Stress. It’s a part of all of our lives, some more than others. But is it something that can be linked directly to COPD?
I saw this blog the other day, and it got me thinking, so I followed the source.
According to Dr. Hetal Gandhi stress can exacerbate COPD:
“Stress can make pre-existing conditions worse, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People with asthma who are under extreme stress can experience more severe and frequent asthma attacks, because chronic stress prompts the body to release the hormones that dilate blood vessels, intensifying the lungs’ inflammatory response, and constricts the airways.”
According to Susan Brink, when you have COPD and already have a tough time breathing, stress makes it even harder to breathe.
“Your neck, shoulder, and chest muscles tense and you become anxious. Then, you begin to breathe faster, which tires your breathing muscles, trapping air in your lungs. Then, your breathing becomes even more difficult and your anxiety increases. And if not controlled, this spiral can lead to a feeling of panic.”
Luckily, there are many options given for battling stress for COPDers.
What about you? How do you manage your stress and COPD?