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A 21-year-old female asked:

why am i waking up with headaches &beck pain i've been under a lot of stress & have aniexty mri of brain normal 4-18-13 & normal ct 2 months ago worried?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Stress & anxiety: Emotions - especially strong ones - are a way we can clearly see the connections between our mind & body. Stress & the emotions that feel bad impact our organs and can even cause serious damage over time. The good ones can be capable of healing. This is a reason that it can make sense to seek psychotherapy - to help manage those powerful feelings. Try not to worry, it's good the tests are normal.
Dr. Ivan Greenspan
Clinical Psychology 21 years experience
Rule out medical : After you have ruled out medical explanations consider journaling about what is bothering you. You seem to be weighted down by the stress in your life. It is common to hold tension in our neck and back. The tension and pain at the base of the neck can trigger headaches. You may also want to start a moderate exercise program and consider speaking to a counselor.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Thanks for the recommendation of journaling. It's a very good idea!
Sep 3, 2013

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