Is There a Link Between Stress and CIDP?
More studies are showing the possibility that stress may be a cause for autoimmune diseases. CIDP is an autoimmune disease.
By Shiraz Abbas
More and more studies are showing the possibility that stress can be a cause of inflammatory autoimmune diseases. Inflammatory autoimmune diseases include CIDP type neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and other bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis.
Although this was suspected before, and some doctors even went ahead and denied the possibility altogether, many people who suffer from diseases like CIDP will say they know from experience that some causal link does exist!
An autoimmune disease like CIDP involves the body’s inflammatory system attacking its peripheral nerves. The body’s inflammation alarms tend to go on where there is a bodily stressor such an infection. However, it seems that the body also includes mental stress in the picture, meaning that an inflammatory response is also possible with mental stress.
researchers analyzed more than 100,000 people diagnosed with stress-related disorders and compared their tendency to develop autoimmune disease at least one year later with 126,000 of their siblings, and another million people who did not have stress-related disorders.
The study found that individuals diagnosed with a stress-related disorder
1 were more likely to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (about nine per 1,000 patient-years* who had stress-related disorders, but only about six per 1,000 patient-years among those without stress-related disorders)
2 were more likely to develop multiple autoimmune diseases
3 had a higher rate of autoimmune disease if younger.
4 The higher the stress, the higher the chances of developing an autoimmune disorder. It is therefore important to learn to manage stress effectively if this possibility is true.
You may want to look out our previous article on tips concerning CIDP and managing stress.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.