Stress and Physical Pain Symptoms

Stress and Physical Pain SymptomsEveryone experiences stress at one point or another; however, some people have continual stress in their lives on a daily basis. It can be difficult to alleviate feelings of stress. Unfortunately, not only does this lead to psychological issues that can impact both you and your loved ones, but it also leads to physical side effects, such as pain.

Symptoms of Stress-Related Pain

It is important that you know the signs of physical pain caused by stress. By recognizing these symptoms, you can work to find ways to release your stress so it no longer impacts your physical health. The physical side effects of stress can include the following:

  • Aches and pains in both joints and muscles
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting
  • Chest pain, rapid heart beat and dizziness
  • Losing the desire to engage in sexual activity with your partner
  • Becoming ill on a frequent basis, such as catching colds or stomach bugs

Most people can relate to these symptoms as an overly stressful day can make someone experience these kinds of side effects. However, when these symptoms are present the majority of the time, it can lead to more serious problems that can begin to not only impact your physical health, but your mental health as well.

How Stress and Pain Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Some of the many causes of stress can lead to the development of physical pain. Once this pain becomes constant, you can become deeply bothered by how the effects impact your life. One of the ways people begin to cope with both stress and the pain it causes is through substance abuse. There are a variety of reasons why this type of situation can lead to an addiction, including the following:

  • You may not realize your pain is being caused by stress. Therefore, you may turn to drugs, such as painkillers, to help stop the pain. You may continue to turn to these drugs for their painkilling purposes and because they make you feel relaxed.
  • If your schedule is seemingly packed with things to do for work and at home, it can begin to wear on you. As your stress increases levels of pain in your body, you may think that you don’t have the time to get rid of the pain in a healthy manner, such as exercising or participating in an activity. Rather, it may seem easier to self-medicate through drugs or alcohol.

Other common issues, such as relationship challenges, financial problems and raising children, can all contribute to your development of stress and the pain that comes with it. By giving in to substance abuse, you are only adding on to the stress that you have been experiencing.

Don’t Self-Medicate

Stress can make you feel like you have no energy, and making progress may seem impossible. However, finding the inner strength to release your stress in a positive way can not only positively impact your physical health, but also improve the lives of those around you. Do not turn to drugs or alcohol to solve your problems; you will only make the situation worse.

Do You Have Physical Pain as a Result of Stress?

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