Does anyone else get these uncomfortable anxiety feelings?

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hekofaride
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone experience the burning in the chest, or a feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, back aches and muscle tension when they are feeling anxious?  I'm on Effexor 37.5mg, for a few years it worked, however; I am not experiencing more physical pain associated with anxiety then ever before!  I don't think the burning in the chest is heartburn because if I take a Klonopin, it goes away within 30 minutes.
I'll sleep well during the night, mornings are fine, and then by noon time the physical pain of anxiety sets it.  I never knew that anxiety could hurt so much!
 
Do you feel the physical pains of anxiety?
 
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Karen

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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen :)

I also have issues with pain due to my anxiety and I think so many people do. Being tense the majority of the time will do it :) If you start learning some breathing/relaxation techniques it will help you, along with some exercise daily.

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
hekofaride said...
Does anyone experience the burning in the chest, or a feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, back aches and muscle tension when they are feeling anxious?  I'm on Effexor 37.5mg, for a few years it worked, however; I am not experiencing more physical pain associated with anxiety then ever before!  I don't think the burning in the chest is heartburn because if I take a Klonopin, it goes away within 30 minutes.
I'll sleep well during the night, mornings are fine, and then by noon time the physical pain of anxiety sets it.  I never knew that anxiety could hurt so much!
 
Do you feel the physical pains of anxiety?
 
Hugs,
Karen
Oh boy, do I ever.  I have a pressure from my upper stomach area all the way through my chest.  A feeling of the elephant on the chest and impending doom.    Last spring, I suffered a 45 day bout of incapacitating anxiety that felt just like you describe.  In fact, I was hospitalized and basically out of it for a week. 
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gilly-love
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, In times of great anxiety I feel pain...I usually put it down to tension...tension and tighening of every muscle in my body, mainly my neck head and back and I have also had alot of chest pain and that I have put down to the stress and panic my heart is going through the attacks as well as the body and I become very concious of that as it can be very scary. It can even be  a mild stress but over a few days or weeks or just one big attack...But in answer to your question it goes hand in hand fore me. Panadol usually does the trick along with refocusing the mind on positive netural things...things in the moment. The pain does subside once you can find your peace.  Of course to be safe mention it to your doctor please.  gillxx

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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I agree, physical pain is a real part of anxiety.

I will get headaches, back and shoulder pain and it is not in your mind, it is truly physical pain.

You are not alone.

Kitt


 

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bigcc_1976
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I also get physical pain from anxiety. I get some very similar pains in my chest, just as it was explained in an earlier post from my stomach all the way up to my throat. What I have found is that my anxiety makes my GERD much worse. I take Prilosec every day at the same time I take my celexa. You believe that the pain you feel is not from heartburn because you take your meds and it gets worse. It still certainly could be reflux that you are feels and it is worse due to your anxiety. Talk to your doctor maybe you would be a good candidate to take some sort of acid reflux drug with your anti-anxiety meds.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Physical therapy and massage has helped with my back and shoulder pain. My massage therapist tells me I'm very "knotted up" between my shoulder blades. It does hurt a bit when he tries to massage the knots out, but I always feel better afterwards. I think we are so tense our back and shoulder muscles get out of wack and cause pain. The Klopin does work b/c it relaxes you. I guess the key is getting the muscles to relax throughout the day. Try using exercise bands and breathing techniques.



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Sarabi
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety mostly appears as chest pain, heartburn, certain tightness around my chest and a feeling that i need to burp, but just can't. Recently i have started to have upper back pain. 

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   Posted 1/12/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety is a stress response which triggers a reaction. Once the body reacts to the chemicals released from anxiety, pain is usually the symptom.

Picture it like going to the gym and lifting very heavy weight. Your body releases chemical in order to repair the muscle you just tore, hence the pain. That pain is lactic acid build up. The same thing happens when the chemical responses are released with high stress/anxiety.

Pain should and can be viewed as a positive thing b/c it's telling you it's time to stop.
The best way to relieve the pain from anxiety is to off set the chemicals with breathing and exercise. If you get chest pain from anxiety, do some push ups. If you get back pain, do some stretching along with breathing.


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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I get where my head feels like its swelling and going to blow it it gets worse when there is loud noise's im going to be seeing a dr about it cause its got me realy scared and that sets my anexity off realy bad I will wake up 4 or 5 times dearing the night and its hard to go back to sleep after that

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