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What Does it Mean When Anxiety Strikes Bone?

Micah Abraham, BSc
What Does it Mean When Anxiety Strikes Bone?

Bone pain is a type of bodily pain capable of causing you more anxiety than your average ache. This is primarily due to the fact that a quick Google search of bone pain brings up frightening diagnoses of cancer and bone infection. As these are possible causes of bone pain, along with several others, it is easy to let the anxiety that comes from not knowing aggravate your physical and mental health, leaving you worse off than you already are.

This article will discuss the potential causes of bone pain, as well as the problems that bone pain anxiety may be causing in your life and how to overcome them.

Possible Causes of Bone Pain

If you are experiencing bone pain, it is important to address the problem promptly. You need to control your anxiety so that your bone pain decreases and your quality of life improves. 

While bone pain has been linked to some scary conditions, including:

It's important to note that bone pain itself can be hard to diagnose. You may be experiencing muscle pain, a common symptom of anxiety and other health conditions. Furthermore, anxiety itself can cause pain. If you know you have anxiety, you may be experiencing issue related to your anxiety, not necessarily the pain itself.

While it is important to visit a doctor, especially if the pain is severe, you also need to make sure that you're addressing your anxiety no matter what, because your anxiety may be contributing to the pain.

Bone Pain and More Anxiety

In addition, it's not uncommon for bone pain itself to cause more anxiety, which may be a significant problem. While the above health conditions are not always likely, you also don't want to avoid treatment simply because you're afraid of the diagnosis.

Though these potential causes of bone pain sound disturbing, each of them is treatable, even if you've been experiencing the pain for an extended period of time. Reasons why your anxiety may be preventing you from addressing your bone pain and causing you other serious problems are outlined below, as well as how to diminish your bone pain-related anxiety.

Bone Pain Anxiety Problems

A variety of personal and social problems can arise for people who experience persistent anxiety about bone pain. These may include:

Because it is important to prevent anxiety from making the situation worse when you are already experiencing physical pain, the following section will discuss how to control your bone pain anxiety.

Controlling Bone Pain Anxiety

If bone pain anxiety is keeping you from living your life in a healthy and safe manner, consider taking the following steps towards taking back control over your life.

Bone pain anxiety should be taken seriously. However, taking constructive action to decrease your fears rather than obsessing over them or adopting destructive behavior is the key to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

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