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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can you have anxiety symptoms when not feeling anxious?also i have gerd and get gas and shortness of breath which then causes anxiety and symps worsen

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Feedback loop: First, yes you can have physical anxiety symptoms without the emotional ones at the same time. Also, some people are very, very attuned to physical sensations -- amplifying these into dire or alarming concerns rather than simple sensations. Certainly symptoms like gerd deserve investigation ; treatment, but it sounds like your health anxiety needs help also. Psychologists can assist you!
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Yes.: Anxiety can present with symptoms such as breathlessness, gas pains because they unconsciously hyperventilate and swallow air, chest pains that even simulate a heart attack, persistent worrying, tension headaches, muscle aches and pain and a variety of others. Do see your pcp to rule out other medical problems like thyroid disease that can cause these symptoms also.

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