Is Stress Making you Sick?: May 9, 2019
It can cause stomach aches, headaches, even chest pain. “People come in with stress-related disorders all the time, but usually they think it’s something else going on,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physician with Lee Health.
If left unaddressed, stress can cause a variety of health concerns. “We make sure there is nothing serious brewing and then talk to the patient more. You can establish how their family situation is, how their work situation is, you can really get an understanding of how much force is working on the person’s mind,” said Dr. Nye.
Things like financial and emotional stress can cause physical stress to the body—like lack of energy, brain fog, and problems sleeping. “Stress and lack of sleeping go hand in hand. So we talk about sleep hygiene, and there are many things you can do,” he said.
He suggests keeping the TV off in the bedroom and going to bed at a reasonable time—things like eating four hours before bed, showering, and reading can help your body relax and get a good night’s sleep. “If you can correct the sleep disorder, a lot of times anxiety will go away,” Dr. Nye said.
Addressing emotional problems can often help resolve physical problems. “A lot of the times their stress-related disorders and complaints will evaporate if they can just talk about it,” he said.
Helping patients recognize and manage their stress can help to prevent stress-related symptoms and illnesses.