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Hi I'm new to this but I've had ongoing anxiety related issues for a year now involving clenching my jaw, grinding my teeth, shaking, tingling and numbness in hands and feet, heart palpitations, muscle twitches, tensing up, feeling sick, loss of appetite, feeling as if I'm going to faint, frequent urination, chest pain and frequent panic attacks. I've always had no doubt these were all caused by anxiety either because I've been anxious or I realized I was having an anxiety attack but recently I had a horrible panic attack that seemed to not let up for almost two weeks. Out of nowhere I woke up one morning and had the urge to use the restroom, but after I went I still felt the need to go. This has been occurring on and off and I went to the doctor to have UTI and STD testing, blood work, all came back negative. I've had ultrasounds of my bladder and uterus and been to a urologist to check for inflammation during a cystoscopy test, and had voiding tests. Everything came back clear and multiple doctors have told me there is nothing physically wrong with me and urology related problems wouldn't pop up overnight. Psychiatrists have told me that it could be due to anxiety since it started during an attack but I just can't seem to accept it...

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Hi Alyssa

Yes this could be an anxiety symptom. You've done the right thing, had it all checked out. You're in the clear. 

I get this symptom too. It's really annoying! But harmless and nothing to worry about. 

Anxiety causes fight or flight to kick into gear. One of fight or flight's annoying symptoms is needing to empty your stomach. It does this to make you lighter so you can run faster. Handy if you're being chased by saber toothed tigers, not so handy in 2017. But that's the reason it happens. It's normal when you're suffering from anxiety or panic. Just go to the loo! No big deal. A bit inconvenient but harmless all the same. 

Once you learn a way to calm yourself down, you will recover from anxiety and these symptoms fade away. To help learn a way I'd suggest reading anything you can find by Dr Claire Weekes. Another good site is www.panicend.com . There's a good book called 'At Last a Life' by Paul David, if you can get your hands on that. Read. Read and read some more. Ask questions here on AC. Study yourself, your thoughts and your reactions. Learn what sets you off. 

If you can, get into a therapist that can teach you cognitive behaviour therapy. It can help a lot. 

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10 hours ago, lonesailor14 said:

Hi Alyssa

Yes this could be an anxiety symptom. You've done the right thing, had it all checked out. You're in the clear. 

I get this symptom too. It's really annoying! But harmless and nothing to worry about. 

Anxiety causes fight or flight to kick into gear. One of fight or flight's annoying symptoms is needing to empty your stomach. It does this to make you lighter so you can run faster. Handy if you're being chased by saber toothed tigers, not so handy in 2017. But that's the reason it happens. It's normal when you're suffering from anxiety or panic. Just go to the loo! No big deal. A bit inconvenient but harmless all the same. 

Once you learn a way to calm yourself down, you will recover from anxiety and these symptoms fade away. To help learn a way I'd suggest reading anything you can find by Dr Claire Weekes. Another good site is www.panicend.com . There's a good book called 'At Last a Life' by Paul David, if you can get your hands on that. Read. Read and read some more. Ask questions here on AC. Study yourself, your thoughts and your reactions. Learn what sets you off. 

If you can, get into a therapist that can teach you cognitive behaviour therapy. It can help a lot. 

Thank you so much for commenting this has given me some peace that it really is just anxiety. And thank you for the help!

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hey guys i have really bad anxiety and would really like to talk it out im depressed and feel like im going crazy i haven't felt this bad in a long time.

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On 1/22/2017 at 8:35 PM, Alyssa C said:

Hi I'm new to this but I've had ongoing anxiety related issues for a year now involving clenching my jaw, grinding my teeth, shaking, tingling and numbness in hands and feet, heart palpitations, muscle twitches, tensing up, feeling sick, loss of appetite, feeling as if I'm going to faint, frequent urination, chest pain and frequent panic attacks. I've always had no doubt these were all caused by anxiety either because I've been anxious or I realized I was having an anxiety attack but recently I had a horrible panic attack that seemed to not let up for almost two weeks. Out of nowhere I woke up one morning and had the urge to use the restroom, but after I went I still felt the need to go. This has been occurring on and off and I went to the doctor to have UTI and STD testing, blood work, all came back negative. I've had ultrasounds of my bladder and uterus and been to a urologist to check for inflammation during a cystoscopy test, and had voiding tests. Everything came back clear and multiple doctors have told me there is nothing physically wrong with me and urology related problems wouldn't pop up overnight. Psychiatrists have told me that it could be due to anxiety since it started during an attack but I just can't seem to accept it...

You may or may not believe this but I had all of the same symptoms. I mean all of them. I spent 6 months getting a lot of the same tests done and more by my dr and specialists (except for the uterus stuff cuz I'm a guy). 

Every single one of them was caused by anxiety. Absolutely nothing wrong with me. When I actually started believing I was ok was when my symptoms started to fade.

Don't get me wrong, it's cool to get checked out but it can become an obsession for people like us with anxiety. And for the love of God don't google!

Hope this helps!

All the best!

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On 2/7/2017 at 5:07 AM, Worrywart54 said:

You may or may not believe this but I had all of the same symptoms. I mean all of them. I spent 6 months getting a lot of the same tests done and more by my dr and specialists (except for the uterus stuff cuz I'm a guy). 

Every single one of them was caused by anxiety. Absolutely nothing wrong with me. When I actually started believing I was ok was when my symptoms started to fade.

Don't get me wrong, it's cool to get checked out but it can become an obsession for people like us with anxiety. And for the love of God don't google!

Hope this helps!

All the best!

It's so strange because sometimes I can go weeks without getting any of those symptoms and I'll feel stress free but then all of a sudden they'll come back when I'm facing a lot of stress. It's just very hard to accept because I don't know many people who have this, it seems rare?

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