Chronic Pain, aches and pains are a common complaint that can result from increased levels of stress. Studies have shown that increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be associated with chronic pain.
Stress can contribute to headaches, a condition characterised by pain in the head or neck region.
Other common headache triggers include lack of sleep, alcohol consumption and dehydration.
Aches and pains are a common complaint that can result from increased levels of stress.
Studies have shown that increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be associated with chronic pain.
Chronic pain sufferers had higher levels of cortisol in their hair, an indicator of prolonged stress.
It is unclear if stress contributes to chronic pain or vice versa, or if there’s another factor that causes both.
Besides stress, there are many other factors that can contribute to chronic pain, including conditions such as ageing, injuries, poor posture and nerve damage.
Muscle tension is often experienced when individuals start to get stressed out. Stress-related muscle tension can affect any muscle group in the body but is most common in the upper body such as the head, neck, and back.1
In the case of chronic stress or anxiety, the body can become stress-response hyperstimulated, causing muscles to remain tense all the time.
Stomach or Abdominal Pain
Though there are a wide range of causes for stomach aches, stress is a common cause. The inner stomach muscles have a tendency to contract when individuals feel stress. Individuals may not feel this as pain at first, but if the stress is not remedied, it can increase.
In addition, the stress hormones the body releases during the “fight or flight” response can produce acids that invade the stomach. Excess levels of these acids can result in pain. This imbalance in the stomach can create issues like diarrhoea, constipation, or nausea.
Chest pain can be brought on by stress because of the way stress affects the heart. Humans have pain receptors all around the body, and the chest is no exception. When individuals experience stress, the heart beats more rapidly, producing variations in blood pressure as well as more pronounced sensations in the areas around the heart.
Tooth Pain and jaw clenching
This type of pain is a byproduct of another symptom of stress: clenching of the jaw. Many people clench their jaw when they feel stressed out, transferring significant amounts of pressure to the teeth. Even if the teeth are properly aligned, they are not necessarily equipped to handle this extra pressure. If they are misaligned, the pain symptoms will even worse.6
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