Thursday, June 16, 2011

MS Stress Study


I have always wondered if stress affected MS.  This study answers a few questions....

The NMSS posted this article:

Study: No Link Found Between Stress and Development of Multiple Sclerosis

A new study finds that stress does not appear to increase a person’s risk of developing MS. The study, published in the May 31, 2011 issue of Neurology, focused on two large groups of women involved in the Nurses’ Health Study, involving hundreds of thousands of female nurses followed over time. The nurses were asked to report on general stress at home and at work, as well as recall physical and sexual abuse in childhood and as teenagers. The investigators, led by Trond Riise, PhD (University of Bergen, Norway), concluded that their results do not support a major role of stress in the development of MS, but that more research is needed to definitely exclude stress as a potential risk factor for developing MS. 
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12 comments:

Ginny said...

Goodness, I never even thought that stress could cause MS! It just doesn't seem like one of the things that is affected by stress. An interesting study.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Interesting. High levels of stress can make you more prone to get ill in general, especially over a long period of time because the body just can't deal w/ high levels of fight or flight hormones over the course of a year. But it doesn't necessarily cause any certain disease - just makes you more prone to illness.

Andaje said...

wow - definately have to show this to my job's HR department. They fear that stress might effect my MS, even though I am working better under stress...... Thanks for sharing

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've never thought that stress caused MS but I've often wondered if it could be a trigger of an otherwise underlying predisposition to MS.

Sandra said...

maybe not a cause, but does stress aggravate it? i mean in your life with it have you noticed if you get worse if you are stressed? or does it make any difference? i know stress makes my pains hurt more and when i was working i was always in pain and chest and neck and shoulder pain and that was from work stress.

Chatty Crone said...

Stress may not cause it (but I don't know about that) - but I am sure it can make things worse.

Stress is a tough thing - It causes us to have all sorts of things - just my humble opinion.

Mildred said...

Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing this info. Hope you will have a nice weekend. We were so thrilled to receive rain last night!

Birdie said...

Hmm. We know so little about disease and its causes I am inclined to not want to put too much by this study. I agree, more studies need to be done to exclude stress as a potential risk factor.

Taylor said...

Before I was diagnosed with M.S, but had a nasty bout of optic neuritis, a neurologist told me to 'Stop stressing!' because that would cause M.S if I didn't already have it. I knew that was nonsense but stress does seem to aggravate my disease. I know extreme stress can trigger certain illnesses.... interesting stuff.

Just Be Real said...

Wow, stress? Thank you for sharing on this. Also always for your encouragement. Blessings.

Debbie said...

Interesting hypothesis and study. I know there's a link to stress and fibromyalgia, but it's more of a facilitator. It may not be a cause for MS but I'm sure it doesn't help.

slommler said...

Very interesting! Stress can cause so much damage to the human body and mind....I am surprised it doesn't harm those with MS as well!
Though as one said..sometime a little stress can increase ones potential and output!!
Hugs
SueAnn

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