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Can severe anxiety and stress cause chronic chest pain and body aches ?

Can severe anxiety and stress cause chronic chest pain and body aches ?

Possibly: Our minds deal with stress and anxiety in different ways, one of which is somatization, or converting mental issues into physical ones. The difficulty here is in making sure there is no obvious primary cause. See a good internist or family practitioner and be evaluated. Then, if necessary, a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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

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

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Body aches and pains and joint pain. Depression.. Is this stress or something else?

Body aches and pains and joint pain. Depression.. Is this stress or something else?

Unclear: The symptoms could be due to multiple conditions. Meet with your primary care physician to check for medical issues (lyme disease, arthritis, lupus to name a few that come to mind). Rule things out and consider psychotherapy if medical conditions are not the issue. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause severe body soreness, weakness, and muscle twitching all over constantly?

Can stress and anxiety cause severe body soreness, weakness, and muscle twitching all over constantly?

Yes, anxiety can: produce such symptoms but so can many other things. It is important that you see your doc. If he/she rules out medical conditions please see a mental health professional. Do not rely on medication alone but learn some self-regulatory procedures like self-hypnosis, self talk changing, etc. Peace and good health. Biofeedback may be helpful also. ...Read more

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Does extreme stress/anxiety cause body aches and pain in your feet, chest, and back?

Does extreme stress/anxiety cause body aches and pain in your feet, chest, and back?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Are joint pain and stress related?

Are joint pain and stress related?

Yes!: Stress worsens all pain and cause both emotional and physical pain! ...Read more

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Can severe lower back pain stress the heart?

Potentially: Any severe pain, including severe lower back pain, can result in increased blood pressure, which can place increased stress on the heart. ...Read more

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Can prolonged stress cause muscle aches in the body - arms and hands?

Can prolonged stress cause muscle aches in the body - arms and hands?

Prolonged stress?: Stress can cause increased tension in muscles, leading to headaches and muscle soreness. It is not usually localized just to arms and hands, though. That sounds like a more repetitive injury-type thing? I suggest working with your primary care doctor to figure out the cause for this, and get help for it. Be well, . ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause breast pain?

Unusual: But anxiety is powerful. If you are getting breast pain it is most likely something other than emotional stress. Get it checked out. If it is emotional stress look into getting treatment for anxiety. Best wishes. ...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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Constant body pain teeth headaches back and rib pain nothing is helping relieve any pain plz help?

Constant body pain teeth headaches back and rib pain nothing is helping relieve any pain plz help?

Sorry to say but you: -need a complete workup by an internist, and an oral surgeon. This will most likely include appsychological workup. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Yes: "stress" can definitely increase tension in muscles all over your body, including those in your lower back. Increased muscle tension can lead to pain & aching. Dr. John sarno (healing back pain -- the mind-body connection) is well known for his work in this area. Chronic anger especially can evoke these kinds of results. Therapeutic writing can be very helpful in alleviating stress & pain. ...Read more

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Can stress cause arm pain and pressure?

Can stress cause arm pain and pressure?

Yes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Does continuous stress and fear for one month cause joints pain and bone pain ?

Does continuous stress and fear for one month cause joints pain and bone pain ?

Joint/bone pain : Chronic stress causes chronic muscle tightening which will pull on bones and joints, which can theoretically explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can over masturbation cause fatigue, pelvic pain, constant fight or flight throughout the day?

Can over masturbation cause fatigue, pelvic pain, constant fight or flight throughout the day?

This is doubtful: Look for a different cause, especially in your emotional milieu. A full history and physical exam are in order. What you describe has many possible causes -- even pheochromocytoma. ...Read more

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Chest pain is due mostly to RA or stress and anger?

Chest pain is due mostly to RA or stress and anger?

Both possible causes: Chest pain can be due to numerous causes. Yes, RA can rarely causes chest pain because of involvement of the heart. This type of involvement includes inflammation of the heart muscle, the membrane covering the heart or the walls of the coronary arteries. It is also cause it because certain joints in the chest wall are inflamed. Of course, stress is also a possible cause. Have the pain evaluated. ...Read more

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Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Yes: Among many other physical symptoms. It's a great reason to resolve those issues in CBT therapy or w/ mindfullness meditation, yoga, etc. Do it! So many hings will feel better! ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

Generalized soreness/ ...Read more