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SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:15:55 PM »
read through this list of common anxiety symptoms (comes from another website). this isn't even a complete list doesn't matter if you've not had it before, it can happen now.  doesn't matter if you feel consciously anxious or not, most anxiety happens on the unconscious level.   

now here is the list of the everyday common anxiety symptoms that is posted as a link here all of the time.

Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general):   
•Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
 Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
•Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
•Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
•Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised
•Body jolts
•Body zaps
•Body shakes
•Body tremors
•Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
•Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
•Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
•Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
•Chest pain, chest tightness
•Choking
•Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
•Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
•Cold chills, feeling cold
•Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
•Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
•Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
•Dizzy, feeling dizzy
•Electric shock feeling, body zaps
•Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
•Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't
•Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
•Feeling cold or chilled
•Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
•Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
•Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
•Frequent urination
•Hair loss, hair is thinning, or clumps of hair are falling out
•Head Zaps
•Heart palpitations, racing heart
•Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
•Increased or decreased sex drive
•Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
•Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
•Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
•Muscle twitching
•Nausea
•Nausea vomiting
•Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
•Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
•No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
•Numbness
•Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
•Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
•Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
•Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
•Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation.
•Red skin, skin looks like or is turning red
•Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
•Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest
•Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
•Shooting pains in the face
•Shooting pains in the scalp or head
•Skipped heart beats
•Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck
•Startle easily
•Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
•The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
•Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
•Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
•Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
•TMJ
•Trembling, shaking, tremors
•Twitching
•Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
•Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
•Warm spells
•Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
•Weak legs, arms, or muscles
•Weight loss, weight gain

Chest (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area): 
 •Chest tremors, trembling in the chest, chest feels like it is vibrating
•Chest pain or discomfort
•Concern about the heart
•Feel like you have to force yourself to breath
•Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
•Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
•Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat
•Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough
•Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
•Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
 

Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear):
•A heightened fear of what people think of you
•Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
•Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
•Fear of being in public
•Fear of dying
•Fear of losing control
•Fear of impending doom
•Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
•Fear of passing out
•Fear that you are losing your mind
•Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
•Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
•Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
•Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
•Need to seat near exits
 
Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head): 
•Brain fog
•Burning, itchy, tight scalp
•Dizziness
•Dizzy
•Dizziness or light-headedness
•Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
•Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
•Hair loss, hair is thinning, or clumps of hair are falling out•Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
•Head zaps, head tremors
•Giddiness
•Numbness
•Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
•Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
•Shooting pains in the face
•Shooting pains in the scalp or head
•When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
•Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
•TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth
 
Hearing/Ear(s) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing): 
•Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can't get out
•Low rumbling sounds
•Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
•Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head
•Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
•Tickle or itch in your ear that you can't seem to get at

Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking):
•Afraid of everything
•Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
•Brain Fog
•Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
•Depersonalization
•Derealization
•Desensitization
•Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
•Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
•Disorientation
•Fear of going crazy
•Fear of losing control
•Fear of impending doom
•Feelings of unreality
•Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
•Having difficulty concentrating
•Nightmares, bad dreams
•Obsession about sensations or getting better
•Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
•Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
•Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
•Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
•"Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again.
•Trapped in your mind feeling
•Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
•You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders
 
Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings): 
•Always feeling angry and lack of patience
•Depersonalization
•Depression
•Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
•Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
•Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
•Emotions feel wrong
•Everything is scary, frightening
•Feeling down in the dumps
•Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
•Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
•Feel like crying for no apparent reason
•Have no feelings about things you used to
•Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
•Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
•You feel like you are under pressure all the time


Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach):
•A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
•Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
•Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
•Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times
•Choking
•Constant craving for sugar or sweets
•Constipation
•Diarrhea
•Difficulty swallowing
•Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech
•Dry mouth
•Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
•Feeling like your tongue is swollen
•IBS
•Lack of appetite or taste
•Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
•Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
•Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
•Nausea
•Nausea vomiting
•Nausea or abdominal stress  •Numbness
•Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
•Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
•Teeth grinding
•The thought of eating makes you nauseous
•Tight throat, lump in throat
•Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
•TMJ
•Tongue symptoms - Tingly, “stretched,” numb, frozen, itchy, “crawly,” burning, twitching, “jumpy,” aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn’t).
•Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
•Vomiting
 
Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin): 
 •Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
•Numbness
•Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
•Skin problems, infections, rashes
 
Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep): 
•Difficulty falling or staying asleep
•Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
•Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
•Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
•Jolting awake
•Waking up in a panic attack
•You feel worse in the mornings
 
Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight): 
•Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
•Dry, watery or itchy eyes
•Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
•Eyes sensitive to light
•Spots in the vision
•Flashing lights when eyes are closed
•Your depth perception feels wrong
 
Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch):
•Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
•Feeling cold or chilled
•Numbness
•Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
•Pain
•Tingling, pins and needles feelings

Other anxiety symptoms are described as:
 Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
 • Having a heart attack
 • Having a serious undetected illness
 • Dying prematurely
 • Going insane or losing your mind
 • Suddenly snapping
 • Losing it
 • Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love
 • Losing control of your thoughts and actions
 • Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself
 • Losing control
 • Fainting in public
 • Not breathing properly
 • Losing control of reality
 • Choking or suffocating
 • Being alone
 


 

NOW DO YOU SEE WHAT IT DOES??
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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: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 01:28:55 AM »
What's up, six?
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In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace.

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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 07:08:04 AM »
HELLO Lady,

other than successfully navigating a cold and snowy Buffalo winter with gusto... I am living the life,  raising the kids and walking the dog  :bigsmile:   We are well.  How are you and yours?
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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: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 11:16:50 PM »
Thank you for posting this list. After a CT and MRI for headaches and numbness and tingling came back clear you'd think is stop worrying, but I don't. I'm hypersensitive to every pain, soreness, "off" feeling. I keep reminding myself that ALL of these "symptoms" could be my anxiety this list is a great reminder.
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2014, 11:53:07 PM »
Lol since my anxiety started O have atleast 15 of these. I jist stopped getting head zaps like a month ago. Thanks you op :)
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 08:41:12 AM »
anxiety is a serious disorder, for sure.  it negatively impacts lives, sucks the joy from it, limits relationships, impacts career and is TOUGH on the body.  Anxiety and or continual stress keeps the adrenaline/cortisol/hormones going all the time.  Much of the problems stem from that.

as an example:  last year (dec '12 - jan '13) my hubs had a serious dx, we had lice wars in our home  :sick0002:, and worst of all my mother had a stroke and end of life decisions had to made.  No doubt VERY stressful.  As one might surmise, i was a wreck.  In that month I noticed my right eye having problems.  BY January 20th, I had greatly impaired vision in my right.  Two-thirds of that eye was like looking through smoke, words were 1/2 the size and wavy as compared to the left eye.  Color and light were about 1/2 of normal.  I remember flying home the day after my mom died looking out at the night sky with the lights below being dark.  Obviously I went to the ophthalmologist.  I was dx's with central serous retinopathy.  I developed tears in my retina causing fluid to collect between my retina and back of my eyeball.  It is caused by excess cortisol which is most often caused by too much stress.  My retina specialist ran another test that showed 3 large leaks.  Further I was told that both eyes bare scars of other leaks.  I had never noticed before because the other times the leaks were on the edge of my vision.  Well, long story short (too late) it took 6 months for the tears to heal (and thank goodness they did because laser surgery or injections in the eye were on the list).   My vision is about 90% back.  I do have a couple of quirks in my vision but fine otherwise.  I am still followed by the retina specialist.   

so my point of this story was to illustrate that stress/anxiety don't just make one scared, but impact a body physically.  so next time one is tingling or twitching or any number of the other things listed in my op and you think it can't be anxiety, think again   :yes: :yes:
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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: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 08:49:29 AM »
Six pack, so nice to 'see' you again. :action-smiley-065:
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2014, 09:26:39 AM »
Sixpack,  I've always enjoyed your words of wisdom, even when you were stressing yourself.  I've reread many posts on here and your comments.  They have been a comfort and inspiration many days.  Thank you.
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 08:58:36 PM »
I agree.  Your posts are so motivating and make me feel like there is an end to all of this chaos. 

Thank you so much!
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 09:12:38 PM »
HELLO Lady,

other than successfully navigating a cold and snowy Buffalo winter with gusto... I am living the life,  raising the kids and walking the dog  :bigsmile:   We are well.  How are you and yours?

Glad you guys finally thawed out! I'm doing great here in sunny L.A.

I knew you'd be back eventually. It's nice to have you posting again!
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2014, 10:26:52 PM »
anxiety is a serious disorder, for sure.  it negatively impacts lives, sucks the joy from it, limits relationships, impacts career and is TOUGH on the body.  Anxiety and or continual stress keeps the adrenaline/cortisol/hormones going all the time.  Much of the problems stem from that.

as an example:  last year (dec '12 - jan '13) my hubs had a serious dx, we had lice wars in our home  :sick0002:, and worst of all my mother had a stroke and end of life decisions had to made.  No doubt VERY stressful.  As one might surmise, i was a wreck.  In that month I noticed my right eye having problems.  BY January 20th, I had greatly impaired vision in my right.  Two-thirds of that eye was like looking through smoke, words were 1/2 the size and wavy as compared to the left eye.  Color and light were about 1/2 of normal.  I remember flying home the day after my mom died looking out at the night sky with the lights below being dark.  Obviously I went to the ophthalmologist.  I was dx's with central serous retinopathy.  I developed tears in my retina causing fluid to collect between my retina and back of my eyeball.  It is caused by excess cortisol which is most often caused by too much stress.  My retina specialist ran another test that showed 3 large leaks.  Further I was told that both eyes bare scars of other leaks.  I had never noticed before because the other times the leaks were on the edge of my vision.  Well, long story short (too late) it took 6 months for the tears to heal (and thank goodness they did because laser surgery or injections in the eye were on the list).   My vision is about 90% back.  I do have a couple of quirks in my vision but fine otherwise.  I am still followed by the retina specialist.   

so my point of this story was to illustrate that stress/anxiety don't just make one scared, but impact a body physically.  so next time one is tingling or twitching or any number of the other things listed in my op and you think it can't be anxiety, think again   :yes: :yes:
Would this explain how I ALL OF A SUDDEN got a UTI the EXACT time my anxiety started? This UTI also spread to my prostaye and my flow is still weaker 7months later
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2014, 01:08:11 AM »
Tell me about it. I have like 70% of these symptoms. Yesterday I had severe low back achy pain, achy calves achy left arm. I woke up that way, and was like that all day. I told my wife I think I'm seriously ill. I've lost 20 lbs this month(started candida diet). Well I read depression could actually cause this, I guess my mind believed it and all the pain left everywhere. I freaked out. I wake up achy every other day or so. I'm just in shock and disbelief on this. I hate it and I'm so depressed. I'm trying everything to better myself. I've lost 56 lbs and I'm just feeling worse. Doctors said I needed to lose weight. I'm just so tired. Breathing sucks everyday, numbness tingling, pain, dizziness when standing, fainting blah. *dead*
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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2014, 10:22:32 AM »
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  Would this explain how I ALL OF A SUDDEN got a UTI the EXACT time my anxiety started? This UTI also spread to my prostaye and my flow is still weaker 7months later

I don't know if anxiety caused your UTI and it moving onto your prostate or not.  It could be a coincidence that the two occurred together.  In other words I don't really think anxiety causes bacteria to enter your system.  BUT if your anxious etc, that can cause urinary issues--ie not emptying the bladder all the way, going too often.  That may make a body more susceptible to acquiring a bacterium.  But not a dr, sooooooo...  :winking0008:

As far as the flow being diminished all of the months later?? If I am reading this correctly, are you concerned something worse is wrong with all of your man bits due to the UTI?  My view would be:   If residual inflammation type issues have been ruled out , can anxiety cause flow problems?  I know that anxiety can cause urinary issues.  This could be especially true when it is something that scares you.  Remember BEASTY (anxious mind) knows what can freak you out. so as a result, flow could be affected.  theoretically speaking.


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Re: SOME symptoms of how anxiety affects people
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2014, 11:56:39 AM »
Tell me about it. I have like 70% of these symptoms. Yesterday I had severe low back achy pain, achy calves achy left arm. I woke up that way, and was like that all day. I told my wife I think I'm seriously ill. I've lost 20 lbs this month(started candida diet). Well I read depression could actually cause this, I guess my mind believed it and all the pain left everywhere. I freaked out. I wake up achy every other day or so. I'm just in shock and disbelief on this. I hate it and I'm so depressed. I'm trying everything to better myself. I've lost 56 lbs and I'm just feeling worse. Doctors said I needed to lose weight. I'm just so tired. Breathing sucks everyday, numbness tingling, pain, dizziness when standing, fainting blah. *dead*

I am sorry you are feeling so badly.  Anxiety can definitely play mind games with you left to its own devices.  Completely unfun. 

You mentioned that you are   I'm trying everything to better myself.    .  As counter intuitive as this may sound, trying too hard can backfire.  Essentially when you are trying too hard what you are still doing is monitoring how you feel.  Which means you are asking yourself, "Do I feel better yet?"  or "Do I still have that headache or whatever ache or pain is capturing your attention"  The real key to the healing path is engaging in proactive activities that allow the mind and body to calm down..  But you have to do it in such away that you are not monitoring.   Below is an excerpt from a conversation I had with another member  a while back.  It touches on what I am talking about. 


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  Quote from: amsa on March 15, 2013, 01:10:11 PM
very inspiring post, thank you! I feel like I've been trying to tackle my ha head on, but it making more anxious! not sure how to explain it but i decided to do pilates 3 times a week because i truly love it, but while i'm in class all my symptoms come up right before and during my class and it so discouraging! i end up trying to fight the thought that "maybe i should take it easy maybe my body is not capable of exercising". I'm still going to class but it's not easy. Also i've been doing meditations and chi qong and eft (tapping), thinking it will destress me a little bit but i've been more anxious and my neuro symptoms are increasing (on and off) and to top it off now I have weird heart things going on.... so am I focusing too much on myself and healing? to a point where it's stressing me out more? is that possible? I'm so trying to make all these changes in my life but it's seems to be making things worse! what's going on?


I know all of this can be quite discouraging.   However, imo and in my own experience, I believe there are a few things going on here.  I even hit on most of this in my original post.

some of those are:

sometimes anxiety symptoms are relieved when one is TRULY occupied.  BUT remember a body has to be relaxed for a while before a body calms down.  So one cannot expect the brain to say----oh I"m working now and I'll just forget that I'm a mess really and give up on the aches and pains."    anxiety doesn't really have an on/off switch.

I've also had times when I've been stressed and decided----Okay I'm going to get involved in something to get my symptoms to go away.  guess what?  it doesn't work then.  cuz, on some level I'm still monitoring

a year ago I was having, what I knew were stress/anxiety related headaches.  THey were pretty bad.  Well one day I went to help out at a dog rescue.  I walked 7 or 8 dogs over a period of two hours or so.  When I arrived, I had a headache.  At the end I got in the car and drove away with the realization that the headache was gone.  Within 5 minutes it was back.  YEAH can you believe that.

I've even had gardening or exercise that has made me more shaky

What I've come to understand both logically (the easy part) and emotionally (the harder part and this part can still sometimes be a challenge) that this is a lifelong process.  That doesn't mean I live in misery lifelong BUT that I am cognizant of who I am, how I react to stresses mentally and physically.   I really looked at my own personality and how that impacts the way I react to stresses.  I can see how my personality tends to react to stressors.  I am also aware of how genetics plays a bit of a role in all of this.  I also take into account my life experiences that can aid/abet anxiety.  This, in and of itself, took me being honest with myself.  It wasn't a one day thing.  It evolved through the years.  I am quite certain I'll gain more in sights about myself and life, in general, as the years go by.  This isn't always easy as we all have faults and we all have strengths.   Sometimes this part can be tough depending on the person

I had to quit acting like I was doing everything I could to get better when I knew, being honest with myself, I wasn't...  Oh I may have been halfway trying some proactive things (maybe just enough to show family that I was making an effort) but often I was doing all the stupid reactive things.

I had to learn that I will never be stress free but I can learn to deal with it better
 

remember our bodies, when we get like this, are all amped up.  any proactive thing we do, while absolutely necessary, STILL takes time to get to working.  Even doing all of the proactive things perfectly will often take months to make good headway.  This whole thing is not a 1, 2, 3 and all is solved.   

In my own life right now--------  I've talked about it here on the zone.  so you may know about it.  Since Mid December and for 6wks thereafter were acutely stressful....  my hubs received a diagnosis, 6 out of the 8 of us had lice (and as the momma, I did the heavy lifting which took 3+wks to get under control) my mom had a stroke, there were end of life decisions my sisters and I had to make, my mother passed, then dealing with differences in how to ultimately put my mother to rest.   All of this stress ended up causing a substantial issue with my eye...  It is called central serous chorioretinopathy.  You can find threads about my saga here....   The usual cause of this is excess cortisol being released in the body during high levels of stress.  It has caused blood vessels to leak behind my retina in my right eye.  I have three leaks....  All of the stress that caused this issue has been resolved (even hubs dx has a game plan now).  So I am not all freaky.  I am going about my life.  BUT this damage to my retina can take four to six months to resolve itself.  In 90% of people it does resolve on its own.  Some people end up needing laser surgery or injections into the eye.   So here I am not wigging, getting on with my life BUT still having to let my body heal.  Stress did this to me.  Now imagine if I was running around anxious about it?  Running around trying to find only the sinister in it?  Running around only thinking about how much stress damaged my retina and fixating on it?  Do you think that would make anything better or do you think that would just keep my body in the fight/flight mode and thus causing further damage?    Well you and I both know the answer to it.  So what I am doing is going about life as usual.  I endeavor to not pay the situation any mind.  I am trying to let my body heal.  I go back to the retina specialist (and the regular opthamologist too) in May to see if things are better.  If not, then I'll need some treatment to help my retina heal.  Because this can't be left unhealed forever.

so what does my experience right there tell you?


now onto another thing that could be going on.   But kind of still tied to the above     As mentioned in my OP, you can be in the most engrossing activity, one that you love.  But if you are looking to see if you are better, what are you really doing?    You are monitoring your body.  So really are you engrossed in the activity?  Are you really leaving the over thinking at the curb when you go to do the pilates?   OR are you just doing the pilates WHILE you worry, scan, monitor?

I think it is freakin' fantastic you are moving your bum.  Keep it up!!!

Just remember,

1. an amped up body can take months of proactive habits before making head way.
2. look at what is happening with me and see how long it is going to take my eye to heal... this is an ACTUAL organic condition due to stress.
3. if you are looking or paying attention to symptoms while doing the proactive, then you are still monitoring.  AND that monitoring is going to slow down any proactive things you do.
4. an amped up body means lots of fight/flight stuff is going on.  there is lots of adrenaline being poured into our bodies thinking we are always being chased by the bear.  This wears a body out.  So any exercise or other proactive activity can make a body more shaky or exhibit other anxiety symptoms.
5.  Yes people can try too hard.  sounds weird but when one is trying too hard, it means one is monitoring how they feel.   If you get what I mean?


amsa---things get better.  they do. 

good luck

this conversation  came from this thread    http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php/topic,67619.0.html 

I wish I could tell you that this just gets better easily.  Unfortunately it is a life long process.  and I don't mean I live miserably, I don't.  I mean that

JUST like any physical malady, a mental malady needs REAL time to heal   Unlike a physical malady though, with the mental WE have to make the DECISION to heal by changing our actions/thinking/behavior and continue to work on it even when it is hard.    Personally I believe mental issues are more difficult than getting through physical issues   


What I've come to understand both logically (the easy part) and emotionally (the harder part and this part can still sometimes be a challenge) that this is a lifelong process.  That doesn't mean I live in misery lifelong BUT that I am cognizant of who I am, how I react to stresses mentally and physically.   I really looked at my own personality and how that impacts the way I react to stresses.  I can see how my personality tends to react to stressors.  I am also aware of how genetics plays a bit of a role in all of this.  I also take into account my life experiences that can aid/abet anxiety.  This, in and of itself, took me being honest with myself.  It wasn't a one day thing.  It evolved through the years.  I am quite certain I'll gain more in sights about myself and life, in general, as the years go by.  This isn't always easy as we all have faults and we all have strengths.   Sometimes this part can be tough depending on the person. 
 

the bottom line is that WE are the captains of our ships.  If we don't steer it well, things go awry.  I simply got tired of running my ship aground.  I took a lot of leaps of faith and took a few chances.  Overtime I got better.  I've also learned that just because I have a fear or a thought, it doesn't make it true.  Just because my leg hurts or I"m dizzy, it doesn't mean I'm dying.  I've learned that I'm not going to let BEASTY take me down.  So that means I have to do things are often difficult.  I had to realize doing these difficult things meant it could take months before I saw results.


 
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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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How are you doing now? Are you improving? I'll do anything btw. Thanks for the info and response!
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