Stress illness symptoms are many and varied. Every tissue or organ in the body is regulated/stimulated by our nervous system and studies have clearly demonstrated how our emotional brain affects the ‘automatic’ nervous system.  (e.g. racing heart, dry mouth, changes within the small blood vessels and hair standing on end when frightened).  When the stress results in internal emotional turmoil (or an old unresolved emotional memory is triggered), the emotional brain is triggered and therefore it is possible to see how symptoms can be caused via the resulting effect on the nervous system.

Obviously many symptoms of Stress Illness may have a more serious cause and in order to diagnose and then safely treat stress illness, it is necessary to have these ruled out first by your medical practitioner. e.g. cancer, infection, fracture, autoimmune disorders.

Some medical diagnoses however may be based on what are believed to be abnormalities, such as spinal degeneration and prolapsed discs, yet research has demonstrated that these are normal signs of ageing and usually not the cause of the pain. Other diagnoses, such as Repetitive Strain Injury and chronic tendonitis are believed to be due to repetitive movement and chronic inflammation respectively, yet both can be reversed when treated as Stress Illness.  Medically unexplained symptoms also account for many of the conditions diagnosed as Stress Illness.

N.B. All more serious diagnoses must be ruled out before a condition may be safely treated as a Stress Illness.


Back pain, neck pain, other aches and pains in joints or limbs. Tension headache, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Whiplash, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Temperomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Chronic Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, foot pain syndromes, Trigeminal Neuralgia and de Quervains Syndrome.

Muscle, Ligament and Tendon symptoms may include pain and tenderness.

Nerve symptoms may include; numbness, itching, burning, tingling, pins and needles, plus muscle weakness, muscle spasms and involuntary movements, plus restless leg syndrome.

Stomach and bowels:

Abdominal pain, Ulcer symptoms, stomach pain, Nausea, vomiting, IBS, colitis, spastic colon, Hiatus hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, Constipation, diarrhoea

Bladder and genitals:

Spastic bladder, bladder frequency, testicular pain, Interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis, vulvodynia, undiagnosed pelvic pain

Immune system:

Wind up – allergies/hay fever like symptoms

Wind down – frequent infections, such as ear, lung, bladder, thrush, cystitis, veruccas, warts etc

Heart and Lungs:

Repetitive cough, undiagnosed chest pain, palpitations, high or low blood pressure conditions, hyperventilation or shortness of breath, tachycardia


Eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, itching etc

Mental health:

Obsessive compulsive thoughts, Eating disorders, Depression, Anxiety, panic attacks, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Self mutilation or self cutting, post traumatic stress disorder


Complex Regional Pain Disorder (CRPD), Difficulty swallowing or gagging, chronic fatigue/tiredness, Migraines, Bell’s palsy, neuralgia, facial paralysis, Vertigo/dizziness, Tinnitus, Changes in voice