The Link Between Chronic Pain and Stress

The Link Between Stress and Chronic Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, is it made worse by stress? Or can stress be the cause of chronic pain? The answer is, both can be true. Let’s discuss the If you suffer from chronic pain, is it made worse by stress? Or can stress be the cause of chronic pain? The answer is, both can be true. Let’s discuss the connection between stress and chronic pain.

Chronic pain can lead to stress & anxiety.

People with chronic pain are three times more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety, and research has shown that patients with a chronic illness have an increased risk of developing anxiety or an anxiety disorder.
Stress and anxiety can cause chronic pain.
  • If experiencing stress, your body may pump extra adrenaline and cortisol into your blood stream, which leads to inflammation and chronic pain.
  • Stress can overstimulate the nervous system and cause nerve disfunction.
  • Tension headaches and migraines can be the result of tensed muscles during prolonged periods of stress. This same tension can lead to joint pain, as well.

Reduce stress to avoid or alleviate chronic pain.

Whether it’s meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or a number of other ways of relaxing your muscles and becoming aware of stress triggers, avoiding stress can make a positive impact on your health and well-being. And if chronic pain persists (chronic pain is defined as lasting 3-6 months or more) it is time to consult with your physician and explore treatment options. At FX Spine and Performance Center, we offer Interventional Therapy to treat pain with minimally-invasive interventions. FX Spine & Performance Center uses fluoroscopic guided spinal injections, ultrasound guided MSK (musculoskeletal) and joint injections, and PRP Treatment (Platelet Rich Plasma) to diminish pain & improve quality of life.

To learn more about possible treatments for chronic pain and to schedule your consultation, visit www.fxspinecenter.com or call 706-842-6800.