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Stress Causing Physical Symptoms
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
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
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
How can I stop throughts from causing stress and physical symptoms. I'm involved with a lawsuit and I feel like I can't breathe and my chest is tight.
Acceptance: You can not change the sequence of events. Accept the inhabitable and also seek help from psychologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is one of the triggers for fibromyalgia stress? For example gettin stressed would cause symptoms to flare up?
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
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
Could it be my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or is it my stress that causes me 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
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
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
Can stress cause nerve problems, like ulnar problems-cubital tunnel symptoms? Or any other nerve related problems???
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
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