Anxiety and depression can do strange things to our bodies. I am bipolar and also suffer from anxiety. When I am in clinical depression mode, not always but at least three times, my whole body has hurt, most especially my arms and legs. The first time it happened, I too thought there was something terribly physically wrong with me. When I was put on an antidepressant, and found one that worked through tiral and error, my aches and pains went away. If this goes on much longer, I'd go back to the doctor and explain that your symptoms are still present.
Yes, it's best not to get too involved in self-diagnosis. For some of us, those health websites can be a real downer - and cause uncessary concern.
This is Kitt and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. There are many forms of panic and anxiety and I feel like you have just been overwhelmed.
Anxiety Symptoms include the following plus many other sx.
Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.
Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying
Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties
Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue
Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.
Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.
Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.
Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days.
Side Effects of Tetanus Toxoid Vaccines:
Side effects, such as soreness redness, or swelling where the shot was given, may be likely to occur. These side effects usually start within hours to a day or two after vaccination. They may last 1-2 days. Your doctor may recommend reducing pain or soreness from the injection by taking an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, others) or Motrin, Advil or others in that category. When the shot is given and for the next 24-48 hours. Your healthcare provider can tell you the appropriate dosages of these medications.
If you have any problems please remember we are not professionals and your physician is the one to call if you think you are having a bad reaction.
Take care and welcome to our forum. We have a thread for newbies to do an intro if they feel up to it. REspectfullyKitt
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Welcome to HW..what a rough time you are going through. I would be having panic as well..but your family is right to ban you from googling symptoms that always ends in tears for me!!!
I'm not a health professional, so I don't know what to say about the flu/tetanus shot. I do know I get pain from having shots..aches etc for a few days..and bruises from hades, but I would keep an eye on it if it continues..but try not to panic too much okay?
Everyone has given you some great input so I won't bore you too much with mine. Stick with us, keep taking deep breaths and listening to the rational part of your brian. Anxiety feeds on doubt..so don't give it any fuel.