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Depression and physical symptoms
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:33:54 PM »
What were or are your physical symptoms of depression? Because of these symptoms do you ever think it's something worse other than depression? Any responses are greatly appreciated.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 10:11:02 PM »
I ask this because I have so many physical symptoms it just seems impossible that it could be from depression/anxiety.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2014, 07:43:36 AM »
Depression can be either Clinical or Depression that happens when a person goes through something like a death in the family or something that makes a person feel down for awhile and then over time passes but sometimes it is hard to figure out which because with Clinical it is more intense and last and usually needs medication and therapy to deal with it long term.

I am clinically depressed so I will tell you how I feel but I also have anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and more plus physical health problems which can bring on depression .

With depression it is hard to even want to function and everyday things become hard to do or not at all like cooking or cleaning or taking a shower even wanting to eat and then sleep is messed up you can feel muscle tension and pain in different parts of the body and lethargic , hopeless, sad, really down , stomach aches, bowel problems, crying, there are so many and the thoughts are awful so it can be so many things and you feel like you are in a black endless hole . 

Best thing you can do is see a therapist and find out so you can start living again and have a full life and it is very hard . usually people with anxiety will have depression then like I said some will have clinical depression also bi polar which is another ball game and it isn't miserable as well due to the mood swings and the highs and lows .

Take care and know you aren't alone.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 02:59:38 PM »
I can tell you for me, the biggest physical symptom when I was dealing with some depression was fatigue. A secondary one was general malaise or achiness.

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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 03:37:59 PM »
I'm having a lot of physical symptoms right now, and I agree it can be very difficult to pick apart where the symptoms come from. Right now I am experiencing extreme exhaustion, body aches, flat mood. Ironically, my PSYCHOLOGICAL causes of previous depressive and anxious symptoms are actually under pretty good control, I was feeling in my best mental health in July.  then the fatigue hit in August.  I am in the boat where you're at, where we're examining the physical symptoms in more detail. I will be undergoing an evaluation with a sleep specialist next week and probably ultimately having a sleep study. my fatigue is to the point where I am close to dozing off at the wheel (not good!) even after 7-8 hours of sleep.

I suspect (almost hope) that there is a sleep issue going on that we can fix, because I think this depression relapse is due to the fatigue wearing me down as opposed to the depression causing the fatigue. We shall see.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2014, 02:22:03 AM »
Thank you for your responses. Seems I can relate to all your symptoms. I've been having a good month (symptom wise) but who knows how long that will last for. It seems to always be up and down. I'm realizing more and more that my physical problems are from anxiety and depression.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2014, 08:41:37 PM »
I feel unending fatigue, tiredness, lethargy, inability to do anything.  I have headackes, backaches, lots of insomnia, some nights I barely get 3-4 hours of sleep but this thankfully is getting better.  I have no energy and just want to lie down and cry somedays.  Yes I constantly worry that there is something seriously wrong with me.  :(  I hope all of this is normal for depression.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2014, 02:34:33 PM »
I feel like everything is just 'too much'.  It's hard to get myself motivated to do anything when I am depressed.  Even the most basic of tasks like showering can seem overwhelming.
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 05:51:14 AM »
Can you also experience neurological symptoms due to depression/anxiety?



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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 08:13:57 AM »
Can you also experience neurological symptoms due to depression/anxiety?

Assuming you have had a general work-up -- yes, neurological "like" symptoms can be caused by depression and anxiety disorder.

Why?

Probably the best explanation is that anxiety and depression are related to fear, and fear triggers a reflex in most of us called the "flight or fight" reflex.  This is where a defensive posture is unconsciousally taken.  It can happen in any part of the body, and it is where muscles tense.  If the muscles tense long enough and constantly, then they get in the "habit" of being tensed.  Imbedded within the muscles are nerves; attached to the ends of the muscles are tendons.  You can see that any part of the body that is constantly flexed for protection and tensing of the muscles can lead to a host of neuorological "like" symptoms.  They pain or numbness or tingling that you experience is real.  The good news is that with the right treatment anxiety disorder symptoms can be reduced and in many cases eliminated.  It does not usually happen overnight.  It takes time and patience for the body to get back to normal. 
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Re: Depression and physical symptoms
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 12:23:30 PM »
Yes i gave a clean mri and clean emg and blood was good. Inhave anxiety disorder with depression since septemver 2013 but my burning, tingling and other strange sensory issues started in june 2014 and after some ok months are now ful back since one month. Hard to believe it is just the anxiety and not a chronical al terminal illness
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