Anxiety and feeling like crap

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nyliz
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   Posted 6/21/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone notice that when they start to feel anxious from a stressful situation (no matter how minor) you start to also develop aches and pains.  Usually, I don't even realize Im stessed and then my neck will start to hurt, then my shoulders, then pressure in my head, then my stomach... and the whole time the anxiety is building because I think "am I anxious because I feel like crap, or do I feel like crap because I'm anxious"  Then how I "feel" becomes my primary focus above all things which can ultimately last for months.  This fear that I have some horrible disease that is slowely killing me starts to consume every moment I'm awake and I loose all interest in everything.  I've been on various antidepressants for 10 years and can go for looonnnngg periods of time feeling great.  I think the older I get, the more my body changes, the more anxiety I feel (but I'm only 30).  How can I stop the fearful thoughts that I'm dying before they take over my life??  Please help me.
 
Do any of you notice a lot of physical discomfort when anxious?
 
Liz

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Liz,

Have you every been through the CBT Therapy?  In the resource sticky at the top of the page you will find info on this posted by Wen.  It is great info and really works for so many with health anxiety.

I have some health anxiety when I am waiting for a test result but it is more to do with what happens after the test and not about dying.

I am sure you will hear from other members that have great advice for you.  Stay in the moment hun and try not to dwell on the anxiety.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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nyliz
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   Posted 6/21/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I will defintely check out this book Brian, thank you. Kitt, I haven't been through CBT yet but I do have an appt coming up in July to meet with a counselor who specializes in anxiety and CBT therapy. I'm really hoping this helps me. I am so tired of feeling like such a mess. I'm 30 years old with 4 children who need me and I want to be a participant in my life not just a bundle of nerves watching from the sidelines. I appreciate all the feedback.

Liz

nervymeg
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Liz, I can really empathise with what you feel. I have just been through a really anxious time in my life and I find it painful just to walk (prior to this I would jog 5k a day), my calves hurt, my knees hurt, my neck and back aches and my stomach is doing whirly gigs. I know it started because I WAS so anxious but now it is making me MORE anxious. I believe it's a cycle. The sooner I get back out there after this bad anxiety episode and start exercising the sooner I will feel better physically and mentally. But when you are IN bad anxiety you just can't pick yourself up and do that can you? Be gentle ok Liz, it will pass, take the steps you need to stay safe through this and get better physically. I'm in my thirties too so I know that fear. I don't think we fall to pieces yet :-) !!
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nyliz
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Meg!! I've felt pretty good the last two days... believe it or not I start to feel a lot better on the weekends but during the week (especially at work) everything feels like it hurts and my anxiety shoots through the roof. I suppose it should seem pretty obvious to me that it's all anxiety or else I wouldn't ever have periods where I actually feel better... ya know

Liz
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