Discussing Environmental Factors
Stress is often the root cause of physical symptoms, and it can be caused by a person's lifestyle. Going to work at a frustrating job could be one of the reasons a person’s body is reacting. There could be a new co-worker upsetting the office or shop, or there could be rumours of staff cuts. These are the types of issues that can cause illness, and discussing environmental factors with the doctor could lead to a good diagnosis and treatment options.
Many aches and pains have physical causes that can be easily diagnosed, but stress is not one of them. It can present one way for a while, but the symptoms might change over time. A person could understand they have stressful issues at work or home, but they may not connect them to what is happening with their health. Narrowing down the possibilities of what is causing issues is what creates an accurate diagnosis.
It can feel like whining when a person has to tell their physician about the stress in their life. They could believe that is not a potential factor, but it can be the most important issue they mention. Treating back pain or muscle aches created by too much stress is much different than those same medical issues caused by physical exertion. They will not be eliminated until the body changes how it presents the stress or the stress is removed from the environment.
There are ways to cope with this condition that may not require medication. Removing the stress at work or home is not always possible, but finding good solutions can alleviate it. Learning to take a deep breath and leave issues at work is one, and changing a harmful routine at home is another. These do not necessarily require a prescription medication, but they could require a good doctor to help find and alleviate them.