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What causes rheumatoid arthritis in a patient suffering from depression?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: Dear Dr.
I don't know if there's an answer to this question but it's always bothered me. I have Rheumatoid arthritis. It started in my early 20's. I was wondering if depression could have caused this. When I was a child, I was awash in depression. I was depressed all the time due to bullying. Could the depression have caused the arthritis? There's nothing I can do about it now but it's always been a question for me.
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Art Blum
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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
is Depression a trigger

Detailed Answer:
Good evening

Thank you for writing on health care magic

Well, one cant be sure about what triggers these autoimmune problems in the body. Whether it is food, environment changes, smoking, infection or something else. To pin point at it, is always a toughie. But yes, it is a known fact that the stress begins about lot of hormonal changes in the body which can trigger these processes or make them worse even with treatment.

We always tell our patients to avoid as much stress as possible in order to help control the disease better and prevent any flares of arthritis.

But yeah, I can pin point at it if this was the trigger. It may have contributed to some extent but not fully

Hope the information was useful

Do let me know for more queries. Would be happy to help out

Regards
Dr Naval
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Brief Answer: is Depression a trigger Detailed Answer: Good evening Thank you for writing on health care magic Well, one cant be sure about what triggers these autoimmune problems in the body. Whether it is food, environment changes, smoking, infection or something else. To pin point at it, is always a toughie. But yes, it is a known fact that the stress begins about lot of hormonal changes in the body which can trigger these processes or make them worse even with treatment. We always tell our patients to avoid as much stress as possible in order to help control the disease better and prevent any flares of arthritis. But yeah, I can pin point at it if this was the trigger. It may have contributed to some extent but not fully Hope the information was useful Do let me know for more queries. Would be happy to help out Regards Dr Naval