Stress, pain are drivers in vicious cycle – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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Stress on the body can be good in cases where there is an opportunity to burn off the hormones that stress creates. Although, it’s rare nowadays that the automatic response of fight or flight is an appropriate outlet. Without this release, stress can build up and cause long term health issues. Stress that has occurred for continuous periods of time is called chronic. Chronic stress can lead to a host of diseases like heart trouble, depression, and even physical pain. According to some researchers, fibromyalgia might even have a basis in chronic stress as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • If not managed well, stress can cause many health problems, including pain. Pain, in turn, can also cause stress because it makes one feel like something needs to change
  • Over the long term this leads to things like high blood pressure, artery-clogging deposits, muscle tension and brain changes that may lead to anxiety, depression and addiction
  • The most commonly accepted painful conditions resulting from stress are tension headaches, migraines, and upper back and shoulder tension

“Stress is caused by perceived demands — stressors. When one feels the need to do something or feel pressured to do something, stress hormones are secreted that prepare one’s body to fight or run.”

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