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It is unbelievable but true

It is unbelievable but true

Anxiety can cause weak limbs was news to me until I surfed the Net to read about this. I am having some anxiety issues since the last few days and did notice weakness and heaviness in my limbs.I was in a panic mode. I thought perhaps the accident I had about 8 years ago which gifted me with vertebrae and ribs fracture could have been responsible as I have been active too running around doing some chores. In a way I waas relieved to know that it was not physical but a mental condition. Mental condition is within our control and that is what I am busy doing just now. I take deep breathes and do some 'pranayams' which I am sure will set matters right in the next few days.

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UmiNoor wrote on August 8, 2014, 12:38 AM

I only get anxious after I click on the Green button at Bubblews. That aside, anxiety is certainly something that needs to be addressed quickly lest it turns into panic attacks.

bestwriter wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:00 AM

In one's day to day life there are situations that could trigger the panic button. I had a dog that entered our compound which never happens and bit our pet, Until she was fully cured I was anxious. The Vet visited and we took his advice. So you only have the green button to worry about. Lucky you (lol)

UmiNoor wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:55 AM

I used to be anxious about any minor little thing especially when my children were young and then one day, I felt my heart stopped beating (literally) while I was being anxious about I can't remember what. After that, I just told myself to not be too anxious or be such a control freak and my life is calm and better. And whenever I'm in a situation that I will get anxious, I always ask myself, what is the worst thing that could happen? And it seems that being anxious about it wasn't necessary.

bestwriter wrote on August 8, 2014, 5:02 AM

One needs to work towards being in a state where anxiety does not exist. :)

Ellis wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:42 AM

The condition 'Anxiety' can be very debilitating, it is much more than worrying about much the same way as 'Depression' is much more than just being fed up. The two conditions often go hand in hand. Sufferers normally experience feeling completely exhausted, arms and legs heavy, shaky and weak, dry mouth, heaviness in the pit of the stomach, light-headedness as though you are about to faint, heart beating out of their body, sweating, a feeling of unrealness and an overwhelming feeling of impending doom for no apparent reason...

bestwriter wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:45 AM

After I read that page believe it or not half my symptoms disappeared.

AliCanary wrote on August 8, 2014, 3:06 PM

That's interesting! I had not heard it before, but it makes sense--anxiety can cause the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol to spike, which stimulates the "fight or flight" response--we get shaky and the blood rushes away from the surface more toward the inner organs, to protect them. Of course, if you're gonna fight, I'm not sure that weak arms and legs are very helpful, but adrenaline does give you "super strength", to an extent. Probably what happens is that it initially gives you a burst of strength, but of you don't use it, it leaves you weak and shaky. Isn't it crazy how mental issues can result in physical issues? Just goes to show that the mind and the brain aren't at all separate.

bestwriter wrote on August 8, 2014, 7:23 PM

There is so much we get to learn thanks to the Internet. This feeling all around me was so intense but the moment I came to know the havoc had nothing to do with my long forgotten accident but the stress I was facing half the symptoms disappeared. :)

AliCanary wrote on August 9, 2014, 11:51 AM

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be very effective in treating anxiety disorders (sometimes medication is needed, but CBT is always recommended, in addition or instead). The question UmiNoor asked, "What is the worst thing that could happen?" is pretty typical, as it presents a logical, more realistic view of the situation. As you found out yourself, you can allow you rational mind to overcome your irrational fears.