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Stress & the body: Stress prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid & shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions & contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
RELAX: Follow your ophthalmologists directions. Youre going to treat it. Very low probability youre about to go blind when you treat it properly. Jumping to the worst possibility is reflex; checking probability is the best way. Then doing whats right makes things work out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are periods of psychological stress necessary to progress in life? They say "no pain, no gain" ...
I like to think we: can learn more from positive experiences; however, the problem is that in life, no one can avoid having negative ones. So, we can't run this experiment. Yes, we learn a ton from negative experiences and pain is a potent motivator to not do whatever it was that caused the pain. Try going through a whole day having only positive experiences and deliberately learning from them. What happens? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes......: The short answer is yes. The longer and still very inadequate answer is yes, but the effect can vary based on the type of stress, the chronicity of the stress, the age, gender, genetics and emotion traits of the individual being stressed and so on. Current theory would hold that the origin of many of the inflammatory conditions we face, including depression, can be found in question you ask! ...Read more
Can psychological stress or illness drive cortisol levels out-of-range higher or just higher within normal range?
Yes: They can raise cortisol levels which help improve memory and immunity in the short term, but may cause depression, lowered immune response, thyroid problems, elevated glucose, high blood pressure and decreased bone mass in the long run. Since you are on steroid injections for pain from a bulging disc, you could ask your doctor about other tx options if you are concerned about the side effects. ...Read more
What's the difference in the aortas compliance to physical stress and psychological stress? Does it narrow or expand in the different situations?
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