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Physical Symptoms Caused by or Associated with Stress


GENERAL
Rashes (acne) and/or hives, allergy
Frequent bouts with flu-like symptoms (possibly related to lowered immune system and body resistance)/
   more colds then normal
Cold, clammy hands and/or feet/ Increased sweating
Increase appetite and obesity
Inability to work/ sudden bursts of energy
Faintness/ dizziness/ numbness/ paralysis

IMMUNOLOGIC
Reduced resistance to infection
Tumor promotion (the creation or spreading of cancer and other benign tumors)

EXTREMITIES-MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEMS
Muscle aches (especially: neck, shoulders, back, or legs) cramping/ tightness
Unexplained fatigue/ muscle weakness/ lethargy/ tired feelings
Arthritic-like joint pains
Neck pain/ backache and pains/ sharp momentary shooting pains
Numbness/ paralysis of extremities

HEAD-EYES-EARS-NOSE-THROAT
Headaches/ migraines/ tension headaches/ sinus headaches
Frowning or frequent wrinkling of the forehead
Dry mouth/bad breath/difficulty swallowing
Jaw clenching/ jaw pain/ bruxism/ tenomandibular joint syndrome
Teeth gnashing-grinding
Facial tics and twitching
Eye "strain"
Ringing in the ears

RESPIRATORY-CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS
Cackling, hacking, chronic cough
Rapid heartbeat/ irregular heartbeat/ arrhythmia
Chest pains/ shortness of breath/ angina like symptoms
Hyperventilation

GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM
Nausea/ vomiting/ diarrhea/ constipation
Stomach or abdominal pain/ acid-indigestion/ reflux of acid into esophagus
Bloating/ biliousness

URINARY-REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS
Frequent urination/ difficulty starting and stopping urination
Discomfort on urination/ impotence
Irregular Menstruation/ menstrual cramps/ worsening of premenstrual syndrome/ skipped menstrual
   periods/
stopped menstrual periods
 


Common Behavioral and Other Manifestations Caused by or Associated with Stress

GENERAL
Insomnia/ night mares/ frequent day dreaming
Increase or decreased appetite
Increased or chain smoking
Frigidity/ loss of sex drive

EMOTIONAL
Flutters of fear/ anxiety at odd moments/ feeling on edge/ feeling tense/ nervousness/ panic episodes
Feelings of frustration/inability to define reason for frustration
An awareness that while you are organized and working hard, you are not producing or accomplishing
   much
Waves of anger/ feeling hurt/ disappointment/ depression/ irritability/ bad temper
Crying episodes/laughing episodes when no apparent reason
Altered moods/ feeling like there is a fog/ cloud/ curtain separating you from your life/ nagging
Feeling you must always have something to do/ can't sit still and enjoy
Poor judgment

PHYSICAL
Unconscious foot or finger-tapping/ nail biting/ scratching/ picking at body/ pacing/ restlessness/
   unnecessary hand-waving/ wild gestures/ Persistent ache "in the center of you" / Stuttering

DIGESTIVE
Eating problems / obesity/ anorexia abdominal pain / diarrhea / nausea / ulcer disease / colitis

MEMORY AND THOUGHT PROCESS
Memory slips/ loss/ inability to remember familiar names and faces/reduced instant recall/ reverie
Difficulty concentrating/ must continually re-read material both personal and work/ inattentiveness/
   shortening of memory or attention span
Foggy thinking/ racing thoughts/ impaired judgment
Indecisiveness/ feeling confused/ fear of making decisions
The knowledge that "the little problems" you've been experiencing disappear completely when you are
   absorbed in a movie or something very pleasurable to you/ but return immediately when the activity is over.


Specific Stress-Related Disorders

GENERAL-METABOLIC SYSTEMS
Hypoglycemia
Diabetes
Adrenal Dysfunction
Acne

PSYCHIATRIC
Post-traumatic stress syndrome
Neurosis
Transient situational disturbances
Depression
Anxiety
Panic attacks

MUSCULAR-SKELETAL-VASCULAR SYSTEMS
Migraine headache
Tension headache
Cluster headaches

CARDIOVASCULAR
Coronary artery disease
Heart attack
Stroke
Hypertension (high blood pressure)

GASTROINTESTINAL
Peptic ulcer disease
Ulcerative colitis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Constipation

IMMUNOLOGIC
Reduced resistance to infection
Cancer
Non-cancerous tumors

URINARY-REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS
Failure to menstruate
Impotence
Lack of orgasm
premature ejaculation
Incontinence


The Following Conditions Can Either Be Caused by or Worsened by Stress

MEDICAL PROBLEMS AFFECTED BY OR RELATED TO STRESS
Acne
Addictions of various types
Aging
Allergies
Anorexia
Anxiety and panic reactions and disorders
Arrhythmias
Arthritis
Asthma
Back, upper and lower spasm, pain and stiffness
Bladder infections - cystitis
Bulimia
Breast cancer
Breast pain, lumps, tenderness and tumors
Bronchitis
Cancer
Cervical and uterine pain, infection and cancers
Colitis
Collagen diseases
Dandruff  (Seborrhea dermatitis)
Depression
Diabetes mellitus
Diarrhea
Ear infections (Otitis)
Eczema (Eczematoid dermatitis)
Edema
Emotional diseases: insecurity, fear,
Excessive smoking
Excessive use of alcohol
Flu's and colds
Gastritis
Hair loss
Hardening of the arteries
Hay fever
Headaches (Cephalalgia)
Heart Disease of various kinds
Hemorrhoids
Hives
Indigestion
Infections
Infertility
Injuries to all areas of the body
Joint pains and stiffness
Muscle aches and stiffness
Neck spasm, pain and stiffness
Obesity
Ovarian pain, infections and tumors
Pain of various sorts
Peptic ulcers
Polyps
Problems of the hands and feet
Prostate infection, enlargement and tumors, including cancer
Rectal itching
Sinusitis
Skin tumors
Sore throats (Pharyngitis)
Sprains of ankle and knees
Tubal infections, pain and blockage
Vaginal and vulvar infections symptoms
Visual problems
Warts

Non-Medical Problems Affected by Stress

Financial problems
Business problems
Marital problems
Problems with children
Parental problems
Job problems
Spiritual problems
Criminal behavior
Lying
Misused life

The preceding lists of symptoms, sign, illnesses and diseases are by no means exhaustive. Rather they represents a list of some of the more common manifestations commonly associated with stress. The reader is welcome to consider any symptom or combination of symptoms that they recognize as being associated with stress.

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