Was struck by this from Elizabeth Yin:
As it would turn out over half of my friends who are tech entrepreneurs or recovering tech entrepreneurs have stress-induced issues. Repetitive strain issues, tingling feelings, shingles, IBS or other chronic stress-related problems, etc. It’s seemingly quite common, and while mental health is starting to be discussed, the physical ramifications of stress are rarely discussed publicly.
I’m not a tech entrepreneur (yet?..) but the thing that I experience regularly from stress is left-side chest pain. The first couple of times it appeared I was afraid something is wrong with my heart or lungs but after a while realized that it’s somatic.
Sometimes the pain/tension is quite strong and present for weeks if I’m stressed/anxious a lot, although fortunately it always goes away eventually. I think it goes away once I realize that I’m too stressed out and deal with the source of pressure or with the inner conflict that’s behind it.