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GAD may cause physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, cold hands and dizziness. At the first sign of any of these symptoms, a general medical evaluation should be done to rule out other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms (e.g. cardiac problems). Other physical illnesses and symptoms that commonly occur along with GAD include chest pain, hyperventilation, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome. Chronic cardiovascular diseases -- including hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease -- are also common comorbidities of GAD. Again, because many of these symptoms are general and can occur with other medical disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid), a complete physical exam should be done to rule out other illnesses.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation answeredGeneralized anxiety disorder (GAD) -- uncontrollable and extreme worry about hypothetical situations on a daily basis -- can have dramatic effects on your body, both mentally and physically. Some common physical symptoms include fatigue, irritability, muscle aches and tension, stomach problems including indigestion and nausea, headaches, problems with concentration, shortness of breath, palpitations, sweating, and hot flashes.