Anxiety, muscle twitching, fatigue, and weakness.

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   Posted 7/1/2012 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am wondering if anyone else here has experienced similar symptoms due to anxiety. For the last year or so, I have been experiencing aggravating muscle twitching. It started with my left lower eyelid last summer, which lasted about a month and seemed to go away when I made a computer monitor change, reduced time at the PC, and reduced stress (I got married around that time).

However, since then I have pretty much had constant leg and foot muscle twitches, sometimes more active than other times. My left leg also seems to be more "active" than my right leg. I believe this has led to bouts of fatigue (for instance, whenever I get sick with a flu or something, I end up having weakness/fatigue for about 2 weeks afterward).

Right now my legs are very sore even though I only had moderate activity today. I have noticed my left leg, particularly the thigh and calf, has been rapidly contracting much more than usual today. I know muscle twitching and fatigue can be symptoms of anxiety, so I wanted to see if others here have experienced this, and if so, were you able to reduce or eliminate it?

I'm a 28 year old male, and while I am overweight, I'm fairly strong as well. I should not feel so weak, and yet at times my legs feel very weak and sore. Yet other times they feel totally fine. For instance, I helped my sister move a week ago and had full strength the whole day and only regular fatigue afterward.

One thing to note is I am dealing with heartburn and am taking 20 mg Omeprazole (i.e. Prilosec) daily. I had a few uncomfortable symptoms for a few days, but I have felt much better and free of those symptoms today (day 5). I am unsure if this drug could have an effect on someone with anxiety related muscle twitching and fatigue or not.

Anyone relate or have advice?

P.S. As a side note, under this forum's anxiety resource section, I clicked on the anxiety symptoms link and was absolutely shocked at the breadth of symptoms anxiety can create. I knew it was long, but my goodness! I haven't been here long, but I find it useful already.

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   Posted 7/1/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Good to meet you. I get the same symptoms and put id down to high anxiety and yes there are so many symptoms of anxiety that they are two long to list. I would suggest you go and speak with your doctor and chat your symptoms over with them and take their advice.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 7/7/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome to the forum. I have the eye problem. i would probably go and do a doctors visit just because this is sounding like just to be on the safe side you should get a check up. I know that vitamin d deficiancy can cause some of those symptoms but so can a lot of other things. if you havent been taking your vitamins start with a good d/calcium supplement and a b complex to see how it goes. this is mimicking chronic fatigue and also fibro so maybe a checkup but I do get the eye going which lasts an annoyingly long period especially after a nasty panic attack;)
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   Posted 7/8/2012 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't get the twitching, but I get bouts of ridiculously sore muscles. At first I thought that something was really wrong with me, but then I started realizing that I have this muscle soreness/weakness the most when my anxiety is high. I almost think that it is my body's way of saying it is tired (from all of the anxiety/panic issues). Some weeks I can exercise and I'm fine...other weeks I can do light housework and even days after I will feel like I have pulled every muscle in my body.

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   Posted 7/8/2012 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I would say vitamin deficiency, while possible, isn't too likely as I do take a variety of supplements and eat a mostly balanced, whole foods diet. The fatigue does seem to be when anxiety levels rise, and the twitching worsens when I'm less active (but also worsens if I overwork/stress myself). It never fully goes away, but it does notably subside at times.

Interestingly I'm now on one of those weeks where fatigue is no longer an issue, but my legs do still twitch to a certain extent. But then there are times, usually lasting about a week or two, where the fatigue is much worse. I'm hoping adding a bit of regular moderate activity/exercise will help since I have a tendency to be sedentary. In general, my observation is the fatigue follows the pattern of anxiety, extremes in activity (either too much or too little), and increased muscle twitching.

If I'm not mistaken muscle twitching is usually a normal reaction to increased adrenaline levels (i.e. fight or flight) in which the body's nervous system is actively twitching the small muscles to increase your ability to run or defend. Obviously if you're anxious and sitting still, you'll notice the out-of-place twitching, and that can snowball the problem. I'm trying to remind myself of this since I have a tendency to panic over symptoms or perceived health issues.
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