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

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Dr. Paul Pyles
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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