After 36 years of clinical practice I can state without hesitation that I have found STRESS to be the biggest cause of pain and health problems. Interestingly, most doctors choose to ignore it, or to treat the symptoms of stress with antidepressants. Meanwhile, patients continue to suffer from the cause of their stress as well as the side effects of the antidepressants. Is that OK?
Common sense should tell us to address the cause of our problems, not just treat the symptoms. Mayo Clinic states in their Healthy Lifestyle web page; "Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it.....stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes."
Mayo Clinic goes on to list common effects of stress. Do YOU recognize any of these?
Headcahes, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue (tiredness), diminished sex drive, upset stomach, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, irritability, anger, saddness or depression, overeating or undereating, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use and social withdrawal.
You may choose to do nothing and accept your life as-is, use more medicines to cover-up the symptoms, or to take control of your life and live happier and healthier! I long ago learned that the key to REAL change comes from the inside out, not the outside in. What does that mean? Simply that your mind (beliefs and thoughts) largely controls your body. This knowledge allowed me to create a tool that virtually everyone can use to empower themselves by becoming focused on solutions, not on problems. I call this the "Wellness Worksheet." It's a simple, daily, structured guide to letting go of what bothers us as we move towards what makes us happy !
For stressed people with very tense muscles and/or pain, I have found acupuncture to be quite helpful in relieving those symptoms without the need for drugs. It's your life, and your choice!
Just call for an appointment when you're ready to start living happier and healthier!