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Physical symptoms of anxiety

What were some physical symptoms and did it go away? I’m hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel.

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Welcome!

What symptoms are you struggling with? How old is baby? Have you had any professional help?

Symptoms whether anxiety or not can be horrible , extremely debilitating and can linger . But on the plus side have hope. I struggled after my second child-I didn’t know what was going on as I felt horrendous but I did recover.

Looking forward to hearing your story x

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My son is 11 months old and it started when he was 7 months old. I didn’t know it was anxiety because the first thing I noticed were the physical symptoms. It started with dizzyness and nausea that went away then eat ringing and head pressure along with tingling in my extremities. I also had heart palpitations and panic attacks. Now, it’s eye sensitivity to light. The panic and anxiety has subsided a bit but not completely. I was prescribed Zoloft and Ativan( until Zoloft kick in) but Its been about 8 weeks. It’s the physical symptoms that scare me the most. I just want it to stop. I didn’t know postpartum anxiety can happen so late(7 months).

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Hi!! Mine started around 3 months but is still hanging around at 13 months (but MUCH better and getting better every day) so it can definitely happen late!! I am on lexapro which has helped a lot but hasn’t taken it all away. I could probably switch to something stronger but I’m choosing to try and work through the residual anxiety on my own for now. I would try to not use Ativan for an extended period of time if possible, but of course talk with your dr about that!:)

What I’ve found to be the most helpful is distraction! When I’m so focused on how I’m feeling, the symptoms get much worse but just recently I’ve started distracting myself every time I start to think about how I feel and it has helped tremendously!!

How are you today?

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Hi Jdjsjs

Great to hear from you and that your feeling so much better. Great tips with the distraction - what kind of things do you do? X

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Hi

Your symptoms were exactly the same as mine though the order may differ slightly. Everything kicked off when my baby was 4 months old with problems with my eyes. I had sensitivity to light , eyesight worsened so I would see double in the distance, I felt exhausted , dizzy (a bit like being on a boat) then started to feel spaced out continuously. At the time I thought the physical symptoms triggered the anxiety but now see them as being interlinked.

Even on medication I found that recovery can be frustratingly slow (I was prescribed citalopram) .

I would reassess regularly - ask yourself ‘am I improving?’ - if you are id see that as positive.

As jdjsjs says work on distraction techniques , combined with relaxation ones. Can you do any exercise ? That helped me massively!

Most importantly keep talking - we really do understand x

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Thank you

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Hello I am sorry that you are dealing with all this

Yes This is all due to anxiety

Dizziness could be due to low sugar

Tingling is also related to some deficiencies

Please take proper meals and increase your water Intake

You will be perfectly Fine

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Thank you!

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How are you doing ? X

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I’m getting better everyday. Definitely better than how I was.

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Great to hear x

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How long did your postpartum anxiety last?

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I would say just over 2 years. Whilst that sounds horrendous i was recovering and leading a relatively normal life . I would have blips - down periods when symptoms would reappear and I’d feel low, which are pretty standard for PNI, but these blips lessened with intensity, I managed them better too. Everyone is different though. How are you doing?

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I’m doing ok but I have my period and it feels like the symptoms sort of reappeared. All I could think about is will this ever go away.

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It’s very common for that to happen and it can knock your confidence hugely and with it bring those thoughts of ‘ its like this forever ‘. It took me s while before I believe that blips were just short term x

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Were you getting enough sleep during this time?

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Did you take any medication?

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Hi!!! I am so relieved to have found this post. I have been scouring the internet to find someone with the same symptoms as me. I’m 7 months pp, still breastfeeding and haven’t had a period yet. I have had dizziness, headaches, fluttering heart, clogged feeling in my ears and anxiety. Sometimes full panic attacks, but mostly lingering anxiety. This is baby 3 for me and I’ve never had pp depression or any issues with my other ones. I’ve had so many dr appointments (including ENT, and an MRI). Everything is clear so far. I am doing bloodwork to test my hormones, seeing a cardiologist for my heart and a neurologist to rule out anything additional. It sounds so extreme, but it is hard when this dizziness appears. It comes and goes since 4 months PP. Dr said I had pp depression which I tried taking Zoloft for but it made me worse so I weaned off of it.

Seeing the symptoms you ladies have had make me really believe it is all anxiety related and causing physical symptoms.

Hoping to get some answers and get rid of this horrible feeling. I just want to feel myself again!!! Hoping the same for you too!!!

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Same like me I was going to every dr to make sure I was ok and I thought I had something they couldn’t find. I have postpartum anxiety. I take Zoloft and the first month was difficult but it got better.i notice during my period the symptoms get strong sometimes. I guess now I just want it to go away. It’s kind of scary and I’m a first time mom. I hope we feel better soon.

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Welcome Ncope

I’m sorry you’re struggling this way and can’t find answers. My story is quite similar to yours in that I developed these symptoms after child no 2 only when he was 4 months old. Tbh I was plagued with physical symptoms , then horrific anxiety which I now think were linked. I think the trigger was exhaustion plus various other sources in my case but often ladies don’t know. Some suspect fluid leak following epidurals ...

Antidepressants gave me my like back but symptoms did return with pmt, feeling ill, tired and sometimes for no apparent reason so the pattern of yours sounds quite typical.

When did yours start?

Keep talking x

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I’ll reply to this and question below. Before taking meds I had horrendous insomnia brought on by anxiety. The antidepressants took 2-3 weeks to kick in and I felt worse though thatvis common , but after fairly quickly I started to feel less stressed, stopped crying and starting laughing again.

Is your sleep affected? I’ve recently been to an insomnia clinic (perimenopausal related insomnia) and it was amazing . I can pass on tips for you if you like ? X

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Ok

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I started with anxiety right after my baby was born. I was induced 3 weeks early due to pregnancy related high blood pressure (no preeclampsia). Dr said delivering the baby would get it back to normal. Well, I continued to have high bp after giving birth. I think this caused me to worry, along with very little sleep which started the ppd. The bp regulated, but the anxiety did not. I began worrying about everything. Dr Told me to try antidepressants but I didn’t want to.

Then at 4 months pp, I thought I had an ear infection. I also went on Zoloft for a month, but got off of it cuz I felt worse on it then off it. I went into the dr to look at my ears but they were clear. I was starting to have dizzy spells and I grew frustrated cuz they felt completely clogged. I thought for sure it was due to an ear infection. I was referred to an ENT, who couldn’t see me until 3 weeks out. He ran tests and had me get an mri to rule out a tumor. All came back clear. During the weeks following, the dizziness slowly went away and I was feeling normal again.

Well, a month goes by and my anxiety started creeping up on me and the dizziness began again. Now I’m 7 months pp and symptoms are still present, but I’m able to function. Lately I have had headaches that linger too and light sensitivity. I feel as if they might be migraines but I’m not sure. I feel like my anxiety causes my bp to rise and also gives me the other symptoms. I’ve noticed that when I have high stress situations, I handle it at the moment, but the major symptoms will kick in a week or two after the high stress. Almost like a ptsd.

Still in the process of getting tests done to rule out any other possible issues, but really hoping this goes away. It’s frustrating and annoying!!!

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I am considering acupuncture. Have any of you tried that for anxiety?

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Hi

I’m sorry you’ve been struggling. Those symptoms sound awful. Anxiety can lead to such symptoms but it’s always prudent to get any physical symptoms checked out. I saw optician , numerous eye specialists , a neurologist and ent specialist. All tests I had incl ct scan of sinuses were negative too.

What does dr say about migraines and sensitivity to light. Some women say they have developed vestibular migraines ?

I did try acupuncture twice and it helped me hugely with my physical symptoms especially the pressure sensation behind my eye x

For me antids really worked . Of course that’s a personal decision but in my case my life had become living hell and antids eased my physical and emotional symptoms though recovery was still difficult at times.

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She got me to keep a sleep diary incl day time noting caffeine intake , exercise to see how much sleep I was getting every night .

After that my average was about 7 hrs which included a couple of hrs awake during night . So she wanted to cut it down to 6 but I negotiated 6.5 for about 2 weeks.

My issue was waking up during night. She said that after 15 mins if can’t fall asleep get up. Do something but no looking at any screens for up to 1.5 hrs or when ever you feel sleepy. Go to bed - again if you fall asleep great if not give up to 15 mins then get up.

No caffeine after 2 pm. Work in relaxation techniques.

It worked so well. I’ve had a couple of periods of insomnia and used these techniques - worked brilliantly .

What’s your sleep like Symgm?

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I was wondering, when you went through your postpartum, did the physical symptoms eventually go away?

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Hi Sygm2083

Yes they did go away - but they would return during blips though became less intense over time. My anxiety disappeared completely and I don’t think I’ve ever been so chilled out - however it did turn into depression . Again over time that would come and go but lessened in depth until I completely recovered.

How are you doing? Do you feel there are improvements? X

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Yes there have been improvements but i do still have blips. Was it postpartum depression or general depression?

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Post partum for sure - id never had any mh problems in the past and it was part and parcel of all the physical issues coupled with the spiralling anxiety.

Unfortunately blips are a normal part of the recovery process and as such a sign you are recovering though they can be so tough after a good spell.

Try to ride out the spells - rest, be kind to yourself. Is there anything that helps when you’re in that blip?

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Yes thinking positive and relaxing. Thank you so much for giving me your experience, that also helps.

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Really glad to help. It will pass . I really struggled with blips as they can make you feel you’re back to square one . So pleased about positive thinking. Have you got any tips?

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Yes I think patience is key because there are good and bad days but me being patient is helping.

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