Thursday, March 6, 2008

Busy Lives and The Side Effects of Stress

Here are a few side effects of stress in terms of one's health according to a website called Stress Focus. For the entire list and explanation please click on the link. Tomorrow the focus will be on some quick fixes for stress.

Short term:

Diversion of the blood from less vital to more vital organs.
Increase in the heart rate to supply more blood quickly.
Increase in the blood pressure to supply blood efficiently.
Increase in the respiratory rate to get more oxygen from the atmosphere.
Breakdown of glycogen stores in liver and muscle to get more glucose.
Formation of more glucose from non carbohydrate substances.

Some Symptoms of short term effects:

Loose stools
Increased blood glucose levels.
Headache, back ache and neck pain
Depletion of energy stores
Flare up of diseases like eczema, psoriasis, arthritis
Difficulty in concentrating
Memory disturbances
Sleeplessness
Decreased sexual drive
Loss of appetite
Anxiety
Depression
Outbursts of anger
Loose stools
Increased blood glucose levels.
Headache, back ache and neck pain
Depletion of energy stores
Flare up of diseases like eczema, psoriasis, arthritis
Difficulty in concentrating
Memory disturbances
Sleeplessness
Decreased sexual drive
Loss of appetite
Anxiety
Depression
Outbursts of anger

Long term effects:

Chronic head ache
Mood swings
Anxiety disorder
Substance abuse
Memory disturbances
Heart attack due increased blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
Stroke due to similar reasons
Weight loss
Exacerbation of allergies including asthma
Irritable Bowel disease
Ischemic Bowel disease like Crohn's disease
Decreased sexual drive
Sleeplessness

Why I'm blogging about this: Life has been hectic lately as my local autism group has been preparing for autism awareness month in April and fundraising to get necessary insurance for our up and coming Autism Society of America group. I have seven boxes full of fundraising stuff sitting in the entrance way of my home.

Throw in this two major "hospital" days this week and you get two stressed out parents. This past Tuesday was "kidney day" in Grand Rapids, Mi which entails four hours total of driving, 2 appointments, an ultrasound and two stops for food and behavior management for my nine year old with ASD and kidney ailments. I was responsible for that one.

Wednesday was Cleveland Clinic Day which meant my husband left home to go to Ohio so that he could help my mother-in-law (the patient) and my father-in-law through a day of testing. Fortunately both days went as well as can be expected. The health of both patients is or can be stabilized respectively.

2 comments:

Marla said...

We took M to the Cleveland Clinic. Very nice place.

Sounds like you have had a very busy week.

Stress sucks. We sure have it here. The lists you mention are overwhelming. Makes you realize how much stress causes health problems.

Casdok said...

I suffer from stress, not much fun :(