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Author Topic: how bad is stress?  (Read 680 times)

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Offline walkingpoz

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how bad is stress?
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:19:20 PM »
hey, since my hiv diagnosis i have been worried about the impact stress has on my health. and unfortunately i am a person who gets stressed very easily. today i had a huge exam and it was a long stressful situation and i felt ill and dizzy afterwards. it's obvious that that can't be healthy, but how bad is that kind of stress really? do you guys have any information on that issue?
10/11: CD4 554, VL 20,893
01/12: CD4 480, VL 104,000
02/12: started isentress+truvada
03/12: CD4 ?, VL 105
04/12: CD4 632, VL UD
06/12: CD4 495, VL UD
09/12: CD4 ?, VL 60
10/12: CD4 790, VL UD

Offline terpie82

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Re: how bad is stress?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 02:57:42 PM »
Walkingpoz,
Unfortunately, in today's society, stress is quite normal and you're absolutely right, stress (especially chronic stress) can decrease immunity and make one more vulnerable to infection. One notable study was done comparing parents of cancer patients vs. parents of healthy patients (Miller GE, Cohen S & Ritchey AK, 2002). They found the parents of cancer patients were more psychologically distressed (surprise, surprise) and had impaired immune response to anti-inflammatory signals. I'm sure there are many other studies linking psychological stress to impaired immunity.

As one cannot easily remove certain stress from one own's life (e.g. exams, papers, work, etc), the best way in my opinion is to learn how to de-stress yourself afterwards. I used to do pilates/yoga, but i found I do better burning off calories at the gym, volunteering, gardening, monthly professional massages, sewing, etc. Find out what hobbies or activities work best to quickly remove your stress.

Btw, if you continue to feel ill or experience chronic dizziness, I'd probably have that checked out by a physician. Good luck. 
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Offline Joe K

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Re: how bad is stress?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 04:52:55 PM »
Hey Walking,

While excessive stress is not good for anyone, there is a marked difference between "good" and "bad" stress.  Good stress is what you feel when you take exams or interview for jobs and it generally has a definite start and stop date.  The bad kind of stress is worrying about things, over which you have no control, or not taking care of yourself in mind, body and spirit.  I don't think you need to worry about stressful events in your life, they happen to us all and what matters is how you choose to deal with the resulting stress.  As long as you are realistic in how you view life and you don't sweat the small stuff in life, you will do fine.

Joe

Offline walkingpoz

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Re: how bad is stress?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 07:46:34 PM »
thanks for the advice :)
10/11: CD4 554, VL 20,893
01/12: CD4 480, VL 104,000
02/12: started isentress+truvada
03/12: CD4 ?, VL 105
04/12: CD4 632, VL UD
06/12: CD4 495, VL UD
09/12: CD4 ?, VL 60
10/12: CD4 790, VL UD

 


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