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Doctor insights on: Psychosomatic Stress Cough Symptoms

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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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Can a bruit in corotid artery be caused by a psychosomatic response, for example due to stress or anxiety?

Can a bruit in corotid artery be caused by a psychosomatic response, for example due to stress or anxiety?

No: Uh-uh. (on the other hand, a carotid bruit may be indicative of minor disease that is of no significance.). ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough blood when stressed out? Went to an ENT and a doctor, both said that these are symptoms of stress. Should I be concerned?

Is it normal to cough blood when stressed out? Went to an ENT and a doctor, both said that these are symptoms of stress. Should I be concerned?

See another doctor: If everyone who was stressed out coughed up blood we would all be covered with blood. It is not normal for stressed people to cough up blood and you need to be worked up by a competent physician. At the minimum you need a fiberoptic exam of your nose and throat, a good oral exam and a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Psychosomatic symptoms are most often appearing as what?

Psychosomatic symptoms are most often appearing as what?

Many Possibilities: Psychosomatic symptoms can occur with any part of the body or any organ system. However, the most comon have to do with the GI tract and headaches. ...Read more

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How to tell if your symptoms are psychosomatic or the real thing?

How to tell if your symptoms are psychosomatic or the real thing?

Psychosomatic: Disorders can present in a number of ways. Even conversion disorders may be difficult to distinguish from genuine physical pathology. In that situation careful medical evaluation to rule out medical causes - is often essential to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometime there are tip offs when a person presents with findings that are non- physiologic (not consistent with any known mechanism). ...Read more

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If you have fear of certain injury/condition, and think about it often and then experience feelings/symptoms of it, is that psychosomatic?

If you have fear of certain injury/condition, and think about it often and then experience feelings/symptoms of it, is that psychosomatic?

Possibly: In the beginning phases of hypochondriasis or psychosomatic symptoms, one typically pays an inordinate amount of attention to physical signs and symptoms. Talking to a therapist can help determine if these thoughts are reasonable or an over active assessment of body signs and signals. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety and after 4 months of medication my psychosomatic symptoms seemed to mostly go away but they're back for almost a week. Why?

I have health anxiety and after 4 months of medication my psychosomatic symptoms seemed to mostly go away but they're back for almost a week. Why?

Not sure.: Are you premenstrual or having your period? Are there new stressors/ triggers coming up? Are you touching on an anxiety inducing issue in therapy? If you aren't in some form of talking therapy - strongly recommend that. Take care. ...Read more

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Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

No doubt about it.: Broken heart syndrome
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20034635
Asthma flares
Japan overwork syndrome (KarĊshi)
http://www. Research. Vt.edu/resmag/sciencecol/AFDC95.html
Then, there's examples in the non-industrialized world like voodoo death.
I've seen several life-threatening situations entirley from emotional stress. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about some psychosomatic symptoms?

Can you tell me about some psychosomatic symptoms?

See below...: Somatization=tendency to experience psychological distress in the form of physical symptoms. Some psychosomatic symptoms that I see quite a bit in my practice include: high blood pressure, nausea, fatigue, lethargy, failure to thrive, headaches, back pain, neck pain, diarrhea, constipation, chest pain, shortness of breath, insomnia, abdominal pain, numbness, impotence, weight loss, no appetite... ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with psychosomatic symptoms? And how to tell if they are psychosomatic in nature?

What is the best way to deal with psychosomatic symptoms? And how to tell if they are psychosomatic in nature?

See doctor: See your pcp for exam to rule out medical or 'somatic' basis for your symptoms. If negative, you are left with the 'psyche' or psychological basis for symptoms. You may then want a mental health professional to help you better understand and cope with your physical distress. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can nausea and chest pain be a psychosomatic symptom?

Can nausea and chest pain be a psychosomatic symptom?

Chest pain: Absolutely can, but should have chest pain checked out if you are not sure that it really is psychosomatic. ...Read more

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Sane/stable/happy on bipolar meds. Mentally great, but doc suspects physical symptoms psychosomatic. How 2 address mental-physical stuff like pain, rectal blood, fevers? Not eager to change psych meds

Sane/stable/happy on bipolar meds. Mentally great, but doc suspects physical symptoms psychosomatic. How 2 address mental-physical stuff like pain, rectal blood, fevers? Not eager to change psych meds

Talk Therapy: First, congratulations on getting the right meds and sticking to them! It always makes me happy to hear about people with bipolar doing well. You don't mention that you are in therapy. Talk to your psychiatrist. If your symptoms are psychosomatic they can usually be treated with talk therapy. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

See a psychiatrist: This is a complex problem, and you need a good evaluation before any medications are prescribed. Please see an experienced psychiatrist for this evaluation, and allow him or her to make treatment suggestions for you. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety make you cough?

Can stress or anxiety make you cough?

Anxiety and cough: Anxiety or stress is a diagnosis than can cause a lot of various symptoms. Cough is a symptom that can occur from a lot of various causes. Cough due to anxiety or stress would be unusual so I recommend you get your cough evaluated by you family physician. ...Read more

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I cough a lot from when I was little I had coughing problems specially in the mornings or when I have stress, why?

I cough a lot from when I was little I had coughing problems specially in the mornings or when I have stress, why?

Some people cough: In the morning due to post nasal drip that has accumulated while they were lying down (sleeping). A cough can be one form of nervous tic. These are just guesses - your own doctor should be able to provider you more accurate information. Take care. ...Read more

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My mother cough and sometimes vomit when she is stressed.?

My mother cough and sometimes vomit when she is stressed.?

& your question is?: Physiologic stress responses can be variable and individual. How can we help you? ...Read more

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Husband has no energy, slight cough. Mon. Is physical. Non smoker. What test @ 53, should he have/Blood? Stress test? Father had bypass/40's

Husband has no energy, slight cough. Mon. Is physical. Non smoker. What test @ 53, should he have/Blood? Stress test? Father had bypass/40's

Look for any health: An annual check for Health risks should include: physical examination including weight record and BP check. Blood tests should include fasting blood sugar and Lipid Profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL and LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides. Since he is lethargic he should check his Thyroid function (TSH level) ...Read more

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My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker (3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room. Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough. Pneumonia, panic, something else?

My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker (3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room. Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough. Pneumonia, panic, something else?

See a doctor: Those symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with a doctor promptly. Things that can cause pains in chest and abdomen include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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I had a panic attack last night for the firsttime in a year just wondering could it be the cough medicene just started tussinex/codiene? Or stress

I had a panic attack last night for the firsttime in a year just wondering could it be the cough medicene just started tussinex/codiene? Or stress

Yes to both / either: Physiologic stress like acute illness can worsen anxiety and result in panic, cold medicines can also do this (especially if have decongestant), plain-old life stress can absolutely increase anxiety and bring on panic. You should discuss the event and recent surrounding issues with your dr / therapist / counselor to see if there is a likely trigger that you are missing, or if meds / illness. ...Read more

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Long episodes of a harsh, moist cough. For years. Cold air, stress makes worse. Red face. Mild straining to breath. Non-smoker. What could it be?

Long episodes of a harsh, moist cough. For years. Cold air, stress makes worse. Red face. Mild straining to breath. Non-smoker. What could it be?

Moist cough: With your long history it is time that you get evaluated for asthma. Make an appointment with an allergist or a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Everytime I cough it hurts my head. When I go walking my head starts to hurt. Mainly the back of my head. Stress makes hurt too. A pulsating pressure??

Everytime I cough it hurts my head. When I go walking my head starts to hurt. Mainly the back of my head. Stress makes hurt too. A pulsating pressure??

Headache: It will be better to consult a physician and provide more information for diagnosis and treatment. In general, you should always see your doctor if its a new headache, its severe, fever, seizure, associated with exercise or injury, weakness, numbness, personality change, confusion etc are associated with headache. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (occurred: 1 to 3 hrs) (side: all sides, front, left, right) (worsened by: sneeze or cough, psychological stress) (seve...

I am experiencing headache (occurred: 1 to 3 hrs) (side: all sides, front, left, right) (worsened by: sneeze or cough, psychological stress) (seve...

Can't be exact about: The cause of headaches because there are several major types, e.g., vascular, sinus, muscular, tension, etc.
Please see you doc so he/she can examine you and give you the proper treatment for the type of headache you have. Peace and good health. Biofeedback and clinical hypnosis (www. Asch. Net) can be useful once your doc helps you by diagnosing what is going on. ...Read more

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I have stress in continence everytime I cough a lil urine leaks out I've been doing kegal exercise is their any meds I can take if so what are they and what kinda doctor do I need to see about this?

I have stress in continence everytime I cough a lil urine leaks out I've been doing kegal exercise is their any meds I can take if so what are they and what kinda doctor do I need to see about this?

Stress inc.: Kegal exercises are the treatment of choice for treatment of low volume stress incontinence. The medications you have heard of in the past are mostly for urge incontinence. Keep up the good work and weigh a weeks worth of wet pads each week to show your success. Urologists and gyn. Can perform surgery to get you drier. ...Read more

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Do I have stress incontinence if I can hold a liter but leak when sneeze or cough?

Do I have stress incontinence if I can hold a liter but leak when sneeze or cough?

Weak vs overflow: Usually, a little leak after a cough/sneeze/bearing down is a result of stress incontinence- a weakness in the valve system that helps keep urine in. But, if you're keeping large volumes in and not going to the toilet when your body tells you to, it can also be simple overflow. Don't hold your urine in; you can ruin the feedback system of nerves in your bladder. Pee when your body tell you to! ...Read more

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I am experiencing shoulder pain and headache (side: left) (worsened by: bending forward, sneeze or cough, routine activity, psychological stress, . ..

I am experiencing shoulder pain and headache (side: left) (worsened by: bending forward, sneeze or cough, routine activity, psychological stress, . ..

Pinched nerve: There are multiple potential causes, and I would not hesitate to be seen. One of the more common causes is a pinched nerve in the neck which can classically cause neck pain, headaches, and pain that runs into the shoulder. Because coughing and sneezing increase pressure on the spinal canal, they will classically worsen pain that comes from the spine. Don't hesitate to be seen for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid & anxiety. My neck often feels tight, like I need to stretch it out or cough. Ultrasound 2x and no nodules. Could be stress?

I have hypothyroid & anxiety. My neck often feels tight, like I need to stretch it out or cough. Ultrasound 2x and no nodules. Could be stress?

Different people: Take out their anxiety on different parts of the body. Common figures of speech reflect this tendency, i.e., "it's a pains in the neck, " "i need this like a hole in the head." you may take things out on your neck. In therapy it is a good idea to learn to relax and pay special attention to the part of the body that you tend to focus anxiety on. ...Read more

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Body aches, skin painful to touch, feels like I can feel pressure and pain on my brain, head throbs, restlessness, slight cough. Stress related?

Body aches, skin painful to touch, feels like I can feel pressure and pain on my brain, head throbs, restlessness, slight cough. Stress related?

Psycho-somatic issue: Means severe mental disease, need to treat main cause of all problems by psychiatrist, not each separately symptomatically then get addicted to wrong meds while getting worse by not Rx cause of all problems. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and I have deep red circles around my eyes-is the discoloration connected to the pneumonia? I have had much stress, admit my diet is not good, now have a terrible cough, no fever today, and taking doxycicllin.

I have pneumonia and I have deep red circles around my eyes-is the discoloration connected to the pneumonia? I have had much stress, admit my diet is not good, now have a terrible cough, no fever today, and taking doxycicllin.

When: When a patient is dehydrated or ill, causing pallor, there can appear to be deep circles around the eyes. This is from change in the skin hydration (turgor), or by the pallor making the area around the eyes darker. I am glad that you are on antibiotics.

If you get any rash, cannot take fluids, are vomiting, fever, or shortness of breath then you should be evaluated in the emergency department. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Psychosomatic (Definition)

"psychosomatic" refers to conditions which involve both body and mind, or when physical symptoms are exacerbated or caused by mental or emotional disturbances. Psychosomatic medicine is a branch of psychiatry devoted to medical science, education, and healthcare for people with comorbid psychiatric ...Read more