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Flare-ups due to emotional upheavals?
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My Question to all the Lupus/MCTD and Lupus Warriors members at the Daily Strenghts Forum is as follows:

I have a question which has been bothering me for some time:
Is it possible, that an emotional upheaval or an emotional trauma causes a Lupus/SLE flare-up and such a flare-up can last for many years, which leaves me in complete limbo, unable to do or achieve anything really ... for as long as this trauma/emotional upheaval lasts, which caused a severe flare-up in the first place ?

For example: I am under the impression that through my Lupus/SLE
my emotional barriers and my thick skin (which protects any other person) has been completely eroded (genetically?) since my birth and because of that I am "hit" much harder by emotional upheavals/traumas than healthy people who do NOT suffer from Lupus/SLE ?

I am beginning to believe that my disease SLE/MCTD has eroded genetically (?) my "psychological barriers", a barrier that protects healthy people. Can that be, and if, how come ?

"In the old days" I was usually trying to walk away from problematic situations, in order to avoid a flare-up, but these emotional upheavals/traumas were bothering me severely all the same and because of that I could not really avoid a flare-up, even if I tried.

Has anyone noticed such a problem as well?

Are there any tricks to train myself to develop such a barrier?

Why am I so oversensitive that emotional traumas and emotional upheavals cause me flare-ups, sometimes even life dangerous flare-ups? Is there any way to avoid that? (I mean, I can't possibly live in a glass house, but is there a way to develop a "thick skin" and be better protected?

How do you deal then with emotional upheavals/traumas? Do you also get flare-ups because of it?

Thank you from Kristina.
Posted on 06/22/13, 01:41 pm
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Reply #11 - 06/29/13  3:59pm
" @Kristina1
Most of the websites that mentioned the honey and cinnamon called for 1 teaspoon of each (honey and cinnamon) in a cup of warm water. I drink one or two cups per day. Some sites said to use up to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, but I can't drink the warm tea with more than 1 teaspoon. But I do use cinnamon in other things, such as oatmeal or baking recipes.

Here is a website that talks about utilizing cinnamon alone for a UTI. I've not tried that, because I know raw honey has living organisms that are anti-bacterial. Using warm water doesn't kill these helpful organisms.

A few other things that my doctor told me to try for my UTI's are as follows:
1) cranberry supplements or pure 100% cranberry juice
2) do not drink tea, because of the tannins
3) take my natural anti-inflammatory every day (She said that inflammation can cause stickiness, which collects germs and other unhealthy things.)
Hope these things help. "
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Reply #12 - 06/29/13  4:44pm
" Thank you, nanny1611 for the details about the drink and the other information, it is very much appreciated.

I use cinnamon regularly as well.
My favourite sweety (for two people) with cinnamon is the following:

Clean and peel three apples (any apples) and cut them into little pieces and put into a saucepan,
cover the apples with boiling water and sprinkle a mixture of 1 teaspoon of sugar plus half a teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples, put a handful of sultanas over the apples and cover the sultanas with 1-2 teaspoon of honey. Then stir everything and let it boil for about 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, try to "mash/press down" the apples a little but not completely Then put everything into two bowls and cover it with Rice Krispies ( I usually use Kelloggs). It is very delicious, quickly done and it does not cost much.

Thanks again and kind wishes from Kristina. "

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