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Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of stress vary from person to person, and from situation to situation. Stress can cause physical, mental, and psychological signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of acute stress include the following:
- Back pain
- Digestive problems (e.g., heartburn, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain)
- Mood swings
- Muscle tension and pain
- Sleep disorders (e.g., insomnia, excessive sleepiness)
It can lead to serious health complications, including the following:
- Chest pain, irregular heartbeat
- Hair loss
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Immune system suppression (increases the risk for illness)
- Indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain
- Periodontal (tooth) disease, jaw pain
- Reduced sex drive
- Reproductive problems (e.g., irregular menstrual periods, chronic pelvic pain)
- Weight gain or loss
Chronic stress can also increase the severity and frequency of headaches, including migraines; affect the length and severity of asthma attacks; and can affect blood sugar levels in patients who have diabetes. It is a major cause for missed days of work.
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