Any given physical issue can point toward a handful of underlying health problems. But one problem with a huge variety of symptoms is anxiety. Many ailments that seem purely physical could actually have this emotional root. The mind and body really are connected — after all, the mind is part of the body.
"Nearly all my clients with anxiety complain of physical symptoms as well," therapist Amy McManus, LMFT, tells Bustle. "Anxiety often results in a continuous feedback loop with symptoms, so it is sometimes difficult to tell which one came first. Physical causes get inextricably intertwined with emotional causes. You’re worried that your stomachache might turn into loud rumbling at your meeting; you’re afraid that headache might keep you from focusing during that important presentation; you’re concerned that your backache will make that plane flight excruciating, etc. Your worry can make all those symptoms worse, so it’s impossible to know if there was originally a physical reason without a medical checkup."
Of course, it's very impossible that any given physical problem does have a physical cause. But if you're dealing with anxiety, that possibility should be explored, too. Here are some common health problems that often stem from anxiety.