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Doctor insights on: Stress Is Causing Life Threatening Ra Flare Up

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Will stress cause my ectopic eczema to manifest?

Will stress cause my ectopic eczema to manifest?

Stress and eczema: Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder. But the driving force is dryness and itching that cause it to become inflamed. Stress should not increase it. ...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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Do stressful life events trigger disease simply through cortisol spike or is there something else going on?

Do stressful life events trigger disease simply through cortisol spike or is there something else going on?

Anxiety vs immunity: Stress can impair your immunity. It does so through a very complicated process involving cortisol and the inflammatory cytokines. The field of psychoneuroimmunology is devoted to the study of this. There are some excellent online sites were you can read about this and i will reference one below for you. Best wishes. www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/immune-system. ...Read more

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If esr, crp, &c3, C4 were mostly normal during flares even prior to starting the methotrexate, why is methotrexate contolling all my flare symptoms & fatigue?

If esr, crp, &c3, C4 were mostly normal during flares even prior to starting the methotrexate, why is methotrexate contolling all my flare symptoms & fatigue?

See below: I am assuming that you have lupus because you are having c3 and c4 measured. Some lupus patients can have impressive synovitis or joint swelling by exam and an ultrasound or MRI can demonstrate it as well but labs would be normal. You did not mentioned if a dsdna level is being measured regularly. Unfortunately in lupus, we do have not have other tests available outside of a research to look fo. ...Read more

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Should sarcoidosis patients avoid allergy shots due to the immune system being involved? Will it aggravate this condition and make it flare up?

Should sarcoidosis patients avoid allergy shots due to the immune system being involved? Will it aggravate this condition and make it flare up?

No problem: Allergy shots have never been proven to exacerbate any other form of immune disorders. In fact, one recent study suggested that those who received allergy shots are less likely to develop autoimmune diseases. Do note that allergy shots are effective only in 80-90% of the patients. ...Read more

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Can inflammation from a severe lupus flare cause an elevated d dimer of 1600? Crp over 200. Esr 50.

Can inflammation from a severe lupus flare cause an elevated d dimer of 1600? Crp over 200. Esr 50.

See below: Elevated CRP and ESR can be signs of lupus glare up. Lupus can cause hypercoagulable state (meaning you can form clots in the body even if you don't need to). D- dimer is a test for to check for by products of clots in the body. Elevated d dimer needs to be attended by doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and cervicitis life threatening to one patient ?

Is chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and cervicitis life threatening to one patient ?

If untreated: It can be life threatening . At the minimum will cause serous damage to reproductive organs. ...Read more

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What all can trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

What all can  trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

Many things; viruses: So it's unclear exactly what triggers a lupus flare. What we do know it that lupus activates that same immune pathway as viruses (called the type one interferon pathway). So any virus infection (i.e. A cold) can trigger a lupus flare. This is likely only one of many pathways that could induce lupus symptoms. Fyi: there are clinical trials targeting this interferon pathway for lupus pts ongoing. ...Read more

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What autoimmune disease can cause flares of many symptoms including pulmonary hypertension and then some like pH go in remission until the next flare?

What autoimmune disease can cause flares of many symptoms including pulmonary hypertension and then some like pH go in remission until the next flare?

Pulm Htn: Systemic lupus famously can inflame lungs and pleura. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect lungs rarely. Vasculitis such as Wegeners Granulomatosis centers on lungs typically. Hypersensitivity angiitis often involve lungs. Flares do happen with all these. Goodpastures disease involves lungs. Chung Strauss angiitis involves lungs. Flares happen. ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea ever life threatening? Can amenorrhea ever indicate a life threatening condition or be life threatening in itself? .

Is amenorrhea ever life threatening? Can amenorrhea ever indicate a life threatening condition or be life threatening in itself?

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Not really: You should first find out the cause. Most of the known causes of amenorrhea are benign and not life threatening...Yet until you know the cause i can not answer this question fully well.Your gynecologist is the right person to address this question as it will require a detailed evaluation to determine the cause of amenorrhea.. ...Read more

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Ra leads to a chronic kidney disease, how to prevent that since even medication affects negatively the kidneys?

Ra leads to a chronic kidney disease, how to prevent that since even medication affects negatively the kidneys?

Several ways: Kidney disease in rheumatoid arthritis can be caused by some medications, amyloid deposits and vascular changes. Take care not to take higher than the recommended dose of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen and naproxen, and never take two kinds of nsaids together. Disease modifying and disease altering drugs can prevent complications as well as control of blood pressure, diabetes. ...Read more

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Stress and anxiety is always high, does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Stress and anxiety is always high,  does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Not necessarely: High stress and anxiety can lead to suddens dath in people with high risk factrs like obesity, sedentary life style, lack of exercise, diebetes, high BP, history of previous HA or stroke. In young healthy person ,High stress can be surprisingly well tolerated ...Read more

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Can a fall cause a rheumatoid arthritis flare up?

Can a fall cause a rheumatoid arthritis flare up?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis can affect several joints. Depending on the severity, the joints may not be able to recover from trauma as easily as non-injured joints. A fall or other injury can irrigate the already inflamed joint. ...Read more

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Bedridden due to anxiety but afraid to exercise because heart rate shoots up over 110 upon standing. Fatal arrythmia or condition possible?

Bedridden due to anxiety but afraid to exercise because heart rate shoots up over 110 upon standing. Fatal arrythmia or condition possible?

See your doc: to rule out or identify medical conditions. Please do what he/she asks. Then see a mental health professional for treatment of anxiety disorder. Please don't use medication alone but get treatment. A clinical psychologist is an appropriate professional to see. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more