It is five years since consultant picked me from the bulging ranks of COPD sufferers and pinned the bronchi badge on my chest.I must say immediately that we are all different in our response to varying conditions but I have noticed a common theme among the bronchi folk I meet regularly and that is the impact of stress,depression and in some cases despondency.
For example I had high stress levels after a tough week and the signs of an exacerbation became visible.On Tuesday I was due a recognised increase in stress that I knew I could not avoid. With nothing to lose took a dose of Rescue Remedy and attempted to de-stress using techniques I used in Tai Chi.
My peak flow lifted well above my normal levels and the apparent onset of brochiectasis disappeared.
Has anyone had experiences that suggest stress can be a component in exacerbations?I see no research in this aspect of our condition.