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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have high anxiety is it cause my tight shoulders muscles?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
It can: Anxiety causes many physical symptoms all over your body -- including muscle tension in shoulders and neck. Some people take pain meds for this, but a more direct intervention is to help the anxiety itself. You can see a therapist to explore & deal with your anxiety. If need be, antianxiety medications may also be used. You can also help yourself by getting massage, doing deep breathing, etc.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Anxiety: Dr. Pappas provided excellent information. Tightened and sometimes aching muscles in the shoulders often occur with people who are experiencing anxiety.

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Last updated Aug 22, 2019

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