I would imagine stress can make the symptoms worse? I live 400 miles away from my 90yr old parents - went up to see them two weeks ago and was ill for a week after as never good after flying. They live in Glasgow and my mother is going into a care home in Edinburgh near my sisters and my dad has decided to sell his house and move into a tiny retirement flat, which has been on the market for months because of its positioning. My dad is fitter than I am but my sisters have to do so much for him, and then I feel bad. My brother goes when he can but he lives 200 miles away.
Got to the stage where I don't want to speak to any of them as it just makes me so stressed- I know that my dad will hate this flat within a couple of months and so does my brother, but he won't listen and won't look to see if there is anything better.
My back has been bad since Friday and I'm sure there must be a connection from the stress and worry about my mother and whether she will settle into the home as she has Alzheimers and impaired vision and hearing.