Most of us who dwell in this space, having anxiety, we are very familiar with symptoms, causes, effects, so on. There are of course other ways in which anxiety manifests itself within us and others and for those of us not working on our anxiety awareness or on the fringes of the issue some of these manifestations are hidden within other issues. I found a good article here That discusses some of the unusual symptoms.
From the article: “If you have an anxiety disorder and you’re experiencing a strange symptom — especially one your doctor can’t explain — you might feel relieved to know that your anxiety could be causing it. Whether it’s a somatic symptom or an emotion that doesn’t seem connected to anxiety at first, tying these mysterious symptoms to a known cause could help you manage them.”
The article goes on to illustrate several examples, 9 in total some of which I have myself. Now anyone of these can be attributed to other things. AS an example Tinnitus is cited as one unusual symptom of Anxiety. I myself suffer from this but I believe completely its due to the fact that 30 years ago in the hazy 80’s and 90’s I was a committed concert goer. That doesn’t mean it’s not worse when my anxiety flares but these are not absolutes and shouldn’t be take that way.
Example, the article talks about chest pains. It may in fact be as a result of anxiety but that’s not something you should screw around with you. You get chest pain checked out quickly and let a cardiologist determine if it’s a cardiovascular issue or not. The article is not without its merits though. Again for someone who is not as invested into Anxiety this may be an extremely helpful look at what might be causing their specific issue.
If you have an ailment, ringing in the ears, aches in your joints, constant stuffy nose you should be pursuing knowledge to determine what is going on and why. The more educated we become in our own health (physical and mental) the better advocates we become for ourselves and the more we can help shape health outcomes for others.
Mental health issues are at the forefront of healthcare now as we come off a pandemic. It may very well be that you have anxiety and or acute anxiety and you aren’t alone. Maybe one of the symptoms listed in the article applies to you? If so get it checked out, don’t be bashful or ashamed here. The sooner you can get a reasonable diagnosis as to what is wrong the sooner you can start work on solving the issue or at least coming to a place in your life where you can live with it.
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