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Aches and pains from stress

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by DarnTired, Jun 9, 2008.

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  1. DarnTired

    DarnTired Antiquitie's Friend

    I'll bet you've gone through this. For the past three days, I've had on-again/off-again discomfort that feels like heartburn (right in the middle of the chest-feels like stomach acid) and today it was accompanied by a myiad of little aches and pains all over my body - in the neck, the back, the sides, the legs - you name it. I felt like crying at work and finally decided I had to go home around noontime. I feel like crap.

    I haven't been a good boy lately with my diet so I'm going to go on the wagon again and eat healthier. Ever since my birthday I've been a bit lax with my diet (although thankfully I haven't put on any weight). The problem is that my job gives me stress, my lonliness gives me stress, my probelms give me stress and now these pains are giving me stress. It's a vicious cycle. It's so hard for me to relax. I'm going on a relaxing vacation in a month, but I can't wait that long for the pains to go away. I'll be seeing my therapist tomorrow for the first time in three weeks so maybe that should help. I just wish I could relax somehow. Whenever I try, I think about the things I should be doing, writing, trying to get an agent, trying to find better work, etc. And all the pains come back. I don't want to have a drink because, although that would calm me down, it would create more acid in my stomach. I just wish I could really turn my brain off for a while (six hours at night is useless). I just wish I could relax.
  2. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I have much the same problem. Stress manifests itself in so many ways, from emotional to physical. I get itchy when I'm really stressed. I too cannot relax. I always feel hyper even when really depressed. I'm on neurontin for the anxiety but I don't notice it helping sometimes.

    Sometimes all the meds in the world won't help me cause a lot of the stress is situational, financial, and other things out of my control. I'm always told to 'let go' of my stressors and 'breathe deep' or 'meditate'. I've tried those things and still feel agitated and nervous.

    I too am resisting having a drink (couldn't get any anyway cause of being broke) cause I know it would just make me feel worse later.

    You have my sympathy and understanding. :hug:
  3. DarnTired

    DarnTired Antiquitie's Friend

    Thank you, kindly. Sorry to hear about your pain. Another reason why my pain causes stress is because I also imagine that it's something that's going to kill me. That's leads to stress, as you can imagine. I'm something of a hypchondriac. But I'm the wrost kind: instead of running to the doctr when I think I'm ill, I stay at home and imagine that I'm dying. What a way to be!
  4. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    Yes I suffer from pain. As for your heartburn you probably have acidreflux. I have thatand my regular doctor put me on nexium. The heartburn is gone and I haven't had to use any tums since then.
    Speaking of pain I have gas under my rib cage and it feels like a heart attack. He sent me to a cardiologist just to be on the safe side. My results came back as normal so I can put that worry back on the shelf.
    All my joints are aching because I get zip exercise. Walking my dog is the hilite of my morning. After that I am back in bed staring at the ceiling. I do alot of that. Doc's trying to get me a treadmill to work out on seeings how I don't get any exercise.
    As far as some of my other ailments go. I take geodon for my thinking and I take cogentin to fight the side effects of the geodon. The cogentin has helped with some other problems I had...:chopper:
  5. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    OMG Darn:

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