I was diagnosed with GAD last September. The origins I think we're work related stress and a health anxiety. I returned to work in January and coped reasonably well until March and then fell back into working long hours. I could feel the stress rising but ignored it. In June I started to experience severe (normal life has ceased our the last 4 weeks) intermittent stomach and back pain. I've had a scan, MRI, endoscopy and Colonography completed in the last couple of weeks and nothing medical appears to be the problem. I'm now thinking this is actually stress and anxiety induced. Has anyone advice on this. Is there a name for this. Kev
Absolutely! I've been dealing with stress and anxiety issues for about 15 yrs now and thats exactly what my doctor tells me when I make an appointment thinking something must be wrong with me. My shoulders and back would hurt so bad that it made concentrating on work or driving nearly impossible and my belly would hurt like severe PMS.
If your not already taking anything for anxiety, it may be time to inquire. I jump straight to medication only because I cannot relate to most "natural" solutions to help with stress and anxiety such as Yoga, a timeout at a spa, or even exercising. My busy life and lack of funds leaves me with only 1 realistic solution but if you have the time and funds, definitely try the better approach to reduce those stresses. A hot Jacuzzi and massage would surely help relieve those tense muscles aches.
Anxiety can manifest in many different disorder if left untreated for extended periods of time. Josie is right, it is not always practical to do all the natural remedies, but it sure does not hurt if you are able to try them. There are meds like Buspar that may help with your anxiety. It is non-addictive and a good starting point, but consult with your doctor about your options. Depending on where you work, sometimes the company has a Public Relations Department that offer free counseling and or alternatives to help with anxiety.
Therapy is a good option also, if you can afford it.
Hope you find something soon to help :)
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