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Can Stress Cause Physical Symptoms Such As Nausea, Body Aches, & Tick-Like Muscle Spams?

Can Stress Cause Physical Symptoms Such As Nausea, Body Aches, & Tick-Like Muscle Spams?

Possible: Yes, stress can cause a multitude of physical symptoms, such as the ones you mentioned above. However, it is important not to just attribute physical symptoms to stress without looking for other possible causes also. If you have persistent physical symptoms of any sort, you should get them checked out by your doctor. Good luck. ...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 and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

See your doctor: It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously. ...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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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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What physical or neurological symptoms can excess stress cause?

What physical or neurological symptoms can excess stress cause?

Fatigue, ulcers.: Chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, peptic ulcers and skin rashes can all be the result of stress. Cancer, diabetes and heart disease are also likely the result of chronic stress. ...Read more

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What, if any, physical illness symptoms can stress and emotional unhappiness cause in a person?

What, if any, physical illness symptoms can stress and emotional unhappiness cause in a person?

Many: Stress and unhappiness can lead to mental health issues and in some cases cause one to hurt themselves or others. These mental issues can lead to chest pain, headaches, shortness of breath and general uneasiness. I would get checked if you are feeling this way. ...Read more

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Can stress cause many symptoms?

Can stress cause many symptoms?

Yes: Stress can cause many physical symptoms: headaches, stomach aches, back aches, skin rashes, itching, upset stomach, tight throat, muscle tension, jaw clenching, etc etc. Chronic stress over many years can lead to life-threatening medical disease. ...Read more

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Can stress cause physical pains. If so what are they?

Can stress cause physical pains. If so what are they?

Sometimes: There is no question that stress can cause physical symptoms. Anything from upset stomach, diarrhea, headaches, and yes, body aches. Your emotional well being and your mind are not disconnected from your body. If you're under a great deal of stress, try relaxation techniques, exercising as that is an excellent way to destress. And finally, see your md if things are getting worse or not improving. ...Read more

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Can High Stress and Anxsity cause symptoms that aren't really there?

Can High Stress and Anxsity cause symptoms that aren't really there?

Most certainly: Anxiety and "stress" commonly manifests as physical symptoms. Common complaints related to anxiety are nausea, palpitations, abdominal pain, sweating, shortness of breath and a host of others. Your mind is exceedingly powerful! ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me what is physical stress? And what causes it?, coz so far I had only heard of mental and chemical stress, thanks

Stress: As you've noted, stress comes in many different forms. Examples of physical stress include various illnesses, especially those that require hospitalization or surgery. Smoking tobacco & drinking alcohol produce physical stress on lungs & heart/liver. Exercise does stress the body to some part but w/appropriate rest, body will get stronger from exercise. ...Read more

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I am beyond stressed and its to the point where im physically sick and in pain I have a lotnof health issues caused/worsened by stress. What do I do?

Consider working wi: A counselor. Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Can stress cause my pancreatic suymptoms?

Can stress cause my pancreatic suymptoms?

Yes it can: Stress can make any existing physical illness worse. Also, if the stress makes you drink a lot of alcohol, pancreatitis will flare up for sure. ...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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Could stress be the cause of reflux, even when factors like posture or foods make the symptoms appear or worsen?

Could stress be the cause of reflux, even when factors like posture or foods make the symptoms appear or worsen?

Multifactorial: Acid reflux disease is often multifactorial, and stress is certainly a factor involved in the process. Diet and the avoidance of trigger foods is paramount as well as trying to decrease stress. There are many over the counter acid reflux medications you can try as well, but as stated the diet and stress reduction is the key. If severe or worsens, see a GI dr. For eval. Best wishes. ...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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Could it be my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or is it my stress that causes me symptoms?

Could it be my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or is it my stress that causes me symptoms?

Good question: Stress can cause many different symptoms from fatigue, body aches, restlessness, agitation or depressed mood. Prodromal herpetic symptoms can be similar but may also include fevers or chills. ...Read more

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Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Indirectly: Stress can cause lupus to flare or lupus symptoms to worsen. However, stress by itself cannot cause to lupus to develop. ...Read more

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Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

More vulnerable: High stress can impair your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral illness (colds, coughs, flu, etc). For instance, some research showed that students' immunity went down every year under the simple stress of a three-day exam period. Test takers had fewer natural killer cells, which fight tumors and viral infections. They produced much less immunity-boosting gamma interferon too. ...Read more

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How can you tell if mental and psychological stress cause physical problems?

Can't for sure: There is no "yes" or "no" test that shows that stress is causing physical symptoms. Some of the things that we look for are - the physical symptoms are the kind that often are associated with stress, there is no evidence of a medical condition, there is evidence of excessive anxiety or depression. Since you can have both a medical illness and stress it is worth getting a basic medical evaluation. ...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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Can the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder show years after the event that caused them?

Symptoms of PTSD can: Symptoms of ptsd can manifest immediately after a traumatic or series of traumatic experiences or can occur months or in some cases years later. It is essential to be evaluated by licensed mental health practitioner to determine the exact diagnosis. If the diagnosis of ptsd is confirmed, there are a variety of good treatments. It is important to work with someone who has experience treating ptsd. ...Read more

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Can post traumatic stress disorder symptoms show up many years after the event that caused them?

Can post traumatic stress disorder symptoms show up many years after the event that caused them?

PTSD late appearance: Yes! And many years after discharge from military. Can result from accumulated stresses successively in life, or not even accumulated stress besides the war experience [or any trauma, example = surviving severe life threatening sickness and severe long duration in ICU with lasting severe pain and emotional duress]. ...Read more

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Would like to know if it's my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or the other way around?

Would like to know if it's my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or the other way around?

It's the stress: Herpes unfortunately 'hides' in the nerve roots and waits for the 'right time' to come out. There's usually some type of stress that triggers it, since the immune system lets down its guard, and then the herpes virus has a party at your expense. Best to AVOID stress in all forms - arguing, road rage, financial worries, smoking, alcohol, lack of sleep, injuries, etc. Easy to list, hard to practice ...Read more

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Can posture or stress cause paresthesia of the back? My symptoms come and go, and I've noticed they sometimes occur when I'm hunching and others not.

Can posture or stress cause paresthesia of the back? My symptoms come and go, and I've noticed they sometimes occur when I'm hunching and others not.

Yes: I would be happy to help with a more detailed history on healthtap prime ad there are many reasons for paresthesia of the back I hope you feel better soon. ...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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Does stress cause asthma symptoms?

Does stress cause asthma symptoms?

Stress and asthma: Stress is a known trigger of asthma symptoms, it does not cause it but exacerbates it. ...Read more

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Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Yes: Ulcers in the twenties are common. It could be an infection, stress, genetic vulnerability, food, other illness, and so on. Go to your family physician and get a basic, thorough evaluation. If no other serious condition is found, a trial of antacids may very well clear this up. Some ulcers are bacterial in origin, and a regimen of antibiotics for a few weeks may clear that up. ...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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Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

Stress & illness: Definitely. Emotional stress produces hundreds of changes in your body. If stress occurs too often or stays too long, those changes can push body systems beyond normal range and cause dysfunction. Chronic stress exhausts the body and decreases immune functions making you more vulnerable to many illnesses. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean when you suppress so much emotion and stress it Physically hurts and causes violent vomiting?

What does it mean when you suppress so much emotion and stress it Physically hurts and causes violent vomiting?

Too much stress: If you are having so much stress in your life that this is occurring then you need to seek counseling. Counseling can help you deal with the stressors in life and help you find healthy ways to express your emotions. Suppressing strong emotions can literally make you sick. ...Read more

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Can stress cause nerve problems, like ulnar problems-cubital tunnel symptoms? Or any other nerve related problems???

Can stress cause nerve problems, like ulnar problems-cubital tunnel symptoms? Or any other nerve related problems???

Yes and No: Please go for a Neurology consult to rule out any physical causes to your problems. If there are no injuries or body related causes then your problems are psychological and should be treated via mental health interview. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing headaches everyday recently. What could the causes be? Stress? Dehydration? Symptom for illness?

I've been experiencing headaches everyday recently. What could the causes be? Stress? Dehydration? Symptom for illness?

All of the above: Headache is a common disorder and represents a major health problem with a variable cause. Headache is often misdiagnosed and under-treated
effective treatment is often possible but depends on correct diagnosis. Headache disorders have a large differential diagnosis so need to be approached systematically by your physician. ...Read more

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Happened at ages13 and 21. Sleep deprivation with stress causes squeezing pain in center of chest but can exercise perfectly. No other symptoms?

Happened at ages13 and 21. Sleep deprivation with stress causes squeezing pain in center of chest but can exercise perfectly. No other symptoms?

Chest pain: Needs to be taken seriously. Please go to your emergency room or see your doctor. What happened at age 13 may be different from age 21. Can be anything from cardiac-related to chest muscle issues but you need to find out. Peace and good health. ...Read more