Heya , i was diagnosed with ITP 2 years ago and have been ok for 6 months. Due to circumstances in my life , ive been suffering greatly with anxiety, stress and depression and since this has noticed myself feeling very unwell again , new bruises show up everyday , my legs feel like cotton wool and im exhausted.
Has anyone else had any experiences of depression or just mental health issues or stress making their condition worse ?
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As a general rule, any stress or trauma to a person or their body can cause health problems. It's a fact that stress can cause heart attacks and strokes, so I would think it could trigger autoimmune dysfunction.
Since stress can be nearly impossible to avoid in life, stress management could be helpful.
Have a look at the Probiotics thread in this Natural Treatment section and in particular the 5th post in that thread. Chronic stress can promote ITP symptoms. No doubt in my mind. A GP or homeopath will not suggest this. Your personal experience and learning about your ITP will reveal this. GL.
I second Sandi's comment. Just about every medical condition is worsened by stress. Just for fun, I asked my friends in the medical profession if they ever tell patients that they need more stress in their lives. Mental health issues can also exacerbate other disorders, or as a psychiatrist fiend said, make the disorders feel worse. All the usual stress management tricks, from relaxation exercises to talking with friends, are worth trying. Maybe one will help you.
Looking back, when I was first diagnosed it was just over a year after my fathers death. He died suddenly, far too young and I know it's a cliche but was my best friend. I sometimes link the stress of that to having a negative impact on my general health
I guess I will never know. I agree with Sandi, you can not eradicate all stress, it's a case of finding the right way to manage / cope with it.
My advice is to try every natural approach to managing your ITP that you can. What have you got to lose? Are you going to leave it to the point where you are forced to take a cancer drug one day? You have to be proactive.
You will have your ITP for life. But you can conquer and manage the condition (perhaps something not always available with other autoimmune conditions). Wake up and take control, be proactive and beat it! It can be done GL.
I agree. I also have a hard time dealing with stress. I also suffer from depression from time to time and notice my ITP gets worse. I agree. Your overall mental health effects everything in your body. Stress is the #1 culprit! Everytime my platelets go down, my anxiety and stress are off the charts and then it's just a downward spiral from there. The two seem to go hand in hand. Breathe and try to relax. The best we can do is pray for the best. Come situations we just can't control!
Yes absolutely stress affects the body! I agree with what everyone has said. Usually doctors don't want to comment on stress although they must realize it, they are under so much stress themselves! They must feel the effects of it.
Years ago I lost a baby and developed adult asthma in the hospital. I went to a pulmonary specialist and told him it came on due to the grief of losing a baby. He looked at me like I was speaking another language! He didn't reply, he didn't even want to go there. Its invalidating to be treated like that but I know the truth. After a few years and another pregnancy plus regular use of a steroid inhaler, the asthma went away.
Another time I was going through divorce and developed an irregular heart beat. The doctor diagnosed it as ventricle fibrillation I think. He wouldn't prescribe anything, he just said, "Lady you are under way too much stress!" haha loved that. He said I should stop drinking coffee, chocolate, all caffeine. I changed how I was handling the divorce- turned down the emotions, and my heart beat became normal again.
I do a type of energy work that is very relaxing and lowers my blood pressure- I can measure that. It helps me sleep better too, but haven't had any luck with raising my platelets. They are consistently low whether I am under stress or feeling great. But I like what Aoi said, stress makes the disorder feel worse. And in turn a sense of well-being makes me feel like the ITP is no big deal.
I've found that when I'm resisting things in my life and want to get away from it, the easiest way to do that is to get sick because I'm too busy dealing with my platelets and i think i manifest getting sick because of it. I do believe the way you think makes a difference with how your ITP is going.
Maybe work on your perspective of the things making you stressful, break them down in a way and figure out how to deal with them vs. letting them control you. They are just there and you're the one who makes the choices not the other way around.
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