Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Stress
    avatar
    R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR posted:
    There is a big connection between stress and lupus. Although it doesn't actually cause lupus, it certainly exacerbates it. An article from 2004 found that high intensity stressful events, such as losing a family member, were not associated with worsening of disease activity. However, what they did find, was that daily chronic stress was associated with worsening of lupus activity.

    Learning to manage stress is very important. Developing a sense of self-efficacy and a belief that one can perform certain behaviors to achieve specific health related goals, optimism and acceptance of lupus -- these are all positive psychosocial adaptive mechanisms for one to develop.

    Having a group where you can learn some of these techniques is a useful way to manage any chronic disease. There are a variety of techniques such as guided meditation, visualization, deep breathing, acupuncture and of course exercise which is one of the best things for stress reduction. 15 to 20 minutes a day should be sufficient.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy with a therapist may be needed in some extreme cases but generally group sessions are a great way to learn some of these stress management techniques, while at the same time sharing tips and experiences.
    Was this Helpful?
    19 of 19 found this helpful
    Reply
     
    avatar
    dixie2020 responded:
    Has there been any studies done about stressful Childhoods and how it may be related to lupus? I have heard that the only link to having lupus has been stress. I grew up in a family of molestation from my 2 Brothers from age 5 to 15 yrs old. I had a very dysfunctional family. Raised my two boys as a single parent but becoming a nurse helped me to be able to deal with being diagnosed with lupus. I have many friends that have lupus and most of them came from or had a very stressful life. Thank you for taking the time to read this and give me any opinion at all.
    Susan


    Coping
    With Lupus

    WebMD's Day2Night will help you develop personal coping strategies for living with lupus – at home,
    at work, or with family
    and friends.
    Visit Lupus Day2Night

    Helpful Tips

    StressExpert
    There is a big connection between stress and lupus. Although it doesn't actually cause lupus, it certainly exacerbates it. An article from ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    19 of 19 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.