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Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:24:25 PM »
Hi there!

From the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed, I feel like everything all over my body is extremely tense. My whole body is in pain....like muscle spasm type pain. I feel it more in my legs, neck, shoulders, and chest mostly. I also have twitching all over my body throughout the day.

Does anyone else experience this or similar with their anxiety?

Thanks for your time!
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 07:12:07 PM »
I have and I still do . . . I think, for me at least, is during an anxiety episode, all my muscles tense up and if the anxiety episode is prolonged, they don't get a chance to relax  . . .it's like a learned behaviour . . . I have found that soaking in a tub of hot water with Epsom Salts helps . . . apparently the magnesium enters through the skin and relaxes the muscles . . . I also did have the twitching although it was primarily in my arms and legs . . . as I managed the anxiety, that subsided . . . .are you working with a therapist? a doctor? Although some of us do not like to take meds and others do either as a bridge or as a means to maintain stability, you may want to chat with your doctor about some type of muscle relaxant. A friend took a very, very low dose of Ativan just for 2 weeks and that helped her reestablish her sleep pattern by helping manage her anxiety. But, check with a doctor as I am not one and only your doc can advise you . . .let us know how you are doing, but indeed, you are not alone . . .take care, kc
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 08:41:16 PM »
Thanks for the reply!

I have been having this on a constant basis since may 2013. I've seen neurologists and other specialists. I've have MRIs, catscans, X-rays, and other things but no one has found anything significant.
I am currently taking 1.5mg of ativan but have been taking it once a day since September 2013 because I have difficulty swallowing and it helps me eat during the day. But the ativan doesn't do anything to ease the pain.
I definitely hate medication and don't want to keep going on ativan.
Sometimes I worry that I have a deathly disease because of the pain and the twitching. So worry turns into chronic anxiety.
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 09:36:25 PM »
One thing that I might suggest that you consider, especially given that docs cannot identify a source of your pain, is of course anxiety . . .but, the other, and I would think that you would need to find a doctor who accepts this condition (even thought the have official recognition) and ask about fibromyalgia . . . the problem is that fibromyalgia, like chronic fatigue syndrome, is usually diagnosed through elimination of other causes . . . I read a paper some place that says that anxiety and depression can intensify the symptoms . . . in any case, I am not qualified either as a med doc or as someone who has experienced fibromyalgia to tell you much about it . . . and, as I say, there are some docs who do not believe these conditions exist . . . . so, you may have to try a couple of docs before you find one that will listen . . .

I could see that Ativan would not ease pain unless it would help you to sleep but that is not happening . . . .and I am not overly keen on meds because of friends who had a difficult time weaning themselves off of them when they no longer needed them . . . do consider a chat about fibromyalgia . . . I am a bit surprised that none of your med docs spoke to you about it (or did they?) . . . do keep us updated and let us know if we can be of any support to you . . . you must be truly frustrated, but do keep asking questions . . . .you deserve an answer and a solution .  .. take care, kc
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 10:15:37 PM »
It has been fairly well established that Fibromyalgia is the conclusion of anxiety and depression.  This does not mean that there are not real, physical symptoms, but the cause is ultimately mind related.  To start down the road of a dx of Fibro, which has no known pathogen, is to accept a label which could doom a person to a life of disability.  It is okay to treat the symptoms in order to give the body and hence the mind a rest, but unless anxiety and depression are treated and worked on, the symptoms will continue in one form or another.

Been there.

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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2014, 01:04:05 AM »
If pain is an issue and you're worried about medication, maybe seek temporary prescription for possibly Ultram (Generic: Tramadol). It's stated pharmaceutically as a non addictive non-opiate pain reliever. It has worked well with me. I've also had Flexeril (Muscle relaxer Generic: Cyclobenzaprine) for night time if I have ever had trouble with sleeping. both of those prescriptions I never had to ween off of or never felt the urge (physical or chemical) urge to take them.

Just throwing out some medications you might consider if you're face to face with a doctor and you don't want something too potent. both work great.

The only downfall I've tried is a skeletal muscle relaxer called is Robaxin (Generic: Methacarbamol)... found it to be complete junk. The ones above it listed above are pretty good.
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2014, 06:53:23 PM »
Thanks for the replies!

I guess what is most interesting to me is this all started in late April of last year. Where literally one minute I was eating dinner and completely fine. Then the next minute I started feeling shortness of breath, twitching, and difficulty swallowing. And since then, it has stuck around. But it came on like the flip of a switch.
I have had anxiety for about 4 years but was getting to a point where I could bring myself back down. But since April last year, it has become chronic, every day. My whole body feels like one tense muscle. And along with that, the difficulty breathing is crazy too....which seems to have a "schedule" of starting to hit around 1 or 2pm everyday and lasting.
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Re: Constant muscle and body pain and twitching
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2014, 02:30:13 AM »
Yep, these are classic physical symptoms of uncontrolled anxiety. It's textbook. Nothing that will hurt you, but it's in your best interest to find ways to get your anxiety under control ( therapy, meds, hobbies, etc.) so you can ease the annoying aches and pains. 
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