How and why stress can make you sick

Stress-related illness can come in many forms. “Stress leads to damaged blood vessels and brain cells, and promotes painful joint diseases,’ says Dr. Sandra L. WorrellFamily Medicine physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek. “It may also cause colds, weight gain, sleep and stomach problems, heart disease, depression, neck pain, and more.”

In this recent ARC Healthcare Minute podcast, Dr. Worrell discusses how and why stress can make you sick. She says, “New research shows that over long periods of time, the body’s reaction to stress can lead to chronic inflammation that can cause you to become ill.”

In order to determine if your symptoms are stress-related, or caused by some other health issue, see your primary care giver. Dr. Worrell says that if your illness is stress-related your physician can help. She says, “Talk to your doctor to determine the causes of your stress, and help you develop a plan for how to minimize it.”

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Worrell, call ARC Kyle Plum Creek at 512-295-1333, or book an appointment online at ARCappointments.com.

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