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Suggest Treatment For Symptoms Of Anxiety

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: Hello my name is XXXXXXX Recently I have been dealing with an anxiety disorder but at times I experience odd symptoms. Yesterday I started having muscle aches in all of my body. Apart from that I was having a lot of pain in my thyroid region and would hurt when I would swallow. Today I have not experienced that pain but I do feel pain in my stomach every now and then. About 15 minutes ago I got a really bad pain in the majority of my torso. It felt like many needles poking my insides. I have also been having sharp pains in my bladder region. I have also been feeling very fatigued. I don't know if all of these symptoms are associated but if you could help me I would greatly appreciate it.
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Consultation

Detailed Answer:
Hello, and thanks for your question.

What you are describing are somatic symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety often produces aches, pains, the sensation of difficulty swallowing, nausea, and fatigue. If you want to be especially safe, you should visit a doctor for a physical exam and basic bloodwork including a CBC, CMP, and thyroid studies. But these symptoms are all consistent with somatic symptoms of anxiety.

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In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Follow up: Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (15 minutes later)
A couple of weeks ago I was having the typical symptoms of anxiety. Palpitations, shakiness, cold sweats, dizziness, etc. In the past week it has transitioned into somewhat irregular symptoms such as muscle spasms, back pain, and muscle aches. At times I do not feel anxious and simply just feel these symptoms. For example, I'll be watching a movie and be completely focused on the movie and all of a sudden feel pressure on my chest or as if my body is sinking. Is that normal? and if so can you explain to me why that occurs?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Followup

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Yes, this is consistent with somatic symptoms of anxiety. These effects are caused by hyperactivation of the limbic system in the brain and subsequent release of catecholamine hormones that cause these sensations. You may need treatment with an SSRI antidepressant such as escitalopram or sertraline.

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In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Suggest Treatment For Symptoms Of Anxiety

Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. What you are describing are somatic symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety often produces aches, pains, the sensation of difficulty swallowing, nausea, and fatigue. If you want to be especially safe, you should visit a doctor for a physical exam and basic bloodwork including a CBC, CMP, and thyroid studies. But these symptoms are all consistent with somatic symptoms of anxiety. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers