Physically ill thanks to anxiety.

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Physically ill thanks to anxiety.
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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:38am

Ugh. I just got some badish (well, not bad, but not good) news from the kiddo's teacher and immediately my stomach started to turn. As I've mentioned, he's special needs, and quite frankly any time the phone rings my nerves get all twisted. Usually I just worry about the what-ifs. But now I'm in a mess physically. 

Anyone else experience physical illness from their anxiety? I know how mentally we can withdraw, or worry, but this is actual physical sickness. It usually starts with burping or hiccups. From there my stomach starts cramping and is just in knots. :(

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 10:30am

Hi Erin,

I'm so sorry to hear you are under such stress. I have a friend irl who is in a similar situation and she is trying mindful meditation for these kind of episodes. She says to her complete surprise that it is helping. Maybe something like that may help you.

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 10:54am

I wonder if that would be the same as yoga. I have been attending a yoga class once a week and I have to admit I feel great during the class but it doesn't do much for me outside of the class.

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 1:11pm

Hi Karla & Yesitsmyturn —

My sister does meditation and I wanted to smack someone after two minutes of the breathing in and holding it, etc. LOL Maybe I'm just so high strung that it will take more than that for me?

I'd love to try yoga, but I don't currently have anyone to watch the little while I go. Maybe I can try to locate a weekend one though.

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Wed, 03-13-2013 - 2:57pm

(((HUGS))) I can be like that too.  The burping especially- it's odd to hear someone else describe the same thing.  When my anxiety was at it's worst, I would dry heave- especially in the morning.

Someone mentioned mindful meditation.  I sometimes try what is called mindfulness, which may be sort of the same thing.  It's not about sitting and breathing just so, but rather about slowing down your mind and focusing on the present.  More of a just being, and allowing the feeling to pass without feeding it, rather than trying to fight the anxiety beast, or trying to remember how to breath and sit just so.  There's probably much better explanations online than I can come up with.

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Wed, 03-13-2013 - 6:18pm

Erin it is not uncommen to have physical effects from anxiety or stress.  I was diagnosed with IBS but it really only flairs up when I am stressed or having anxiety problems.  My little nephew who just started middle school this year is coming up on his exams and has been having the worst bowel problems, with nausia and vomitting.  The poor child has had almost every test in the doctor's arsenal and they all come back that he is fine.  I know what the problem is.  He's stressed out big time.  My brother and his wife put way too much pressure on him to make all A's.  I was just happy if my son was passing.  All I ever told him about grades is that he should do his very best in each class.   He passed, mostly.   We had issues with English, never did homework for it. 

In this family we do both yoga and meditation.  I don't do that breathing type meditation.  The type I do is all about controlling your body and slowing it down.  It's great for regaining control when you freak out, or in my case, have an asthma attack.  It takes time to get good at it.  Both methods are easy to do.  

As for yoga, if you have a wii they have some great yoga tapes for that.  Then you can you do it at home, the kids can even join in.  My son has been doing yoga since he was very young.  They incorporated it into his school day because they wanted to help destress the students and figured if they learned it when young it would be second nature and it is.  He's the one that got me into doing yoga. 

The type of meditation I do I use to teach at the Archdiocese when I was just out of High School.  I've been doing this a long time.  I'll walk you through it. 

1.  Get yourself into a quiet room and comfortable.  It is okay to play some sort of music or even those whale tapes that people are so fond of.  You do not have lay down to do this but you can if you want.  I tend to fall asleep if I lie down so I sit on the floor instead. 

2. clear your mind of all your stresses, don't think about bills, dinner or what the kids are doing.  (this is the reason why I do mine before I go to bed after everyone else is in bed.)   Imagine all the stress leaving your body through the top of your head.  Feel the stress move up from your toes, past your knees, up through your hips, into your stomach.  feel the stress coming up from your fingers past your elbows, through your shoulders, feel the stress from your stomach wash up over the stress from you arms and push up through your neck and up through your head and then out into the universe.  Let it go. 

3. take yourself to a a happy place in your mind.  This can be a real place or an imagined place.  See yourself in this place.  See yourself in the same position you are in but in this place.  In your mind allow yourself you walk around this place. 

3.5. At this point you should be able to control your blood pressure, your breathing, your thoughts.  Think about the bodily processes that keep you alive.  If you haven't slowed them down, then do that now.  Just talk yourself into it.  I simply talk to my rushing blood and tell it to slow down.  You will actually find you are breathing deeper and more slowly at this point without even trying. 

4.  Keep this state for as long as you like and then bring yourself back by speeding up your heart just a bit.  When you wake up from this meditation, stretch a really good stretch to get your blood flowing again and I promise you, you will feel so much better and probably get a good night's sleep. 

I hope this helps. 

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 9:02am

First of all, sorry you were dealing with the stress from school- My son has ADHD and it's been a rough road at school sometimes. Our teacher conferences are tomorrow actually and I'm a mess. 

I also have physical pain from stress and anxiety. I have the occasional stomach upsetness, but worse is the neck pain. It was so bad that I ended up in the ER with neck spasms once. At the time I didn't understand why it was happeneing- The muscles were so tight in my neck, they could see the effects on an xray. The way I was holding myself or something? The ER doc gave me valium and it helped and I felt human for a while. But when I went to my regular doc, she told me that valium is highly addictive and made me feel so bad for myself I'm afraid to even ask her about my anxiety. more stress. 

Anyways- I'm new hear and it does help to see other people are going through similar things and the tips are great. I actually tried to do some relaxing breathing this morning before work- plus prayer. I think it helped a little.

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Fri, 10-18-2013 - 3:28pm

smarlowe02 wrote:

First of all, sorry you were dealing with the stress from school- My son has ADHD and it's been a rough road at school sometimes. Our teacher conferences are tomorrow actually and I'm a mess.

I also have physical pain from stress and anxiety. I have the occasional stomach upsetness, but worse is the neck pain. It was so bad that I ended up in the ER with neck spasms once. At the time I didn't understand why it was happeneing- The muscles were so tight in my neck, they could see the effects on an xray. The way I was holding myself or something? The ER doc gave me valium and it helped and I felt human for a while. But when I went to my regular doc, she told me that valium is highly addictive and made me feel so bad for myself I'm afraid to even ask her about my anxiety. more stress.

Anyways- I'm new hear and it does help to see other people are going through similar things and the tips are great. I actually tried to do some relaxing breathing this morning before work- plus prayer. I think it helped a little.

Hi! I wanted to quick welcome you. I'm on my way out the door, but wanted to just say "hey." :) I hope you'll stick around!!