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My doctor says my leg pain is being caused by anxiety/stress. can stress really cause painful symptoms ?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Cortisol hormone: The increase in the hormone cortisol from stress, may contribute to chronic pain. Some forms of chronic pain could be due to the cumulative destructive effects of cortisol on muscle, bone and neural tissue as well as the immune system. Stress and anxiety are a factor, not the cause.

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