stress and your immune system

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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everybody. im learning to manage my anxiety and this site has helped alot thanx to all you people :). but i just wanted to know what are the affects of anxiety and stress on your immune system? and if that can affect your lymph nodes in any way. if anyone has some information or can shed some light that would be great.
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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress causes the release of a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands called Cortisol, it is like adreneline...when this hormone is released it suppresses your immune system when weakens your bodys ability to fight off illness/disease, which can cause you to get sick.. Your lymph nodes are where most white blood cells hang out to fight disease, thats why when you get sick your nodes are swollen.. hope this helps.

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   Posted 4/22/2007 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Stress can have an impact on the immune system. When I have been suffering severe anxiety and stress, I have always found that I have picked up something viral due to my immune system not being as good. Try a good multivitamin.

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   Posted 4/22/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
thanx. one other thing. would lymph nodes be more likely to swell when you are under stress?

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   Posted 4/23/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes your immune system is attacked when under stress
DID you look at the pics I had up of Pyoderma they are from crohns BUT stress will bring them on full force as they are now due to crohns flare and Cait being in Toronto

Lymph nodes most likely would swell IMO if under stress and you have normally a low grade fever to go along with it all ....
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   Posted 4/23/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
well that helps me a little:) haha thank you. "IMO" i have no idea what that means, and pics of Pyoderma? what is that and where are they if i should look at them. i know the normal temperature of a "average" person is suppose to be 36.5-37.5 degrees, but is it a fever when your temperature falls below 36.5?? thanx for your help again guys!
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