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A 24-year-old male asked:

What does it mean when they say "anxiety can cause muscle tension?" what is muscle tension? can this be why my arms are sore after my recent anxiety?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes: Muscle tension is tightening of the muscles. This is a typical physical reaction to anxiety and fear. Depending on the duration and the strength of muscle tension it can cause soreness just like exercise.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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