You've probably noticed that stress and negative emotions can sometimes make you feel really ill.
Our emotional state was found to play very important role in our physical well-being.
In fact, all physical and emotional sensations are processed inside your brain. Nerve impulses travel even from the most distant areas of the body to the head to send signals about pain, discomfort, sadness and anxiety.
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Scientists say that there is high number of overlaps between brain centers, which perceive pain and those, which understand your emotions.
It's not uncommon that acute pain, resulted from surgery or trauma, turns into chronic condition. The reason is also about interconnections between different brain centers.
So, when your life is full of negative emotions, stress and fear, painful sensations may become your great physical problem.
So, what kind of pain may occur, when life keeps you down?
#1. Headache – maybe it's one of the most common reactions, related to stress. It triggers release of certain brain chemicals, muscle tension and widening of the blood vessels. This fight or flight response often leads to migraine attack or tension headache.
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#2. Chest pain – feeling sharp pain in the chest is an extremely stressful event, commonly associated with heart attack. However anxiety and panic sometimes mimic this life-threatening condition. Rapid breathing, muscle contractions and increased heart rate after stress may result in stabbing pain in the chest that usually goes away within several minutes. If the reason is about your heart, squeezing and burning sensations appear after exertion and last for a long time, radiating to the left shoulder, arm and neck.
#3. Low back pain – thousands of Americans visit their doctors, complaining of aching and discomfort in the lower part of the back. It was found that negative emotions can make this pain even worse and more annoying.
#4. Neck pain – it's not something to say that “everything is only in your head”. Stress-induced neck pain is a real physical discomfort, which can sometimes become a chronic condition.
#5. Abdominal cramps – have you ever had “butterflies” in the stomach, when being excited? Your brain has a close relation to your stomach. Specialists say that it might be extremely difficult to correct functional (i.e. without underlying disease) gastrointestinal problem, if your emotions are not well-controlled.
#6. Shoulder pain – the problem is similar to stress-related neck pain. Muscle tension, which frequently develops during stress, can cause much discomfort.
#7. Pelvic pain – probably every woman is familiar with aching and cramping in the pelvic area. Chronic pelvic pain is a common problem for those, who experience emotional distress for a long time.
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#8. Whole-body muscle pain – fibromyalgia is a painful issue, which causes muscle aching, pins and needles all over the body. Doctors diagnose this disorder, if no underlying health problem is found during thorough examination, but the pain still exists. Emotions often worsen discomfort and can trigger new pain in different body areas.
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