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Can stress increase lupus/sjogrens symptoms like fatigue and joint pain?

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Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
Yes: Stress causes the body to release cortisone compounds and adrenaline compounds. When the stress stops your body feels a drop in these like steroid withdrawal, thus the increase in symptoms. There are other hormonal mechanisms in place as well.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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