The month of May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any area of the body. Lupus is caused when the immune system can no longer fight off the bacteria and viruses anymore. This is due to the body having difficulty telling the difference between the body’s healthy tissues and the foreign attackers. Because of these viruses, the human body is not able to produce proteins, like antibodies, which causes pain, inflammation, and damage in certain areas of the body. This can lead to emotional issues, such as depression and stress, among people with lupus.
Dealing with Stress
Being diagnosed with lupus, symptoms can be made worse by daily stress and stressful life events. Illness and mental stress travel through the same pathways in the human brain, which activates inflammation. The more stress being produced, the more sickness that’s created. When the human body is under stress, a stress hormone called epinephrine is released. Once that hormone is released, it passes through different areas of the brain. This results in receiving certain symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and confusion.
It is normal for people who have lupus not to feel well physically and emotionally. Such feelings can cause one not to do the things they would like to do. It can also increase stress levels, making it harder for them to relax during a tough time.
Stress Echocardiogram Testing
At the Livonia Clinic, we offer Stress Echocardiogram Testing. This type of testing lets us know how well your heart and blood vessels are functioning and how much stress your body is able to handle. An ultrasound of your chest is performed, followed by a few exercises on a treadmill/stationary bike to measure your heart rate. Before the Stress Echocardiogram Test is done, each patient will be informed on how to prepare for the test.
If lupus is causing you to stress, check out our Stress Echocardiogram Testing. We would like to help reduce those stress levels in any way possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are happy to help you.