I also have a very hard time dealing with even minor stress. Stuff that would roll off of other people with no problem! The disease itself can often be responsible for causing anxiety disorders. Our brains and chemistry change, our coping mechanisms change, all due to the actually disease, as well as the plain old shock of getting this diagnosis and living each day with it.
Anxiety disorders are awful. I have one. I never used to. Stress, anxiety and lupus go hand in hand. You're definitely not alone in this and it's very common.
I'm learning to take long deep breaths, meditation or prayer, drinking lots of water, eating well, and getting whatever exercise I can, really helps.
So does talking about it! Which you're doing! (wink wink!)
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus