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anxiety weakens our ability to fight off infections?
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:38:04 AM »
Just wondering if anyone knew anything on high anxiety making it easier to get sick.
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Re: anxiety weakens our ability to fight off infections?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 11:01:05 AM »
I have no data on this, but it can't help.  Being stressed raises all sorts of bad stuff in our bodies and makes it hard to fight infections off.  I know that I seem to get sick easier when I'm going through something stressful.  Like right now I am going through testing for my liver and I can almost feel my sinus infection coming back that I had the beginning of January.

In my case, it could be the liver itself causing it, but I don't think so.  My stress level is what is making this hard for me.  I also can't tell if I have more fatigue from the liver or from my anxiety ABOUT it.

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Re: anxiety weakens our ability to fight off infections?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 11:21:14 AM »
My doctor told me that stress CAN weaken your immune system.
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Re: anxiety weakens our ability to fight off infections?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 04:16:08 PM »
I know that anxiety does cause real symptoms. A lot of times these symptoms can mimic what we fear the most. It is hard for us at times to accept that our anxiety is causing it.

But I know that ever since my HA came to an all time high I have gotten sick a lot more than usual. I have had 3 stomach viruses last year ( or just something I ate messed me up) and now I'm dealing with either an ear or sinus infection. I wonder if my anxiety has lead me to be more suseptible to viruses.
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Re: anxiety weakens our ability to fight off infections?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 07:51:39 PM »
Anyone have a thought about it?
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