Post Edited (wildimagination) : 10/16/2008 9:31:05 AM (GMT-6)
Welcome to HealingWell. We are so happy you have found us.
Perhaps you need to visit a physician for a physical to make sure you do not have any medical problems...............you have some sx of GERD with your stomach issues. WE do have a GERD/Heartburn forum on HW. You may want to take a peak at it.
Many people go off their meds when life is great and has been for an extended period of time. Even off the meds you feel great until you find yourself in the middle of depression.
You have several choices, try therapy and see a Pdoc or perhaps start medications again or a combination of both.
You are in good company here, we know where your coming from so keep talking to us.
Again a warm welcome
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Welcome to HW, I hope we can help you out a here. What you have here we tend to refer to as "health anxiety" rather than hypochondria. I personally believe hypochondria is when you use a pretend illness to manipulate and you most certainly aren't doing that. My advice - stay off those health websites! Go and see a doctor about those health concerns. Kitt mentioned GERD, it also sounds a bit like IBS (also on the forum)..
There is no shame in taking meds if they improve your quality of life. If you take them sensibly and stick to the dose then you will be fine. I believe life is too short to be worried about the stigma of taking meds, but then again maybe therapy is a better option for you.
I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!! Again welcome to HW and let us know how you go.
Thanks for the warm welcome. It feels a ton better knowing tham I'm not the only one dealing with these issues.
I had a pretty decent weekend - was able to stay busy around the house enough to almost forget about my chest. Then came Sunday night. I was probably over-reacting, but I couldn't fall asleep, felt weak, nauseous, shaky and like I was going to pass out. Almost asked my hubby to drive me to the hospital. Luckily, he calmed me down and stayed awake till I fell asleep. Great guy, eh? :)
I had made the appointment last week already, so I was happy to have a doc visit yesterday. She listened, which was quite nice. Had a complete physical done along with some more tests for this chest tightness problem - normal EKG (thank God), possible spots on chest xray (oh God), and a battery of blood tests for anemia, vitamin deficiency, blood count and I can't remember what else. She said that for my age and weight, I am healthy. Which of course almost brings me to tears since I don't feel healthy. She's going to have a Radiologist look at my xrays, and she gave me a prescription for anxiety to use at my discretion. Said I could have a wierd virus that lingers for a while, could be anemia, or could be stress.
I'm not quite as worried now that I've had all the tests. I just have to stay focused on things OTHER than an abnormal xray (ok, only possibly abnormal) and waiting for the blood test results. *deep breaths* I can beat this.
One more thing - I told the doc that the only meds I'm currently on are birth control (Ovcon) and asked if what I'm feeling is a possible side effect. She said no. My gyno said no. My mom (pharmacist) said very unlikely. However, the side effects as listed on drugs.com show chest tightness... Anyone ever heard of birth control having those kind of side effects? I have one more week of active pills before my period, and I'm wondering if I feel better that week that those pills may be my problem...
Guess I'll have to wait and see.