Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: stress into a flare?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    I live in Pittsburgh, PA!
    Posts
    304
    Blog Entries
    23
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 26 Times in 17 Posts

    Default stress into a flare?

    soo this may be kind of a dumb question, but can stress cause a flare up to come about? because i've been kinda stressing out over all these big assignments and exams and finals coming up...and i've been feeling pretty sick this past week. body aches, migraines and such.
    its scary cuz i haven't felt like this since the very first time i was in a flare, before we even knew i had lupus.
    and i want to try to avoid it getting worse at all costs !
    I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just A Little Lupie!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Atlanta Area - Dacula
    Posts
    1,825
    Blog Entries
    12
    Thanks
    389
    Thanked 409 Times in 331 Posts

    Default

    I can't say for sure, but it seems to me that stress makes anything worse. I know I always feel sick when I stress. Maybe Susie will be able to explain it better. I always get my mores all wixed.

  3. #3
    tgal's Avatar
    tgal is offline Super Moderator Super ModeratorEmperor of the Solar System
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    4,526
    Thanks
    1,548
    Thanked 1,742 Times in 1,211 Posts

    Default

    Hi Ashley,

    The answer is yes, stress will can bring on a flare. Stress causes upset to your body and in a Lupus/autoimmune body it can cause things to get out of whack. One of the main things we can do is try to alleviate the stress from our lives as much as possible. I know it is difficult. There is not only the stress of regular life (family, school, work etc) but then we have the stress of being ill.

    You may need to go back to your doctor and have your meds checked/changed before things get worse. Try to relax. Stress isn't good for anyone and it really can make a flare come on or get much worse
    Mari

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    ~Winston Churchill~







  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    1,165
    Thanks
    234
    Thanked 143 Times in 105 Posts

    Default

    Stress is my biggest cause of flare ups. Every time I get stressed I get really sick. If its mostly being caused by school I'd say to just try to pace and spread all the work out as much as you can. And if its possible ask for a little more time on your assignments. If you explain to your professors how sick its making you I'm sure you could work something out. I hope you start feeling better I know how much it sucks to be stressing about school while you're sick.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    hervey bay queensland australia
    Posts
    1,144
    Thanks
    151
    Thanked 207 Times in 176 Posts

    Default

    yes ashley i can definetly say from experience stress is a major cause of flare ups i suffer worse when i am stressed it affects my whole body also my rheumi has confirmed this and constantly advises me to try to reduce my stress levels hugs kim l

  6. #6
    Saysusie's Avatar
    Saysusie is offline Super Moderator Super ModeratorEmperor of the Universe
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Victorville, California
    Posts
    7,765
    Blog Entries
    10
    Thanks
    1,624
    Thanked 934 Times in 593 Posts

    Default

    The answer is a most definite and resounding YES. In fact, as others have mentioned, stress is one of the biggest culprits for causing a flare-up and for causing new symptoms to appear.
    We are told that it is very important for us to do all that we can to eliminate and/or reduce the stressors in our lives. It is much easier said than done, I know. But it is important to our health that we try not to allow stress to affect our health.

    Peace and Blessings
    Namaste
    Saysusie
    Look For The Good and Praise It!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Seaside, Ca.
    Posts
    3,871
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 948 Times in 732 Posts

    Default

    Hey Ashley,
    It's good to see you again, but so sorry that you are feeling bad. Yes, stress can do a lot to your body, especially a body that has AI issues. Professors are human, so if you have a quiet, calm talk with them about what is going on, I'm sure that you can get some extensions on those assignments.
    When I was in college, I once badly pulled some ligaments in my ankle and was on crutches and major pain meds at exam time. Most of my profs just gave me the grade that I was making (A) and exempted me from the exam. My Greek prof made me take the exam. My boyfriend (later husband) helped me to the classroom. I was high as a kite on pain meds, so I was sure that I had bombed the test. As it turned out, I made the highest grade in both beginning Greek classes and won an award! I guess that I really knew the stuff, and the meds relaxed me so much, it just all came pouring out!
    Good luck, kiddo, and try to relax!
    Hugs,
    Marla

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    3,115
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    27
    Thanked 80 Times in 69 Posts

    Default

    hi ashley,

    so glad to be in touch with you again. i am so sorry to hear about your flare and stress from school. like everyone has said, YES, controlling stress if very important. think about it....if you are stressed, your immune system works harder, so therefore, those of us with AI issues, this causes our antibodies to attack at a faster rate.....i know it is not scientific, but makes sense....please, ask that your professors work with you. Some schools have counselors for the purpose of working with students who have disabilities and need some extra considerations finishing assignments and exams.

    good luck to you, and hope you feel better really soon.
    Phyllis

    share a smile today

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    I live in Pittsburgh, PA!
    Posts
    304
    Blog Entries
    23
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 26 Times in 17 Posts

    Default

    hey everyone.
    yeah Pitt actually has a disabilities program which i am in, but since the semester is over after next week... and we move into finals, there really isn't much delay they can put on the assignments.
    needless to say, i did get them all done, but i am paying for it in the end =/ all i've done today, is sleep. blah. i hate thattt ! like a normal amount of sleep is okay, but i slept for a REALLY long time today... Christmas break needs to get here NOWW
    I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just A Little Lupie!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Seaside, Ca.
    Posts
    3,871
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 948 Times in 732 Posts

    Default

    Take care of yourself, sweetie.
    Good luck on those exams, and then enjoy that break!
    Hugs,
    Marla

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •