Both physical pain and emotional distress are felt through the nervous system. When you feel dissatisfaction with your lifestyle, your job, or are involved in a toxic relationship, or are experiencing any type of emotional stress, your nervous system gets affected. When physical pain is experienced in addition to emotional pain, it adds up to an already overloaded nervous system and the pain feels stronger than if emotional issues were absent.
There may be occasions when a person, consciously or subconsciously, uses physical pain to distract the mind from emotional pain. Pain threshold is lowered by emotional pain and focus is on the physical pain to avoid dealing with emotional issues.
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