New understanding of stress symptoms
Psycho-Neuro-Inmuno-Endocrinology PNIE & Stress
Have you gone to the doctor and left feeling awkward? Have you ever felt your doctor cannot understand you? Symptoms come from peripheral and central organic processes. Disease-based medicine has focused on peripheral triggers, such as the injury or damage of an organ or tissue. Only recently have Psycho-neuro-inmuno-endocrinology theorists develop an understanding of central somatic triggers. Central alterations may result in increased production, perception, and intensity of somatic symptoms. One key finding is the activation of brain inflammatory neuroimmune pathways or activation of the brain cytokine system; the enteroception; the somatic amplification and the central sensibility that happens under stress.
Our bodies are permanently managing diverse environmental and internal factors to maintain balance, stability and continuity. Our belief system is key at the time of interpreting whether an event is threatening or not, whether we pay attention or let it go, whether we accept or deny the existence of an element. How we see our world is the first step to managing stress.
Have you ever felt your doctor cannot understand you?
Many suffer from inexplicable conditions for years. They feel helpless, like their doctors cannot understand them. Their symptoms do not follow classic medical illness typology. So, they leave the doctor’s office with a pad on the shoulder as if their symptoms were nothing but emotional suffering. In reality, we are all constantly experiencing more than one emotion. We are emotional beings, even when we try to turn coherent the many contradictory factors, roles and demands happening at once in our life.
Some symptoms are not clear, multidisciplinary PNIE work can help where others have failed
Selyee (1907-1982) borrowed the word stress from an engineer friend. Stress is a physical quantity that expresses the internal forces that neighboring particles of a continuous material exert on each other, while strain is the measure of the deformation of the material (Unionpedia). Stress is what activates the inflammatory neuroimmune system during normal adaptation. On the other hand, we call distress when the effort made for adaptation becomes overpowering and unhealthy. Stress and distress involve suffering. One is within normal realm, while the other one involves a chronic physiologic exertion. Our body is constantly managing diverse environmental and internal factors to maintain healthy balance. Our view of the world is a key starting point. How are you managing your stress these days?