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A 24-year-old female asked:

tight muscles all over body from prolonged anxiety and stress can't get rid of it! all muscles feel ropy n hard an makes me feel dizzy n sick?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Anxiety: Anxiety can certainly cause tension and tight muscles. Dizziness and nausea can be accompanying symptoms as well. Hoping you've seen your family doctor for eval of these complaints, and that you'll consider working with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist about this also. There are good treatments for anxiety -- helpful effects can spread through your entire body and mind. Be well.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Pappas: Start with a medical eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Seeing a therapist cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation & deep breathing exercises.

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