Last reply 3 months ago
Can stress be causing aches and pains??

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing ok. Ive been getting a lot of random aches and pains lately, mainly in my legs, bum and lower back. They never stay longer than a day, and seem to move about my body! As I’ve mentioned before in another post I was only diagnosed in June. I’m struggling with anxiety and worry a lot of the time, which is making me stressed. I’ve had a lot of other stress in the last few months too, which I know won’t have helped!

My question really is: Could the stress and anxiety be causing a flare up which is presenting as this aching issue??

The problem is I’m hypersensitive to any random feeling I’m getting. And every little twinge, tingle or ache I’m worrying is the start of something MS related. I’m desperately trying to keep calm and rest. As I know that will help. But it’s sometimes hard when my anxiety is very high. I know everyone is different, but any experiences or advice from you guys would be much appreciated. Thanks πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

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stumbler
3 months ago

@julesds1977 , stress releases chemicals in our brains, which aren’t very kind to our Central Nervous System (CNS). So, it really is best avoided.

MS is capable of causing a myriad of different symptoms. But, we have to acknowledge that we can get other ailments too.

You’re new to all this, so you should use your MS Nurse as a first point of reference. They expect these calls, especially whilst you’re getting used to the new you.


julesds1977
3 months ago

@stumbler Thanks. Yes I’ve spoken to my MS nurse and she has said she will refer me for physiotherapy. So hopefully that will help with the random aching! It’s just very hard to start to understand a condition that is so complex haha! I think I’ve just got to give up on that one 😊


tilly
3 months ago

@julesds1977 i have been diagnosed since February and often have leg pains at night so have to have a bath when it occurs in the middle of the night.My MS OT recommended a bath seat which shes supposed to come and fit but to be honest i don’t think im going to be safe on it as finding it hard to sit up in the bath.
I also suffer from anxiety and depression but i have been lucky to have the support from my parents and my sister who has attended all my hospital appointments with me which has made us cliser than ever


cameron
3 months ago

There truly is a mind-body connection. I’ve no idea why or how but I know from experience that any anxiety or fear I have will translate into MS sensations. – pain, tingling and (even more) delayed messages to limbs. Controlling these sensations is as useless as if I was trying to control butterflies in my stomach. They are involuntary and the only solution is to avoid getting them in the first place! For me, that meant re-thinking quite a few elements of my life – principally my choice of friends. I was trying so hard to be normal with people I socialised with that I was constantly self-critical. I kept having to explain myself – why I couldn’t do something or didn’t want to accept an invitation or fielding questions about my health. It was hard and desperately depressing. Happily things have evolved and I feel in many ways ‘re-invented’, with new friends and new interests. In your case, things are very new: be confident that things WILL get better. Keep us posted, sending a big hug, x.


lightning87
3 months ago

I’ve recently had aches all over my body, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, back. It seems to happen most days recently but not persistent, it seems to come on later in the day. Not sure if MS related or just maybe run down? Who knows with MS huh? Just so you know you aren’t alone, it’s hard not to think absolutely everything is MS related. I’m newly diagnosed too and think everything that happens must be my MS. Itchy eye – oh must be MS!! You could drive yourself nuts! X


brando
3 months ago

I feel like I was in your shoes when I was first diagnosed too, you feel lost and every little thing in the back of your mind is screaming is this my MS coming back.

I have grown quite numb to that fear but I have had MS now for 10+ years.

stress is something everyone handles differently I currently work with a team of Lifeguards, Personal Trainers and physiotherapists.

stress comes in lots of different forms learn a way that works for you, I personally use the ‘fake it till you make it’ method. this does have its drawbacks but it works for me, that’s what you will need to do as well.

I work with a girl who does have pretty bad anxiety issues but she does what she needs to do and then will go into the back or our office and cry. not because she is upset but because this is what’s works for her.

hope this helps 😁


andyturner
3 months ago

Hi, it does with me. It causes flare ups and sometimes severe flare up.
I know it is impossible to avoid stress, but try and guide yourself into a safe zone, if needed. You have enough problems with MS you don’t need any added pressure. Hope you stay came and stay safe.


julesds1977
3 months ago

@tilly Yes I do think a warm bath tends to help with the aches and pains. I sometimes use Epsom salts in my bath which can help. But I agree you must be safe in there! A bath seat would help though if you are struggling to keep upright in there. I’m lucky in that my symptoms are sensory so I can get about ok still at the moment – touch wood!

How lovely that your family are so supportive. That is worth its weight in gold. I have my son (he’s nearly 13), I’m a single Mum. No siblings unfortunately and both my parents have passed away. I am close to my Uncle and Aunt who have been a great support to me.


julesds1977
3 months ago

@cameron Thankyou! Yes I’ve already got the toxic ex partner out of my life so that’s one ticked off the list. I’ve decided to only bother with friends who are compassionate and understand, those are the ones I can rely on. At the moment I don’t go out and socialise much. But I do see friends whether it’s them visiting me or vice versa. I’m working on the going out bit! I know things will get better, I have lots of interests so am concentrating on those and working my way up again. 😊


julesds1977
3 months ago

@lightening87 Haha yes it’s very hard not to think that everything is straight away to do with the MS isn’t it! πŸ˜‚


julesds1977
3 months ago

@brando Yes ‘the fake it to make it’ is a good one because somewhere along the line you forget the anxiety and the stress and just get on with it! I’m trying to think positively and clearly. I can be very hard on myself and very self critical and I’m working on trying not to be like that. Hard. But I will get there!


julesds1977
3 months ago

@andyturner Thanks. A relief and an eye opener to know how stress can effect MS. Wake up call for me!

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