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A 27-year-old female asked:

can stress cause bad chest pains and a heavy pressure feeling that starts in head and effects whole body? also have back/neck/jaw pain,?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes: These are all symptoms of stress and anxiety. They are also symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, which is often caused by stress due to bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). You should have both a thorough medical and dental examination.
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Yes, possible: Anxiety disorders and type A personalities are common confounders and contributors to heart disease. As is Prinzmetal's angina, which is vasospasm (of the arteries) caused by psychologic factors which causes chest pain. So yes, stress & heated arguments can cause physical symptoms; sometimes it needs treatment and testing, other times, no. TTYD or seek help on HealthTap Prime for better guidance
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Stress can cause: chest pains and generalized pain but it is CRUCIAL for you to be examined by your doctor. Chest pains suggest the POSSIBILITY of a cardiac problem. When that is ruled out you can see a mental health professional for stress management training. Peace and good health.

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Last updated Apr 28, 2016

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