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Muscle Tension / Inability To Relax


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#1 dubbemiah

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:49 AM

Hi Everyone,

When I crashed into my anxiety pit, about 7 years ago, I developed symptoms of Chronic Muscle tension all over my body and a Chronic tension headache. My body will also not relax on it's own. I haven't achieved a state of relaxation in over 7 years. My body is always tense and I'm always on guard.

Does anyone else experience these symptoms? If so, have you found any tricks to achieve relaxation? I've everything from deep breathing, to relaxtion music, etc. My nervous system feels about shot, and I'm producing psychotic symptoms.

I wish I could trick my body into relaxing, but it doesn't work.

Thanks for your input,

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:55 PM

Hi dubbemiah,

i think that chronic muscle tension is common when having anxiety. I used to have that until my chronic anxiety stopped, but I get it occasionally when I
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 06:32 PM

Thank you for posting this Brandon. I suffer from chronic anxiety on a daily basis also. The intensity varies but it's always there.

I have also tried different methods of relaxation and the only thing I have found is distraction such as doing a really hard puzzle or playing games such as tetris.

Apart from that, the doctor has prescribed medication for me when I feel really anxious. I am lucky with that because it has such a long half life that I get about 3-4 days of relief and by the time it has worn off, the thing that was making me anxious at that time is usually over (sometimes it's just the weekend making me anxious) and once the weekend is over and monday has rolled around, I'm ok again.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 06:40 PM

Brandon,

Yeah, dealing with it right now. I have a knot in the middle of my back. Sometimes I find myself with my shoulders pulled up to my ears for no apparent reason. That causes pain eventually.
Strenuous exercise might help. I keep repeating what I read years ago: Anxiety is the appropriate reaction to have if you're being chased by a tiger. Your brain gets foggy, your heart rate increases, and all of your blood is diverted from non essential organs (digestion) to your muscles so you can run like he11. So, do what your body wants. Go for a run, wear off that energy and extra adrenaline. Sitting still is probably the worst thing you can do. Its worth a try.
If you love cola drinks like I did, you have to wean yourself off of them. Lots of caffeine in there and it adds to the anxiety.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:46 PM

Thanks everyone. And thanks for your replies. I had forgotten to check up on this.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 01:27 PM

I also have chronic anxiety and tension in my legs especially but also my shoulders. I think someone else mentioned distraction, that's what I try to do. Right now my legs are so tense it hurts. I keep relaxing but next thing I know I'm all tense again.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 01:51 PM

I also have chronic anxiety and tension in my legs especially but also my shoulders. I think someone else mentioned distraction, that's what I try to do. Right now my legs are so tense it hurts. I keep relaxing but next thing I know I'm all tense again.

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Hmm I thought for a long time I was the only one dealing with widespread muscle tension. Thanks for your input, and yeah, I haven't really found much of a solution for the pain or tension either. I guess the solution for me lies in anxiety improvement.



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 05:40 AM

Hi Dub,

 

I also have the same problem. It started off in my abdomen, and I ignored it, but now it's spread all over my body. It gets pretty devastating, having to deal with it on a daily basis. How are you coping btw?

 

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:32 AM

I have tons of muscle tension in my back and neck/shoulders. I keep thinking its my herniated discs but when my anxiety gets under control, it miraculously goes away each time. In the meantime, If I were you, I would do anything to get rid of the extra adrenaline, which is what is causing the tension. Exercise of any kind works, but most importantly, AD are what help me eventually get my anxiety under control. I have gone off of them several times, only to realize I may just need them long term bc I feel totally normal again when on them, This time, I am not getting off. Its easier to take one stupid pill than to have headaches, panic attacks, muscle tension, insomnia, etc from anxiety. Good luck



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Posted 27 March 2015 - 07:44 PM

ive actually created a thread on a similar topic to this and will attempt to help.

 

I experience the same thing. im ALWAYS tense, I don't sleep, I don't find comfort in doing things normal people do like snuggling up in a blanket or laying in a comfy bed, because it does nothing for me.

 

but it seems like people that experience this, probably have a high level of cortisol. its like the chicken n the egg thing. what came first, the chicken or the egg. well, the same principle applies here. is the anxiety causing the high cortisol, or is the high cortisol causing the anxiety. in most cases, anxiety CAN cause high cortisol. which would explain the headaches, the tightness, the inability to relax. If your cortisol levels are out of whack, you most likely have an issue with your body secreting to much stress hormone and adrenaline, hence your inability to EVER relax.

 

I too have tried everything for this, yoga, meditation, journaling, exercising, walking, deep breathing, n nothing seems to work. ive chalked it up to the fact that until I get my cortisol/anxiety levels under control, my body is going to continue to stay stuck in this fight or flight mode.



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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:56 PM

I too am suffering with this the last week. I was on lexapro for a few months. It was never going to be the long term solution for me as I had a low tolerance to it and side effects. Due to the fact I have epilepsy, the choice of meds is limited to me.

to be honest, the lexapro made me too blasé and I was only on 5mg! Did try 10mg but side effects were horrendous.

So I came off lexapro end on January which was the plan with the doc.

I was fine until last week. Now I am one big muscle knot! I do find swimming helps me greatly, but as we are heading into winter its too cold. So over the last week the only things that have occured to make me feel like this are I have been swimming less, I got my period after nothing since november, it stopped when I went on the lexapro. It could be that my hormones are out of whack, I am 47 but blood tests a year ago were normal.

I hate feeling like this, its making me feel a bit angry. However, although the feelings I had on lexapro were reduced tension I hated the insomia and the blase feeling but at the same time I felt wound up in a different way, couldnt relax.

this is just utterly stupid as I take a benzo for my epilepsy so technically shouldnt have this tension. I think I may need to brave the cold and go and work off this nervous energy otherwise I will explode today!




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