Does stress lengthen recovery time?

Having just had an operation via keyhole surgery and been allowed to leave the hospital to recover at home, I find myself in a situation where i'm totally stressed out. Is this likely to extend my recovery time or will it not affect the healing process?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    It will have a marked affect on recovery time. rest and quiet is best.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Stress releases horrible hormones that will cause illness, and definitely lengthen recovery time. The bible says that "laughter is the best medicine." This is true. All those endorphins help the body. I've seen Where people with debilitating diseases were healed through several "laughing" sessions. So, try to "let go" of life worries. Find some good comedy movies and laugh laugh laugh! SMILE

  • 1 decade ago

    Stress absolutely does affect recovery time. That is one of the reasons they try to send you home; hospitals are very stressful places to stay for most people.

    I hope you can find a way to reduce your stress, within yourself if not in your surroundings.

  • 1 decade ago

    Almost all indications point to the fact that when stress levels are up, immunity and healing processes are compromised. You should take whateer steps you can to help alleviate the stress in your life, especially during your recovery time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It can effect recovery time especially mentaly.. When you find youreself highly stressed take a pause from what you are doind and take 3 controlled deep breaths, hold each one in for ~ 3- 4 seconds and release slowly.

    Source(s): My doc...
  • When you are stressed,white blood cells are not generated as quickly as normal,therefore reducing the power of your immune system.It has been proven that a positive,clear mental attitude has a positive effect on the healing process....relax,get plenty of rest,eat proper(balance),and have a good attitude.

  • 1 decade ago

    indeed it does, I'm a pediatric Oncology nurse, I must say that during my not-so-long experience with Cancer patients, I have seen cases that were similar in the diagnosis and staging, but they reacted really differentely to treatment, they're still on treatment, but you can tell that the one with the more positive attitude ( and the less stress of disease) is doing much better than the depressed one, averyone thinks it's because of biological diffrences, but to me, it's all about the good attitude and the stress-free way of handling things.

    that's how my gut feeling is telling me, but you won't find a really scientific proof of that.

  • fdm215
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The short answer is yes. Here's a link to a very good article about stress and it's possible effects:

  • D B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    yes because stress lowers the immune system (it's all to do with some particular cells. ) Calmness will aid recovery , happiness is even better.

  • 1 decade ago questions is: "what" situation is stressing you out?

    Try and eliminate your stressors, if at all possible.

    I don't think stress will affect your body healing - but while recovering it would be nice if you could have some peace and quiet.

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