If we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse.
As a reader of this column, you already understand the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and your health.
You probably already know to that inflammation and “inflammatory states”, even at microscopic level, can cause a whole host of human illnesses, ranging from arthritis to cancer and heart disease.
The more inflammation we suffer, the more pain and disease we can endure. This is also why we are continually writing about easily correctable factors such as diet, certain supplements, adequate water intake, etc.
A key component of health is stress management. Stress is something that all human beings deal with on a daily basis. Some of us are confronted with enormous periods of stress and remain healthy.
But we all have our limits. Sooner or later, our bodies experience breakdown. And if we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse. But why is this so?
We know that inflammatory diets, such as those high in sugar, can aggravate pain, as can our environments, physical activity, and a many other external factors.
Well, scientists have finally made the connection between stress and pain.
A research team at Carnegie Mellon Institute in Philadelphia has discovered that stress significantly affects our body’s ability to regulate inflammation.
Not only can stress affect hormone production, but it can affect the way our immune cells and immune system response to attacks by things like viruses.
And, everybody knows, inflammation causes pain.
For example, how bad does a sunburn or deep scratch hurt? When you look at these, you notice the swelling, redness ,and sometimes extreme discoloration. These are all signs of inflammation.
If we are relatively healthy, our bodies will respond relatively quickly. Within two weeks we never knew anything happened.
But what happens if you can’t control inflammation properly?
That scratch or sunburn may worsen, or could develop a serious complication like an infection. We all know how badly they can hurt.
So, when inflammation is not regulated properly internally, our pain levels will increase; we are more predisposed to everything from the common cold to more significant illness and disease. The longer this goes on, the worse it becomes.
It’s been said that the first step to improvement is knowledge, so next time we’ll talk more about some more practical stress management techniques for those who suffer from many forms of pain and, of course, peripheral neuropathy.
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