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Investigation of stressful life events in patients with systemic sclerosis.

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#1 janey


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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:31 AM

Investigation of stressful life events in patients with systemic sclerosis.

We reported a strong relationship between stressful life events and the initiation of systemic sclerosis. Our findings are consistent with current understanding of the extensive links of behavioral responses to stress with neurophysiological and biochemical processes. Chen Y. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2008 Nov;9(11):853-6. (Also see: Causes of Scleroderma: Stress)

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:31 PM

I agree with the findings except one:

It says lots more of us what got this ssc also got no good schoolin we's a bit fick I fink it saying but my readin aint good so may of got it wronged.

I thoroughly refute the allegation that there is a correlation between sufferers with SSc and a deficiency of educational achievements.

Make your own mind up!

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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:54 PM

Hi Amanda,

What a hoot! :lol:

I think the problem with that study is that it was done in China. Also, I really wonder how they (both the patients and the doctors) define "the year before the initiation of systemic sclerosis."

I'd be pretty hard put to place a definite time line on any of it, since it can sneak up so slowly. And since it takes an average of six years for women to be diagnosed with it, even in the U.S. how much better or worse is the diagnosis lag in China? And if it is that long, say six years or more, how can you say, with confidence, that it is the stressful life events causing the scleroderma, or the scleroderma causing stressful life events...such as fatigue, Raynaud's, feeling generally sick but not diagnosed with anything, difficulty working, family stress, doctors not taking symptoms seriously, anxiety over what might be wrong, stress of medical testing...and so on and so forth.

I'm not saying there's no relationship; in fact, other recent studies also point to it, but just that controlling for these elusive factors must be a bit difficult.
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