Monday, 28 November 2011

Health Blogging Month Day 28: What was that again?

Say WHAT?! What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard about health or your condition. Was there any context? What did you think at the time you heard it – and what do you think of it now?

"I had lupus but I got over it. It's just stress."

Yes, stress can help set off a lupus flare. No, it is not the cause of lupus. We don't actually know what causes lupus. We know that sunlight, stress, environmental factors, and practically anything or nothing can cause a flare.

I don't know what the woman I was speaking to had. Maybe it was simply stress. But I know she didn't simply cure lupus by removing the stress from her life.

I know that because I had two years of doing virtually nothing more than sleeping - and that didn't cure lupus, just helped get it under control enough for me to have something resembling a "normal" life now.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:


  1. I've heard people say that! Lupus isn't even the disease I had and it made me SO ANGRY. It's ridiculous the things that healthy people think will fix us. Kind of like how Jenny McCarthy used to say that a gluten free diet cured her son's Autism? Some of the things people say are almost humorous because they're just so far-fetched.

  2. “I had lupus but I got over it. It's just stress.” Wow, really…that woman is a real idiot. That tops anything I have heard about RA. I could understand if she stand stress causes it and if you stress less, you will be less affected but she “got over it.” She makes me wait to pull my hair. I agree with Rachel – farfetched and I would like to add ignorant to the mix. :-)


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