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Anxiety causing hold breath? And muscle symptoms?

Ldubbs

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So I have had on and off physical symptoms of anxiety for a few years now. 2 years ago I started having hand weakness/fatigue and it had been constant from then till now. Over the last 3 months I have noticed randomly that I am unconsciously holding my breath, and I do it very often especially when exerting energy and even when relaxing sometimes. And now for two months I have had issues with my muscles everywhere. My throat, legs, hands, stomach they all all feel weak and odd all the time. Like they don’t work much and my legs are so tight as well as my throat and stomach. It’s making it very hard to do normal things and was wondering if it’s possible anxiety could really be the reason for all this. Anyone ever have anything like this?
 

suzzeeb

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I'm not sure if you have been seen by a doctor but that might be a way to calm your fears. Sounds a lot lot anxiety to me. Trust me, I've had so many bouts of feeling weakness in various parts of my body and strange sensations everywhere that I would focus on and then they just get worse. I have gone through times of feeling like I can't swallow, weakness/shaking in legs and arms. People have reassured me on this forum about the difference between perceived weakness and clinical weakness, which would make walking up and down stairs impossible. It seems like as soon as I feel reassured about one symptom it seems to leave but something else replaces it! Sometimes being seen by a doctor helps calm my fear, sometimes not, but probably a good place to start. Almost certainly he will tell you its anxiety and then maybe you won't be so focused on it.
 

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It's always good to get a checkup (if you haven't been to the doctor in a long time), but I've almost fainted plenty of times from accidentally holding my breath. I really don't have a clue why it's part of my symptoms, but what you're describing definitely sounds like anxiety/panic.
 

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I've been to the doctor and gotten and EMG as well as chest x ray and they were normal. I haven't gotten more tests, but it's just so debilitating. Standing up, walking, breathing, eating, everything has become difficult. My whole body feels tight, frozen, weak, and out of sorts like all day and I can't tell if it's from me holding my breath so often mixed with anxiety, or something else. It's just hard to imagine it lasting this long. I've had the hand pain for almost 2 years and the rest of these symptoms for 2 months+
 

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I've been to the doctor and gotten and EMG as well as chest x ray and they were normal. I haven't gotten more tests, but it's just so debilitating. Standing up, walking, breathing, eating, everything has become difficult. My whole body feels tight, frozen, weak, and out of sorts like all day and I can't tell if it's from me holding my breath so often mixed with anxiety, or something else. It's just hard to imagine it lasting this long. I've had the hand pain for almost 2 years and the rest of these symptoms for 2 months+
This may sound backwards... but have you done any moderately challenging exercise - like running or cycling? I've found that if I force myself to do it, my breathing becomes more normal, and my muscles relax from being tired. Being exhausted beats being worried (at least for me). There's some chemicals released by your body that are helpful, too.
 
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