Stress & Pain Management
What is Stress?
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress, a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical problems including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and trouble sleeping.
Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick and harder to fight off bugs. "When people are stressed, they get sick. It could be a cold or cold sores, which pop up because the immune system can't suppress the virus," says Dr. Levine.
Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions.
Experiencing aches and pains all over your body is a common symptom of anxiety and stress. ... sensations and symptoms are solely stress related (including anxiety-caused stress)
Muscle Tension, Persistent Tight Muscles, Aches, Pain Anxiety Symptoms
Muscle Tension, Persistent Tight Muscles, Aches, Pain Anxiety Symptoms description:
You feel like your muscles are always tight or strained, sometimes to the point of frequent pain, or even persistent and ongoing pain. Some people might also find the pain so restricting and debilitating that it prevents physical activity, and sometimes to the point of becoming bed ridden. It's also common to experience pain or cramps in any of the body's muscles. This symptom can also be experienced as muscle spasms, twitching, 'clamping up,' and persistent pain. Sometimes the anxiety muscle tension pain can be so severe that pain medications are required. Anxiety muscle tension symptoms may appear for a few brief moments then disappear, may last for minutes or hours before they relax, or may be stiff/tense or painful indefinitely.
Anxiety muscle tension symptoms also may persist when trying to relax, go to sleep, when asleep, or resume when waking up.
The degree and intensity of anxiety muscle tension symptoms can vary from person to person. For example, one or a group of muscles may be only slightly uncomfortable for one person, but may be intensely painful and severely restricting for another.
Anxiety muscle tension symptoms can affect ANY muscle or group of muscles in the body, and may randomly migrate to various muscles or groups of muscle throughout the entire body. Many of those who experience stress and anxiety comment about tight, sore, and painful muscles and/or muscle tension problems in the head and face, mouth, back of the head and neck, back and top of the shoulders, chest, arms, back, legs, hands, stomach, digestive system, elimination tract, groin, and feet, as well as others.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel muscle tension once and a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur 'out of the blue' and for no apparent reason.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it's strong one moment and eases off the next.
Anxiety muscle tension, aches, and pains can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
Some people experience great immobility due to anxiety muscle tension symptoms and/or pain. Some people also find the tension and/or pain so restricting and debilitating that it prevents physical activity, and sometimes to the point of becoming bed ridden.
NOTE: It's common to experience muscle tension symptoms without pain, and vice versa. So if you are experiencing muscle tension without pain, or pain without muscle tension, this is also common and not unusual.
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