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do u guys ever get this weird physical feeling where ur not tense but ur body feels like it needs to tense?


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#1 neffyiffy

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:49 PM

i sometimes get this horribly annoying and frustrating bodily feeling where, even though my muscles are in a relaxed position, if im too tired or for another strange random unknown reason, it will start to feel really funky like it NEEDS to tense up b/c just letting the muscles loosen would feel bad at that moment (im having a hard time trying to describe this...its like imagine u feeling like u need to curl up your toes tight and tense your arms and legs in a way where all your muscles would be forcefully made stiff or contracted in an attempt to get rid of that feeling...

i hate it and whats frustrating is that nobody has ever seemed to feel this yet im here writing about this now.. how bout u guys do any of u get this too?? its miserable! its so bad and im so fidgety right now that i want to tell the guy in the living room to leave even though he is here to study

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 04:43 PM

cramps? restless?

try stretching to loosen up the muscles. even if your tired.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:00 PM

Yeah, half the time or more. At least stretch everyday, especially in the morning

it's actually normal for the body to be relaxed. Can't be tense all the time, although it always feels better that way (to an extent)

Occupy yourself and don't think about it all the time, just usually when you exercise. If you're sitting around too long ... you can take a break and do a bit of exercise

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:21 PM

Yeah! I get the exact feeling when I'm insomniac. Your body may not feel tense, but your mind might. Mental stress...at least that's what I think it is.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 05:34 AM

 Guest, on 08 June 2010 - 06:21 PM, said:

Yeah! I get the exact feeling when I'm insomniac. Your body may not feel tense, but your mind might. Mental stress...at least that's what I think it is.

Not only mental stress, when i'm insomniac, my shoulders are tense too, not just mentally ;)

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:35 AM

I've been getting this (I think) and I'm about to bash my head thru a wall... It's mostly in my right leg where it feels like the leg is raised up, tensed, and not resting on a surface even when it is...Makes sleep a ridiculous thing to try to do... But then, when I try to think about what is happening in the muscles to see if I can fix, Idk, it's weird, it's almot like it's all in my head, which it might be, ugh
I'm typing now and tensing up the leg and stretching it out, maybe feel better?

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:43 PM

not that this really has anything to do with the topic ... but heard if you squeeze the calf of your legs, for a little while, it will relieve stress

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:27 PM

i have this feeling where i felt i need to tense up my muscles and very fidgety that i cant sit still. very hard when i am having conversation. i felt like i need to swing my arms and body violently or curl up tight or i am gonna have a seizure.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

Trapped tension in the muscles. Not the outer muscles but the inner muscles. The best remedy for it is a deep presssure massage. The therapeutic massages I've had have helped resolve this and other issues for me.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:56 PM

just say "excuse me, I just have to stretch" in the middle of talking to someone, and stand up or remain sitting, lay back, chest out and stretch arms wide open ... I think I've seen a few other
people do it. but if you're female ... you MIGHT not be "comfortable" about it, since you might think "you're looking like you're puffing out your boobs!!!" lol ... but REALLY, it's nothing. yeah guys might look for a second, but REALLY, so what?? it's not like he's gonna do anything. think of it more like yawning ... people do it without thinking. as long as you don't stretch and hit someone in the face or arm lol

that's probably all it means ... that you need some stretching or "a little exercise" to relieve any stiffness. or, maybe you can excuse yourself to somewhere else for a little while, and stretch or do whatever, there for a few minutes. a few minutes is all worth it, just to feel a little more "refreshed" or "relaxed" again, and helps get the blood flowing a bit more, helps relieve dullness and feel a bit more active. better than resorting to mere cans of Red Bull lol

always stretch in the morning, like right after getting up, or at least before going out, and also before bed. helps loosen and relax the muscles

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:16 AM

I get this all the time. It makes me feel like i am going crazy. I feel like i have to tighten my calf muscles and nothing relieves the tension. It happens in my arms too. I can uunderstad h OK w it can be from stress but i really wish i knew for sure what was causing it,

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

it's just to release tension or "recharge yourself" ... if you sit still too long and your body's doing nothing for too long then you start to feel tired or restless

that's why every now and then you need to get up, stretch or maybe do a bit of walking / moving or even a little exercise

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:37 PM

what u need is vitamin D and a little exposure to the sun

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:34 AM

Yes! i wanna know what this is too! its very frustrating!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

Look into restless leg syndrome - that's EXACTLY how my RLS shows up. I get really tired/am up past my bedtime, and suddenly my legs get this weird feeling. Sorta pins and needles, but mostly an overwhelming urge to both stretch and tense my legs. Neither actually relieves the feeling though. Posted Image

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:02 AM

It's like a feeling of "uncomfortableness".

I'm a guy and sometimes I cross my legs like a girl like wrap it all over my feet =P I guess you just need thing's to help you relax and feel more comfortable when resting. Like drinking tea, taking a shower and just keeping on the move by doing stuff.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:25 AM

Been getting this exact sensation as the original post. It happens to me after an hour or so of sleep. Then I wake up and the sensation of having to tense up starts. I find that walking around has helped, some times going to another bed in the house. Some times orgasm is a good remedy because it makes you tense up and then releases the tension. Can't do that all the time though...

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:29 PM

I get this too, it usually happens when I'm trying to do things at work. My work requires more thought then physical activity. My guess is that it has to do with stress or anxiety. Walking around, stretching, or doing something that doesn't require much thought usually helps. In the cases where I can't get up and more around, tensing up my muscles seem to sooth the feeling.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 08:42 PM

I know exacly what you mean i thought it could be restless leg syndrome but i get it in me legs arms fingers and toes its like i have torrets in my body iv done it since i was about 6 my dad used to shout at me because he thought i was taking the mick out off disabled people but i could not help scrunching my body up iv told the dr afew times but he doesnt underatand what i am trying to say i wish i knew what it was

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:47 AM

I found this thread by chance while googling a related subject.

I think what the original poster is describing and what some of those who reply are describing is Tourette syndrome.

I also have it and did not learn what it was until recently.

It is usually genetic. You should see if you notice one of your family members who also has tics. One of my parents does.

There is a more recent diagnosis they are using now for people with muscle tensing issues called : Tourettic OCD. They say this is much harder to treat than simply Tourettes or OCD because it has features of both but isn't really one or the other.

Tourette syndrome is not very well understood and some may associate only the more extreme forms of Tourettes with the syndrome. Some people who have Tourettes feel the urge to make very extreme movements and sounds - shouting, throwing out the arms, etc.

But I think there are a lot of people like us who feel a constant urge to tense different muscles in our bodies - but not in a very obvious way, so other people may not be aware of it.

For me the tensing urges have gotten worse as I have gotten older and one bad side effect of the tensing is that I am constantly straining and injuring muscles in my neck and back.

Unfortunately there is very little understanding of this from other people or the medical community but it is thought to be neurological.

Anyone who is serious about trying to find ways to cope with this should see a professional who specializes in Tourettes and works with people with Tourettic disorders. There is no real treatment for this, but some people have success with a technique called "Habit Reversal Training."

Good luck to everyone who has to cope with this.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 12:03 AM

View Postsailaway, on 25 December 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

Tourette syndrome is not very well understood and some may associate only the more extreme forms of Tourettes with the syndrome. Some people who have Tourettes feel the urge to make very extreme movements and sounds - shouting, throwing out the arms, etc.


Is that why some people "are loud and obnoxious all the time" or they can't seem to shut up? Like when my mom talks too much and "can't shut up". Like if you're going to talk ... don't be overexcessive, or even "too excessive" itself. But the physical side of it I do understand now and then ... like maybe I won't do it all the time but sometimes I feel like it

Some people probably think it's crazy but I just think "it's like an adrenaline rush or some kind of physical temptation". It's sort of like "feeling like The Hulk" and you just want to hit, smash or break something once in a while ... and if I can't do it, seeing someone else or even a videogame do it now and then is sort of satisfying. That's why I like action movies and games, or stuff like MMA or WWE ... just seeing people get hit, hurt or beat up lol. Some people might think "it's a little crazy or immature" but that's how I feel about it.

People like us need "regular exposure to violence" (but in a "safe" manner of course. Example: media violence. We like it, or some of it. As long as people
don't get carried away and then go hurt someone or break something. Or so we try ... fortunately, I haven't). Or go do something physical: maybe some place like the boxing gym, fitness gym or Muay Thai, etc. I don't do that stuff but "I have my ways of relieving tension" sometimes. I know I feel like hitting and breaking stuff
or people sometimes ... but I haven't went out and done it


But instead most of the time I "just have to try to be more calm" or have some privacy. How am I doing? I'm okay ... most of the time. But every now and then I feel like it ... think of it like a bear at the river. Just leave it alone ... and he's good. Or the nice little doggie ... when you don't make it bark or bite.


View Postsailaway, on 25 December 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

But I think there are a lot of people like us who feel a constant urge to tense different muscles in our bodies - but not in a very obvious way, so other people may not be aware of it.

For me the tensing urges have gotten worse as I have gotten older and one bad side effect of the tensing is that I am constantly straining and injuring muscles in my neck and back.

Unfortunately there is very little understanding of this from other people or the medical community but it is thought to be neurological.

Anyone who is serious about trying to find ways to cope with this should see a professional who specializes in Tourettes and works with people with Tourettic disorders. There is no real treatment for this, but some people have success with a technique called "Habit Reversal Training."

Good luck to everyone who has to cope with this.


I think it's "probably a bit of a mistake" to try to change people like that completely because it's probably genetic. But there are ways you can try to reduce it, like things or techniques to try to calm them down. Yes I believe they should try to be more calm and peaceful and I do believe there are things they can do to improve that. But to expect them to COMPLETELY change that part of them ... I don't know ... and probably not. I'm not even sure I want to. Honestly I don't ... there's a part of me that doesn't want to.

Think of like animals. You don't expect animals to change. They are what they are, by nature and instincts. What you can do is train some of them but an animal is still an animal, they're creatures of nature. The only difference is they've been trained or conditioned to act differently.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 03:09 AM

I do get that weird physical feeling when I'm at the beach or at a casino resort in Las Vegas. I don't want my ya-know to boink up. But those ladies in their almost bare-naked bikinis, can't help it.

That's why I stay in the pool so it doesn't "stand" out.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

View Postroar, on 01 January 2014 - 12:03 AM, said:

Is that why some people "are loud and obnoxious all the time" or they can't seem to shut up?


I thought about it a little later and later knew "it doesn't neccessarly mean people who talk alot" ... but I think it sometimes means the people "who get all loud, excited and restless" sort of like kids who make alot of noise and don't know how to behave themsevles

or like when you tackle someone or do something that gives you some kind of rush and then you feel like "roaring out a yell" or something like that

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:09 PM

I have multiple sclerosis and I know exactly how the original poster feels. You can not explain it to people. It about drives you crazy tho. You feel the need to tighten your muscles up in order to try to relax. There's just an overwhelming anxious feeling throughout your body and it almost hurts. I hope you do not have MS but I have assumed it was one of my symptoms. When I'm lucky it is just my legs. It can effect my whole body and that's when it really drives you crazy! Good luck!




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