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Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Indirectly: Stress can cause lupus to flare or lupus symptoms to worsen. However, stress by itself cannot cause to lupus to develop. ...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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Can chemotherapy cause/induce a lupus episode?

Can chemotherapy cause/induce a lupus episode?

Can help more often: Chemotherapy can help treat lupus but certain drugs may provoke lupus. Most of the drug induced lupus cases are not wild lupus as these are actually a different type of lupus we call "drug induced lupus".Although unusual certain chemotherapeutic agents have a potential to cause drug induced lupus ...Read more

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Can stress coupled with anxiety trigger systemic lupus?

Can stress coupled with anxiety trigger systemic lupus?

Anxiety and Lupus: Stress and anxiety can clearly exacerbate the symptoms of any medical condition. The muscles in the body are tightening up, corticosteroids are being distributed, and there is a whole host of other body changes. Find ways to reduce stressors in your life, and try to teach yourself to focus on positives. Counseling could also help you develop tools to reduce stress and anxiety. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could chemotherapy cause/induce a lupus flare-up?

Lupus: Is an autoimmune disease that can cause immune suppression, plus treatments can further suppress it. Qhemo could further cause suppression, so yes a flare could occur. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of lupus....Stress related...Genetic.....Hormonial changes?

What could be the cause of lupus....Stress related...Genetic.....Hormonial changes?

Yes and more: Environmental and medication side effects need also to be evaluated. Stress is not a cause, but there is an estrogen effect and increased family occurrence. ...Read more

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I have lupus. My md tells me to avoid stress.My boss often takes his stress out on me , embarrasses me & later apologizes. He know about lupus. Help?

I have lupus. My md tells me to avoid stress.My boss often takes his stress out on me , embarrasses me & later apologizes. He know about lupus. Help?

Lupus & Stress: Dealing with a difficult boss can be stressful for anyone, but the result depends on how your body processes "stress." you can strengthen your resilience to stress through exercise, meditation, and psychotherapy. If there is a human resources dept. At work, you can ask them for help w/situation. You can consider & seek out other work opportunities if other attempts to change things do not help. ...Read more

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Can stress from a job, etc affect me more because I have lupus even when my lupus is doing great? I'm so drained & foggy lately & don't' know why.

Can stress from a job, etc affect me more because I have lupus even when my lupus is doing great? I'm so  drained & foggy lately & don't' know why.

Yes, stress: may affect you differently because you have lupus. Stress is a major debilitator. Stress can cause anything and everything,and tends to cause a person to have more problems with anything for which they are predisposed. Emotional or physical stress can precipitate a flare up of lupus, and can make symptoms worse. Consider doing a google search on stress and lupus to learn more. ...Read more

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