Patient Comments: Stress - Physical Symptoms

Symptoms of stress can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your physical symptoms?

Published: June 05

My stress comes in the form of severe headaches, sleepless nights, vivid nightmares, (when I do sleep) anxiety attacks, dizziness, heart palpitations, irritability (to the point I don't even know myself anymore) which has lead to my increase in alcohol consumption. This in turn has caused me to gain weight and become lethargic. I am constantly tired. Interestingly enough, I used to be on a very disciplined routine of diet and exercise 6 days per week. I went from 127 pounds to 160 pounds in one year. I'd like my life back.

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Published: May 30

I feel burning and pain in the hips, tingling and pain in shoulders, knee and elbow joints, also tingling sensation in the extremities. After these symptoms go on in cyclic fashion for 2-3 hours then I have a major attack of anxiety, and I feel as though I am passing out.

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Published: May 30

Chest pains, pain in between shoulder blades and neck, stomach problems, panic attacks, high blood pressure and rapid heart beat.

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Comment from: Alison, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

When I am stressed, I suffer with hair loss.

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Comment from: valmehar, Published: September 12

For the past 4 months I have been living with a full body itch, I have been overeating (gained about 10 pounds) and have mood swings. I believe it is stress. I feel horrible, and don't know what to do. I work very hard and have a 3 year old. I am beginning to think I should get help from a specialist.

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Comment from: Out of my mind, 35-44 Female Published: September 04

I'm under a great deal of stress right now I have not had a bite of food for a week, just liquids. I can't sleep, I feel like I'm just lost, and I don't know where to go or who to turn to. All I can do is cry when I'm alone, but I have to put on the happy face for my kids and friends and family.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 27

When I get stressed, I feel nauseous. I have headaches, memory problems, I grind my teeth, and have trouble getting back to sleep if I awake. I am drinking more alcohol and my family says I am a different person when I am off work for the summer. Now that school has started again, I am back to teaching, and I get very weepy. I cry, and I am irritable. I have high blood pressure and am seeing doctors both for physical and emotional issues. I seem to worry about everything, which makes what used to be easy, take longer and longer to accomplish. I am very good at procrastinating the things I need to do, which is what I am doing right now!

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Comment from: Pauline, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

When I'm stressed, I get a dull ache in my chest and abdominal area. I also feel weak. These symptoms come and go; sometimes I feel fine.

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Published: August 01

I have been under prolonged stress and I get chest pain, depression, wild mood swings, tired all the time, but can't sleep a full nights sleep. Now the doctor said that my thyroid is way up there and I may need hormone therapy.

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