Uncommon Symptoms of Stress

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We all know about the more common symptoms of stress. Feeling frazzled and overwhelmed can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

Obviously none of these are good. But stress can also cause some not so common symptoms. Watch for these unusual signs that you may be under too much stress.

A Sore and Achy Jaw
A sore jaw can be a sign of teeth grinding or clenching which many people do subconsciously when they are under stress. Visit your dentist. Many times they can see signs of wearing of the back teeth from grinding. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard to wear at night. Up to 70% of people who use one say it helped reduce or stop their grinding.

Weekend Headaches
You may be stressed during the week, and then relax on the weekends. A sudden drop in stress can bring on migraines. To minimize these headaches, stick closely to your usual weekday sleeping and eating schedule.

Menstrual Cramps
More stressful women tend to get more painful cramps than those that are less stressed. Stress can upset the balance of hormones. Severe stress can even alter your cycles, causing irregular periods. Exercise is good medicine to soothe cramps and relieve stress.

Bizarre dreams
Most of the time, dreams get progressively more positive as you sleep so we wake up happier than before you went to bed, says psychologists. But when stressed, you wake up more often, disrupting this process and allowing odd dreams. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, and avoid stimulants like coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and other caffeine before bed.



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  3. This is really an amusing as well as thought provoking fact.It sounds insignificant at first instance but pondering deeply,one can fathom the gravity of this issue.Today women’s health and the effects of stress on it is the most disregarded and ignored topic even in this 21st century.I commend the author of this post to bring forth this very important topic.I have already shared this link on my social network site to spread
    the word.

  4. Taking an exam can be a very stressful situation, and you see first hand how that stress messes with your body. I recently started yoga classes that have been shown to reduce stress. Maybe learn some yoga and practice some moves right before your exams to calm your nerves.

  5. That’s a sad reality to the modern generation. Stress has more harmful affects to our bodies than most people realize. And many younger people don’t recognize their hectic lives as even being stressful, just their way of life. Add on the unhealthy foods they eat (wheat, dairy, corn, sugar) and it really takes a toll on the body.

  6. Hi Victoria,
    Good luck on your informative assignment on menstruation. I went through a very stressful time in my life in my 30’s. The stress really messed up my cycle, and I needed doctor support and hormones to get it back on track. So I have seen first hand how stress can affect your health and body cycles.

  7. I am a student of ‘Nursing and Healthcare’ and presently doing an assignment on ‘Menstruation’.I am often encountering with case studies When menstruation stops for longer than about 90 days in the absence of pregnancy or breastfeeding, a number of health problems can result in absent menstruations.The sole reason medical practitioners have found out is the changed lifestyle and increasing stress.I appreciate the post for underlining the dangerous effects of stress one can experience in their adult lives.I will include the this content as well as the comments in my presentation as case studies.

  8. There is often a misconception that only old people can feel cramps and joint pain.But I,an occupational therapist,have treated many young people suffering from the problems related to orthopaedic which make them unable to walk or stand firmly and they often are seen staggering.It is increasingly seen in today’s new generation as they are not able to cope up with the hectic modern life and the stress starts surfacing up.The stress and the tension can cause detrimental effects on human body to a great extent.

  9. I do often have problems with my menstrual cycle. This happens mostly during my examinations. Most of the time the cramps at that time are so bad that I can hardly sit properly.Now I think I should not take much tension during my exams.

  10. I often feel menstrual cramps and my monthly cycle has become quite irregular from last few weeks.My husband and kids often complain of me becoming peevish and impatient lately.Now I am wondering the reason behind it could be stress because my job has become really hectic and is taking a toll on my body.

  11. Stress,strain and mental depression are common problems faced by the new generation.But most of the times they fail to recognise it and even if they do,they consider it insignificant and try to overlook it until one day when the stress starts taking a toll physically.I find this post very enlightening and will share it on my facebook hoping it to reach as many people as possible.

  12. I never knew stress can cause such haphazard and dangerous consequences on our body.I am sure your post would educate many of us and teach us to remain stress free in order to lead healthy,wealthy and happy life.

  13. A very interesting article. I did not know that stress would have even physical effects. I do get menstrual cramps but did not know that it is due to stress. I haven’t tried any exercises for this, but will try now.

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