This is the first post in a series about stress. If you have chronic disease, it is important to understand stress because it can make many chronic diseases worse, and can lead to other symptoms un-related to your original condition.
These symptoms can be confusing, can be confused with other ailments, and can increase / decrease depending on what is happening in your life.
You might not have the mental machinations of stress and anxiety such as thinking about a situation all the time or feeling stuck, but you might be experiencing it all the same.
The following list is a range of symptoms which might be related to stress and can be used as signs from your body that you need to make some changes to become less stressed.
If you experience any of the symptoms below you should get in touch with your Doctor to discuss them immediately, as they could be a major emergency:
- Chest pains
- Higher blood pressure than normal
- Disruptions in heart rhythm – palpitations – this is where you can feel your heart fluttering in your chest
If you experience any of the following for longer than a few days it is worth talking to your Doctor about management / treatment options:
- Excessive or sudden hair loss
- Mouth ulcers
- Cold sores
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Loss of libido
- Appearance or re-appearance of psoriasis, eczema
- Muscle tension leading to shoulder ache, neck ache or head aches.
- Aggravation of asthma
The following are mental rather than physical symptoms:
- Undue anxiety which could be about small things rather as well as big stressors
- Loss of concentration
- Memory failure / losses or forgetfulness
- Mood swings
- Loss of appetite
- Bingeing on food
- Loss of periods
- Seemingly catching every bug that goes around
What symptoms do you experience when you get stressed?