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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2006 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello friends,
I'm new here, my name's Chrissy...and I was drawn to this site because I have various medical/health problems...(ie. GERD, Gallstones, possible colon probs, tension headaches, iron-deficiency anemia, severe muscle tension, and anxiety - mostly digestive disorders though)
I really just came to have people who are in the same boat to talk about health problems.  The thing is I'm starting to wonder if I'm depressed, I am *well* aware that I need a medical professional to diagnose me with any health problems I may have.  Although I've been extremely down/sad as of late, probably for the past few months... The doctors say that a lot of my problems *could* have to do with stress/depression...although I feel like being sick in the first place is causing me to become depressed, I know that both can feed off of eachother...and that a lot of things have to do with diet. 
I was diagnosed with depression and a panic disorder once when i was 16 (i'm 20 now)...and after being on paxil for a year my panic attacks had dissapeared, I'll get them occasionally, once every few months due to overwhelming stress or anxiety...
I'm just wondering if any of you feel like your health problems are causing you to be depressed or to have severe anxiety?...Or, if any of you have had digestive problems linked with stress or emotional disorders...I'm not sure if I"m asking this the right way or anything...Just really wanted someone to talk about how depression/emotional health is linked with your physical selves...
Thanks, and Take care.

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   Posted 7/23/2006 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chrissy,

At least some of the symptoms you speak of could well be caused by depression. During some spells of my own depression, I have had digestive disorders that have left me unable to walk and in excrciating pain for hours at a time. Mostly doctors suggested an intolerance to certain foods and for ages I avoided dairy (with which I have no problems now, it seems!). Once I was even rushed to hospital with suspected apendicitis, but after eliminating that as the cause and a whole host of other tests, I was just pumped full of pain-killers and muscle relaxants and told it was probably just a viral infection (all rather vague). Amongst my other mysterious ailments that coincided with anxiety attacks and depression was the period (months on end) in which I thought I had a growth or obstruction in my throat because I couldn't swallow properly (I didn't, but it felt incredibly real). And my most award-winning moment has to be the time I gave myself a bizarre rash (huge, red, circular, welt-like swellings all over) through my own anxiety about having to do something (which due to the rash I got out of doing!). It now makes sense to me that these things are associated with the mind being under stress. -- In fact, at a very local level that most women would identify with, don't periods tend to get heavier and more painful periods at times of high stress?

My theory is that it's my body's way of asking me to slow down and take more care of myself because it recognises my illness even if I don't at that time. It may even be my body's way of getting me to the darn doctor, as I'm still pretty bad at biting the bullet and doing that for my depression when it rears its head...!

I'd definitely have more chats with your doc about this.

Take care -- and let us know how you go.


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   Posted 7/23/2006 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chrissy,

I have a lot of digestive problems too and that gets me down but I think they feed off each other. I think when my anxiety gets bad, it makes my digestive problems bad too. I have been taking lexapro for about a month now and Ive found my digestive probs have improved since starting the antidepresssant.
I think it would be wise to seek help from your doctor about this as you could be suffering some depressive symptoms. I didnt realise for a long time how physically ill anxiety/depression could make you feel. I think it is the cause and worsening of a lot of my health issues.
Let us know how you get on andtake care
cherish all your happy moments....they make a fine cushion for old age

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   Posted 7/23/2006 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Chrissy, I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum.  This is a great place to visit for support and information on the Internet and a most safe community so I really hope you do continue to visit us here as often as you like.

In answer to your question...Yes, any medical problems can lead to depression and anxiety disorders.  In most cases it can be temporary and treated with a short stint with antidepressants for temporary periods.  But for long term long-term illnesses depression is known to hang in there for the long haul.

I have had depression, anxiety and panic since I was a child due to abuse issues.  However, I was diagnosed with MS when I was 26 in 2001, which of course made the depression much worse.  And harder to be treated with the medication I was already taking at the time.  Within the last year I have also developed another serious disorder that messes with my blood pressure and heart rate.  So once again depression was at an all time high and had to change meds.  The thing for me that was hardest to learn was diet and exercise to maintain health.  I have always been thin and never had to watch my weight so what I ate wasn’t a factor before, neither was exercise.  My cardiologist and Psychiatrist get together on my medication regime regularly due to the blood pressure factor mostly, but they both push the exercise and diet strongly.  And I’m surprised it does help greatly with depression and total overall health.

I do have some stomach problems with the amount of pills I take but I don’t feel it is stress related and all tests have come back fine that have been ran.  However, my 10 year old niece who lives in a very unstable home with her single mother who has a drug addict boyfriend that steals all their belongings all the time (he just got out of prison yesterday) has a lot of stomach problems.  I do think this is due to her anxiety and nerves.  The brain is a very powerful place and it does essentially control every part of our bodies.


Joan M
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   Posted 7/23/2006 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am all alone up here retired in the Northeast, though I do have friends and do volunteer work. I have always had outside interests aside from my jobs. Fundamentally I worked for money. Unfortunately I became totally self-supporting when I was still in high school due to family mess.

On the other hand, I am the recipient of 3 scholastic scholarships and I had a wonderful relationship with my husband who unfortunately died.

I notice when I am very sick physically my brain does not function as well. My spelling goes down and I forget how to play internet games, etc. Not enough attention is paid, in my opinion, to the way the body can play havoc with the mind.

In particular, physical doctors like to use the cop-out with women that it's all in your head. I do not accept this and I know I have been right in my analyses.

By the way, there are reflex areas which are not controlled by the brain.

I also notice that when I play memory mahjongg tiles, 99% of the time, my body finds the match without thinking about it.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/23/2006 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Chrissy. I am new too and I have had lots of support here.

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/24/2006 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chrissy,

I have had bouts of anxiety/depression since I was 16. The fact that you have previously been diagnosed with depression makes you prone to a repeat diagnosis. However, you know better what depression feels like for you.

I have only recently discovered that my depression follows a pattern. My anxiety increases and I'm unable to curb it with exercise, diet or positive thinking. Then my body kicks in. I'm dizzy, my stomach hurts, I'm exhausted, and my mind gets so busy it's foggy. Not long after, I get really down. So for me, anxiety comes first then gasto problems then depression.

Good luck Chrissy.
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