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Have pain in hand and chest when emotionally hurt. Cause and cure?

Hello I m a student, 17 years old. I wanted to ask about a problem of mine about which I don t really know that whether it s some medical thing or not. Usually, when am hurt emotionally by my friends or when I over-think about some bad situation that has happened with me, a part of my hand starts paining really badly. At times even my chest starts paining. For my hand I have to press it against something to get rid of the pain. I want to avoid this pain. What exactly is this pain all about? Is its something bad? How can i avoid it?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your symptoms, it appears that you may be having a 'somatoform pain disorder'. This is a condition where there is no underlying meical cause for the pain, but rather the cause is psychological.

When a person is unable to cope with an emotional stress or conflict, sometimes the emotional distress gets manifested as a physical symptom. It is good that you are able to realize that your symptoms occur only whenever you get emotionally hurt. I would advise you to see a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation and further treatment (which will mostly be in the form of counselling). I would also suggest that you try relaxation exercises like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, etc.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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