Nerve sensitization is a serious and
underdiagnosed stress-related condition.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 25,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Severe headaches, digestive
issues, and chronic neck and back pain can result when stress isn't
properly identified and managed. Known as central sensitization
syndromes (CSS), the debilitating conditions are often missed by
traditional healthcare practices, leading to a long-lasting
Under high stress, the body's weakest link breaks, which may
mean headaches, back pain, or digestive issues. With
sensitization, the nerves are more sensitive to stimuli. The nerves
and the brain relay the message of extreme pain. The physical
impact of touch, pressure, and movement are heightened in a person
with nerve sensitization.
In addition to the pain, symptoms can include fatigue, brain
fog, disrupted sleep, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.
According to Dr. Johnson, CSS sufferers struggle to get through
their work day, their energy levels half of before. Difficulties
concentrating make the work they do get through harder.
Dr. Shana Johnson, a
board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician,
specializes in treating these disorders. Her interest arose from
her own bout with a stress-related disorder.
"I can personally relate to my patients' pain and emotional
distress," explains Dr. Johnson. "I had very real symptoms of
agonizing pain. Conventional tests weren't able to show what was
wrong. Initially, providers dismissed my symptoms. I had to put the
pieces together for myself."
She adds that when nerve sensitization is missed, people often
seek out opioids, because they are confused and desperate for
A physician heals herself
When her symptoms began, Dr. Johnson was working in neurology,
treating people with conditions that impact the brain, spine, and
nerves. She managed a clinic for multiple sclerosis and also
treated traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and stroke
survivors. Her work and her personal physical pain prompted Dr.
Johnson to further explore the science behind what she knew was a
true medical condition.
"With CSS, the patient feels pain more easily, more intensely,
and in more places. For example, you might lift a 50-pound box and
feel a pull in your back. A CSS sufferer lifts a 25-pound box and
the pain is excruciating." explains Dr. Johnson, author of the
forthcoming book on the subject, Sunbreak.
"There are many ways to manage the symptoms of CSS," Dr.
Shana Johnson concludes. "But it
starts with seeking help from a provider who understands the
For more information, visit www.askdrshana.com
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