Anxiety and Back Pain

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Published on March 21, 2013

Back pain anxiety can have a debilitating effect on your quality of lifeAnxiety and Back Pain

Does your back hurt lately? Back pain is caused by a lot of different things. Poor posture is one. If you’re not careful with the way you sit or lie down, you could experience pain soon after. Unhealthy habits like lack of sleep can also be a reason. Anxiety can also be a likely culprit; it was for me.

How Anxiety Causes Back Pain:

The direct relationship between back pain and anxiety is not clear. It is known that anxiety and stress can trigger different physical manifestations, and back pain appears to be one of the most common. This is because anxiety can result to muscle tension, and the back can be one of the most affected parts of the body. This can be especially true for the working class who have to sit in their desks all day. They are prone to stress and, in effect, body pains.

Intermittent back pain is unlikely to be serious and can be relieved easily. But once it becomes chronic and is anxiety-induced, it’s best to take better care of your health and manage your situation.

Chronic back pain caused by anxiety happens, and it can result in even worse problems (such as a herniated disc, which happened to one of my clients). Don’t wait for the same situation to occur before you start doing something.

The good news is that you don’t have to take an anxiety drug to alleviate this kind of pain and ease the problem. I dealt with mine using natural methods. These are the same ways I suggested my clients do. They worked for me and seem to work for my clients as well.

Relieving Back Pain Caused by Anxiety:

If it is not debilitating and you are still capable of working out, get some regular exercise. Stretching out your muscles and getting some physical activity done may help you get your body in better shape and allow you to alleviate those nasty pains. Working out will give you the chance to work your body and put your muscles in good use. It can provide relief and at the same time improve your fitness and strength.

Forming healthy habits will also help you both manage your anxiety and get rid of your back pain. First, make sure you get enough sleep every night. Don’t waste your time doing unnecessary things at night and head to bed early. Make sure you sleep in a proper position so that it wouldn’t aggravate the pain that you feel. Also, sleep can help you cope with anxiety better. It can be hard to get some shut-eye at first, but when you get around to it, it will be easy to sleep on your worries.

Mental fatigue can do more harm to your body than you can imagine, so it’s best to manage it before it turns into something worse. The methods mentioned can alleviate both your anxiety and back pain which accompanies it. Eventually, they might even help you eliminate both of these problems in their entirety.

About the Author: Ryan Rivera is an anxiety specialist who suffered from intense back pain himself during his bout with anxiety. He has information on overcoming anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.

6 thoughts on “Anxiety and Back Pain

  1. Hi,
    I had this back pain for over the month now. It hurts during the day but not at night. It is mostly in the upper back, but than it goes kinda down the spine. Most of the time its just there and it does not usually get worst Sometimes heat helps but sometimes it does not. I tried streching and doing exercises but it doesn’t seam to help. I am 47 year old runner who runs at least 50 miles a week.I felt the pain about month ago when I was driving to Vienna marathon. It started hurting in the car and for the next view days. I was afraid that I was not gonna be able to run the race. I tried to rest and lay down and that seamed to help because the pain was almost completely gone and I ran marathon, no problem. After couple of days when I got back home the pain came back and its been pretty much on for the past month or so. I dont feel it at night and there is none in the morning. But as the day progresses the pain comes back. It does not seam to bother me that much when I run. If I cary back pack or ride a bike and lean forward it seams t hurt more. I had scoliosis as child and I think that I still have it now. One of my vertebrae was always kinda sticking out a bit. I have no other pain or condition..
    What could this be? Could it be stress related? Last night I started thinking that it could be pancreatic cancer and the pain was the worst so far. This morning nothing but as the day progresses my pain gets worst and than goes up and down…

    Thanks in advance!

    • H Vladimir,

      Based upon your description, it sounds mechanical/musculoskeletal in nature such that it is movement related. However, I cannot accurately confirm this without a physical examination and a full history. You should follow up with your family doctor or consult with a chiropractor or physiotherapist.

      Best of luck,
      Dr. Kevin Bloom

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