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Can worrying make your pain worse

Jan 11, 2016 7:22 AM

I'm worried sick about my boyfriend just now as he is going through some stuff but I'm not sure if the worry is making my pain and anxiety worse or its all in my head

Jan 11, 2016 8:19 AM

Tigger, yes it most certainly can and no, it's not all in your head. I consider myself the queen of worrying in my family and it definitely does make my back much tighter and then I hurt worse.

Jan 11, 2016 9:20 AM

Thank you Amanda it's my hands and legs that I'm having the most pain just now which is weird because it's usually the places I have the least pain I thought maybe it was psyco synaptic Gentle hugs xxx

Jan 11, 2016 10:21 AM

It absolutely can make your pain worse. For me my fibro is tied to my emotions. If I get excited happy sad mad or a y degree of emotional unrest . stress levels and over working can also impact your pain.
I'm sorry your boyfriend is dealing with stuff right now and I know its hard to separate yourself. I would recommend you find some mindful meditation or relaxation apps or tools to help u destress so u can effectively be there for him

Jan 11, 2016 10:31 AM

It really can, my dad was sick then passed away and it made my pain a lot worse as well as my insomnia, sometimes just trying to relax and talk about issues can help to calm yourself down. Also remember to pace yourself and don't take everything on at once. Hope this helps x

Jan 11, 2016 10:58 AM

Tigger, I'm sorry about your boyfriend. If you have issues with anxiety, worrying is a normal part of that pattern. There is plenty of research supporting the relationship (nocebo reaction or fearful expectation, contrary to placebo). You mind state has an effect on your body, but it depends how intense and how long this mind state lasts. Worrying sometimes makes sense and can lead to meaningful actions. On the other side too much worrying can be a sign for lack of the opposite, faith

Jan 11, 2016 12:49 PM

Tiggerhurts, when I get overly anxious my pain increases. Sometimes I have anxiety for no known reason, which makes it escalate. I try deep relaxation exercises. I also try to identify what's causing the worry, and reduce it.

Dr. Fouradoulas, my mother in law is the #1 example of too much worry and zero faith or trust, in anyone or anything. She worried about everything to the point she became paranoid. Even after her stroke in 2014, and placement in a home, she still worried about thing that no longer exist, except in her mind. If often tell her to stop worrying because whatever was going to happen would, and worrying about it would only make her sicker (insomnia, no appetite, headaches, high bp, etc). She'd always tell me, "that's easy for you to say because you don't have anything to worry about.". Ha! Lol 😷🙏🌼

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