Meet Dr. Caroline Appleyard

Dr. Caroline B. Appleyard

Many of you have read my blog entry Stress Levels May Affect Endo. In that blog, I mention Dr. Caroline Appleyard, her colleagues, and their research.  Dr. Appleyard and Dr. Flores have agreed to answer some questions I’ve posed to them.  The answers will trickle in as time allows, and rather wait for the entire Q&A session (which could be several weeks or months), I’ve decided to post what I receive, as I receive it. Here goes:

Q&A Session with Dr. Caroline Appleyard

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

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Q&A Interview Pending

Lotus blossom with text that reads Q&A

Interviews of Dr. Appleyard and Dr. Flores (two leading Endometriosis researchers in Puerto Rico) are in the works!  They were two of the investigating team for the stress studies referenced in my recent blog.

Each has graciously agreed to sit down with me (virtually) and answer some questions about Endometriosis! I’m so very excited for this opportunity! But I want to share this opportunity with YOU!  If you have any questions you would like me to include, please leave your questions in the Comments below! I plan on submitting my questions by the end of this week.

Yours, Lisa

Stress levels may affect Endo

Graph of how stress affects body mind emotions and behavior

So after a particularly stressful day at the office, I decided to do some writing and soul searching and (of course) research.  In all of the books and articles I’ve read, there has been a comment or chapter stating that stress may worsen Endometriosis.  But why?

How Stress Affects the Body:

Stress may trigger adrenal stress hormones, which may alter heart rates and blood flow.  It may also impair our white blood cell count, which can lower the body’s chances of fighting infection, reduce inflammation or even prevent/limit scarring. Gals with Endo know that inflammation and scarring are two critical components of a painful Endo day.  Stress may also cause or exacerbate problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

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