anxiety, stress, and physical aches

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Joe not so cool
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   Posted 4/2/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a few questions for anyone that has suffered from the physical symptoms of stress and Anxiety. I have been DX's with GAD, Slight OCD tendencies, Hypo, and a whole lot of stress. Isn't life grand.

1) After what I can only describe as a nervous breakdown 4 months ago after a medical scare my preexisting anxiety has been terrible. I am getting help, and mentally I am doing much better, but the physical aches and pains are still there, to a lesser degree.
I was curious as to how long it may have taken others to overcome their physical issues after an extremely anxious period?

2) I have read that stress and anxiety can cause TMJ. The problems I am having is a slight ache in my right jaw. random poping and clicking sounds. Pain that seems to at times run from my jaw to temple and head above the ear. I have never been one to have headaches and these don't feel like what I would consider a normal headache. It seems more like muscle pain. I get pain and a feeling of pressure around my right eye in particular. It also seems to hurt the more I talk.

Has Anyone experienced these symptoms as a result of TMJ, or their Anxiety/Stress? I have had to brain MRI's with that cam back normal.

3) Somataform Disorder (Pardon the spelling) Is it real or just a medical term used when the doctor can't find a reason for our problems. Supposedly this is a disorder that causes people to turn their mental anxiety into physical symptoms.

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   Posted 4/3/2007 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Joe

Well, of all the symptoms of anxiety the ones I detest the most are the physical one..grrr

You mention "Pain that seems to at times run from my jaw to temple and head above the ear." I know this one only too well - last time I had this I ended up at the doctors surgery convinced that there was something seriously wrong..but my doc explained to me that it really was muscle tension - clenching my teeth..when you clench your teeth and put your fingers up above your ear area you can feel that muscle working..sheesh lol.

I am not really familiar with some of the other terms you mention in your post but I am sure someone will come along to help you out :-) What is Somataform Disorder?

Keep posting.


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   Posted 4/3/2007 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not familiar with TMJ but when my anxiety was bad, i would clench my jaw without realising which resulted in bad pain and aching for a week or so. When we are anxious, its very common to clench, grind teeth and we can even do it in our sleep.
I sometimes get pressure/tension headaches with anxiety and I get pain in my temples and behind my eyes.

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   Posted 4/3/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Joe - what you're describing about the TMJ and headaches is dead on. There are so many anxiety sufferers, myself included, that go through that. Its awful, I spent a whole year with headaches in my temples every other day it seemed because of my anxiety. Also, the popping/clicking is a telltale sign of TMJ.

As for somatoform disorder, coming from a psychology background and experiencing it myself I can tell you that its very real!!! The best way I can explain it is that with anxiety we get this heightened level of awareness of our bodies, many of us develop health anxiety, and every single twinge of pain is magnified ten fold because we are so stressed out about it. Not to mention the real muscle tension that constant anxiety will produce which will also cause pain.

I really feel for you, I was in your exact position about a year and a half ago with the exact same things going on. Luckily I can be here to tell you that it DOES get better and go away :)
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   Posted 4/3/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
lots of info re TMJ on the net, a football mouthguard or splint from dentist ( expensive) worn at night helps

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   Posted 4/3/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Many a/p peeps suffer with this and it is very painful from what ppl have said

Mom also had the Somatoform she was really bad just prior to her Alzheimers getting really at a bad place
Constantly calling for me to take to the Doctor about everything ......

I am so sorry that you deal with this and I do hope you will take some advice and try to work thru it
Please do keep us posted

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