sick and tired

Sick and Tired – It’s Not All In Your Head

Does anxiety have you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  I’ve already discussed how undoubtedly exhausting anxiety can be but there are a myriad of other ways this particular brand of mental anguish can take it’s physical toll.

I mentioned in a previous post about working with anxiety what it was like to deal with some of the physical ramifications of severe anxiety and panic attacks I would frequently experience before going to work.  Like many of my fellow anxious brains, when these physical issues first appeared (mostly digestive in nature), it only fed in to my already overtaxed worry centers.  Doctors appointments were scheduled, tests and scans were run, and I even once made a trip to the emergency room.  As I know so many of you can relate to you, this all ultimately amounted to me being told I was perfectly fine.

While being told you’re healthy is always good news, it’s difficult to grapple with when you feel so bad day in and day out.  No one can seem to provide an explanation and you refuse to accept the old notion that “it’s all in your head.”  The thing about an anxious brain is that it often knows that it’s thoughts are irrational or misplaced; it just seems to be powerless to stop them.  That being said, people dealing with anxiety are usually perfectly capable of determining fact from fiction.

That brings me to the main point of this post.  Please don’t ever accept anyone telling you it’s all in your head.  The symptoms you’re feeling may be triggered by what’s going on in your head and may not, in fact, have a pathological cause, but they are very real nonetheless.

While the primary physical issue I dealt with is digestive in nature, there is a lengthy list of ailments that are often found in conjunction with anxiety.  The list I will provide here is by no means all inclusive, but I wanted you to have resources for additional information.  Please note that many of these disorders have a bit of a chicken and egg issue going on (i.e., medical research is unable to conclusively determine whether the anxiety caused the disorder or the other way around).

Before you research further, a couple of disclaimers: please only click on a link if you think you may actually be experiencing symptoms of that particular disorder.  We anxious brains are far too skilled at reading medical info and then convincing ourselves we have it with no actual symptomology.  Alternatively, if you do think you may be suffering from one (or more) of these, please schedule an appointment with your doctor.  I know that’s about the worst thing we can be told (doctors bring on the panic for me like nobody’s business), but they can provide blessed reassurance that we are in fact healthy.

If, in the unlikely circumstance, you find that you do have a medical issue that needs further exploration, then it’s time to put that anxious brain to work!  Use your powers for good and focus on learning all you can and working hard to get healthy.  It’s much better to use your brain’s limitless power to fight for your health than to just sit and worry about it.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Interstitial Cystitis (IC)


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Respiratory Issues

Heart Disease

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