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Can Stress Cause Seizures
Only if the patient: Already has a seizure disorder. If some has post-traumatic epilepsy, idiopathic epilepsy, etc, then emotional stress can lower the seizure threshold. If someone has no neurologic reason for seizures, and has never had a seizure, then emotional stress will not cause them. They may cause something called a pseudo-seizure, but these are not true neurologic seizures. ...Read more
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
Stress migraine: Many illness exacerbations are due to or least somewhat influenced by stress. Stress in the form of worsened sleep, anxious worry, muscle tension, chronic dread, and vigilance could increase frequency and even severity of migraine. Biofeedback which coordinates relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and imagery is a successful treatment - for migraine and other illnesses felt to stress-related. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure can: This is the classic picture of "swooning" from screen and stage where the character, upon receiving some startling or otherwise dramatic news, faints, with dramatic music in the background, of course. In real life, this is caused by a drop in blood pressure due to a vasovagal response brought on by a strong emotional reaction. Very common and generally harmless (unless you hit your head!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very rare: By itself, stress (actually dis-tress, when a person cannot or will not solve a pressing problem) contributes to disease, but causes death by itself only in extreme situations (i.e., torture). There is a "pop" notion that in, say, a fatal fall from a high place that the heart stops before impact and the decedent feels nothing; it's not true but comforts survivors. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Seizures can be triggered by specific stimuli such as flickering light or hyperventilation. Fever in a toddler is associated with a toxic state that can cause a seizure. Heat alone is very unlikely to cause a seizure. Being aware of early signs of a seizure is very important. Avoiding stimuli that can bring on a seizure is important. These must be part of seizure management. ...Read more
Rarely: There is a rare but very specific type of epilepsy that is photo sensitive. In some just the flashing of light at a specific frequency can cause a seizure. In very rare cases a specific pattern will set off seizure activity. A type of baboon (papio-papio) has a genetic tendency for photosensitive epilepsy. They have been studied in detail. Coated glasses can help. ...Read more
Yes: Psychological/emotional stress has been recognized as a potential cause of hives. There are, however, numerous other potential causes of hives including potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, physical factors (heat, cold, pressure, etc) and underlying systemic illness or infection. You should discuss this with your doctor or allergist who can help make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Stress constipation: Stress can definitely cause constipation. An anal fissure can make the constipation even worse by causing the internal sphincter to tense, which makes it hard to defacate. Pain and blood-streaked french fry- like stool results. It is painful and a vicious circle. Surgical treatment of the fissure may help as may steroid suppositories. I don't know of any psychotherapy studies on these dynamics. ...Read more
Not directly: Maybe not directly, but stress can provoke several behaviors that may collectively send you on the road to Insulin resistance and weight gain -- towards diabetes. You can eat too many processed foods that are high in sugars and hydrogenated fats, leading to inflammation and weight gain. Stress can also lead to sleep disturbance, which can in turn lead to weight gain and Insulin resistance. ...Read more
Not exactly.: Some individuals will experience transient depression or mood changes as part of their migraine premonitory symptoms—however it is not thought that migraines cause psychiatirc conditions. Rather it is believed that a common biology related to shared genetic susceptibility leads to the increased comorbidity ( depression and migraine tend to co-occur). ...Read more
Can stress and anxiety cause dizziness? Can stress also cause constant hunger? Cause I'm very often hungry..
Stress causes it all: Stress is the number one trigger for many many many medical conditions, emotions, and maladaptive behaviors. Therefore, the short answer to your question is "yes" but the better answer to your question is that you should get an examination by a doctor if you are feeling overwhelmed and overloaded either physically or mentally. ...Read more
Absolutely : General stress can strain your voice, as tension in the muscles of the neck and upper body can change the shape of the larynx slightly, and can cause the vocal cords to constrict. This can change the voice so that it becomes higher than usual.www.throatproblems. Pt sd can also cause loss of ability to speak as a form of conversion disorder that may require an abreactive approach to get the voice back. ...Read more
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