The Physical Toll of Anxiety
From mild to severe, anxiety is something experienced by most people at some point in their lives. Sometimes people experience acute moments of anxiety because of stressful situations, other people may feel a chronic, low-level of anxiety often, and still others may experience full-blown anxiety attacks. Whatever form of anxiety you face, we at Kyle Emergency Center want you to be aware of the potentially serious physical effects that anxiety can have on your body. Everyone is different, but these are a few of the physical problems and discomforts that may go hand-in-hand with anxiety.
How Anxiety Contributes to Pain and Tenseness
You or someone you know has probably experienced a stress headache at one time or another. This is a common symptom of anxiety that can range from mildly annoying to excruciating. Headaches and other discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulder muscles arise from overly tense muscles.
Anxiety & Heart Problems
Anxiety puts a lot of stress on your cardiovascular system by increasing heart rate and affecting blood pressure and cortisol levels. Many people with anxiety worry that they are experiencing a heart attack during an anxiety attack because the two conditions share some of the same symptoms. For example, people with anxiety may feel a strange sense of doom or dread that is also a possible sign of a heart attack. Unfortunately, this can result in a dangerous spiral. When people worry about their physical symptoms, they may become more anxious, and chronic anxiety can lead to an elevated risk for possibly fatal heart problems.
Often, anxious people are unable to sleep because of the feeling of having a racing mind. When too many thoughts are keeping a person awake, the person may develop insomnia. Sleep deprivation itself can put you at the risk for a multitude of negative health effects, including increased chance of developing diseases, reduction in cognitive abilities, weight gain and reduced lifespan. We at Kyle ER cannot emphasize enough the need to have a steady and ample sleep schedule.
Stomach Discomfort and Digestive Distress
People sometimes joke about getting ulcers in stressful situations, but the risk of this is very real for people suffering from anxiety. In addition to painful ulcers, anxiety can bring on other bothersome and unpleasant digestive symptoms like diarrhea, bloating, and loss of nutrient absorption. When facing severe digestive stomach problems like pain in the abdominal area, vomiting or diarrhea, you should act quickly and get help from our team here at the Kyle ER
Poor Decisions Due to Anxiety
There are many healthy, natural, and beneficial ways to deal with stress, including meditation, therapy, exercise, and spending time with family and loved ones. While these may seem obvious to some, they are not the first remedy that many people try. People with anxiety may attempt to self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, or other unhealthy behaviors. This can lead to substance dependency and abuse, which also has many negative consequences. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be on the brink of a medical crisis because of misuse of any harmful substance, we suggest that you be ready to bring them to Kyle ER where we can treat a variety of medical problems and emergencies.
Life can be stressful, and most people are bound to feel overwhelmed by stress at some time or another. While occasional stress that is not overly extreme can actually improve performance in some situations, chronic, intense, long-term stress is very rough on your body. If your anxiety problem goes too far, our team at Kyle ER is ready whenever you need emergency medical care.