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Can anxiety cause physical symptoms? Like arm pain or leg pain

Can anxiety cause physical symptoms? Like arm pain or leg pain

Absolutely: Anxiety can cause a wide variety of physical symptoms and can effect most systems in your body in some way. The difficulty is that is is very hard to subjectively tell which is causing which. That's why its always good to consult a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How can anxiety cause so many physical symptoms?

Fight or Flight: All of the physical symptoms of anxiety are directly the result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when your primitive fear & rage brain centers sense danger. Learn about this "fight or flight" response. Once you understand the physiology of anxiety, the symptoms make sense. This doesn't make them feel less unpleasant necessarily though! ...Read more

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Can general anxiety disorder cause physical neurological symptoms like muscle twitches ?

Can general anxiety disorder cause physical neurological symptoms like muscle twitches ?

YEs: General anxiety disorder as you know can be very debilating. But before you write this off as anxiety see your doctor who will likely tell you that muscle twitches can be related to yourproblem ...Read more

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Why does something like anxiety cause physical symptoms?

Why does something like anxiety cause physical symptoms?

Fight or Flight: Anxiety is a response to stress, sometimes appropriately. Your body is preparing to either fight or run and it does this by increasing heart rate etc. More blood to muscles allow them to function better. With panic, sometimes this will happen ven when body is not truly threatened, but threat is perceived. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause physical symptoms like red painless lumps in the back of the throat ? I have 3 painless red lumps back of throat. Anxiety ?

Does anxiety cause physical symptoms like red painless lumps in the back of the throat ? I have 3 painless red lumps back of throat. Anxiety ?

Not likely: Perhaps not impossible since anxiety is amazing! But, this is worth having an exam. Your question, however, raises the issue of your awareness that anxiety is also worth correcting. I'd urge CBT to learn ways to understand it and get skills to manage it. It can make the rest of our long life much happier. Best! ...Read more

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If my physical symptoms were caused by anxiety shouldn't 600 grams of Gabba pills work?

If my physical symptoms were caused by anxiety shouldn't 600 grams of Gabba pills work?

Anxiety: in my opinion Gabba is not very effective as a first line agent for anxiety. You would do getter with therapy plus a SSRI such as Paxil (paroxetine). Make an appointment with doctor or a psychiatrist to discuss. ...Read more

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I think my physical symptoms are caused my stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

I think my physical symptoms are caused my  stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

Yes: It would help to understand what you symptoms are. However, it is true that your brain is intimately connected to your body and they do effect one another. ...Read more

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Can physical symptoms of anxiety cause leg pain because of fight or flight response...Been happening for over a month. Thanks?

Can physical symptoms of anxiety cause leg pain because of fight or flight response...Been happening for over a month. Thanks?

Possibly: Anxiety can cause many kinds of physical symptoms, including muscle tension that leads to pain. If you've had leg pain for over a month though, a medical evaluation is advisable. ...Read more

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Have neurological symptoms with no neurological cause. Seen 3 neuro docs. All say anxiety. Can anxiety pass off really bad physical symptoms?

Have neurological symptoms with no neurological cause. Seen 3 neuro docs. All say anxiety. Can anxiety pass off really bad physical symptoms?

Anxiety can be cause: However, the anxiety is based on repression and dissociative defenses creating what is called a conversion disorder or reaction. Find yourself a trauma based therapist who deals with dissociation. If they cannot treat you with appropriate hypnotic techniques then find a hospital-based psychiatrist who can do a sodium amytal interview to find out what has been repressed. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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