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How Does Emotional Stress Affect IgA Nephropathy

2014-05-26 01:18

How Does Emotional Stress Affect IgA NephropathyWhen diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, people may experience a great change both in their life and their families. Since they don’t know much about the disease, they may wonder how it will affect their bodies and lives. Under such a circumstance, emotional stress appears gradually, which in turn will affect IgA nephropathy patients themselves.

What causes emotional stress?

Firstly, emotional stress comes up because of the disease itself. Patients may be faced with many problems such as: What has caused the onset, how does it affect their lives, what is the prognosis and life expectancy, and how to deal with it and so on. As they know little about the management of this refractory disease, they have emotional stress, especially when some symptoms, such as proteinuria, hematuria (bloody urine) or swelling, are present.

Secondly, this problem may also be a result of the side effect of some drugs, which can directly affect the nervous system and thus can cause emotional symptoms.

How Does Emotional Stress Affect IgA Nephropathy

The most obvious influence of emotional stress on IgA nephropathy patients is severer proteinuria. When people are with extreme stress or bad emotion for a long time, proteinuria may attack them, at least temporarily.

What’s more, IgA nephropathy may experience sleep problems and headaches. Emotions like worry, anxiety, sadness and stress can keep patients staying up at night and bring them headaches.

How to treat the emotional stress?

Stress is typically treated by Xanax, Klonopin, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Lexapro, and Zoloft.

Exercise or public activities can help prevent the build-up of anxious arousal and thus relieve emotional stress.

In fact, the most effective way to relieve emotional stress is to keep an optimistic and positive attitude.

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