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Can physical/emotional stress bring on an adrenal crisis?

Can physical/emotional stress bring on an adrenal crisis?

Possibly.: Physical stress - yes. Normally, the adrenal glands make higher levels of cortisol when someone is seriously ill or injured, or recovering from surgery. Since a person with adrenal insufficiency can't do this, the gap between how much cortisol is needed and how much is available widens, and can lead to adrenal crisis and life-threatening shock if they don't receive "stress doses" of steroids. ...Read more

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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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How do you know if you have emotional stress?

How do you know if you have emotional stress?

Stress: Stress sx's can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (esp. in neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, v concentration, easy fatiguability, lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation. ...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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Can emotional stress cause skipped beats?

Can emotional stress cause skipped beats?

Yes, however,: You may need to have your heart checked to be sure it is not a medical problem before assuming that it is due to psychological stressors. ...Read more

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What is the best way to overcome emotional stress?

What is the best way to overcome emotional stress?

Manage stress: With e-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Counseling can help. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause cold sores?

Can emotional stress cause cold sores?

YES...: If you have frequent outbreaks & they are causing more stress it can be a vicious circle. Try asking your dentist or google laser treatment of cold sores. We are hearing about significant reduction in frequency of attacks & getting good reports on laser for cold sores from many doctors. This has been my experience with patients as well. Laser treatment results vary as each case is different. ...Read more

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What vitamin can help with emotional stress???

What vitamin can help with emotional stress???

Nothing magic: Emotional stress can be helped by a well balanced diet where you are getting all of your nutritional needs met. In times of high stress it is particularly important (and sometimes particularly difficult) to eat healtfully and stay balanced. Excerise in general and yoga in particular is helpful. Psychotherapy is helpful and can offer a lifetime of support. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause you to have amnesia?

Can emotional stress cause you to have amnesia?

Yes: Excessive stress will increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol over an extended period of time can damage areas of your brain that are needed for the storage of memories. Try to reduce all the different stressors in your life. Proper diet, proper sleep-wake cycles, proper exercise are needed. Learn some stress reduction techniques like meditation or yoga. ...Read more

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Can raynaud's syndrome caused by emotional stress?

Can raynaud's syndrome caused by emotional stress?

No: No, raynaud's is not caused by stress but stress can make the attacks more frequent and severe. Caffeine, cold weather, and smoke may also exacerbate the symptoms of raynaud's. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause spotting during menopause?

Can emotional stress cause spotting during menopause?

At 64: you are postmenopausal bleeding is abnormal, Are you on any hormones? You need to see your GYN for an evaluation and possibly a D&C or endometrial biopsy. ...Read more

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Addisonian Crisis (Definition)

Addisonian or acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can manifest with fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, fever, joint pain, fatigue, coma, or seizure. Addison's disease is usually treated ...Read more