American carriers may have psychosomatic illnesses without realizing it, caused by daily stress, whether at work or in their personal lives. But do drivers know what psychosomatic illnesses are? Many of them don´t know it and even if they suffer from any of the symptoms and need medical help, they may end up without a correct diagnosis. Traditional medicine tends to focus on the physical symptoms of the patient and treat them with medicines, prescribing anxiolytic, which may solve the problem for a short time. The patient eventually goes back to the doctor, with the same discomfort or different ones.
At the end the doctor send those patients to a psychologist, which makes the truckers confused about what is happening. They are reluctant to go to this specialist because they don´t know how it will help them.
“The doctor did not diagnose me any illness, but I still have discomfort, why did he decide to send me to a psychologist?” This is a very common question for many carriers.
Frequently the truck drivers suffer from psychosomatic problems and do not find any organic cause for their symptoms. It is not a simply childhood trauma, there are occasions where something is overwhelming us and we don´t know how to deal with it.
Analyze the causes of these physical discomforts:
- 70% are due to natural causes such as poor digestion, breathing, or when we sweat. Even unhealthy habits such as poor diet, poor sleep habits or getting little exercise. The environment also influences our body; on factors such as pollution, humidity, heat, cold, fungi, etc.
- 5% are due to physical illness. Only 10% are severe discomfort, in 1000 cases only 4 are serious diseases.
- 25% are due to psychological causes, the psychosomatic illnesses.
Anxiety, stress and depression act on various hormones, causing changes in our body, which can have influence in the origin and also in the course of the disease. It has been shown that truckers who suffer from depression have a weakened immune system of defense and can get sick more easily and be more difficult to recover from certain diseases.
The symptoms could be:
- In our senses – can eventually cause blindness, double vision, hoarseness.
- Nervous system – headaches, dizziness, fainting, tingling, muscle paralysis.
- Circulatory System – palpitations and tachycardia.
- Respiratory system – shortness of breath, pain or tightness in the chest.
- Digestive System – dry mouth, feeling like choking, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea.
- Musculoskeletal system – muscle tension, muscle aches, fatigue.