The way anxiety affects your body can be upsetting, and in some cases highly unusual. It's not uncommon to find that you experience symptoms that would otherwise be considered strange - symptoms that may increase your anxiety as you try to find an explanation for why they occur.
That's what often happens to those that experience buzzing sensations. These buzzing sensations are usually physical, not auditory, although some people do hear the buzzing sounds. They're a strange symptom without a clear cause that can create significant distress in those that experience it.
Is Anxiety Making Buzzing Issues?
Anxiety is complicated. Buzzing can be a symptom of anxiety. Feeling more "aware" of feelings and sounds can also be caused by anxiety, as can misinterpreting things you see, here, and more.
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Understanding the Buzzing Feeling
The buzzing sensation is hard for many to explain. What makes it more interesting is that it appears to occur even when no anxiety is present, which is uncommon for most anxiety symptoms. That's one of the reasons that it's so hard to diagnose and describe, since the buzzing itself doesn't always occur at the peak of anxiety. Take my free 7 minute anxiety test to find out what other symptoms may be caused by anxiety.
The most common way of experiencing the buzzing feeling is in to feel like your muscles, fingers, or legs are vibrating or shaking inside. It's not the same thing as "nervous shaking." Rather, it's like your body acts like an electric toothbrush that turns on and vibrates in strange and unusual ways. For some the twitching is very fast. For others, it's a bit slower.
Why Symptoms Occur When No Anxiety is Present
One of the reasons this symptom causes so much distress is because it occurs without any clear anxiety present. Since most anxiety symptoms occur along with anxiety, this can create a feeling as though something else may be wrong. It commonly triggers many of the health anxieties that those with anxiety experience regularly.
But there are two issues that cause the buzzing feeling - and other unusual sensations that occur without anxiety - to happen when your anxiety dies down:
- Most people also experience subconscious anxiety and stress. There are issues that are often in your mind, along with neurotransmitter changes that occur when you have severe anxiety. These issues can cause anxiety symptoms even when you feel fine and have no negative thoughts.
- Anxiety genuinely alters the way your body works, and long term stress can alter hormones, tense muscles, and more. All of those issues don't simply repair themselves immediately when the anxiety goes away, and that may cause your hormones, muscles, neurotransmitters and more to stay out of balance and cause these feelings and issues.
Don't forget that anxiety also causes both worst case scenario thinking and a tendency to focus on feelings and sensations to such a strong degree that it actually increases the risk of experiencing those sensations. So in some cases you may be overly paying attention to your body and causing these sensations without you realizing it.
Cause of Buzzing Sensations
The strange thing about these buzzing sensations is that it's not clear what causes them. Most likely it's simply a different way of reacting to that "falling asleep" feeling that comes from anxiety and stress. Anxiety and panic attacks cause issues that lead to tingling in the extremities, but not everyone experiences it the same way. Others experience more of a burning, while still others experience simple weakness. Buzzing may be another experience.
It's also possible that it's simply a reaction of the tense muscle to the hormones of the body. Muscles respond directly to hormones and nerves, and if both hormones and nerves are firing incorrectly, it may be due to some reaction they're having to the chemicals around it.
It would be easier if there were research into the cause of buzzing, but unfortunately little to no research has been conducted. The key thing to realize is that many people appear to suffer from this type of condition - some to such a degree that they can hear the buzzing in their ears - and it's not unusual for you to experience this sensation yourself.
Turning Off the Health Fears
When you have anxiety, Googling your symptoms is one of the worst things you can do. You'll find issues like buzzing - and many other types of disorders - to be caused by serious conditions like MS and ALS.
You should always see a doctor if you are honestly worried about your health. But rest assured that these conditions are very rare, and your doctor will have experience with those that have lived through these types of ailments. You need to make sure that you are not contributing to your own anxiety by looking up all of your symptoms and convincing yourself you have the worst thing you can find.
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Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Sep 28, 2017.