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Doctor insights on: Is It True That Emotional Stress Can Cause A Miscarriage

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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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Is it true that stress, fright, and other emotional distress could cause a miscarriage?

Is it true that stress, fright, and other emotional distress could cause a miscarriage?

Posible but unlikely: While extreme and severe physical and mental stress may contribute to pregnancy loss, the more common day-to-day stress is unlikely to result in pregnancy loss. ...Read more

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How much exercise or emotional stress can cause a missed or irregular period?

How much exercise or emotional stress can cause a missed or irregular period?

Worried you're preg?: Overly exercising and high stress may cause an irregular period. Periods will stop if you are at a very low body weight, since body can not support a pregnancy. However, pregnancy might be the most likely scenario. I know you are uncertain but should have a home pregnancy test asap. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Recently my emotional stress has been high, i'm wondering if the major pain in my lower back could possibly be caused by the stress? Thank you.

Recently my emotional stress has been high, i'm wondering if the major pain in my lower back could possibly be caused by the stress? Thank you.

Yes it could: You have some very large muscles in your back -- when they get tense, they hurt. Tension and anger are often related to back pain. Dr. John sarno's dvd's and books are very explanatory of this problem, and may help you. I've known patients who were helped simply by reading "healing back pain." your unconscious mind can create physical changes in your body. http://www.healingbackpain.com/. ...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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Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

Stress & illness: Definitely. Emotional stress produces hundreds of changes in your body. If stress occurs too often or stays too long, those changes can push body systems beyond normal range and cause dysfunction. Chronic stress exhausts the body and decreases immune functions making you more vulnerable to many illnesses. ...Read more

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Could adrenalin and emotional stress cause a prominent u wave here and there?

U waves are: commonly seen in young athletic individuals, and can be more common in states of high epinephrine. Check w/your doctor. ...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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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 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

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more