stress also causes a loss of minerals such as magnesium, which helps circulation and is linked to raynauds too.
i did a search on magnesium and csr and found this:
Quantifying corneal endothelial cell death
"Central serous chorioretinopathy after inhaled steroid use for post-mycoplasmal bronchospasm"
that's interesting given that your specialist thought the steroids were non contributory. the link doesn't clarify if there's a magnesium connection but i thought it was also interesting that the steroids were used to control spasm.. i'd be very curious re magnesium status in that patient..
i know that i used to feel chronic high anxiety before i started working on nutrition. magnesium is one nutrient i have had to spend a lot of time on. and i am much less stressed as a result. so wrt stress hormones and magnesium i went study hunting and found these:
Aldosterone Secretion in Magnesium-Deficient Ratshttp://endo.endojournals.org/content/80/5/969.short
"Decreased muscle potassium and increased sodium in rats made magnesium deficient suggested the possibility of increased aldosterone secretion. Muscle and plasma electrolytes and secretion of aldosterone and corticosterone in magnesium-deficient rats were compared with the same values in pair-fed controls. Aldosterone secretion by the magnesium-depleted animals was increased, while corticosterone secretion was decreased. Altered steroid secretion adequately explains the altered sodium and potassium metabolism."
Intralymphocyte Free Magnesium in Patients With Primary Aldosteronism http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/35/1/113.short
"It is known that hyperaldosteronism has been associated with magnesium deficiency, yet there are no data on the intracellular concentration of ionized magnesium ([Mg2+i]) in subjects with primary aldosteronism (PA). ... In subjects with PA, [Mg2+i] was significantly lower than that in NCs"
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com