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I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

Get Help locally: You need a pregnancy test. If you cannot afford one please call planned parenthood and get yourself seen. There is nothing we can do for you on the web. But, I can encourage you to stop being scared and get to a compassionate place that will answer all of your questions and concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I have been feeling ill for the past week after sexual activity but I'm under a lot of stress too which one is making me feel ill?

I have been feeling ill for the past week after sexual activity but I'm under a lot of stress too which one is making me feel ill?

Unfortunately, we : Can't even begin to tell you without an in-person interview & physical exam, plus any relevant testing. ...Read more

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Can stress make someone sick?

Can stress make someone sick?

Yes: Yes, stress can make you very sick. Stress results in changes in your immune system, digestive system, endocrine system and cause menstrual irregularities. Neurological system and behavior changes can lead to sanciety and depression. Stress can effect
your general wellbeing, and disrupt your sleep patterns. ...Read more

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Can being stressed make you severely sick?

Can being stressed make you severely sick?

Stress: Stress would not likely make you severely sick. You can, though have a slightly decreased immunity due to stress, but again, not likely to give you severe illness. ...Read more

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Can stress cause you to get sick? How and why?

Can stress cause you to get sick? How and why?

Hormones good & bad: Stress can be good in small doses: The hormone adrenaline helps in the fight or flight response and may motivate preparation for an important event, etc.

Chronic high levels of stress however, can be deleterious to hormonal balance, affecting both the brain and the rest of the body(via cortisol and other hormones) negatively altering sleep, lipid metabolism, mood, blood pressure & immune function ...Read more

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Is it ill-advised to deal with stress through physical contact?

Is it ill-advised to deal with stress through physical contact?

Possible problem: If physical contact means you are using casual sex to deal with stress then there might be a problem. I have worked with many people who have used sex as a way to 'self-medicate' painful feelings instead of dealing with the feelings or stressful situations directly. If physical contact is with someone you care about and who loves you then that is an excellent way to relieve stress. ...Read more

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Can chronic stress cause you to become very ill? How does it happen?

Can chronic stress cause you to become very ill?  How does it happen?

Stress can affect ou: More important than stress is our personal response to life circumstances that determine how our emotions and in turn our physiology responds to this event. There is research to support that our immune system, perception of pain, and autonomic nervous can be influenced by chronic stress. A chronic stress response in certain circumstances can influence our health and rate of recovery. ...Read more

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Why do I always get ill before important exams? Is it the stress causing this?

Why do I always get ill before important exams? Is it the stress causing this?

It may be a combo.: You may be sleeping less in order to cram for tests. If you are sleeping less you may be using caffeine to stay awake. If you are studying alot you may not be eating as nutritiously. But, yes, stress is probably a major factor. ...Read more

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What's the easiest way to alleviate stress caused by having to deal with a seriously ill relative?

What's the easiest way to alleviate stress caused by having to deal with a seriously ill relative?

Choices: There's not one answer for this. An obvious way is to get a break for yourself and do something you really enjoy. A good movie can put you in a completely diifferent frame of mind. Exercising is another good option, including yoga classes. ...Read more

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I'm a very stressed out person, n need to know how to cope with it? I get physically ill when its high.

I'm a very stressed out person, n need to know how to cope with it? I get physically ill when its high.

Therapy and medicati: You have several options. Cognitive therapy from a good therapist can be very effective in helping with stress and anxiety. There are also very good medications that can give you help. Many times we use a combination of these two therapies. See your doctor and get a recommendation on a good cognitive therapist. Check with your doctor about using some medication that may be helpful. ...Read more

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How sick can stress make you and what can it do to your body I'm super stressed and very sick until it calms down ?

Very ill: Stress is all that it is cracked up to be. I am very sure if you are having chest pain, abdominal pain or diarrhea that stress can contribute. You can feel very ill until it calms down. Try to relax and see if you can cut down on any caffeine drinks.
If not see your doctor.
BEst wishes. ...Read more

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I am beyond stressed and its to the point where im physically sick and in pain I have a lotnof health issues caused/worsened by stress.what do I do?

Consider working wi: A counselor. Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 – 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Does no sleep and being stressed make you sick?

Does no sleep and being stressed make you sick?

Zzz: If it takes you 30 or more minutes to fall asleep or you sleep for a total sleep time of six hours or fewer on three or more nights per week, you most likely have what we call insomnia. Patients with insomnia have increased fatigue, sleepiness, confusion, tension, anxiety, and depression. So yes, can make you "sick." recommend relaxation techs, see pcp if need meds. Need to have a good nights sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been feeling sick could it be from stress?

Well, that's not: Good. Yes, stress can make you physically ill. So, lets look at ways to stress-less. Exercise is a major way to let go of stress and to increase endorphens (which make you feel good). Meditation, yoga, acupuncture, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises work well. Counseling is also great if you stress is running away with you. Take care. ...Read more

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My 6 year old barely eats. She is not stressed or sick. Very happy (and spoiled). 42 lbs about 45 in tall?

My 6 year old barely eats. She is not stressed or sick. Very happy (and spoiled). 42 lbs about 45 in tall?

She is...: She is A normal height and weight. Children do not need to eat enough to make their parents happy (and little girls often don't), they need to eat enough to grow well. If your pediatrician has been following her growth as s/he should, s/he would have told you if there was a problem. I worry more about the quality of the food than the quantity. Eats veggies? Good! Lots of fast food? Bad! ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with stress; when the stress comes from having s very I'll child and not knowing the reason he is sick?

What is the best way to deal with stress; when the stress comes from having s very I'll child and not knowing the reason he is sick?

Very painful: This is one of the most painful situations a parent can go through. Many deal with this by getting support from their church or spiritual group if they have one -- and also from extended family including friends close enough to feel like family. Prayer helps. Getting consistent rest helps. Giving and receiving affection helps. Educating yourself & talking with the doctors helps too. ...Read more

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I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

Herpes zoster: The herpes zoster virus is dormant in your system ever since the chicken pox virus entered your body. Outbreaks of the shingles rash can occur without obvious reason. It is thought, however, that stress weakens the immune system and makes people prone to the outbreak. ...Read more

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I'm stressed and feel sick to my stomach but I don't know why. What could it be?

Stress: If you do not address the stress in your mind it (your mind) will attack your body to demand attention. I believe we are a body, mind and spirit-if all are not healthy: we are "ill". How do we best address your "stress"? Try to identify those things you can change and do so.When I was 29 it had a lot to do with relationships."tigers don't change their stripes"- move on. ...Read more

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Could emotional stress make you physically sick?

Could emotional stress make you physically sick?

Yes: Anxiety / Stress symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration & easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Headaches, exacerbation of asthma and GI upset can occur too. ...Read more

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Why do I get sick sometimes from college-related stress?

1: Gut-brain connection is very powerful and when stressed can cause irritable bowel syndrome; symptoms usually include abdominal pain and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Had lost 6 lbs in 9 mths. This week 3 more. Ill and under stress. Worried if its cancer?

Had lost 6 lbs in 9 mths. This week 3 more. Ill and under stress. Worried if its cancer?

Doubt cancer: This is relatively slow weight loss to announce cancer, but the very fact that you are under situational stress (which can make a person lose weight) and are concerned is reason enough for a physican office visit. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been feeling sick lately, usually evening/nighttime, been off my food and having headaches. Can stress cause this?

Theses symptoms may: Be caused by stress. However, it would be important to rule out medical causes before implicating stress. Please see your physician for this. One thing that you can do to self-calm or reduce anxiety is deep breathing. Breath in slowly & deeply through nostrils. Fill you lungs with air & hold for a five count. Slowly exhale through open mouth. Don't focus on problems. Think only about your >>. ...Read more

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Stress makes me sick;4xs in 2mo, its embarrassing, not a hypochondriac. Last2mo has been very chaotic&stressful. Trying to eliminate stress, tips?

If you know : Stress is making you sick, you are in many ways ahead of the game. Realizing that you are overly stressed is the 1st step to overcoming the problems. Take a look at your life, figure out what you can eliminate to reduce stress. Find ways to simplify things or get help from others. Learn to stress management techniques. Talk to a therapist, start exercising are a few things to get started. ...Read more

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Under stress, anxiety not eating right. Lost 12 lbs in 1month 3 wks. Dr thinks once stress is better ill stop losing. Sound right? I'm worried

Under stress, anxiety not eating right.  Lost 12 lbs in 1month 3 wks.  Dr thinks once stress is better ill stop losing.  Sound right? I'm worried

Could be: You need to have a check up and labs done to make sure everything else is fine. This is a significant amount of weight loss and it could be due to stress and anxiety but other medical conditions need to be ruled out too. ...Read more

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Worried sick. Earthquake just happened near where grandson is on spring break. How can grandmas handle stress from what grandkids do so far away?

Concern vs. worry: There's no way to avoid being concerned about your grandson's welfare, but worry and concern are two different things. Worry comes from "magical thinking"--"if i just worry hard enough, maybe I can keep him safe." well you can't. He's either safe or he's not. So be concerned and try to find out how he's doing, but please don't worry, because it only makes you a wreck. Hoping for good news. ...Read more

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How can I decrease my stress, I am very emotionally and when see a sick I feel that illness in my body and then that time I feel exhausting help me?

How can I decrease my stress, I am very emotionally and when see a sick I feel that illness in my body and then that time I feel exhausting help me?

Stress reduction is: Pretty standard these days, starting with good sleep, diet, relationships and productivity at work/school. To that, add meditation, yoga, avoidance of drugs/alcohol. To that, add awareness of your thoughts and their physical/emotional effects. If you have a high level of empathy or are prone to hypochondriasis, seek out a psychologist for a little CBT. ...Read more

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I am a full time student (13 hours) and work part-time (20-30 hours) on weekends. I can't seem to mange my stress that well and get sick & frustrated.

I am a full time student (13 hours) and work part-time (20-30 hours) on weekends. I can't seem to mange my stress that well and get sick & frustrated.

Recommendation : You are very responsible person! Good for you! But...you need rest! You overwhelming with responsibility. Please decrease working hours in half, because you need enough rest more than money. You will adjust with this amounts of work in 4-6 months. ...Read more