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I think my physical symptoms are caused my stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

I think my physical symptoms are caused my  stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

Yes: It would help to understand what you symptoms are. However, it is true that your brain is intimately connected to your body and they do effect one another. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Yes: The mind(your brain) is in constant 2-way communication with the rest of your body via chemicals that travel thru the blood and via the nerves connected to the brain. Emotional imbalance(depression and anxiety) can affect the functioning of your organs and may cause physical symptoms including pain. Evidence suggests emotionally healthy people experience less illness and may live longer. ...Read more

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What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

Multiple: Short term physical effects of anxiety can be insomnia, change in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, sweating, muscle tension, headaches, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. High stress and anxiety over the long term can put one at a higher risk for medical illnesses such as heart disease. ...Read more

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Can stress/anxiety cause physical pain in the body ?

Can stress/anxiety cause physical pain in the body ?

When we are: stressed or hyper-vigilant we tense muscles and rib cage breathe and this constriction can cause pain. The Relaxation Response is a little book/technique by Herbert Benson, a cardiologist that helps reverse this flight-flight-freeze mode of being. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If you are stressed or worried often, is it possible your anxiety is actually the cause of some physical pain without you being aware?

If you are stressed or worried often, is it possible your anxiety is actually the cause of some physical pain without you being aware?

Certainly: Both mood and anxiety disorders are associated with increased level of pain perception. Physical concomitants of anxiety are part of the syndrome and quite often , a person may repeatedly present with variable levels of physical symptomatically before a diagnosis of anxiety is made and a resolution is reached. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

No: Although HIV have to do with immune systems but unless you engage in risky exposure because of stress and anxiety., one does not cause the other by themselves. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Possibly yes: Stress and anxiety will result elevated blood pressure and therefore it can cause stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Yes but ...: Stress can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These are also some of the symptoms of lupus. Stress and anxiety are common. Lupus erythematosus is an uncommon disease. If you are concerned about the possibility of lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety or chronic stress cause gastritis? What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Can anxiety or chronic stress cause gastritis? What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Yes: Gastritis can be caused by stress/ anxiety. You can have pain, bloating, nausea, cramping to name a few. Talk to your doctor for different treatment options ...Read more

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How can you tell if physical symptoms are related to stress/anxiety or an autoimmune disorder?

How can you tell if physical symptoms are related to stress/anxiety or an autoimmune disorder?

See a doctor: There are tests for autoimmune disease that doctors can order and there are signs and symptoms that they look for in order to make a diagnosis. See a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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When does the anxiety physical symptoms happen and why does it happen. Can 2 months of stress lead to anxiety?

Of course: Yes, 2 months of stress may lead to anxiety. It is treatable, if possible removing the cause of stress, and through medication and or therapy. Ask your dr. Physical symptoms may appear at any time. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Stress/anxiety have gotten to the point where the physical symptoms are almost unbearable. Is there any way to fix this besides taking medication?

Stress/anxiety have gotten to the point where the physical symptoms are almost unbearable. Is there any way to fix this besides taking medication?

Manage stress with: E-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Talk to a professional who treats anxiety. ...Read more

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Can stress / anxiety cause physical manifestations of facial twitches?

Can stress / anxiety cause physical manifestations of facial twitches?

Yes: These are.Relatively common symptoms of stress. As with all persistent symptoms, there may be other causes and your doctor should be able to help you rule those out. ...Read more

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I have had 9 months of chronic emotional stress and anxiety . What physical symptoms would i experience ?

I have had 9 months of chronic emotional stress and anxiety . What physical symptoms would i experience ?

Chronic stress: People with chronic emotional stress and anxiety experience a wide variety of physical symptoms. Mind, body, emotions and spirit are deeply interwoven and interconnected. Typical symptoms include gastrointestinal -- like stomach pain, nausea, & diarrhea; rapid heart rate & palpitations; shallow breathing and the sense of not getting enough air; dizziness; headaches; muscle aches like backaches. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have anxiety. Can 2 months stress about thinking about ectopic can bring physical symptoms of anxiety that mimic ectopic?

How can I know if I have anxiety. Can 2 months stress about thinking about ectopic can bring physical symptoms of anxiety that mimic ectopic?

If you are not : Pregnant and worried about getting pregnant or have=ing an ectopic pregnancy, it could bring on anxiety and symptoms similar to an ectopic pregnancy. Consider speaking with a psychotherapist about your fears. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause similar symptoms to acid reflux? If so, does this explain why ppis may have less effect on some people?

Can stress and anxiety cause similar symptoms to acid reflux? If so, does this explain why ppis may have less effect on some people?

Anx -> reflux: Stress and anxiety can cause acid reflux itself, so the stomach symptoms may be exactly the same as reflux due to other causes. To the best of my knowledge, the cause of acid reflux has no bearing on how ppis work, but a GI specialist may have a better answer for this part of your question. ...Read more

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Can stress, anxiety and depression cause appendicitis? Or can it cause you to have appendicitis symptoms without actually having real appendicitis?

Can stress, anxiety and depression cause appendicitis? Or can it cause you to have appendicitis symptoms without actually having real appendicitis?

Belly pain: Stress/anxiety/depression do not cause appendicitis. That is a bacterial infection of the appendix and is a medical emergency. Appendicitis causes pain in the right lower quadrant of the belly, fever, nausea, diarrhea. But, certainly, stress and anxiety can cause abdominal discomfort, and can cause diarrhea in some people. See your doctor for help sorting this out. ...Read more

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Can anxiety symptoms and emotional stress cause severe pain everywhere in my body?

Yes, but...: You need to get a physical check up. If it is something physical you need to address and treat it. If it is anxiety you need to address and treat it too. Good luck. It's never good to be in severe pain. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more