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It’s now both proven and accepted that long-term stress has damaging effects on our health, yet the effects of midlife stress into old age are just beginning to surface.
By the time people reach their midlife it often becomes increasingly clear what their career limitations are. They find it harder to change career or even to slide across to other companies in the same or similar roles. There’s also a good chance they are in a position of some responsibility, along with all the stress that comes with the job. Looking forward to retirement, or even early retirement, may seem a way to leave all the stress behind, but is it really that simple?
Depending on the survey you consult, estimates of perceived work-related stress vary anywhere from 30 to nearly 60 percent of the working population at any given time. Over the past few years, research into mild or moderate work-stress during middle age, shows an increased likelihood of disability in old age.
I have to admit, when Lene asked me to write about Endings and Beginnings this month all sorts of things bounced around in my head. Anything from TV shows to projects in my small wood shop and at this time of year who could not think of the obvious end of year and looking forward to the new year. What struck me the most though was the Endings and Beginnings posed by being diagnosed with RA.
I received my DX several years ago, and pretty much "grew up" in my RA life on this website. I found most of the information I needed to confront the RA beast here and this is also where I first chatted with other people that also are suffering from the pains and pitfalls of RA. Thinking back on those days they seem like a lifetime ago, and in reality they kind of are.
When you think about life before and after your RA DX it can be two glaringly different lives that you see. I think its easy to spout out the obvious ones, ones that many of us can relate too....
I like to be honest about things, especially about any of my multiple sclerosis symptoms. I used to stress out and hide problems from people because my MS symptoms are kind of weird: tingling, numbness, weakness, trouble remembering things, and occasional trouble swallowing (to name just a few). I hid a couple of my BIGGEST symptoms for a long time because they're pretty much embarrassing: bladder and bowel urgencies and sporadic incontinence. Only several of my family members and close friends initially knew about my issues.
Before I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I had many typical symptoms that led doctors to conclude that I had "probable MS." A wait-and-see approach was taken because I didn't have severe symptoms early on. This was particularly true about my bladder and bowel issues: I knew I needed to urinate frequently and my bowel issues were yet to manifest themselves, so nothing proved to be definite and I just plugg...
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