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Doctor insights on: Physical Symptoms Of Stress And Anxiety

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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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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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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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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?

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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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?

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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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 are symptoms of stress and anxiety?

What are symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Symptoms of Stress: There can be a plethora of symptoms of anxiety and stress which include, but are not limited to: negative thoughts, racing heart, sweating, chest tightness, worry, difficulty concentrating, difficulty falling asleep, racing thoughts, feeling "keyed up", a sense of doom, tremors, headaches, high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of stress and anxiety. And what are some things to help with it?

Many: Symptoms can be physical: rapid heart beat, sweaty palms, shaky hands or legs, dry mouth and others. Emotional symptoms are racing mind, fearfulness, confusion and others. Prevention involves understanding what anxiety and stress are and changing the way you think about or respond to things. ...Read more

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How can someone tell the difference between the symptoms of stress and anxiety my doctor told me I have an anxiety disorder. I don?

No difference: Stress and anxiety can be used interchangeably. Signs and symptoms can look like a physical illness - easy loss of energy, frequent yawning, tense muscles, shaking, nausea, bowel trouble, heart trouble nerve trouble like numbness, sweating, . ...Read more

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Is anxiety and stress causing physical pain?

Possibly: It is not uncommon for patients with high anxiety and stress levels to have a low pain threshold. Be sure to see your physician if you are experiencing this. ...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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What physical effects of anxiety and stress are there?

What physical effects of anxiety and stress are there?

Effects: 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 and anxiety be respsonible for physically illness?

Can stress and anxiety be respsonible for physically illness?

Absolutely!: I've provided a visual to help you see just how many ways the major stress hormone can hurt your body. And there are other impacts too! it's one reason why it is so very important to find a way to reduce stress in your life before stress reduces your life. There are many good practices for stress reduction - find one that fits you and make it a center to your daily mental hygiene. (pun intended.). ...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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I went to Dr and told them my symptoms, they said im suffering with stress and anxiety. But I'm not even stressed about anything I have a easy life???

About anxiety: Anxiety does not always have an obvious cause & does not feel the same to everyone. Some are very aware of anxiety, others have symptoms like migraines, some have a variety of symptoms not consistent w what we know about the way the body works.However, anxiety on top of an illness can alter the symptoms, & some ailments do have complex/unusual symptoms. If in doubt, 2nd opinion = good idea. ...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

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