Can constant worrying be able to cause aches? My arms and legs seem to be achy for past few weeks, and this comes and goes. For example when I am just sitting around and thinking of it, they ache more and I get worried. When I'm doing stuff, go to work etc then I feel pretty good. Is this all in my head and and am I causing these aches myself? I've always been the type that thinks of the worst, and people say i'm a hypochondriac (and yes I do suffer from anxiety/panic and take meds, pretty much under control) however this is really driving me crazy! There is physical aching though (my arms/legs dont hurt if I touch or feel, or lift anything or do heavy work, they just ache when I am rested) and I can't stop but worry when feel them aching, I always think it's something severe when it probably isn't. I went away for a long weekend, a little vacation I guess, and the entire time I was fine, the moment I came back home I started feeling these aches again. Or when I go out drinking they also go away ... I know i'm making my situation worse, but is it really possible to bring on aches by constant worrying?
I don't know how old you are but I know as I've gotten older, just turned 48, I simply have more aches and pains. My husband has too, and we both agree that we don't feel them until we try to relax. I think when we're working or focused on a task, we just don't notice them as much.
I too am a worrier and have a lot of anxiety so I think I hold my body tense and that may attribute to the aches and pains.
For me it's probably some of both. I did go on a vacation recently also, and did not feel the normal aches and pains I do when working.