If you’ve ever loved and loss, you may have experienced the grief, sorrow, or betrayal that comes with a broken heart. At some point in our lives, we all have experienced those nights with tear-stained pillows or wanting to throw the radio out of the window when you hear a song that reminds you of them. The good news is that the pieces of broken hearts can be put back together again for a full recovery! If your broken heart has never been mended, it may lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. All of which can make you literally sick. Here are 5 signs that your broken heart is shattering your body.
1. You’re Always Fatigue.
Fatigue or exhaustion are associated with several conditions, but fatigue caused by a broken heart, can linger past the 12 hours of sleep you got on your king-sized mattress. No matter how much sleep or rest you get, it seems like getting out of bed is a dreadful task. On the flip side, you may find that you can’t go to sleep for any more than a few hours at a time.
This type of fatigue can make it hard to concentrate at work and can cause you to isolate yourself from family and friends because you’re too irritated to deal with them. So, how can you tell if it’s your broken heart or if you’re busy schedule is causing the fatigue? Fatigue that is due to heartbreak is usually accompanied by feelings and thoughts of sadness or hopelessness and doesn’t improve with a good night’s rest. On the other hand, late nights and early mornings can be relieved with adequate sleep.
2. Your Body Hurts All Over and You Don’t Know Why.
You know that you haven’t been training for the Olympics, but it sure feels like it. From backaches, headaches, to random shooting pains in your limbs, you’re always in pain. The pieces of your broken heart can cause your body to start the inflammatory process. Where there is inflammation, there is usually pain. The difference between pain related to depression and pain that comes from a fall is one type of pain is caused by something external (in this case the ground you fell on) while the other has no rhyme or reason. Back pain is one of the most common pains related to depression.
3. Your Digestive System Has A Mind of Its Own.
It seems as if your stomach and it’s entourage can’t make up their minds. One week you’re backed up like 5 o’clock traffic and the next week the floodgates are too open. Studies show that overwhelming sadness can disrupt the normal flow of the digestive track and cause an imbalance in the digestive system’s good bacteria.
4. Your Vision Has Changed For The Worse.
Your eyes just can’t seem to see things clearly since your heart was broken in two. One study reported that individuals with major depression had issues with differentiating between the black and white on a checkerboard pattern. This type of visual disturbance can cause issues with activities of daily living such as reading or driving at night.
5. Your Appetite and Weight Are Different.
We’ve all probably craved a big bowl of ice cream after a day when things just weren’t going our way. In the case of a broken heart, the cravings for unhealthy comfort foods just doesn’t go away. Eating foods that are high in sugar and trans fats can have a great impact on your cardiovascular health. A broken heart can also cause a loss of appetite which can lead to drastic weight loss and malnutrition.
A broken heart can go undetected as the cause of your illness because the emotions may be familiar. You may have gone to your primary doctor with physical complaints, but talking to a therapist may give you more resources to help heal your broken heart.