Please help me! Rabies scare and OCD!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/15/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Experts.

Sorry for my bad English because I am from Vietnam!

First off, I would like to express my gratitude to your kindness. This forum is very useful.

I have been worried over the two disease: Rabies scare and vaccine!

On 23rd, June, 2008. I was beaten by a stray dog and the doctor advised me to take 05 shots of Verorab( a vaccine comes from France) on the Day 0,3, 7, 14, 28. The last shot was 21st, July, 2008. And I hope that I will be all right.

And I have been afraid of dogs because of that accident.

But on 4th, November, 2008 (last week), When I was sleeping at my friends house, when I got up, I saw 3-4 dogs around the bed, I was frightened because I was afraid that I was licked by the dogs. I had some wounds on my hands, they were not bleeding but I was scared because if some rabid dogs licked my wounds, I would be infected.
I went to see the doctor and he said that my vaccine can protect me for six months( Verorab vaccine can protect one for six moths?). I felt OKAY! The doctor said the antibody is still there and kill off Rabies if they enter my body.

But I remember that :

-During the treament with Verorab vaccine, I did not take any beer and coffee. I just have beer and coffee after the series of treament( 01 week after the last shot)

So,does Beer and coffee affect the production of vaccine even I have them after the treament? Is the vaccine effective when you have no beer-coffee during the series of shots, but you have them fter the series of treament( 01 week after the last shot)

Thank you,


Post Edited (huy_skidrow) : 11/16/2008 8:42:29 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, welcome. I'm not a doctor, but I don't think beer or coffee would affect the way a vaccine works. I've never heard or read anything about that and I'm sure the doctor would have told you if you were supposed to stay away from those things. If it will give you peace of mind, call your doctor and tell them your concerns.

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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning and Welcome to HealingWell,

I am sorry about your accident.  I do not have the answer to your question, your physician but perhaps you could call you physician as ask the question.

I also do not know what other meds you take.

Hope you find the answer and we are glad to have you with us.



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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Worrying about health is a big trigger for a lot of us who feel anxiety. Paniccu has the best advice - talk with your doctor. By the way, I don't think a rabid dog would lack symptoms, so if the ones around your bed weren't sick or don't become sick, that's another thing you can remind yourself to let the fear go away.

It's hard when something happens in your life that makes you connect certain ordinary things - like dogs, for you - with frightening situations - like becoming sick. I went through a period recently when I was terrified of certain kinds of foods, fearing they'd kill me. Other people couldn't understand why I didn't accept reassurance that they couldn't, but that's just how the mind works when you've had a disturbing experience. You might want to talk with someone about your new fear of dogs, and try to develop approaches to keep the caution but lose the fear before it becomes a phobia. My fears did turn into phobias, and they became very tiring and upsetting to deal with. Don't let that happen to you.

I'm definitely no expert, just another health anxiety sufferer too!


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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/16/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you,

The story told above seems to be unacceptable for anyone in my country.

I am a member of a NGO ( based in the USA and operated in Vietnam). My business is to go to the remote area to survey and give the poor people the clean water. Sometimes, my colleagues and I have to sleep in the village.

The people here always grow dogs but their dogs are never vaccinated agaisnt Rabies. Becuase the cost is high.

Before joining this Foundation, I had a slight symptom of OCD. I did not know what was OCD before, but after looking out WIKIPEDIA, I understand that there are many people like me in this planet.

I feel alone in this country( i live in Vietnam) because I have no where to speak about my OCD problem. Rabies, needle and many thing keeps make my life miserable.

You cannot imagine that I have the following symptoms:

1. I have to check the door again and again before going to bed to make sure that the door is closed.

2. Back to the Rabies accident, when I had the series of shots. I always watched the doctor carefully to make sure that she used the new needle, used the correct vaccine, and watched he pumping the vaccine into my body. I was scared to death to think of her forgetting to pumping all the fluids into my body. I aslo think that she may forget to inject the needle but she still pump the fluids. :-(

3. Sometime, I trust no one. I feel so alone! I cannot exchange my problems with my family. I have a mother, a wife and a son. I am the support of the family, but I feel so weak!

Could anybody help me? I cannot seek the mental help in my country. They always give sleeping pills...

Thank you,

Post Edited (huy_skidrow) : 11/16/2008 9:02:04 PM (GMT-7)

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