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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why does stress/anxiety make pain worse?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Muscle tension . . .: Pain is perceived and interpreted by the brain. When one feels anxious or worried, one may tense muscles that worsen the pain. In addition, in an anxious state one might focus excessively on the pain and avoid activities that might decrease how much pain is noticed. Carly Simon's 1974 song, "Haven't Got Time For the Pain" comes to mind.
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 56 years experience
Nobody knows: But it does. Perhaps is is part of the so called hypersensitivity syndrome
Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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