Physical symptoms of Anxiety

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   Posted 5/18/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone
I'm new to this forum. I just wondered if anxiety and stress can cause muscle pain and twitching? I've been experiencing these symptoms for over a year now and it's driving me crazy. I had an MRI done of my brain and spinal cord which came back clear. I've also had many blood tests done. The twitching can be anywhere on my body and even my face, especially my eyebrow. Also arms, legs, abdomen etc. I also have pains in my muscles. Have been prescribed Sertraline (Zoloft) for anxiety and am taking 100mg a day. I just wondered if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.
I'm female, 25 years old from UK.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there
i know i do get muscle spasms n twitching especially one eye
i would imagine it is very likely
im never surprised by what anxiety n panic can do to you n your body..

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   Posted 5/18/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was having anxiety I would get twitches in my legs. Anxiety has tons on symptoms. It boggles my mind how we go on AD (Im on Zoloft) to ease depression/anxiety to only gain weight and become more depressed! It's horrible for me to be gaining.

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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hi, Twitcher
 I can relate to the twitching. It is very annoying at  the least and scary at the worst. It has been going on for me for the past year. The more I think about them the more they occur. Some days they don't occur at all and I will say to myself I didn't have a twitch today and sure enough they start. Of course, one starts to be afraid of the all the disease such as MS, ALS and all the rest but that doesn't appear to be the case. They are primarily when I am resting and no lost of strength and coordination and all that good stuff. My doctor just seems to blow it off as an anxiety symptom and does not pursue any other testing. I have been going to the same doctor for years so I have to trust her to a certain extent.
  Taking vitamins does seem to help, avoiding caffiene and being active does help. But dealing with stress is really the key. The past two years have been difficult but I keep pushing forward. Anxiety has so many symptoms and I have seem to have had them all. I am not sure what your religious beliefs are but my therapist mentioned giving in to the anxiety symptoms and when I am feeling bad I just say to my self. I surrender Lord, do with me as you please. I don't try to fight it anymore. if my worse fears are true and I am dying of some horrible disease it sure is taking a long time. :) But seriously, see your doctor and know that there are many who suffer the same daily aggravation we do and are just fine.

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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety obviously has many faces; I get bad muscle aches especially in my back, throat feels like it is swelling shut, diarrhea, headaches, etc.  I am curently tappering off of Xanax and if I reduce dose too fast, the anxiety is worse than it has ever been.  But I am going to get there.  Tired of the foggy brain and lack of interest in anything.  Have been substituting a herbal blend of Valerian and Passion Flower, it does take the edge off and helps me through to my next Xanax dose.  I have finally decided that I have got to figure out what is causing this and deal with it, without tranquilizers.
I hope your med works and makes you feel better soon.  I know how hard it is to function when you feel like one big stress ball!

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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you feel better soon too. I hate being in work when the twitching is at its worst.. especially when i feel like people can see me twitching, even though they probably cant, and then i just end up even more stressed out. Been taking zoloft for about 8 weeks now and think it is finally starting to kick in. I just worry that its something more serious, but then again I know that anxiety can cause lots of physical symptoms and sensations, as I have a Masters degree in Mental Health.

I hope all of you feel a lot better soon xx

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   Posted 5/22/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Twitcher24, I too suffer from a moderate case of the 'twitches'. The worst is when it's my eyelid(s).However, lately it's been mainly the back of my arm, right above my elbow...twitching like crazy...or anywhere on my leg, my fingers sometimes do it too.

I think a lot of it has to do with my asthma and how much ventolin I sometimes have to take, but I'm sure anxiety plays a role as well.

Fortunately, they are just twitches and never hurt, it's just that they are so frustrating they make me want to scream sometimes, as they can go off/on for hours at a time.
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