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Physical symptoms caused by anxiety? - March 7th 2015, 06:46 AM

So I have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and OCD. I am on medication and I now experience little to no symptoms of any of them. I also have undiagnosed chronic pain and fatigue which my doctors (gp and psychiatrist) are convinced is due to anxiety. Now I know mental health problems can cause physical symptoms but just because they've done quite a few tests doesn't mean it's not physical. Plus, from what I know of physical symptoms of anxiety and depression, the usually occur/occur more when anxiety/depression is bad, which is not the case for me. My physical symptoms are: headaches and migraines, abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhoea (tmi sorry), Dizzyness, muscle pain, unsatisfying sleep, allodynia (nerve pain-clothes hurt as does light touch etc), sensitivity to light and temperature changes, chest pain, vision blacking out about standing/mild exhertion, nausea and umm there are more but those are all I can think of off the top of my head lol. The tests I've had are multiple blood tests, stool test, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, MRI of brain (results not back yet) and ECG (results not back yet) and an ultrasound (which hurt like HELL) all of which were clear except for the MRI and ECG. I'm just sick of not knowing what's up and it being constantly passed of as 'all in my head'. I mean I'm in year 11 and I've had to drop maths methods, which kinda limits my uni options, and after I overexert myself I can't stand up the next day without passing out. I can't shower, and my baths are limited to once a week as they take up all my energy...sorry this kinda turned into a rant :/

Has anyone else experienced something like this that was all due to anxiety/depression? Even when it seemed to have no correlation to the appearance of symptoms of those mental disorders, which are seemingly all but gone? Thanks
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Re: Physical symptoms caused by anxiety? - March 9th 2015, 04:55 PM

Hi there,

I have had a few of those symptoms in relation to depression and anxiety. In particular, headaches, abdominal pain, tiredness, diarrhoea, and nausea. Iíve sometimes had changes in vision and chest pain when in the middle of a panic attack. However, if you are on medication, Iím not sure why these symptoms would be occurring unless they are side effects of the medication or are related to something else. Iím not a professional, so I canít diagnose you, but Iím wondering if it may be a bit like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? My friend knows someone who has it and it just occurred to me that it sounded a bit similar, such as exerting yourself and then not being able to function properly the day after.

Wait for the results of the MRI and ECG and keep telling your doctors about the symptoms to hopefully get a diagnosis and a good treatment plan.

As for maths, is there a way you can catch up? Or could you sit your exams a year later? Iím sure you will be able to work something out with your teachers; you will be able to get to university, if thatís what you want to do!

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Re: Physical symptoms caused by anxiety? - March 11th 2015, 09:56 AM

A few of those as mentioned by the person above are extremely common with anxiety. Could your medications also be to blame? I know mine make me very nauseous. I'm sure the doctors will find what they're liking for eventually, I get physical pain from my mental health a lot. If it is from that you're not alone! Here to talk if you need
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Re: Physical symptoms caused by anxiety? - March 18th 2015, 08:46 AM

Thank you for your replies guys! I was just diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome today so it was something else. Getting some ways to help it too. I'm really excited to finally have a diagnosis!
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