Stress and Pain Levels

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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/16/2011 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it a coincidence or is stress and drama really to blame for extra pain? 
 
I must say that since some stress is gone from my life I have noticed a huge difference in my pain levels. With that being said, when I pay attn I then have also noticed that when I get extremely stressed out my neck tenses up and the pain is horrible.
 
I have always been told that stress can cause illness, but now I really believe it.
 


 
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 6/16/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes! Yes! Yes! Stress can cause pain levels to increase dramatically. It can also cause illnesses. When I get stressed, my muscles all tense up and it causes my pain to sky rocket.

I know what you mean about drama and stress. The best thing I ever did for my pain was remove the cause of constant drama and stress. Things began to look up more then. Since that is not always possible, I do meditation and relaxation with diaphragmatic breathing to keep stress at bay.

Good luck with keeping your stress levels low.

Mindy

Jim1969
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   Posted 6/16/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is 100% true. Stress effects a person's health in numerous ways and most certainly can create and/or add to pain.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/16/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the confirmation! It's so funny (not really ha ha funny) but when I was heavy before my WLS, I was told by every Dr I ever saw whenever a test came back negative that my health problems were always due to being overweight and stress.

Dang!!! that used to make me so mad! But, wouldn't you know it after losing the weight I still had lots of the same health problems..crazy Dr's...LOL Anyhow, but I do agree with the stress now that I have really seen this first hand.

I was dating a guy for three months and he was really creating lots of drama and stress in my life not to long after I finally got my diagnosis. So finally I just gave him the boot! While I'm not cured, I have really noticed a big difference.
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/16/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
YES yeah That's the short answer!
 
I totally get what you are saying Lucky.  I've had my illness/pain attributed to having 1000 kids.... weighing too much.... stress... and so forth.  But the back story that most don't know if I had many of my health issues "pre-kids/stess/life!"... and then got better once I had my first child... and went into a "remission" of sorts.  Plus, I have firm diagnoses now...
 
But I definitely think stress lowered my resistance to things and opened me up for many of my health issues.
 
I'm glad you've found ways to reduce some of the stuff in your life, Lucky....  We should all try to find ways to minimize as much stress as possible.
 
(Watching SYTYCD results, and thinking of you lol)...
 
Night.  Hope you get sleep tonight.  --Tina

Chutz
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   Posted 6/16/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luckyflowers~

I was searching to see if I could find some good insight on this topic and came up with a couple of winners. The first one is from the Dummies.com website. The basic idea here is that when stressed muscles tense up, tense muscles = pain. If you are interested in the rest of the article the link is below.

www.dummies.com/how-to/content/understanding-how-stress-can-make-you-sick.html

How stress can be a pain in the neck (and other places)

Your muscles are a prime target for stress. When you are under stress, your muscles contract and they become tense. This muscle tension can affect your nerves, blood vessels, organs, skin, and bones. Chronically tense muscles can result in a variety of conditions and disorders, including muscle spasms, cramping, facial or jaw pain, bruxism (grinding your teeth), tremors, and shakiness. Many forms of headache, chest pain, and back pain are among the more common conditions that result from stress-induced muscle tension.


My favorite one is from about.com and is titled "Ten Ways to Increase your Pain" I included #8 below since it talks to this subject but the rest are very good to read also.

arthritis.about.com/od/painmanage/tp/increasepain.htm

Ten Ways to Increase your Pain
#8. Pile on More Stress
Too much stress can increase pain and make it more difficult for people with chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, to cope with the added burdens imposed by their disease. Immune function, stress and disease are interconnected. Stress and pain develop into a cycle: stress - pain - more stress - more pain.


Hope something in here is helpful or at least interesting..
Chutz
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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/17/2011 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Tina--you crack me up..and I know that I should know and I'll laugh about it later but what the heck is SYTYCD ??? LOL

I hope you have a good day, I am already fighting to keep my eyes open.

Chutz,
WOW, thanks for doing all that!! What great info! I can't wait to start looking at all of it this weekend!
Hugs.
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/17/2011 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Sorry.... SYTYCD - so you think you can dance... I told you I'm a dork.. haha.  I'm a TV junkie, I know.
 
Up w/ the babies all night and my head is screaming w/ pain.  I'll check in more later.
 
Have a good day, though! --Tina

flower123
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   Posted 6/17/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I notice that when I'm really stressed, my pain levels go up too! I used to hate to hear that stress makes pain go up (from my doctors), but I do believe it now.

I'm happy that you're having less stress, and that you are not with that guy!

Hugs,

Flower

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/17/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Flower...thanks and I just had so much stress hit me at once not long ago, and seeing as the kids are with me forever, guess that left him to be the one to get the boot..LOL glad I can laugh about it now.

Tina...I think I get the Dork award...I watch that show too, but I didn't know it by the initials that you used LOL I hope your head is feeling better.



Hugs to you both :)
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.
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