Emotional or Physical: Stress Hurts
Sometimes stress-induced pain comes on suddenly, as when there is a crisis at work or a medical emergency affecting someone you love. At other times pain is the result of more chronic, ongoing situations, such as job you really hate or a conflict between you and a spouse or child. And sometimes pain has an immediate physical cause. A spur-of-the-moment decision on the first day of spring to go out and play eighteen holes of golf after a sedentary winter is just as likely to result in pain as fear of flying, anxiety about losing money in the stock market, or tension in one of your relationships. The body does not distinguish between emotional and physical triggers.