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Severe headaches and numbness

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Dear doctor,

I suffered for over an year from stress & anxiety thinking that i got HIV & finally got the strength to do a test. It came back negative & now I'm trying to recover mentally.

Problem is that I get severe headaches like some kind of bandage is wrapped around my head. My teeth also hurt from this pain sometimes (I think like sinusitis) .There is also a slight numb feeling below my knees (mostly calf muscles).

Do u think stress & anxiety can cause such symtomps ? I'm particularly worried about the numb feeling in the legs.

P.S - I used to do a lot of jogging before & have started again.

Thank you
starcraft


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replied June 2nd, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A6711
Well Starcraft, you have a few worry bugs biting you at present. Yes we can have a range of physical symptoms which are caused by stress and anxiety. What we need to do is first of all make sure they are not REALLY physical (medical) symptoms - see a physician - and secondly we need to reconstruct our thinking. This means we need to identify the source of the stress and find ways to reduce the stress caused by that trigger. Avoid negative hurtful self-talk; be optimistic; have positive feelings; exercise; set good goals and so on. Resuming physical activity like jogging is great - gives you something good to do and reduces depression and anxiety.

Good luck..

Dr Jeff
www.drjeffbailey.com


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replied June 2nd, 2009
Thanks doctor,

I can say that all the worries that kept me down are gone now.

what's the probability of some kind of effect to the nervous system happenning due to high amounts of stress for a long time like over an year. Have u come across such cases in your practice ?

Regards
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replied June 2nd, 2009
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i have had pains in my chest and tingling in my arm but my blood pressure they say is normal. Is there anything to worry about?
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replied June 2nd, 2009
Stress and Anxiety is a very real problem for alot of people. As you can tell, the physical problems that can arise just from worrying about things. I know it's difficult to stop worrying but one thing that ALWAYS works is turning my cares over to God. Some may not believe in God. That's your choice. Therefore, my response is to those who do believe in Him.

God does not want us to go around fretting over every situation, making ourselves sick in the process. Think about this. If there's something you have no answer to nor can help, is worry going to solve the problem?

Michelle
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