Is anxiety the cause?

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Hi all. This is my first time posting so can someone please give me some advice. Iam a 21 year old male and currently studying accounting at uni. Iam normally a very strong and confident person. After the mid exams, which made me stress a lot, i started to get physical pains such as headaches, back pain, abdominal pain and bloating, started sweating terribly at night, pins and needles in my hands and feet and just feeling generally not well. It didn't go away and i started to imagine the worst things that can possibly be wrong with me(cancer etc) . I stressed so much about this i couldnt go on with my daily routine and all the pains worsened. I went to the doctor and after being at 3 specialists and all the test that could have possibly been done all coming out normal they all said the only thing left can be that the symptoms is caused by anxiety. The last couple of weeks i have had no energy what so ever and iam so light headed throughout the day that i can not even interact with people anymore because i get to confused. I can not concentrate when studying or when iam in class. Does anybody relate to this and can all these symptoms be caused by general anxiety and constant stress about studies?

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    Hey Ed.

    To put it simply, Yes anxiety could cause physical symtoms. In fact.. Stress could cause a whole lot of symptoms that could mimic other diseases. The thing with anxiety is that its basically are gut telling us that there is something wrong. So ofc we go to the doctors and no matter how many times they reassure us that we are ok we wont believe them because its our gut and our whole mindset telling us that something is wrong. Sometimes, the brain cant tell the difference between something thats real and something that is not.

    My symptoms are these

    Chest pain ( burning, mild squeezing , heaviness )

    Heart burn

    Stomach pain ( rarely )




    Skipped or extra heart beats


    Impending doom

    Mind fog


    And much more

    Anxiety and excessive stress produces lots of adrenaline.. Which could screw with the heart and just your body in general.. Making you feel as if you just ran a marathon and you're completely exhausted. Panic attacks could make you feel tired... And it sucks. You're definitely going through stress and you need to find ways to cope. Try to find some ways to make yourself feel good and RELAX!!! Take a break from studying for a while... Have an hour or at least 15-30 minutes to yourself... And whenever you're ready go back to studying. This is what i do when im stressed out from studying, and it helps!!! Im in HS and im a junior which is considered a VERY important year . Imagine the stress that im going through lol. But you'll be alright! You got this

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    Yes all your symptoms sound like anxiety. Being lightheaded and not able to focus really suks I know. All kinds of pain and alot of times we don't even know what started it. I hope your doc started a antidepressant for you. They are amazing and so thankful for them. You will get your life back I promise. Don't sit and suffer,feel better

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    Thanks for the advice. I started taking antidepressants about 4 days ago so will have to wait and see if it works. So far nothing. Just one question, does the tiredness and being lightheaded ever go away? Because i can deal with everything else, but being confused and having no energy is getting me down.
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