Extreme anxiety and its (often neglected) Physical effects!

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When extreme anxiety invades your life, it is no less than a hell. We are going to see lesser known or neglected physical symptoms of extreme anxiety. Often more attention is given to the primary symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, but these neglected effects also make your daily life miserable. I know….only you understand it!

Why not attack them?

These symptoms are not that serious and discomforting but they arise and fade away indefinitely. The reason they go unnoticed is that they do not show up in a fixed pattern. They can manifest anytime and when they do they make your day very uncomfortable and tiring.

Let’s see the neglected symptoms of extreme anxiety:

1. Occasionally pounding heart

This is the commonest symptom of anxiety that many people feel in between the anxiety episodes. No matter what you are doing, you suddenly feel a few pounding beats that even last for several minutes. Pounding heart is only because your nervous system has become sensitive and reactive and so your heart reacts fast if you move suddenly or do some heavy activity. This alarms you when you feel it and you begin thinking of a heart attack, right? Most of the times sufferers battling with extreme anxiety already have tachycardia or fast heart rate. Although most often this is not worrisome getting medical attention for it can be a good preventive measure against it. But remember anxiety does not cause heart problems, but it can accompany them. Check out Rapid or irregular heartbeat by Dr. Reid Wilson.

2. Stomach Bloating- Fullness with or without eating

Many anxiety sufferers have told me (and it resonates with my experience) that their stomach often bloats for no reason. You feel pressure in the stomach like it is being blown up like a balloon. Fear response affects stomach also. Digestion is a complex process that involves stomach acids, digestive juices, and bacteria! This system is very delicate and it goes out of balance because of generalized anxiety or anxiety attacks. Every time the stress response is triggered the brain shuts down digestive processes until anxiety ceases. The frequent on and off of the digestive system disturbs it and this causes bloating and fullness. Consuming probiotics, learning to control anxiety and panic better and eating on time can help with stomach bloating.You may check out Anxiety, Stress, and Stomachaches by WebMD.

3. Heartburn or Nausea

Anxiety and worry-prone people have a sensitive stomach. Once your body and mind start suffering chronic anxiety your stomach shows its effects. Stomach secrets more digestive acid under stress and anxiety. Some people vomit during panic attacks. This is because the stomach has become hypersensitive and it produces acid and nausea even at the thought of panic attacks! It also produces more acid after eating. It becomes sensitive to nearly all stimuli associated with its functioning. As a result, you often have heartburn and nausea. It is the same people who suffer GERD. Eating more alkaline foods and drinking more water are the primary precautions you can take. If you are having hyperacidity you definitely need to consult a physician.  

4. Soreness and irritation in the eyes

Chronic stress, extreme anxiety, and panic attacks imply that you have elevated levels of adrenaline in the body. This can cause pressure in eyes resulting in blurred vision. Every chronic anxiety sufferer experiences eye strain during the day. A common feature of anxiety is hypervigilance- that is the arousal where you get scared and anticipate events that will increase stress and anxiety. As per nature’s provision, your pupils dilate during anxiety so that you become highly sensitive to light and movement. This makes you spot the threat or danger clearly and instantly in order to avoid or fight it. Chronic anxiety or recurrent panic attacks can put a strain on the delicate eye muscles and tire them out! As a result, you experience soreness, pain, and redness in the eyes which may also contribute to headaches. Learning coping techniques for anxiety is the only way to get over eye strain. See: Eye problems in anxiety.

5. Dry stools

Nearly all high to extreme anxiety sufferers often experience hard and dry (difficult to pass) stools. This is related to the bloating and indigestion we discussed in point 2. As the digestive system goes sluggish and causes bloating and nausea, they eventually contribute to constipation. In constipation, the stools simply remain in the large intestine and the colon for a longer time. Water is reabsorbed from the stools in the large intestine to retain water in the body. Therefore, longer the stools stay in the intestine and colon the more water is absorbed eventually drying and hardening it. This makes it very discomforting to pass the stools. You can prevent it by drinking more fluids and water.

6. Tinnitus- Ringing in the ears

Tinnitus- ringing in the ears and anxiety are interlinked. Tinnitus is related to ears and their functioning but the electrical signaling in parts of the brain responsible for auditory processing, including the amygdala (considered as the fear center of the brain which produces extreme anxiety) are also found to be involved in tinnitus. Since anxiety or chronic stress activates many parts of our brain it also has some effect on parts corresponding to auditory processing and the fear center. This is how the link between anxiety and tinnitus can be understood. It is all about the neuronal electrical activity of the brain and the ears combined that is stimulated by anxiety and stress. See: Ringing In The Ears (Tinnitus) and Anxiety— By AnxietyCentre

This is the reason many people experience ringing in the ears after having anxiety or a panic attack.

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