Emotional Causes of Pain

According to the Washington University School of Medicine, “Negative emotional states and physical pain are intimately connected. Numerous people who suffer from chronic, persistent pain also deal with negative emotions and loss of motivation.” Psychogenic pain is used to describe this relationship between emotions and pain. Psychogenic pain is defined as a pain that doesn’t happen directly because of an injury or illness affecting your body. Instead, this form of pain originates in your brain and happens because of a combination of factors, including mental health, personal history and circumstances, other health conditions and more.


People who suffer from chronic pain may experience loss of hope, the feeling of being a burden, and the uncertainty of what the future holds for them. This pain can also keep people from their work, acts of daily living, or enjoyable activities. Dealing with these emotions for a long period of time can induce physical reactions. Some of these feelings include: 


  1. Sadness can develop into depression which can bring on headaches, fatigue and sore or aching muscles.
  2. Anger puts the body in fight or flight mode causing physical effects like headaches, tense muscles and teeth, and jaw tightening or grinding.
  3. Anxiety makes your body constantly pump adrenaline and can physically bring on stomach aches, headaches, and tense/sore muscles.
  4. Shame can contribute to digestive problems, headaches and muscle tension.  


If your chronic pain is preventing you from participating in daily activities or the things you enjoy, it is time to find the root cause and get your life back. Dr. Jackson offers free consultations to discuss your chronic condition and how our non-invasive therapies can help you find pain relief. Call (920) 569-2350 or visit midwestpainsolutions.com to schedule your free consultation today!


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