Q: I’m struggling to work out if I’m really ill or if my physical symptoms are anxiety related. Every day I’ve got a headache, sore throat, and my muscles are stiff. I also feel dizzy and sick when I go out. How can I tell if its all anxiety related?
A: I suffered all these symptoms (and a lot more), and like you, found it hard to distinguish which symptoms were related to anxiety. Being anxious and stressed takes a lot out of you and your body, and affects you both physically and mentally. It can cause an array of physical symptoms including everything you mentioned - you can also find more anxiety related symptoms here.
I know it can be incredibly frustrating because feeling ill is real, and the physical symptoms can be horrible, but when I began to face my anxiety and re-establish my balance, my symptoms disappeared. Not just one or two of my symptoms, ALL of them. That confirmed to me that my physical symptoms were all anxiety related.
If you haven’t done so yet, you should always see your doctor. When I received the reassurance that my physical symptoms were anxiety related and nothing more, it gave me reassurance and peace of mind. When you know it’s anxiety related you can move to the next step – dealing with it.
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Make an appointment to see your doctor. Get professional advice on your symptoms so you can move forward. Once you know it’s anxiety related you can deal with it head-on with no doubts.
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