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A 34-year-old male asked:

Could stress/anxiety cause aching muscles in legs ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
MusclePain + Anxiety: The incidence of pain actually caused by the mind (stress/anxiety) is exceedingly rare. It is a part of the chronic muscle pain in your legs. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Yes, it can cause: many different kinds of pain, however, you should first consult with a physician to find out if there is something physical causing the pain which needs to be treated medically before assuming that it is simply stress related. Once the physical issues have been either treated or ruled out, consider psychotherapy and learning stress reduction techniques (relaxation, hypnosis, meditation) to help.

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