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Hello :) I've had a rough time with anxiety for the past 2 years and have finally decided to take Paxil to help calm me downa bit...The worst syptom I've found from the past few months (I've taken paxil for only 3 weeks and its not that) is the muscles in my neck and shoulders are really stiff and I sort of twitch a bit and when I get really stressed at work sometimes when I move my neck it can feel like its almost grating :( the worst was when I see a movie at the cinema now because my neck is so stiff after watching the screen...Has anyone been in the same boat?? What can I do because I can barely cope with my anxiety and this just makes me agrophobic and not myself at all
[QUOTE=Moggy]Hello :) I've had a rough time with anxiety for the past 2 years and have finally decided to take Paxil to help calm me downa bit...The worst syptom I've found from the past few months (I've taken paxil for only 3 weeks and its not that) is the muscles in my neck and shoulders are really stiff and I sort of twitch a bit and when I get really stressed at work sometimes when I move my neck it can feel like its almost grating :( the worst was when I see a movie at the cinema now because my neck is so stiff after watching the screen...Has anyone been in the same boat?? What can I do because I can barely cope with my anxiety and this just makes me agrophobic and not myself at all[/QUOTE]


Hello Moggy! I have very similar symptoms to yours! I've been to the Dr MANY times in the past few months and each Dr says the same thing, stress is manifesting in my muscles. According to them, stress can manifest itself and make your body get stiff and spasm. I used to go to the gym everyday for years, one day I stopped going, which led to the next day not going....now it's been 5 months and I still haven't gone back. Maybe because I haven't been exerting myself and getting out my tension it is just manifesting in me?!?! I am not sure if Paxil can cause muscle tension, but I do know stress can! I've gone to see chiro's also...they work BUT unless you stop the stress it will keep coming back! I've been going for 2 months now, and I still get out of alignment. I just bought the book Feeling Good The New Mood Therapy, by David Burns, which is working wonders with my stress and anxiety! Good Luck, keep us posted on how you're feeling!





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