Anxiety joint pain can be caused by mental health, stress, and anxiety. Joint pain has many factors. Read to discover how to naturally reduce your pain.
People experience anxiety joint pain every day. The joint pain can be severe enough that it affects day to day activities.
When it comes to Joint pain and anxiety, it is just as much mental as physical. The pain is real. It can be hard to control and even harder to live with.
How Anxiety Joint Pain Are Linked
Do you think that you have anxiety? Does it seem like your joint pain is worse when your anxiety levels rise?
Anxiety and joint pain have a complex co-existence. Anxiety causes a ripple effect in your body that created the perfect environment for inflammation…
Causes of anxiety joint pain include:
Muscle Tension Anxiety causes tension and stiffness in your muscles. When your muscles stiffen, your joints are forced to work harder. This extra work causes inflammation and more paint.
Impacting Movement Anxiety can cause muscle tension. It can change the way you act, sit, stand and even move. You may find that you have to adjust the way you sit or lay in bed at night.
The changes you make can put extra stress on your body and create or make the pain worse. Think of it this way, your body has been used to being in certain positions and moving a certain way for a very long time. Any changes to that will cause irritation.
Stress InflammationThere is a reason that doctors tell someone that is struggling with disease to reduce stress. Stress causes inflammation. When there is inflammation, the body cannot heal. Anxiety has been proven to cause long-term stress. This inflammation can be hard on your joint.
Immune System Problems Both stress and anxiety can lower your resistance to infections and viruses. People are often sick during and right after the holiday season. With the holidays comes extra stress and anxiety for many people.
People often feel more swelling, pain and achiness in their joints when they are sick. If you can usually tell you are coming down with something because your joints, neck, or back begin to ache or hurt a little more, you may suffer from anxiety joint problems.
Perceived Pain Healthy If with someone that is healthy, they may find there are times where their back or joints hurt a little bit more. This is common and related to how they slept or the position they held their body in the day before. However, when you are experiencing anxiety, you may be less tolerant of the pain levels.
What you may be able to normally ignore for the most part, could be a constant reminder on a bad day.
Anxiety heightens your awareness because it has engaged your fight or flight response system. Just like a deer hears every sound, you feel every twinge of pain in a heightened way.
Even though the pain may be the same level you have been experiencing, your tolerance of that pain is lower.
Anxiety Triggers Joint Problems
Negative Self Talk Thinking negative thoughts or talking bad to yourself all falls under negative self talk. When you focus on what is bad or could go wrong, this can cause anxiety trigger. Even if you are a realist, know that this could be adding to your anxiety
Caffeine and Poor Nutrition It is hard to eat the way we need to when we live in a society that is focused on food and advertising food. Caffeine consumption and inadequate nutrition will stress your body and mind. Things won’t just roll off as easy as they could.
Anxiety can affect the foods you eat, hormones and how your body functions as a whole.
Alcohol One of the great dehydrators, consuming alcohol can lead to body stress, which will have an impact on your mind later.
Poor Sleep Sleep is a necessity. Without it your body stays in a state of stress and inflammation. It is easier to become stressed and feel anxiety when you are tired or exhausted.
Stress Worry, low grade stressors, bad environment, unhealthy situations, and unhappiness can impair your ability to deal with stress. Stress is real and prevents your body and mind from being able to heal.
Fear Trauma If you’ve ever been in a traumatic or even a bad situation, it is natural to dread and even fear being in that situation again. This puts you at risk for anxiety attacks. Your body doesn’t know the difference between you feeling the trauma because of your thoughts or actually experiencing the trauma.
All of these triggers can inflame your joints. Joint pain and anxiety can be complex.
Overcome Anxiety Causing Joint Troubles
Joint pain is still something you have to deal with, no matter what the cause. With any health issue, it is best to see your health professional to rule out any life threatening causes.
Many people turn to OTC pain relievers. While this may give some relief at first, they seldom give long lasting relief.
There are natural remedies that can help support your body like MSM, Glucosamine and even Rescue Remedy for anxiety.
These natural supplements have helped ease symptoms of many people living with pain.
Stretching can help, especially if you alter the way you sit, stand, walk and sleep due to your joint pain. This can help keep everything lose instead of tightening and causing more stress to your joints.
Reducing Anxiety to Fight Joint Pain
If anxiety is the cause of your joint pain, the best way to control your pain is to control your anxiety.
Until you control your anxiety, your joint pain will continue to have a negative effect on enjoying your life.
Start reducing your anxiety today. I’ve helped people with their joint pain and anxiety so they have been able to enjoy life once again.
What do I do next?
Can you answer a question about anxiety that I have?
By law, I will always say that anything related to medical health, you should see your health care provider who knows your unique history.
That being said, I am a trained and certified clinical hypnotherapist. I am trained to work with the body and mind to help you empower your own life instead of being stuck with your circumstance.
You have the power to change your circumstance. I have the tools and experience to help you.
You can learn more about anxiety here: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml