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Does severe stress in Life for many years in the past and the coming years, shorten life expectancy and cause any complications? No memory of happines

Does severe stress in Life for many years in the past and the coming years, shorten life expectancy and cause any complications? No memory of happines

Probably: This common sense affirmative answer makes all sorts of sense. Too much to list here. It seems automatic to recommend patient CBT therapy to work out an achievable, multi-faceted plan to increase your life management skills patiently. You can learn how to avoid, reduce and manage things better. Meds may help for rough spots, but skills are what you'll benefit more from. Make a happier tomorrow. ...Read more

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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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Can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

Can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

Yes it's possible: Its difficult to isolate what fibromyalgia is. Much easier to diagnose what it is not. Therefore it's difficult to assess what 'cause & affect' makes it worse as opposed to simply, 'guilt by association.' someone best described it as a water pipe. Pressure (good) makes the water flow but stress (bad) makes the pipe crack! ...Read more

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What's the pathogenesis for severe stress causing gastritis?

What's the pathogenesis for severe stress causing gastritis?

Stress gastritis: The stomach lining is protected by a mucous gel layer that's regulated by prostaglandins, nitric oxide, certain proteins, and vagus nerve stimulation. Normally, stomach acid secreted by the stomach's parietal cells does not erode into this lining. But severe stress may disrupt the neural tone such that the gel layer breaks down -- and then acid reaches, inflames, and destroys the stomach lining. ...Read more

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Which processes occur in the body during a period of severe stress?

Which processes occur in the body during a period of severe stress?

Severe stress: The body can withstand brief periods of severe stress, but prolonged stress can overwhelm the system. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in those who are very aggressive & competitive. More pain. Also increased blood pressure w/increased risk of stroke. More vulnerability to infections. Aggravated skin problems (acne, psoriasis, etc). Diabetes & infertility can result too. ...Read more

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FTM- as soon as I had my son I've had every symptom of severe stress/anxiety disorder. It's taking over myself completely and effecting life. Help! ?

FTM- as soon as I had my son I've had every symptom of severe stress/anxiety disorder. It's taking over myself completely and effecting life. Help! ?

Please seek help: Being a new parent is stressful under the most normal of circumstances. With symptoms such as yours, it can be even more challenging. Please seek mental health support as soon as possible to help you with treatment of your anxiety. ...Read more

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If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

No: Iq is a measure of inherent potential that is genetically and ohysical health determined.Stress and depression may affect performance, but not iq. ...Read more

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I have suddenly experienced extreme weight loss. I do not feel ill and I’m eating normally. I have recently though been under severe stress?

I have suddenly experienced extreme weight loss. I do not feel ill and I’m eating normally. I have recently though been under severe stress?

Weight loss: Of unknown origin needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Please see him/her. Stress can can be a factor but you need to look for medical causes too. Please see a clinical psychologist to learn to manage your stress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I need help finding meds to stop severe Stress-IBS-D. Any suggestions? This is taking over my life... I can not go outside at all at the moment Thanks

I need help finding meds to stop severe Stress-IBS-D. Any suggestions? This is taking over my life... I can not go outside at all at the moment Thanks

Self medication: My best suggestion is avoid self medication and see a GI. There are interventions that can be done rather than self medicate be it any preparation. Seeking consulling. Medications, change In diet and other interventions would help. Self medication for a chronic condition is a slippery slope. If a controlled substance is needed suggest get an MD to help out. Lastly there can be a true pathology. ...Read more

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Can chronic severe stress cause protein excess in urine?

Can chronic severe stress cause protein excess in urine?

Yes: Situations involving severe stress, exercise, fever etc can cause transient proteinuria. This resolves in most cases in subsequent analysis. Extensive work up is not indicated in this scenario. ...Read more

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My heart rate sky rocketed from 75 to 162 BPM because of severe stress. Am I sensitive to stress? Or is it normal?

My heart rate sky rocketed from 75 to 162 BPM because of severe stress. Am I sensitive to stress? Or is it normal?

It happens: You describe "severe stress". You certainly can elevate your heart rate dramatically from stress. If it happens rarely, it's likely normal. If it ever happens when you're NOT stressed, you likely have a primary rhythm problem that should be investigated. ...Read more

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Does severe stress cause alopecia areata?

Does severe stress cause alopecia areata?

Not specifically: While stress may result in greater appearance of gray hair which are more fragile and probe to breakage, it is not a common cause of localized hair loss. ...Read more

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29 y/o male, being treated for hbp. Have severe stress and chronic anxiety. Should I have angiogram? Worried about stress test cuz bedridden for a yea

29 y/o male, being treated for hbp. Have severe stress and chronic anxiety. Should I have angiogram? Worried about stress test cuz bedridden for a yea

No: It would be malpractice to perform an invasive test with a small risk of serious consequences without a valid indication. The risk of dying from a heart cath, as low as it is, is 100 times higher than a stress test (0.1% versus 0.001%). ...Read more

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Can something like missing one period trigger telogen effluvium, or does it have to been a major shock? (crash diet, severe stress, etc)

Can something like missing one period trigger telogen effluvium, or does it have to been a major shock? (crash diet, severe stress, etc)

Telogen effluvium: Missing one period should not trigger telegenic effluvium by itself. However a shock to the system could lead to both, such as marked weight loss and excessive exercise in women. If none of these occurred see your gynecologist or dermatologist. Also this can occur as an adverse reaction to a medication. ...Read more

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How can you fix moderate adrenal fatigue? Gaining weight still, ruled out everything else. This fits after a year of severe stress. Is it fixable?

How can you fix moderate adrenal fatigue? Gaining weight still, ruled out everything else. This fits after a year of severe stress. Is it fixable?

Adrenal fatigue: I doubt you have "adrenal fatigue". Either the adrenals work, or they don't. If they don't, you have addison's disease and you are very sick. However, stress can be very debilitating. The symptoms from stress cannot be fixed by concoctions of vitamins, hormones, etc. Suggest you see a good general doctor (family med, internist) who can evaluate your condition and counsel you on nutrition as well. ...Read more

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Can u fix moderate adrenal fatigue? Gaining too much weight, tests rule out everything else, was under severe stress for over a year. Is it fixable?

Can u fix moderate adrenal fatigue? Gaining too much weight, tests rule out everything else, was under severe stress for over a year. Is it fixable?

It depends: To address this question, you would want to see an integrative medicine or naturopathic physician -- making sure your condition is not full adrenal insufficiency, for instance. They would do a workup of you and your labs, to determine the best ways to help you. Some people may respond well to herbal supports for the adrenals. Others may need additional treatments. ...Read more

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Hi doctor! I'm suffering from severe stress and depression. Due to abuse by society members dis situation occurs. What can I do to get off from this?

Hi doctor! I'm suffering from severe stress and depression. Due to abuse by society members dis situation occurs. What can I do to get off from this?

Injustice in life: Creating stress and depression. Life is unfair but if that's all we focus on we will magnify the problem. Don't give unfair situation more power. Focus on what you can do to help yourself and others. Healthy choices won't transform the world but can help. Little steps to a better life for all of us. Seek counsel from a prudent spiritual leader if you have those values. Peace and good health ...Read more

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I'm a 44 yr old retired combat veteran, who is retired. After a 20 year carrer, I'm suffering severe symptoms of ptsd, and severe stress. The local va?

I'm a 44 yr old retired combat veteran, who is retired. After a 20 year carrer, I'm suffering severe symptoms of ptsd, and severe stress. The local va?

Application: Our promise to our veterans is that we will be there to help if you put youself in harm's way. I thank you for your service to our country please do get in contact with the va in your area. You will need to file an application. Don't do the application without help. Seek out the free assistance of a service officer from the va, dav, amvets, order of the purple heart etc. They are used to >>>. ...Read more

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Can severe stress make Mitral Valve Prolapse to get worse? If yes, what would b the most probable condition?

Can severe stress make Mitral Valve Prolapse to get worse? If yes, what would b the most probable condition?

No: Stress does not make a mitral valve prolapse worse. The only condition that can make the prolapse worse is if the valve gets infected. That is a serious complication. Good dental hygiene is one way of preventing this. ...Read more

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What adrenal issues cause shortness of breath, severe stress intolerance, weak immunity, exercise intolerance? Gp wants me 2 c specialist for adrenals.

What adrenal issues cause shortness of breath, severe stress intolerance, weak immunity, exercise intolerance? Gp wants me 2 c specialist for adrenals.

Low adrenal function: You have symptoms of low adrenal function. The medical profession recognizes addison's disease, an extreme form of low adrenal function. However, only 1 in 10, 000 people have severe enough adrenal problems to qualify for addison's, but millions have lesser yet significant degrees of poor adrenal function. See http://www. Adrenalfatigue. Org/ and the book adrenal fatigue by dr. James wilson. ...Read more

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Can severe stress be a contributing factor to my optic neuritis? I have gone blind in my left eye

Can severe stress be a contributing factor to my optic neuritis? I have gone blind in my left eye

Possibly: Optic neuritis has a variable course, and can be "set off" by many different factors. Stress releases certain chemicals that have multiple effects, but can increase inflammation. I recommend you see your eye doctor or neurologist to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Taking sertraline 200mg daily. Any vitamins/supplements you could recommend for my ocd? Under severe stress. Thank you.

Taking sertraline 200mg daily. Any vitamins/supplements you could recommend for my ocd? Under severe stress. Thank you.

Work w/psychiatrist: First and foremost, I recommend working with your psychiatrist on this so that both of you are on the same page. If you're not getting enough relief from your current regimen, adjustments and/or additions can be made. Regarding supplements -- one study showed that more people with ocd responded to inositol to 18 g/day, than to placebo. Be aware it can cause flatus and nausea though. ...Read more

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During periods of severe stress, I swallow a lot of air in my sleep. I don't have sleep apnea. I took 2 Gas X but no help. Any advice?

During periods of severe stress, I swallow a lot of air in my sleep. I don't have sleep apnea. I took 2 Gas X but no help. Any advice?

Sleep air swallower: I think a sleep study would be in order if not already done. This will dispel any questions about the condition. Exercise more and try to de stress your life. See if this makes a difference. Good luck! ...Read more

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Am not sick, do not have pinguecula or jaundice, liver & blood tests all normal. My eyes look yellowish. Why!? Under severe stress and fatigue, that why?

Am not sick, do not have pinguecula or jaundice, liver & blood tests all normal. My eyes look yellowish. Why!? Under severe stress and fatigue, that why?

Could be dry eye: If you are sure your liver and all blood work is normal (no hiv, etc) and you do not have any atypical cells growing on the conjunctiva, a slight yellow tinge could be due to dry eyes. Have your eyemd check your meibomian glands and do a tear osmolarity test to check. Artificial tears will help restore a natural glow which is lost in severe dry eyes. ...Read more

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What's severe emotional stress and what can result from it?

What's severe emotional stress and what can result from it?

Agree w Dr. Stewart: 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. ...Read more

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Could severe, chronic stress contribute to EEG abnormalities?

Could severe, chronic stress contribute to EEG abnormalities?

It depends: While stress can contribute, it is often not the sole cause of depressed potentials on an EEG ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety/stress over 4 years shorten your life? Can it on it's own or by leading to other conditions?

Can severe anxiety/stress over 4 years shorten your life? Can it on it's own or by leading to other conditions?

Henry Maudsley, an: English psychiatrist of the 19th century said, "The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep". He was right. Ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for accurate diagnosis & treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a mainstay of treatment to help you have healthier responses to stress. Adjunctive anti-anxiety medications may help. ...Read more

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How can I convince my new psychiatrist that im going tru severe mental stress so he can take me out of work to try and get better.

How can I convince my new psychiatrist that im going tru severe mental stress so he can take me out of work to try and get better.

If he's any good...: ...The more you talk about "take me out of work, " the less likely he'll go along with it. If you are really in that much trouble, you don't need to do any convincing. ...Read more

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29 y/o male, treated for hbp, have severe chronic stress and anxiety. Worried about stress test due to being bedridden a year should I hv angiogram?

29 y/o male, treated for hbp, have severe chronic stress and anxiety. Worried about stress test due to being bedridden a year should I hv angiogram?

Share your: Concerns w/your doctor. Also, your stress test will be well supervised and it will be stopped if needed. Please see a mental health professional to learn strategies to help your anxiety disorder. Medication may have a place but learning strategies is very useful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there concern if 16 year old male wity severe chronic stress gets 8 minor infections a year?, is immune system disorder? Is it serious?

Is there concern if 16 year old male wity severe chronic stress gets 8 minor infections a year?, is immune system disorder? Is it serious?

Depends on exposures: This could be ok if the mild infections match the exposures, but I would probably have him evaluated, there is a mild immune deficiency IgA that can present like this. Of course with a history of hypochondriasis, this may explain the concern. Find a good local doc who can evaluate you! ...Read more

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My husband suffers from nocturnal bruxism. It is severe in stress. What can be the cause and please suggest treatment, psychiatric or other.

My husband suffers from nocturnal bruxism. It is severe in stress. What can be the cause and please suggest treatment, psychiatric or other.

Bruxism TALL ORDER: Too complicated to answer in the space provided. I am sending you links to several excellent reviews on this complicated topics that should answer any questions you have about bruxism. Www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/bruxism/ds00337/dsection=causes
www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism
www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002386
best wishes. ...Read more

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16 year old male, severe chronic stress had 8 viral infections this year. Passed quickly. Passed on it's own. Is it immune disorder or stress?

16 year old male, severe chronic stress had 8 viral infections this year. Passed quickly. Passed on it's own. Is it immune disorder or stress?

Depends: If u always get sick that frequently than u can't really blame it on stress. But if this is a new thing it could just be stress. Stress is known to lower ur immune system. The fact that it cleared quickly makes me think that u immune system is functioning ok. Try vitamin d supps and see if that helps boost ur mood and immune system. Make sure u eat and sleep good that will help with the stress ...Read more