my own experience with debilitating headaches that led me to the emergency room a number of times, which again led to scans of the head and a thorough examinations that always led to a negative diagnosis of anything serious. If headaches persist over a weeks time get a quick check up to rule out anything serious, and when the results come back negative it's time to change certain lifestyle patterns and eating habits so that headaches won't be a problem in the future.

Body Zaps – More commonly known as electric shock syndrome which is commonly associated with a side effect from withdrawing from SSRI's, this is a feeling of brain as well as zapping feelings throughout your whole body and is caused by heightened nerves and being on edge so to speak. A very unsetting feeling no doubt, but body zaps are again usually meaningless in terms of a medical diagnosis.

Worrying and focusing on symptoms can create all sorts of odd sensations with body and brain zaps being one of the oddest ones, divert your focus to something else and you may never feel the discomfort that body zaps bring again.

Indigestion – One of the major reasons that Indigestion and anxiety go hand in hand is because once the body becomes anxious the stomach actually begins to produce more acid. This may slow digestion and lead to more stomach problems like bloating and gas and also heartburn. The discomfort that is felt when these symptoms are present can make anxiety much worse, the heart starts to pump blood faster when stomach acid is at higher levels leading to more sensations that resemble anxiety. Exercise helps speed up digestion and starts the release of our “feeling good” hormones into the bloodstream.

Mental Review – The list of symptoms are long but these seem to be the most common ones, make sure you have a deep understanding of your own physical symptoms and why they appear out of the blue, or are constant symptoms. In general the out of the blue symptoms are more alarming and the ones that are constantly felt are the ones we tend to get scared of as a possible illness. Either way, understand that they are all NORMAL bodily reactions and understanding this in itself will make a big difference in your reaction to them.

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  • And here we go.....

  • I believe it was you that said: Not sure why people always have to reply in such a harsh way on here at times!! Please take your own advice, and not get in the way of others who are trying to make an actual effort to break through their fears.

  • Ok Mr know all. You aren't even qualified to be spouting off with all this. People haven't joined your forum so you keep coming on here with lists and lists of all the same stuff.

  • And what determines whether someone is qualified or not pls share. Also, my community already has a number of success stories being so young still. These would not have happened without these posts to open peoples minds to, to relate to someone who's been there and has overcome their same issues. I'd just like to finally say that there's more to life than anxiety. Every little bit helps, and if people are thanking me for these posts, and want to hear about it rather than brooding over their problems for ever, I will continue to share. I would love if you could respect that. Thanks.

  • If it helps people then yes that's a good thing... maybe it's just the way you come across... All cocky and full of it. Let's leave it at that.

  • Truly unsure and confused about where you're coming with that. Just take a listen to the podcast and you'll see that I'm quite a genuine person.

  • No but thanks all the same!

  • I think you should just not respond to the negative people it's a waste of your time.

  • Thank you so much! This site has helped ease my anxiety and understand it!

  • Having had the experience of anxiety and panic makes someone qualified in my books,  can you offer better advice? It helps when someone shares their experience no matter how repetitive it 'seems' to be, it's a tonic for those who are suffering to know that their symptoms aren't weird or that they're alone.

    Keep up the good work anxiety guy.  I appreciate it as I'm sure others do also. 

  • If you check out The Anxiety Guy Podcast on iTunes through the link below i'm sure it will help: itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast...

  • Him being qualified has nothing to do with you getting in the way. Just stop

  • Why do you read it? If you don't like the posts you can move along to the next. It seems to me you are looking for trouble.. Don't mess this site up for everyone else a lot of people find his posts useful. If people start behaving like you I would say a lot of people will get put off this forum. I don't come on here to see posters picking on others it really pisses me off this forum is for support let's keep it positive. What's the old saying if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.

  • He's got his own forum for all this. Looking for trouble? who are you to tell me I'm entitled to my opinion on this annoying guy.

  • And I am entitled to my opinions about your replies and comments

  • I like the idea of keeping it positive Aazz hope you're well.

  • Opinions are like assholes! Everyone got one and they all stink!

  • Have you made a post about derealisation?

  • Not yet but I'll definitely share my thoughts in the community I have soon.

  • Again thank you for your information . I am having some of the best weeks for months from gaining knowledge from your posts. Yes I have set back days but these are getting less and less and becoming periods of time rather than whole days.

  • Very welcome Alex glad it has made a difference. You truly seem like you have the right mindset so keep the momentum going!

  • Have you done a post about health anxiety as I'm suffering at the moment

  • Join The Anxiety Guy group you'll find a great podcast on it Iparkinson.

  • The most "qualified" to speak to others about anxiety and to help others through anxiety, are those who have experienced it!!!!!!! My doctors suggested speaking to others with anxiety. Thank you all so much, this site has helped me through some tough anxiety. It's great to know that I'm not alone in all this mess! :-)

  • Well said.

  • Qualified - I meant he's no doctor just someone who seems to like the sound of his own voice. I'm entitled to my opinion.

  • Doctor? Have you seen the rising numbers in mental health challenges lately? Those people you think are the people that will help you in fact have never been trained, nor have most of them ever been in our anxious shoes before. If we're going to tackle this epidemic once and for all, we all must have a consciousness change, and start following the people who are the most knowledgeable about this subject, and that is the former sufferers themselves.

  • Bored now with this. Have a good day.

  • Amen! :-)

  • I look on so many Communities on Health Unlocked and this seems to be a first !

    I cannot find one Community on here where an Administrator from another Community goes on to another support group and starts antagonizing other members that do not agree with their views which then starts to create conflict by drawing in other members

    Administrators role to keep the peace and be open minded to others and their believes ?

    To me this speaks volumes !

    ps

    I won't be answering any comments if you leave any on this comment as this will be antagonizing which does not help the anxiety sufferer as we all know if we have or are suffering with anxiety !

  • Like I said, I'll continue to post my thoughts, experiences and solutions for people as long as it helps and the feedback is positive which at the moment it is. Why reply if you have something mainly negative to say anyway? How do my posts in anyway affect your life other then in a positive way by possibly implementing some of the suggestions? We're all here to help, and lessen the burden of others stresses and I suggest you two do everyone a favor and stop commenting simply for the sake of sharing your own negative world with others.

  • Why don't you please just take your Canadian butt off to your own little anxiety forum where you can try and make some money on your cds.

  • I prefer not to get into a nationality war of words Jili. We're all adults here I hope. Also, those cds you talk about are from a woman by the name of DR Claire Weekes, and her teachings have revolutionized the way we look at anxiety.

  • Used to be a great guy on here who always gave good advice and was just a nice guy. Personally I just feel you aren't really here to help but you are more patronising than anything else, and you simply don't like people having an opinion on you.

    I'm sure though the couple of people you have helped will think you are awesome.

    I think now it's best to leave as is and I will just simply ignore your posts if Im ever back on here. I don't have anxiety issues now so apart from speaking with people I have kept in touch with there's no real need for me to be on here. I really have better things to do.

    Jill.

  • Sounds good Jill all the best.

  • Well said Bounce... you aren't allowed to say anything against these muppets. Aazz from Oz too say no more ha ha. Hope you have had a good day x

  • One thing Bounce I believe is a great way to get the word out about other communities, is to post valuable helpful content for people as well as a lead TO that community an administrator is running. I see nothing wrong with this, and believe my community will attract the right people through these valuable posts.

  • Thank you so much...every symptom that you explained here I have...and it seems once I've overcome the one symptom the other one starts ...knowing how to deal with it and knowing that I am not alone in this makes me feel so much better...

  • Omg 😞

    ok so even I have got into debates in some of these forums but by calling someone names like above is not going to help anyone or prove any point one is trying to make at all, right or wrong 😦

    And here we go.....who talks like that to someone who is only posting to help others 🙈

    All cocky and full of it. Let's leave it at that.... sooo bad how judgemental can one be 😕

    annoying guy..... 🙈oh god

    Ok Mr know all. You aren't even qualified to be spouting off with all this. People haven't joined your forum so you keep coming on here with lists and lists of all the same stuff....is that not just plain rude ?

    Is any one qualified in this forum to give advice ?? Are you a doctor ?

    Qualified - I meant he's no doctor just someone who seems to like the sound of his own voice. ..... if docs helped people, anxiety forums wouldn't be full of people needing help off people like anxiety guy and others, no doc would of crammed that long helpful post in to a 7 min appointment ☺

    own voice.... loool stop

    Why don't you please just take your Canadian butt off to your own little anxiety forum where you can try and make some money on your cds.

    Jesus lol, admin can she write that ?? And you leave it up.. that is sooo bad

    you aren't allowed to say anything against these muppets. Aazz from Oz too say no more ha ha. Hope you have had a good day.... lool haven't you said enough ?? Who talks to someone who suffers or suffered anxiety them self like that...😲

    Jill you say .... Personally I just feel you aren't really here to help but you are more patronising than anything else....didn't you say the same sort of thing about Betty, who was just helping a poster with her own experience, and even stated in her 1st answer she was not scolding her, even stated "you" in caps lol to show she was talking from her own experience, yet you still started commenting. She told you to re~read her comment and you still missed the point 🙈 and was rude

    cannot find one Community on here where an Administrator from another Community goes on to another support group and starts antagonizing other members that do not agree with their views......you have that the wrong way round its there for all to read 😦

    which then starts to create conflict by drawing in other members....Iv posted as what Jill wrote is bad, real bad, her 1st comment was very disrespectfull. one can't just then start calling people out because they are from a different place or call people muppets, cocky etc I could go on lol,

    had she of just put, do you make money off of the cd's, or asked him what she wanted in a nicer way, Im sure he would of replied and not ignored her 😡 or deleted anything

    Administrators role to keep the peace and be open minded to others and their beliefs.

    To me this speaks volumes .... are we all reading the same posts😩 her beliefs lol, what... here we go again/annoying man/not qualified/bored now/muppets...not much there but insults ? Why on earth would she comment if that's all she had to say

    Bounce I will say apart from this answer I do like your answers, but I can't relate to what you wrote here sorry 😳

    If someone replied like jill did, to any of you would you be open minded ?

    He should of reported her to adim? Who writes like that ? The guy is trying to help others, from what I've seen so far there is a lot of info in his posts what seem to be helping people.

    No wonder forum members leave this group, when she talks to them like she did

    🍁Keep helping as many people as you can anxiety guy.

    Betty, azza etc you to ☺

    Jill when you say I think now it's best to leave as is and I will just simply ignore your posts if Im ever back on here. I don't have anxiety issues now so apart from speaking with people I have kept in touch with there's no real need for me to be on here. I really have better things to do....

    Well why didn't you say that before, your comments are not coming across as exactly helpful on this post and some others, you got better things to do as you now stated. Iv seen appox 3 now that could do with an apology from you, would be time well spent.

    To all here with anxiety, this whole post anxiety guy took the time to write, and some of the bad comments his received and how well he has handled replying is a lesson in its self, never let anyone put you down for being yourself ☺while trying to help others, like he was

    just because they are not happy.

    out of all the forums this one should be most supportive of each other

    Jill I will say I know some times we may think someone is only in something for them self, and worry about their motives etc

    but if you wanted to know things for sure you should of just asked him outright, then if not happy made a public judgement of them as to your reasons, so they can at least give you answers etc

    muppets, cocky, full of himself, etc is not valid reasons to anything , just insults 😕

  • Please don't apologise for the long post. It was great! Thank you for taking the time to write it.

  • Very welcome :)

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