Post Edited (Danxiety) : 4/28/2008 9:49:02 PM (GMT-6)
Good Morning Dan,
It is good to see you here but I am sorry you are having issues.
Health Anxiety is often characterized by fears that minor bodily symptoms may indicate a serious illness, constant self-examination and self-diagnosis, and a preoccupation with one's body. Many individuals with health anxiety express doubt and disbelief in the doctors' diagnosis, and report that doctors’ reassurance about an absence of a serious medical condition is unconvincing, or un-lasting. Many with health anxiety require constant reassurance, either from doctors, family, or friends, and the disorder can become a disabling torment for the individual with health anxiety, as well as his or her family and friends. Some individuals are completely avoidant of any reminder of illness, whereas others are frequent visitors of doctors’ offices. Other will never speak about their terror, convinced that their fear of having a serious illness will not be taken seriously by those in whom they confide./Wikipedia
Does this feel to you like what you are going through or are you having more depression and anxiety sx which has been you dx if I remember correctly?
I agree, see your PCP for a good general physicial and have the area where the tatoo skin sloughed off looked at as you could have an infection there that could be the source of the odor.
You have not failed, and remember not to set standards that you must be fine for the rest of your life. That is not the nature of anxiety and depression. I am glad you are still seeing your Pdoc and please try not to let "labels throw you..........your still a wonderful and stong person going through a tough time.((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))))))
Try our staying in the moment and not worrying about what happened yesterday. Tomorrow will come and you will deal with it so for today just be in the moment. Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
You have our support and hugs as always so you are staying in the moment. Proud of you. We will catch you, no doubt about it.
Dan, I'm really glad you are back..you seem (as Lyn put it) going through a whole lotta mucho bug stuff (not exact quote!) there. I'm glad you are getting in to see a pdoc and I hope that put's your mind at rest a lil bit...
Sense memory is one of our most important, well senses..it can really trigger a whole lot of emotion, and it sounds like this has happened for you. If someone puts pepermint tea in front of me I start having a panic attack because that's what my mother always gave me when I panicked..sheesh! Hang in there Dan, I'll be thinking of you and hoping things get a whole lot better soon. Keep us posted please.
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/2/2008 7:25:55 AM (GMT-6)
Hi there, I am still up, so thought I would tell you I am thinking of you my friend. Starting meds is always a bear, not just the meds but the anxiety that seems to come from within and from the meds.
It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.
Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.
Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.
Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."
breathe easy ~