Anxiety can cause many frightening conditions, especially if you worry about your health often. The muscle spasm is one of those conditions. Many people experience strange muscle spasms with anxiety, and in some cases these spasms can cause additional anguish and anxiety.
Muscle spasms are sudden and involuntary muscle movements. They are often very small, like a jerk or a kick, and they usually come and go pretty quickly. They can also be cramps: prolonged muscle pain that is also considered a type of muscle spasm. Both can be caused by anxiety.
Muscle and anxiety spasms: the connection
Anxiety can produce many unusual and distressing physical sensations. In some cases, these sensations are simply irritating. In other cases, these sensations can actually cause a lot of stress.
One of the symptoms of anxiety trapped somewhere in between are muscle spasms. Muscle spasms can be irritating to some, incredibly distressing to others, and they are a common symptom of anxiety that can be both severe and mild depending on the person.
Do your spasms come from anxiety?
Anxiety triggers the fight or flight response and affects the hormones, which can cause muscle spasms. Strange spasms and nervous contractions can be a very clear sign of more severe anxiety. Calculate your anxiety symptoms and compare your anxiety with others by taking my free 5 minute anxiety test.