Stress and Its Affect on Physical Pain

Stress and Its Affect on Physical PainBy TRACY RYDZY, MSW, LSW
Published: Psych Central News

Emotional pain can be more excruciating than physical pain. Having been going through a very difficult time, I have realized that the pain in my body is a welcome change to the one in my heart and mind. But what kind of toll can the stress of emotional upset take on the body?

When you are stressed out or very upset, the body goes into “fight or flight” mode, pumping adrenaline, cortisol and increased blood to the muscles in expectation of what the mind perceives as danger. This is a temporary response, but if the stress is ongoing, the process continues to repeat itself over and over. The result of this constant “fight or flight” is an imbalance in the nervous system.

This imbalance can lead to:

  • Muscle tension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • and many more, see the full article for the entire list

So, for someone in chronic pain with a true biological illness, this means that already painful conditions can become worse.

There are numerous techniques for reducing stress, such as meditation (which I do not do well), medication, hypnosis, therapy, etc.  There are thousands of websites dedicated to stress reduction, but what happens when real life trumps the self-help websites?  When the stress is greater than the ability to cope? What happens when true emotional pain cannot be avoided?

Read the full article by Tracy Rydzy > Psych Central News

There are many things you can do to reduce stress and / or just stay healthy:

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