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rkb0305 10-30-11 07:58 PM

Physical symptoms, hypochondria
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety about 1.5-2 years ago. I tried several antidepressants and therapy. I've been feeling much better in the past several months, and went off my antidepressant, but continue the therapy. I can now recognize my anxiety for what it is. It isn't gone, but it is better. One of my big fears, though, is getting sick. I'm always afraid I'm going to get sick at the worst time.

About a month ago I started to feel hot/fevery, got the chills, and a headache (no actual fever, though). It lasted about a week-10 days, went away for 4-5 days, then came back for a week. I went to the doctor, had a blood test, and nothing was found. Now the symptoms are back. It isn't debilitating, but I feel like I'm on the verge of coming down with the flu or something.

Could this all be in my head? Could they be physical symptoms of depression? I'm so sick of feeling this way with no explanation. Has anyone else gone through this?

Knox 10-31-11 06:28 AM

Hi rkb,

I hesitate to give medical advice, because I'm a laywoman, but I do have hypochondria so I know how it feels to have annoying, mysterious symptoms. In my experience, I've had a lot of symptoms ranging in severity and type, all of which after seeing a doctor or talking to my psychologist about, I've just had to accept stem from anxiety. I would think that if you have been checked by a doctor and been given the all-clear, that you have nothing to worry about in terms of your physical health. I often feel hot or cold as well, but when I check my temperature it's normal. It's very frustrating to have real symptoms while knowing it's all in my head :rolleyes:

So yeah, personally from what I've been through with anxiety and hypochondria, and based on the fact that you've been to a doctor before, I would say you're fine and it's just anxiety causing you to feel bad. Doesn't make it any less annoying though, I know.

junip 10-31-11 07:15 AM

The physicality of mental malcontent adds to the negative emotional reflexes and appears to form a closed loop of negative feedback.

My mind/heart feels bad -> my body feels bad

My body feels bad -> my mind/heart feels bad

It is a sign that there is a misalignment between the soul and your physical self.

There was a time when I think my anxiety was starting to establish itself and I was having the worst night sweats - waking up feeling I pee'd my bed, totally soaked linens. I was freaking out.

Now depressive pain is tricky because much of it is NOT caused by physical activity say like a workout or hard labor. It's anomolous and it messes with our heads.

I would say the first thing to do is make changes in your diet, move to better night's sleep, stretching, exercise - and of course positive thinking as you make these transitions to keep your motiviation rolling.

Since I have come across an exceptionally challenging time in my life - I have changed my diet and have been exercising, I have lost weight (probably from some bad anxiety habits as well) and am noticing improvements in my physique which is improving my self-esteem. It works, it really does.

rkb0305 11-19-11 11:40 AM

I have come to the conclusion that the physical symptoms are due to the depression. After feeling much better for several months, I now feel depressed again. It all goes together.

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