How much do emotions affect chronic pain? According to Dr. Susan Babel, a psychologist that specializes in trauma-induced depression, quite a bit.
She states, “Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues.” Also,“Physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done.” (Psychology Today)
So what does the chronic pain one feels say about his or her emotional state?
Let’s take a look!
Headaches or migraines can be brought on by the stress of day to day life. If one gets chronic headaches, they need to take some time for themselves. Not just once, but daily. Relieving the body of stress may help to ease any head pain.
Contrary to popular belief, neck pain does not mean kids are driving one crazy. Pain in the neck signifies the need to forgive. It may be forgiveness of another person or even forgiveness of one’s self. It is important to think about the things one loves about themselves and others to fight this pain.
Shoulder pain is a sign that one may be carrying a heavy emotional burden. Basically, they are shouldering everything. Try to think of ways to solve this emotional problem or share the load with trusted friends or family.
Lack of emotional support can manifest in upper back pain. Maybe one does not feel appreciated or they are holding back feelings of affection. If one is in a relationship, maybe have a discussion about feelings. If one is single, it might be time to branch out.
Lower back pain may signify someone has financial worries. Try to sit down and focus on managing money better or hire a financial planner. It might also be time to ask for that well deserved raise.
Arm and elbow pain may mean a lack of flexibility. Maybe one is resisting the natural changes that are occurring in their lives. Try shaking things up and going with the flow. Trying to fight change only brings trouble.
A lack of friends or reaching out may cause pain in the hands. Try making new friends or going to lunch with work associates. Spend some time actively meeting new people.
Fear of moving, change, and waiting to make a big decision could all cause pain in the hips. Make the changes one needs and move if needed. Also, make a choice and stick with it!
Knee pain may mean that one thinks to highly of themselves. Spend some time volunteering and remember that all people are mortal. No one is free of imperfections.
Emotional tension, stress, or jealousy may be the cause of calf pain. It may be time to let go of any big stressors in one’s life or to dump the jealousy.
Ankle pain may mean one needs more pleasure in his or her life. Take some time to pamper yourself or spice up your love life. Indulge a little bit!
Depression can lead to foot pain. Depression is hard to beat but there are some things one can do to fight back. Try a new hobby or adopt a pet. Find something that gives joy!