Symptoms of stress illness are many and varied and are often misdiagnosed. Some medical diagnoses may be based on what are believed to be abnormalities, such as spinal degeneration and prolapsed discs, yet research has demonstrated that these are normal signs of ageing and usually not the cause of the pain.

Other conditions given a physical diagnosis, such as Repetitive Strain Injury and Fibromyalgia, are believed to be incurable, yet both can be fully reversed when recognised and treated as Stress Illness.

For many people nothing can be found to be causing their symptoms and in fact 21% of frequent attenders to GP Practices in the UK have medically unexplained symptoms and more often than not these will also be a form of Stress Illness. There are also often many inconsistencies between what we believe to be a physical disorder and the actual onset and presentation of the symptoms themselves which can help in the diagnosis of Stress Illness.

Obviously many symptoms of Stress Illness may have a more serious cause and in order to diagnose and then safely treat stress illness, it is necessary to have these ruled out first by your medical practitioner. e.g. cancer, infection, fracture, autoimmune disorders.

Completing this questionnaire may help you decide whether you feel this approach is right for you.

Listed below are some of the diagnoses that are commonly found to be stress-induced.

Musculoskeletal:

Back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain and other aches and pains throughout the joints or limbs, Tension headache, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Whiplash, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Complex Regional Pain Disorder (CRPD), Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Chronic Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sacro-Iliac joint dysfunction. N.B. When Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons are targeted this can cause pain wherever the soft tissue is in the body.

Nerve symptoms may include; numbness, itching, burning, tingling, pins and needles, plus muscle weakness, muscle spasms and involuntary movements, restless leg syndrome.

Gastrointestinal:

Abdominal pain, Ulcer symptoms, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, IBS, colitis, spastic colon, Hiatus hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, Constipation, diarrhoea.

Bladder and genitals:

Spastic bladder, bladder frequency, testicular pain, penile pain, Interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis, undiagnosed pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, infertility, impotence, vaiginitis, vaginismus .

Immune system:

Wind up – allergies, hay fever, food intolerances
Wind down – frequent infections, such as ear, chest, bladder, thrush, cystitis, etc. Veruccas, warts

Heart and Lungs: (clearly all tests must rule out any other cause first)

Repetitive cough, undiagnosed chest pain, palpitations, high or low blood pressure, hyperventilation or shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, arrythmias.

Skin:

Eczema, acne, psoriasis, hives, rashes etc

Mental health:

Obsessive compulsive thoughts, Eating disorders, Depression, Anxiety, panic attacks, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Self mutilation

Others:

Difficulty swallowing or gagging, chronic fatigue/tiredness, Migraines, Bell’s palsy, facial paralysis, Vertigo/dizziness, Tinnitus, changes in voice, dental pain.