I suggest talking to a psychiatrist. Perhaps mediation can help these physical symptoms? As is has with many others :)
There is no need to suffer
I agree you need to find a therapist to help you with this disorder. It is real and it is devestating for you.
When looking for a therapist for PTSD, look for a mental health professional who specializes in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Beyond qualifications, it’s important to find a therapist who makes you feel comfortable and safe, so there is no additional fear or anxiety about the treatment itself. Finding the right treatment provider can take time, but a good place to start is with your doctor.
Treatments for PTSD relieve symptoms by helping you deal with the trauma you’ve experienced. Rather than avoiding the trauma and any reminder of it, you’ll be encouraged in treatment to recall and process the event that caused your PTSD. In treatment for PTSD, you’ll also:
Explore your thoughts and feelings about the trauma
Work through feelings of guilt, self-blame, and mistrust
Learn how to cope with and control invasive memories
Address problems PTSD has caused in your life
In addition to offering an outlet for emotions you may have been bottling up, treatment for PTSD will also help restore your sense of control and reduce the powerful hold the memory of the trauma has on your life.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is believed to be the treatment of choice for PTSD. There are several types of cognitive-behavioral therapies. Your therapist will be the one person to guide you to the right choice for you.
Please keep posting and know we are here to support you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
PTSD is a very traumatic thing to live with. I agree with Kitt (great advice BTW) that you need to find someone who is a specialist in this area. It may be a good idea to look up specialists in your area and ask if you can speak to them on the phone before making an appointment.
If you can "feel them out" on the phone and make sure they are going to adress your issues you may feel more comfortable when you start treatment. They would probably be able to advise you as to whether or not they think medication is the right thing for you.
Be gentle with yourself. This is a hard thing to go through. Don't try and avoid the trigger situations, but don't put yourself in harms way either. You need to do that under the care of a good therapist.
Please let us know how you go.
Thanks Navy ! The sites you posted may be helpful to other members too.
You are the best..............Kitt
Post Edited (Buddha443556) : 8/22/2008 12:30:56 PM (GMT-6)
I'm sorry you put your back out doing good for others. That's not the way it's supposed to work! I'm glad you've got a bereavement counsellor assesing this for you. The black outs are not something you should be tackling on your own. I hope you wake up feeling better tomorrow. Have you put some heat on your back? Please let us know how you go with all of this okay.
Good Morning, I agree with Meg re your doing community service work. That is awesome as it is so appreciated and need in todays world. I am sorry you hurt your back.
I am not sure what an ARNP is. I know RNP in a nurse practioner. Is there any reason you cannot be seen by the medical doctor?
Also there are laws in each state about locking people up and laws about tying people down too, so please don't let that stop you from seeking help.
Take care and keep posting.Kitt
I'm glad you checked those prescriptions before you had them filled. I had a doctor last month try and give me a tri-cyclic antidepressent for IBS?! That would have been an utter disaster! I hope that Paxil is improving things a bit for you. It may also be that you are getting some coping strategies around the flashbacks, don't let your medications take all the credit.
It's a shame we can't get our cats to give us some accupressure treatment instead of just walking all over us!!
Here's hoping things are on the improve for you.
Whoooo hoooooo, you made it to your appointment and you did get some advice. I know how tiring it is to bare your thoughts and feelings to a stranger but remember it is in confidentiality.
Hopingyou get some rest and know we care.
Post Edited (Buddha443556) : 8/26/2008 7:50:36 PM (GMT-6)