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Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« on: June 18, 2011, 12:52:31 PM »
Have any of you had widespread muscle cramping as a symptom of anxiety?  My arms (especially forearms) and legs (calves and thighs) have been cramping for weeks and I'm wondering if this is from my anxiety.  The more the muscles cramp the more anxious I become that something is horribly wrong and the cycle continues.  I have noticed that when I am engaged in something (such as talking to a friend) the cramping doesn't happen.  It seems only when I am in the the middle of a major anxiety attack (which seems to be 90% of the time these days) the cramping gets worse.  I am seeing a neurologist on Monday and as the date approaches things are getting worse as I am so horribly anxious about this appointment. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2011, 12:57:54 PM »
 Yes, indeed. When my anxiety is at it's peak I often get muscle cramps in my legs and abdomen, pretty strong ones too. I'm pretty sure mine are due to the fact that when my anxiety is in overdrive my entire body is tense and being like this for days on end causes the cramping. Like you, when I'm out and about or engaged in something I don't feel the physical symptoms of my anxiety (cramping), it's only during those quiet times when I have nothing to focus on that I feel them.
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2011, 05:55:43 PM »
Hi

I get cramps in my calves and thighs too. The fact that you don't get it when you are distracted points to it being just from the anxiety. try do distracting, fun things to keep your mind off the anxiety.
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 06:11:20 PM »
short answer YES


I hate the shin cramps.  I'll take a good ole charley horse anyday over a shin cramp.
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MOST anxiety occurs on a subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state

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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011, 09:50:17 PM »
I get stomach cramps and lower back cramps/spasms when my anxiety/ha are bad.
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 03:07:27 AM »
This has eased my mind a little I thought it was only me!I get a lot of leg & arm cramps when my anxiety is at its worst which is right now.
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2014, 12:35:18 PM »
I'm new to this site I too feel muscle cramps on my cavs , shoulders , arms. I usually get this bad tension headache for like a period 2-3 hrs of the day also Muslce twitching on my legs especially I keep thinking I have a bad disorder went for multiple test got tons of ct scan I had 3 EKG thought i was having a heart attack my chest tightens. sometimes I feel this sharp pain on my left and right chest it scares me till death. When i wake up in the morning I feel so tense my whole body aches. the thing that really bothers me is the muscle tension on my shoulder, chest and tension headache on my forehead because it goes all the way down to my bridge of my nose. And the twitching really bothers me too. do any of you fell the same ?
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014, 01:38:17 PM »
Oh yeah. My back, shoulders, and neck mainly, but also, weirdly, my scalp!
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2014, 06:55:02 PM »
Yep, legs, back, shoulders, arms, hands
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2014, 07:48:33 PM »
i get horrible foot cramps..dont know if its related
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Re: Can anxiety cause muscle cramping
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2014, 08:18:45 PM »
Absolutely...probably a spin off of fibromyalgia.  I cramp in my hands and feet when stressed.
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