Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress-when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.
Pain in the head
Emotional stress is one of the most common causes of migraine headache. Migraine sufferers are generally found to be more emotional and more highly affected by stressful events.
During stressful events, certain chemicals in the brain are released to combat the situation (known as the “flight or fight” response). The release of these chemicals can cause vascular (blood vessel) changes that can bring about migraines. Repressed (bottled up) emotions surrounding stress — such as anxiety, worry, excitement, and fatigue — can increase muscle tension, and dilated (widened) blood vessels can make the migraine worse.
Pain in the neck
We even have a name for it — tension headache. Stress also has a physical effect on the muscles in your neck. As you tense up, the tightness in your neck muscles contributes to neck pain. Chronic neck pain can also be a cause of irritability, fatigue, and even depression that can add a lot of stress to your life.
Pain in the shoulders
Stress isn’t always the cause of neck and shoulder pain, but it can certainly make even the smallest existing pain much worse.
Pain in the upper back
The most common is simply muscle tension. Anxiety can drastically increase muscle tension, which in turn increases pain. Since the back contains a variety of muscles that are known to tense during stress, this can lead to mild to severe back pain in both the upper and lower back.
Pain in the lower back
While it’s only a theory, many spine professionals do believe that stress can be the primary cause of back pain.
Pain in the elbows
Elbow pain is often caused by overuse. Many sports, hobbies and jobs require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. Elbow pain may occasionally be due to arthritis, but in general, your elbow joint is much less prone to wear-and-tear damage than are many other joints.
Pain in the hands
Stress Inflammation One of the most common issues inside the body caused by stress is inflammation. Since anxiety causes long term stress, inflammation is more likely. That same inflammation may cause your joints to swell, which ultimately leads to more pain with your movements.
Pain in the hips
The most common cause of chronic hip pain in women is arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear kind that affects many people as they age. Arthritis pain is often felt in the front of your thigh or in the groin, due to stiffness or swelling in the joint.
Pain in your knees
When you overdo activity, it can become inflamed over time. That causes pain on the outer side of the knee and is common in runners when going downhill. Loose cartilage: Sometimes, a knee injury can break loose cartilage. These pieces can get stuck in the joint, which causes pain and swelling.