Patients often report that episodes of stress or trauma preceded the onset of their rheumatoid arthritis. While stress is nearly impossible to measure, some researchers have suggested that stressful life events, such as divorce, job loss, death of a loved one or accidents, are more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis during the six-month period before disease onset compared with the general population.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it's both interesting and important to know if stress triggers the disease or if stress worsens rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Either way, it is to your benefit to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. With daily stress that cannot be eliminated, it must be well-managed.
Is there concrete evidence that stress is a trigger of rheumatoid arthritis? Is stress a factor in disease activity for rheumatoid arthritis? Can stress lead to flare-ups in patients with rheumatoid arthritis? Read more in Does Stress Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis?
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