Stress-Induced Joint Pain: Seeking Relief

Stress-Induced Joint Pain: Seeking Relief
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Reymark G. Calma and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I have been experiencing a dull, achelike pain in my legs, knees, and wrists, but it is most severe in my shoulder. I am an 18-year-old female and have been under considerable stress, primarily stemming from one emotional event. While the pain started before this event, it has intensified since then. I feel it constantly, though sometimes it's not as intense. The pain peaks when I experience anxiety or other emotionally taxing situations. I often feel the need to pop my joints, especially my wrists, toes, shoulders, and fingers. There is a family history of arthritis, cancer, and anxiety disorders.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query. 

Regarding your concern, stress or anxiety may trigger such symptoms. However, there is also a need to rule out organic causes that may be contributing to your symptoms. It is advisable to consult with a physician for evaluation and prescription of treatment or tests to determine the best course of action for your condition. It might be helpful to keep track of your symptoms, including when they occur, what makes them better or worse, and any patterns you notice. This information can be valuable for your healthcare provider in determining the cause of your symptoms. Remember, it is vital to prioritize your fitness and well-being. Don't hesitate to reach out for professional help and support.



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About Dr. Reymark G. Calma

Dr. Reymark G. Calma

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