Funny thing this Shea.
As you are aware all my physical anxiety sensations have been totally centered on neurological issues/sensations for the last year. About 6 weeks ago these stopped dead totally out of the blue and have been replaced with a tight chest...it is like a feeling of pressure on my chest and like a constant dull ache deep in there, this feeling can also radiate right across the chest or can be located in a specific spot. I am also having problems with my breathing and seem to find it hard to get a deep and satifying breath, I am also now wheezy and coughing more than usual.
Along with this I am also getting acid reflux and also stomach issues which involve constant 24/7 low level nausea and also what feel like hunger pains with a gurgling belly...this persists even after I have eaten. My appetite is fine.
So yes, anxiety can cause all this. What is really weird for me is that there is a huge psychological reason as to why my symptoms should shift and I literally went overnight from twitching and buzzing to all this new stuff. My GP has assured me that everything I am experiencing (and therefore you) is classic anxiety and the way it has presented is also a classic case of physical stress coupled with somatisation disorder.
Funny old thing this anxiety, it will often change it's disguise to keep you on your toes
edit: and don't get me started on the farting and burping, is driving Mrs Pan potty!
Oh, I hear ya! Yes, anxiety can definitely change its disguise and keep us on our toes. Absolutely! I'm finding that out more and more. But lately, I've taken on a new attitude. So, now when I have anxiety symptoms, instead of thinking brain tumor ... heart disease ... cancer ... etc. I'm more like, "Eh ... OK, whatever." And then I emerge myself into a task (anything) that keeps me busy and distracted.
That said, I will add that I've been getting headaches a lot lately - like almost every single day. They're not terribly bad headaches, more of a low-grade, constant dull neck ache that radiates into my brain stem area (low back area of the head). I've never been one to suffer from headaches, so this is something entirely new to me. And it's annoying as hell and a little worrisome (I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at all concerned). I keep telling myself it's probably allergy/tension/stress related ... but there's that little itty-bitty teensey-weensey voice that isn't gone 100 percent yet that's whispering: "You have a small brain tumor. So small that when you had your MRI two years ago, it didn't show up."
I wonder if it was
caused by something horrible like that if Advil and massage would still help? The reason I'm asking is because those two things give me relief. I'd have even more
relief if I knew that those two things wouldn't help if the headaches were caused by a brain tumor ... 'cause then I'd know I don't have one.
ARGH! Anxiety, I HATE you.