Swedish researchers followed 1,462 women for several decades and found that those who had high mental stress levels at the beginning of the study had a greater likelihood of reporting physical pain and aches that were not linked to particular conditions. The findings appear in the International Journal of General Medicine. "These symptoms, while not necessarily dangerous, can have a major impact on quality of life and may also ratchet up health care costs," said Dr. Sarah Samaan, who was not involved in the study.

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