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Doctor insights on: Severe Stress Symptoms In Women

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How accurate are cardiolite stress tests for a 29 yr old female? Had one done 3 weeks ago that came back normal but still experiencing symptoms

How accurate are cardiolite stress tests for a 29 yr old female? Had one done 3 weeks ago that came back normal but still experiencing symptoms

80%: If you don't have diabetes and you don't smoke, your pretest probability of significant CAD is very low (<20%) and with a normal test, this drops to <5%. If you exercised well on the treadmill (>10 minutes), your risk is <1%. Look for a different cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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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If I got an inflamed aorta would it be severe symptoms and if you are always stressed what's the chances it would happen, would it go back to normal?

If I got an inflamed aorta would it be severe symptoms and if you are always stressed what's the chances it would happen, would it go back to normal?

Talk to your doc: It depends on what kind of inflammation since this is not a common condition. Whether it will recur or not depends on the cause and thus your doctor is in the best position to answer this question. As for whether it can be serious or not, it certainly can be. ...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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Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Yes: Ulcers in the twenties are common. It could be an infection, stress, genetic vulnerability, food, other illness, and so on. Go to your family physician and get a basic, thorough evaluation. If no other serious condition is found, a trial of antacids may very well clear this up. Some ulcers are bacterial in origin, and a regimen of antibiotics for a few weeks may clear that up. ...Read more

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Could anxiety/panic/stress really induce symptoms that feel severe and life-threatening?

Could anxiety/panic/stress really induce symptoms that feel severe and life-threatening?

It could feel that: Way if you are having a panic attack. However, panic attacks are not life threatening. Take care. ...Read more

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38 yr old female, recently my hair which has always been strong & healthy is now dry, brittle & is falling out. Not stressed. No meds. Severe dandruf?

38 yr old female, recently my hair which has always been strong & healthy is now dry, brittle & is falling out. Not stressed. No meds. Severe dandruf?

Nutrition or thyroid: This could be related to a nutritional deficiency, a thyroid disorder or some other type of systemic medical problem. I would also consider how you are taking care of your hair - is it over treated, over-dried, permed, etc? ...Read more

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Can anxiety symptoms and emotional stress cause severe pain everywhere in my body?

Can anxiety symptoms and emotional stress cause severe pain everywhere in my body?

Yes, but...: You need to get a physical check up. If it is something physical you need to address and treat it. If it is anxiety you need to address and treat it too. Good luck. It's never good to be in severe pain. ...Read more

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41 yr old female, had an EKG and cardiac bw done 2 weeks ago, both normal. Still have same symptoms should I except that it is stress this soon after?

41 yr old female, had an EKG and cardiac bw done 2 weeks ago, both normal. Still have same symptoms should I except that it is stress this soon after?

No: You should seek an alternative explanation for your symptoms. The universe of pathology is not just limited to heart disease and stress. If you're not feeling well, you should seek further attention from your personal physician. He/she may be under the incorrect impression that you're "all better." ...Read more

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I am having severe panic attacks and new physical stress symptoms. In therapy. Which meds will drs be comfortable prescribing? I just want it to stop

I am having severe panic attacks and new physical stress symptoms. In therapy. Which meds will drs be comfortable prescribing? I just want it to stop

Meds, Behavioral mod: Progressive panic attacks are an increasing problem for a large segment of patients. Thus, you are not alone. Your therapist, if they're not licensed to prescribe should have an existing relationship with a physician; however, a consultant will be comfortable prescribing: sleep aids, conservative muscle relaxants, anxiolytics, etc. Long-term habituation is an issue requiring constant monitoring ...Read more

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20 yr old female. Occasional red jelly like bits in stool. No other symptoms. Can stress cause this?

20 yr old female. Occasional red jelly like bits in stool. No other symptoms. Can stress cause this?

See doctor: Have a visit with the doctor and get this checked out. You may need stool studies and other things done. ...Read more

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25 female. 1 week late for period. Tested negative. Had PMS symptoms only after late period. Wasn't stressed or changed anything. Something wrong?

Evaluation: More than likely you are going through normal cycles for your body. If you feel this is not normal for you and your body and if you are normally like "clockwork", then you may need to get evaluated. ...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 stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

See your doctor: It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of stress bad?

Are the symptoms of stress bad?

Not Always: A certain level reaction to stress can be positive, because the stress reaction helps to prepare your body to take action. The problem is when these symptoms become more severe and are always present. That's when negative changes can start to occur in the body. ...Read more

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Can stress cause many symptoms?

Can stress cause many symptoms?

Yes: Stress can cause many physical symptoms: headaches, stomach aches, back aches, skin rashes, itching, upset stomach, tight throat, muscle tension, jaw clenching, etc etc. Chronic stress over many years can lead to life-threatening medical disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of stress?

What are the symptoms of stress?

Lots...: Stress can manifest in many ways--emotional lability, lack of energy or drive, decreased libido/performance, hives & other skin manifestations, chest pain, air hunger, perioral numbess/tingling, tingling in fingers/toes, overindulgence in food & substances, GI spasms with resulting diarrhea/constipation/nausea & abdominal discomfort, headaches & more significant neurologic problems, etc. Get help! ...Read more

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Do women react to stress differently?

Do women react to stress differently?

Absolutely: Women tend to be more emotionally "open" about stress and their stress feeing tends to diminish with "talking" about it with a trusted friend. Men, on the other hand, tend to feel better about the stress when they seek solitude and dismiss themselves from the situation. This can sometimes cause a misunderstanding between men and women, as the woman could feel "abandoned" and a. Man feel "nagged". ...Read more

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Does stress cause women to gain weight?

Does stress cause women to gain weight?

No: Stress eating, yes. Increased caloric intake over caloric expenditure causes weight gain. ...Read more

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Can being stressed make you severely sick?

Can being stressed make you severely sick?

Stress: Stress would not likely make you severely sick. You can, though have a slightly decreased immunity due to stress, but again, not likely to give you severe illness. ...Read more

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What physical symptoms of stress are there?

What physical symptoms of stress are there?

Many: Some of the physical symptoms of stress include: low energy; headaches; muscle tension; upset stomach with nausea, diarrhea, and/or constipation; sweating; rapid heart rate; chest pain; frequent colds; nervousness & shaking; loss of sexual desire; dry mouth; difficulty swallowing; clenched jaw and grinding teeth. ...Read more

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What are the symthoms of a stress fractor?

Stress: Localized pain, worse with weight bearing or direct pressure. Usually some swelling. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of stress?

What are the most common symptoms of stress?

Fatigue headache: Depending on the individual, stress can bring about many symptoms, called "somatoform" because they are physical symptoms directly related to the stress. Chest pain, headache, stomachache, diarrhea, frequent urination, shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain, numbness, rapid heart rate, indigestion, even dizziness and fainting. The body uses somatoform to protect itself from perceived stress. ...Read more

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How can you cure physical symptoms of stress?

How can you cure physical symptoms of stress?

By getting yourself: In balance - emotionally, physically & spiritually. Consider acupuncture, tai chi or meditation. Exercising more, hydrate, eat healthfully. Yoga, qi gong & time spent in nature can all reduce stress & help one to become centered. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of acute stress disorder?

What are the common symptoms of acute stress disorder?

Acute Stress D/O: Acute stress d/o is an anxiety disorder occurring within 4 weeks of event (s) involving threatened death/serious injury or self or others, and response of fear, helplessness, or horror. Lasts at least 2 days and no longer than 4 weeks after the event. Symptoms may include a subjective sense of numbing, detachment, & amnesia; also recurrent images, thoughts, dreams; increased arousal; avoidance. ...Read more