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Anxiety and the flue

I have been so sick all weekend and today started with the flue now horrible head cold, since I have been sick my anxiety seems to be little worse I'm not taking anything for the sickness because so much of the cold medicines clash with my citalopram so I'm trying to tough it out, I did take half a valium the other day but I didn't seem to do much... does anybody feel their anxiety to be worse when they are sick?

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My anxiety has been 100 times worse lately from being so overwhelmed with different Dr appts I have. Feel better soon

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Thank you i hope you feel better too.. been reading you switched your meds.. hope they do better for you

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Its been rough ever since switching. Was great for a week and now anxiety racing thoughts. Can't sleep much and don't know if I'm coming or going. Called out of work today and canceled an appt cause I'm so exhausted but can't sleep.

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O man that's aweful!! 😝

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Hi both, have you tried Acceptance? Accepting that you feel rubbish, accepting the worrying thoughts, and sensations and feelings that accompany it? It takes weeks, even months to stop being anxious as your body needs to recuperate , if only you let it. Accept you are healthy given the circumstances and see anxiety as your protector , not enemy. It comes off in waves, if you get a good week of feeling great, it’s not over. More will follow until one day , you would’ve released all the excess adrenaline and be free. Retrain your Amygdala everytime you get an anxious reaction, accept it , don’t be so impressed by it by adding more fuel to the fire. That’s how you win and remain in control.

Best of luck.

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I was doing pretty good before I got sick but with feeling crappy I have all these thoughts of how I'm going to get out with my kids for Halloween and just alot of stress I'm dealing with seems to peak it's ugly head through when I'm under the weather. And it's super cold here in wyoming so that's not helping!

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I would strongly recommend not coming here everytime you feel bad for reassurance. You don’t need it. It takes patience and time and avoiding situations and preventing yourself from doing things only makes your anxiety grow. It’s only a feeling, so what if you feel anxious ? Let it be there and then let it pass over you as quick as it arrives. It doesn’t stop you from doing anything. Head towards it, not away from it. Let all thoughts and feelings be there. I know it’s hard, I know it’s uncomfortable and you feel it’s a struggle but it’s the only way. Take Anxiety with you and don’t let it consume your life and you are then accepting it. You will need patience , time and dedication. Do not give up and do not resist or fight the feelings . Remember , the feelings need to be felt in order for them to escape you permanently.

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Thanks for the advice! I don't come here all the time for reassurance though I'm here to connect with people who are going through the same thing I am.. to give advice when I can and yes to also ask questions I have accepted I have anxiety I try to nor let it control me.. but anxiety is kinda like my cold I can't stop it from making me feel like crap but I don't let it keep me from doing what I need. I know the whole acceptance thing I'm pretty sure everybody on here is trying the method I think we're trying just about everything. If your so against people being on here asking questions why are you on here? Not trying to be rude just seems like the pot calling the kettle black...

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I honestly didn’t mean to come across as rude, if so I apologise. I too am still recovering and just wanna help people if I can. We’re strong :-) we can do this.

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Oh yea, Anxiety is always worse with extra crap you have to deal with.

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It sucks!!

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Did you get your flu shot yet? Just got mine on Friday.

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No I haven't, I'm a little scared to honestly I haven't had one since I was like 16 and I got super sick for a week!

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I went to walmart for mine and it was painless, my arm was sore last night but that was all.

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I probably should just get it done kids too cause I know I feel like shit now so I don't want to keep getting it!

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I came to the conclusion that having the flu is much worse than getting the shot.

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Lol for sure!!

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I had flu over Xmas last year, I swear my anxiety shot through the roof. I had a really bad chest cold which lasted 7 weeks and I could not breath. My anxiety is based on my breathing too. A nightmare !!!.

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It's horrible I feel so aweful weak and woozy I just almost passed out at the grocery store and still have really upset stomach too my anxiety is out of control right now

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You need to rest and take care of yourself as much as possible. Anxiety and illness are both stresses on the body, so the more you stress the worse your illness feels. Take some good vitamin C tablets, they won't mix with your meds and rest drink lots of fluids. It's crap I know but hopefully it will soon be over. Nightmare for you :-(

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Thank you

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Yes I have the cold at the min and it's driving me crazy as my anxiety is worse and I'm pregnant too so extra worried xx

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O that's no fun! I was hoping it was just a 24 hr bug bit it started Saturday and it's still going ugh!! 🤢

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Absolutley don't worry. Right now im at work had sharp pain I my right side so i convinced my self I'm haveing apendcitis so what happen my nerves are gone i haven't been feeling well plus i work in a hospital to make things worse. So yea the flu in it self can knock u down anxiety makes it 3 times worse

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It is definitely aweful! Think I'm going to break and call my doctor see what is safe to take with my medication blah

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Yes but don't stress to much i read a book sit out side just breathe it will be ok

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I live in wyoming it's freezing lol but I will just try to relax with my hot tea.

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Oh sorry I'm I nyc like 60 degrees here

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