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Forum Name: Psychiatric Topics

Question: Tension - muscle spasms?

 krona - Thu Dec 09, 2004 7:57 pm

Hi everyone. I have an anxiety disorder and major depression. It's actually generalized anxiety disorder. This anxiety causes muscle tension in my head. Here is the weird thing.. when I took Excedrin Tension headache for the 2nd time, every muscle in my body began to spasm and my whole body loosened up. After this physiological change, my self-confidence boosted way up and the obsessive fears that caused anxiety before had almost vanished. My doctor says that this is impossible, but I know that something is going on and I would be ecstatic if I could find treatment for this... or even get an explanation.

Thanks, Krona
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:20 am

User avatar Hi krona,
Anxiety and tension can cause a significant amount of pain in your neck and head. Headaches can make the anxiety and tension even worse. Medications affect people differently. If Excedrin Tension Headache works well for you and had that sort of benefit then that's great. I hope you continue feeling well :)
 krona - Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:09 pm

So you think the muscle tension is probably making my obsessive fears (anxiety) worse?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:57 am

User avatar Hi krona,
Anytime a person experiences pain it causes a certain amount of anxiety. Anxiety over what is causing the pain and how to decrease it. So yes, it certainly may be a contributing factor.
 krona - Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:23 am

Thanks for your caring response, Ms. Nurse. May God bless you for your caring attitude..

 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Dec 18, 2004 6:10 am

User avatar Hi krona,
How very kind of you, and thank you very much. May God bless you as well :D I sincerely do hope you are well soon. May you have a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy, and Blessed New Year!
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