I don't really get regular exercise. I don't have any wheezing, it's mainly feeling like I can't really breathe deeply and I'm also having chest discomfort. This is usually not an anxiety symptom for me. I tried buspirone for anxiety over the weekend and was feeling great so I thought it helped a lot, I only had 4 pills to try and ran out Sunday, but when I got it refilled Monday it didn't seem to help nearly as much. I am having a lot of physical symptoms now even after 4 doses of buspar over 2 days.
Do I have anything to worry about with the slight shortness of breath and chest discomfort? I have had some back pains and pains under my arms too
Okay, thank you. I have just been worried about it because of breathing in the cat litter. that couldn't cause any lung infections or anything could it?
Alright. So the back and underarm pain is probably not related? When it happened I felt the symptoms for about three hours, then it got better, then the next day I went to class and had been walking around a little bit and that seemed to re-trigger the chest tightness. Then today I woke up with the symptoms and the back/underarm pain
In regard to the other symptoms, I was feeling worse a little over a week ago and went to a walk-in clinic and had blood work done, and everything was perfectly normal. Then this weekend I felt better than I have in a very long time, now I feel worse than ever. Would any illnesses besides anxiety behave this way?
Not really, they are just kind of short waves of pain
It doesn't usually hurt to take a deep breath but occasionally it does, the pain kind of comes and goes. It doesn't get better/worse with any certain position
Okay but with the other symptoms, I was feeling worse a little over a week ago and went to a walk-in clinic and had blood work done, and everything was perfectly normal. Then this weekend I felt better than I have in a very long time, now I feel worse than ever. Would any illnesses besides anxiety behave this way?
but there is probably still a physical cause for all of these symptoms beyond anxiety?
Well I feel like I've completely stumped doctors. It's so strange to me that one week I'll feel like I'm about to die and then I will feel almost normal the next day, then I will go back to feeling worse again.
I am also kind of starting to worry about blood clots from nuvaring because of the chest and back discomfort
Here is how my symptoms went today. I woke up with the chest tightness and discomfort and felt a bit anxious about it, went back to sleep for a while, woke up feeling extremely weak, lightheaded, and shaky, felt slightly better after eating, but still felt lightheaded throughout the day with the back and underarm pains, then I took my second dose of buspar, took a shower, got out and felt very lightheaded and like I couldn't get deep breaths, now my stomach is starting to hurt and I'm feeling really weak and foggy-headed/sluggish
I also feel like the symptoms as a whole are getting worse. I used to have more days of feeling good but lately it seems I'll only feel good for a couple days at a time, then feel awful, and every time I feel bad it's worse.
Are there any specific conditions this could be besides anxiety?
thank you. so no specific physical disorders come to mind with these symptoms?
and is somatization different from health anxiety or hypochondria?
Okay, thank you. So you don't think there are any specific physical disorders that could be causing my symptoms?
it just feels like it has to be something bad since the symptoms are so severe
I also tend to feel better really late at night. Would this be consistent with anxiety/somatization instead of a phyiscal cause?
Thank you. But can you think of any specific physical disorders that would cause these symptoms with normal bloodwork?
Thank you. Are there any typical symptoms or can the symptoms be anything?
I went to a walk-in doctor today and he definitely thought it was an underlying stress issue causing my physical symptoms. He prescribed zoloft but I am afraid to take it because of the side effects and withdrawal symptoms if it's discontinued.
Thank you! Yes it has been a year. After I got back from the doc I was feeling slightly better but then I got a little stressed about something and started feeling much worse again, and now I am once again worried about the physical symptoms. When I breathe in my back kind of hurts, my legs are weak, I feel lightheaded, etc. I have also been feeling extremely weak and nauseous when waking up and it's really hard for me to get out of bed because of this. Can anxiety cause this? I'm usually a lot less anxious right before I go to bed so that's why I find it odd that I always wake up feeling so bad.
Thank you. When the issues first started a year ago I was actually throwing up most mornings, but some days it didn't happen and I had days where I felt almost normal. I thought I was really sick then but that was probably stress related too?
Thank you! Would these symptoms be expected to get progressively worse or would they get better for a while and then worse? Mine were bad in late spring/early summer, started to get better in late summer/early fall, were a lot better in late fall and early winter, and I've been getting worse lately. Plus I've had new symptoms recently that I didn't have before and I think that's why I am worried.
Thank you. The thing most alarming to me now is the shortness of breath since this is usually not anxiety symptom for me at all. It seems to get worse when I eat. Is this consistent with anxiety symptoms?
Thank you. Would it be constant or more when I feel anxious? It's been pretty constant for me for about three days. Are there any signs to look for if it's something serious?
I was feeling a little better tonight and I just tried to eat something and it felt like it was irritating my throat and making the shortness of breath worse and I was also getting lightheaded/dizzy while eating. Is this the anxiety?
Thanks. I woke up very sick to my stomach today and was also very nauseous right before I went to bed. I also feel extremely weak and shaky. It's so hard for me to believe this is anxiety when I feel like this as soon as I wake up.
Thank you. Is it common at all for someone with anxiety/somatization disorder to feel very weak and shaky upon waking up?
Thank you. It's more of a weak, shaky feeling that feels like low blood sugar more than a neurological type thing. I think the low blood sugar feelings (when my blood sugar is normal) are part of the anxiety and maybe when I wake up I feel weak since I haven't eaten for a while. I usually feel better once I can get myself to eat.
Thanks. It's usually only bad when the other symptoms are worse. I've been feeling weak and lightheaded most of today because I've had a lot of trouble eating. Eating makes me kind of dizzy/lightheaded too. Could a food intolerance cause these symptoms or is it probably just from the stress?
Thanks. Yes, it seems that I get really lightheaded before eating, then I'll eat and feel lightheaded in a different way. Today is the worst I have felt in a long time... woke up sick to my stomach and weak and I have had a very hard time eating. And I've been very dizzy. But with normal blood work anxiety is really the only thing that could cause this range of symptoms isn't it? I have been worried about viral illnesses and infections but I had similar symptoms (not as bad) last week and blood work was all normal, and I haven't had a fever.
Thank you. A SED rate also checks for inflammation right? Mine was 11 when I last had blood work, I didn't get CRP checked.
Can anxiety cause a sore throat at all? I don't usually get respiratory anxiety symptoms so this is very new to me, but my throat feels tight and sore and I'm getting a slight pain in my chest when I breathe in.
Thank you. The sore throat is kind of off and on and I don't have a fever so I don't think it's a viral infection but I am still having some underarm pain so I am concerned about swollen glands. I've also had no appetite today which is difficult because I have to eat so frequently.
Thanks. Is it common to have bad side effects to Zoloft at first? It seems like when I take it, about an hour later I get bad nausea that lasts all night and into the next day. Last night I could barely sleep and kept waking up feeling sick and confused because I was having weird symptoms. I finally had to get up because I was getting really bad hunger pains even though I have no appetite and feel nauseous.
Thank you. The nausea is pretty intense, is there anything I can do to help it? I think part of the reason I am feeling so sick in general is because I haven't been able to eat enough.
Thanks. I was having some heartburn earlier and it seemed to make my throat sore and eating was difficult. I took a nap and when I woke up my throat was very very tight. Can this be caused by acid reflux? It's not extremely sore, mainly just tight and has a dull ache.
Thanks. Even the roof of my mouth is sore in the back, can this be reflux too? I will start taking the Prilosec again. I didn't feel like I was having acid issues for a while until I started taking the Zoloft, then it got really bad.
Thanks. My throat actually feels swollen, and even my tongue and the roof of my mouth feel swollen. It's really hard to swallow food. So this is probably acid reflux and not a virus or infection?
Thank you. Right now it's mainly the roof of my mouth and tongue that are sore. I can barely swallow, it's so painful. It's worrying me because I can't eat.
Thanks. It seems like every day when I wake up I feel weaker. Could this just be because I haven't been eating as much this week? Today before I got out of bed I almost felt too weak to breathe and my arms and legs felt very weak.
Thanks. It usually gets better when I eat, though. My throat/mouth don't feel anymore sore today but it's still really hard to swallow food so I'm having a hard time eating enough to curb the weak feelings.
Thanks. I kept waking up feeling short of breath, went back to sleep and woke up sweating, and I have chest discomfort when I take deep breaths. My nose is slightly stuffy and my mouth is still sore but I'm not coughing or anything.
Thanks. Does waking up covered in sweat mean a fever? And could the throat and roof of mouth/tongue soreness just mean a cold?
Thank you. I have been worried because I breathed in that cat litter last weekend but it is probably just a coincidence. I have never had a cold start out with a sore throat and chest pain but that is probably what it is since I get colds a lot.
Thanks. The nasal stuffiness is going away but I'm trying to eat and swallowing is making my chest hurt and throat feel tight. I've never had anything like this before so I'm kind of concerned.
I also felt like I was going to throw up while eating and now everything feels swollen and tight. Is there anything I can do about this?
Thank you. Is is possible this could be an allergic reaction to Zoloft or something else? I have never felt like this before and I'm worried I won't be able to breathe.
Thank you! I decided to go to a walk in clinic and they said it could be the beginning of strep or a sinus infection. They said my nasal passages looked swollen but my throat looked okay which was odd because I'm not having nasal congestion but my throat definitely feels tight! Maybe I am just having to breathe harder through my nose and getting the chest discomfort?
Thank you very much. Out of curiosity, how common is it for people with anxiety/somatization disorder to report feelings of low blood sugar when blood sugar isn't actually low? That seems to be my most persistent symptom and on the days I don't have an appetite I feel so much worse because I can't eat very much, and it's really disabling.
This specific complaint would be quite unique to you!! The problem of somitization disorder may be often DIFFICULT to correctly diagnose> depending on the patient's complaints and general pattern over time.... This diagnosis often does take time and as in your case careful history, physical exam and tests to rule out physical problems for the given set of complaints... Sometimes there can be clues to the diagnosis with a careful history of the patient from a psychological and family history and evaluation of possible precipitating factors>> An example would be a person with abdominal pain that was reacting to the stress of their mother being diagnosed previously with pancreatic cancer... this may lead to the recurrent worry and stress to cause the abdominal pain along with the health fear of the cancer...
So each case such as yours is unique really and carries its own particular story....
I hope this helps!! Let me know if you have further questions!!
Anthony Bray MD
Thank you. I have talked to some other people with anxiety who have the low blood sugar symptoms but not as bad as I have. I have been wondering, are there any autoimmune diseases I could have? I did have a negative ANA test but I know that doesn't rule out everything.
Thank you, that definitely helps! Are there any other tests I need to rule out physical causes for the long-term symptoms?
Okay that makes sense, thank you!
I hadn't had the chest pain/shortness of breath for a day or two but today I walked outside to check the mail and my chest started hurting when I breathed in. It was a lot warmer outside than it has been. Can chest pain be caused by allergies?
I think your recent diagnosis with upper respiratory infection (sinus infection plus sore throat) would be more likely to be associated with this than allergies. It sounds to me that you may have a degree of pleuritis (inflammation between the lung and chest wall) This frequently occurs with respiratory infections (not often a symptom with allergies though...) Costochondritis would be another possible cause if you have tenderness of the front of the chest (beside the breast bone (=sternum)) This latter is inflammation of the cartilage segments (one or more of these) between the sternum and the ribs. Either of these conditions would typically benefit with using an anti-inflammatory med such as Aleve 1 to 2 tablets twice a day with food..
I hope that this helps. Best Regards,
Thank you! The reason I'm not really sure if it's associated with the possible respiratory infection is because it's been on and off all week. Last night I did housework and did not get the chest pain but today I did just from walking outside.
I see >> yes I suspect that it is just some secondary inflammation associated with your upper respiratory infection. Especially of and on signals to me that you probably have a mild case and it should settle down within a couple of weeks..
Let me know if you have further concerns..
Thanks! For the past few days I have had on and off weak and crampy feelings in my arms and legs, especially when waking up. I'm getting concerned about neurological disorders but since it is off and on is this probably just an anxiety symptom?
I agree the off and on nature of this sounds like it is a stress related symptom.
I hope this helps!
Hello again. As you know from my history I have suffered physical symptoms of anxiety and depression for over a year, but for roughly two months I was doing MUCH better after starting on Zoloft. I almost felt "normal" most of the time, except some acid reflux which seemed to be a side effect of the Zoloft, but I was managing it with Prilosec. I started working again and was getting back to my normal life, but this week I have not been doing very well. Several days ago I started having some stomach cramps, mostly in my lower abdomen, sort of felt like menstrual cramps but also intestinal cramps. It was uncomfortable but bearable and I didn't have any other symptoms. Then it started getting worse, one day I woke up with very bad abdominal cramps and used the bathroom several times (no diarrhea, just normal) which relieved it temporarily but I was extremely nauseous and could not eat so I called off work. The next day was about the same except for not as many bowel movements, just one and a small amount. The cramps lasted that whole day as well as the bad nausea, and the last few days have been the same.
I saw doctors and they said it was most likely IBS, but in the last 2 days I have developed a feeling of malaise and fatigue and my temperature has been higher than normal (99.2 when it was checked at the doctor, it's usually around 98.0). I slept for a very long time last night (about 11 hours) and woke up very nauseous and eating brought the cramps on again.
Do you think this is IBS or something more serious?
Some of your symptoms do sound possibly consistent with IBS.. the intestinal spasms especially.. IBS would fit with you having anxiety too.. IBS usually is more prevalent in those with anxiety. You might benefit from anti-spasm medicine such as Levbid or Librax if the symptoms are that bad....
The nausea could be due to irritation of the stomach lining >> gastritis or ulcer as possible causes here... Nausea may be a symptom with IBD too but this is not typically that predominant of a symptom with IBS >> if an ongoing problem then you may wish to discuss this further with your doctor... testing for H. Pylori may be considered (bacteria that is common cause of ulcers) If H.Pylori were present then it would need two weeks of double antibiotic treatment. I would for now advise that you avoid foods and other items that tend to irritate the stomach >> avoid acidic foods and hot spicy foods>> tomatoes, onions, peppers, coffee, alcoholic drinks, citrus fruits and anti-inflammatory medicines (Tylenol is OK though)
The temperature is still within normal range so i would not attach much significance to that at this point (Normal = 98.6 plus or minus 1.3 degrees)
I hope this helps! let me know if you have further questions! Take Care ,