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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 stress and anxiety cause you to find food repulsive? I gag thinking about eating. What can I do to get nutrients when I can't eat?

Can stress and anxiety cause you to find food repulsive? I gag thinking about eating. What can I do to get nutrients when I can't eat?

Therapy+Ensure: Yes, and while you await your first (ASAP) appointment w/ a good CBT therapist optimally w/ special experience in eating issues - consume a product like Ensure as directed and as you can tolerate it, add bits of any additional food you feel OK w/. Ask at a Health or Drug Store for ideas. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause back pain?

Can stress and anxiety cause back pain?

Anxiety & back pain?: Yes. stress and anxiety can cause back pain. When we're anxious we experience muscle tension. The back is one place that this tension is frequently most pronounced. The tension leads to contraction, unhealthy posture, & sometimes pain. Back pain is one of the most common medical sxs, so do see your doc for an evaluation for medical conditions that could be causing ur pain & to discuss ur anxiety ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause kidney pain?

Can stress and anxiety cause kidney pain?

Stress & kidneys?: stress and anxiety can increase the perception of pain & amt of pain experienced. So, these may contribute 2 pain. Anxiety, by itself, doesn't cause "kidney" pain. Nerve endings that terminate near the kidney will be irritated if the the kidney is inflamed (Bc of infection, for ex) or a stone may cause pain passing thru another structure. C ur doc ASAP if u have kidney pain 2 find cause & treat! ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety. Cause oily skin ?

Can stress and anxiety. Cause oily skin ?

Yes: Indirectly through increased perspiration and sebaceous gland secretion. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause anypain or endometriosis pain to go worse ? Like can it be psychological an am making it worse ?

Can stress and anxiety cause anypain or endometriosis pain to go worse ? Like can it be psychological an am making it worse ?

Sure: Emotional stress and anxiety can make any and all pains feel worse. That's one of the characteristics of pain... how one feels or perceives pain is influenced by one's state of mind, one's state of emotions. It can go the other way too... such as in a fight-or-flight response, where you don't feel the pain at all, as you're running from that raccoon chasing you. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause hemorrhoids?

Can stress and anxiety cause hemorrhoids?

Not really: Moreso from straining from constipation, hard stool, childbirth, or some tendency. But some people's anxiety affects their bowel habits, and rarely anxious people have trouble relaxing their anal schincter. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause bruising ?

I don't think so: stress and anxiety could lead to carelessness and accidents that might lead to bruising, but just anxiety will not lead to bruises. If you are having bruises and don't know why, speak to your physician to uncover the physiological causes. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause urinary frequency?

Can stress and anxiety cause urinary frequency?

Yes, ...: Yes, they do and vary along the path of life among different situations. More detail? Ask urologist. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause a white coating on tongue ?

Can stress and anxiety cause a white coating on tongue ?

Unlikely: It is probably related to your diet. Consider eating less processed food and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. When eating cheese and animal products, aim for the low fat variety. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause dizziness? Can stress also cause constant hunger? Cause I'm very often hungry..

Can stress and anxiety cause dizziness? Can stress also cause constant hunger? Cause I'm very often hungry..

Stress causes it all: Stress is the number one trigger for many many many medical conditions, emotions, and maladaptive behaviors. Therefore, the short answer to your question is "yes" but the better answer to your question is that you should get an examination by a doctor if you are feeling overwhelmed and overloaded either physically or mentally. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause similar symptoms to acid reflux? If so, does this explain why ppis may have less effect on some people?

Can stress and anxiety cause similar symptoms to acid reflux? If so, does this explain why ppis may have less effect on some people?

Anx -> reflux: Stress and anxiety can cause acid reflux itself, so the stomach symptoms may be exactly the same as reflux due to other causes. To the best of my knowledge, the cause of acid reflux has no bearing on how ppis work, but a GI specialist may have a better answer for this part of your question. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause pots? Could Paxil (paroxetine) cause it? I just got diagnosed with pots and i'm not sure why I have it.

Can stress and anxiety cause pots? Could Paxil (paroxetine) cause it? I just got diagnosed with pots and i'm not sure why I have it.

Not Paxil (paroxetine) : The primary causal mechanisms in pots remain unclear and are likely heterogeneous. Some people develop symptoms in their teenage years during a period of rapid growth and see gradual improvement into their mid-twenties. Others develop pots after a viral or bacterial infection such as mononucleosis, pneumonia, or lyme disease while others develop symptoms after experiencing some sort of trauma suchas a car accident.I recommend that you read up more about it on wikipedia.Com. Type in capital pots and you will be directed to the website that has an excellent up to date review of this poorly understood condition. ...Read more

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Under alot of stress and anxiety all the time. .Experiencing more reflux and now nausea. Can stress and anxiety cause this to happen?

Anxiety and Reflux: Yes, anxiety can easily cause reflux and nausea. The anxiety can affect the muscles in your GI tract to become spastic and it can also increase acid production. Try not to get even more anxious about the digestive issues- it makes it worse. See an MD about the proper use of meds. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause sickness ive been stressed out for 4 months now over hiv tests that are negative but still very worried?

Can stress and anxiety cause sickness ive been stressed out for 4 months now over hiv tests that are negative but still very worried?

Counseling?: Stress and anxiety increase risk of health problems like heart disease, stroke, etc. But this is a long term issue, not likely to cause serious health problems in the short run. It isn't normal to continue to be so stressed after negative testing accompanied by reasoned, science-based reassurance. It suggests an underlying emotional/psychological problem. Consider professional counseling. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause menstrual cycle to be off? It came a bit early but i recently battled a major illness and had lots of stress

MajorIllness Anxiety: I understand your distress going through Major illness. Battling a Major illness caused anxiety due to its symptoms, effect on your functioning, seeing physicians, going through tests and treatment, uncertainty of complications and benefits of treatment. Going through so much anxiety can cause menstrual cycle to be off. Commend yourself for caring for your Health! See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Yes: "stress" can definitely increase tension in muscles all over your body, including those in your lower back. Increased muscle tension can lead to pain & aching. Dr. John sarno (healing back pain -- the mind-body connection) is well known for his work in this area. Chronic anger especially can evoke these kinds of results. Therapeutic writing can be very helpful in alleviating stress & pain. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more