Stress definately is a major factor in causing flares. Whenever we are stressing, our nervous
system goes into overdrive. Our adrenal glands pump out adrenaline and cortisol into our
bloodstream with the end result of decreased blood flow to our muscles. Our muscles then
tighten and cause pain. Ongoing stress is horrible for our bodies.
Lynny I also have MCTD. Take time every day just for yourself, and do something you enjoy;
that really helps. Make sure you get some exercise. I walk. It is important that you pace
yourself though, don't overdo. I also enjoy long leisurely baths. When I notice that I am feeling tense I will take 5 minutes to sit and do deep breathing, that really calms me.
I am on Methotrexate for the MCTD and take Diltiazem for my Raynauds and bloodpressure.
Sit down with your husband and let him know how you are feeling. He may be having a
difficult time accepting the fact you are ill. Initially it is scary for everyone who loves you.
You are also going through a time of mourning the loss of your good health as you know it.
Time helps with learning to deal will all the changes. Try to take one day at a time, it is so
much easier that way.
Sending gentle hugs and prayers your way!
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins