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Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!

My name is Michael, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, and give just a bit of information about myself. I'm posting this in every category that I'm going to become a member of. Please moderators, if I've done something wrong, let me know. I know that not everyone will be viewing this category - and I want to introduce myself to the entire community. I have a long list of issues I've dealt with, and am currently dealing with. The opportunity to reach out to others, to be helped, and maybe to help - brings a smile to my face, of which doesn't happen often. Within this posting, I have briefly explained some of my issues. I appreciate all that read it, and get back to me. Although all these things we deal with are horrible, we've all been handed something different for a reason. I'm unaware of what that is - but as I walk down the road of life, I have every faith that one day I'll realize why I've gone through what I have.

I'm a 26 year old male, that lives in San Antonio, Texas.

I have a variety of health problems, including:
* Chronic Pain
* Nerve Damage
* GI Issues
* Migraine / Bleeding Problems
* Seizure Disorders
* Respiratory / Breathing Issues (Spontaneous Pneumothorax / COPD)
* Anxiety / Depression / Insomnia
* ADHD
* Heat Flashes

* Chronic Pain - The chronic pain issues that I face, tend to go hand and hand with the respiratory problems that I'm facing to this day. When I was in my very early 20's - right about 20, I began to suffer from a condition that led to Spontaneous Pneumothroax. Basically, I had small air pockets on my lungs called blebs, which made the lining of my lungs weak, and lead to them "popping" - and air escaping into my chest cavity. The one way to fix this, is to have a chest dart inserted between your breast bones, and have the air "sucked out" by a vacuum. After dealing with this over three times and not having any corrective surgery. I elected to have surgery. The first surgery, although be it painful, was quite successful - and I left the hospital. Within two weeks, the other lung then began to act up. I went through a total of two major lung surgeries, having 1/3 of each lung taken out - and the lung itself "stapled" to the inside of my rib cage. Once this happened, if the lung did pop, it wouldn't be as successful at collapsing 100% - and gave me a better chance of healing, and not having a life threatening emergency. Because so much of my lungs were taken out, I ended up developing COPD, and Asthma at my age. To help my breathing I take Asmanex 220mcg, Combivent, Proventil, and Singulair. I've been prescribed many other things for breathing, but with county insurance, I'm limited to what I can take - what's on the formulary. These breathing problems ended up developing Chronic pain. Along the ribs, where the surgery took place; but on the second surgery I suffered a bad epideral - leaving me with constant pain; that leaves me taking pills just to function. Without medication, I'm unable to move around - get out of bed - or even eat. Methadone at 10mg, three times a day - along with Baclofen, 20mg three times a day allows me to move around; but the pain is great, and ever present. I never thought life would be so hard, making you grit your teeth just to get through the day. Tears come to my eyes, and self pity rises, but one must rise above all that...be it difficult...and some days impossible. The medicaiton deadens the pain to a certain extent, some days making it tolerable, and other days not feeling like it's doing much good. I feel old beyond my years, 26 and trapped in a failing body; but I have life - unlike some. I try to see to the other side of the rainbow - but sometimes that rainbow seems so far in the distance, rain clouds and lightening blocking it from view. I have faith that one day we'll find a proper combination, or some massive medical breakthrough; when that day comes, maybe they'll make me good enough to dance in the street, instead of walk slowly while stumbling. My back seems to be my major problem. Although my neck does bother me, my back seems to take the cake - and outweigh everything else. Hurting to the touch - and constantly locked up. At times I feel like I have a metal bar, running the length of my back - the muscles so tight you could lay me down and use me as a bridge over a puddle.

* Nerve Damage - The nerve damage has not fully been diagnosed as to what has caused it, and what will cure it. I find a lot of doctors simply shrugging their shoulders at me. We've tried every medication in the book! It seems to be limited to my left side, leaving my leg crawling, burning, itching - and sensation not near what it should be. It seems to be the worst at night. At times, it will feel like there is a colony of fire ants crawling on my leg, and arm. Biting and stinging, like they're trying to take a piece of me away, eating me alive. The spasms, which I feel is related to the damage, can become ruthless. Twitching, my leg seems to have a mind of its own! I awake in the middle of the night, to what feels like a full blown "shock and awe" on my leg. Burning, itching, throbbing, twitching, and spasming; I'm forced to try to get up and walk around - work out the problem, all in vain. It stops, when it wants to stop - it starts, when it wants to start - never consulting me first. What is also odd, are the spots on my leg / arm that seem to bother the most, don't actually get "goose bumps" when the rest of my body does. I'll look down - and boom, the parts that bother me are smooth, while the rest of the leg / arm has goose bumps all over it. The spot where the bad epideral took place, is also so very sensitive to the touch - even my shirt rubbing upon my back at times will feel like someone sticking me with a poker, straight out of the flames of hell! Currently, I am awaiting a MAP of Lyrica to see if this will help. Gabapentin and Amitriptyline have not been effective in management.

( How this epideral became bad - During my second lung surgery, I elected to have an epideral because I was told it would deaden all pain, and I would be much more comfortable. I was informed - it would be a "fusion" epideral. Well, once I woke up back in my room after the surgery, I felt something wet all over my back. The epideral had come out of my spine, and was leaking the medication all over my back. The charge nurse assigned to me, but the epideral back in my back several times - a total of 5. Each time this took place the pain, stabbing, burning - became worse until I was screaming for my life. I couldn't stand the pain any longer, and the doctor was called. They were furious, took me off the epideral - and assigned a demerol PCA pump for 96 hours)

* GI Issues - Since I've been a child, I was always known as "the puker". I would vomit when the wind changed direction. Hospitalized quite a bit for vomitting for days, no one has been able to find the true cause for this problem. I've spent so much time in the hospital due to being dyhydrated to vomitting days on end. Some may say it's a nervous stomach, I know that the constant, and horrid pain has something that impacts this. I had an indiception (sp) not to long ago, a total of 2 times. I've heard some doctors tell me that this is odd for someone that has become an adult. This happens when your intestines telescope upon one another, and knot up...not comfortable. I had been to the emergency room for 3 months in a row, every 2 weeks - so one (of the many) hospitals in town - did another (one of hundreds) of scans - and decided to take out my gallbladder. Well, this was in vain! Not only did I get a bit of an infection, I stayed in the hospital for two weeks over such a minor surgery - more battle scars! Now, I live on Protonix 80mg, and Phenergan 25mg 4 times daily - to control the nausea so that I can hopefully stay home. It's amazing how so much can bottle up and cause GI problems. Pain, stress, anxiety - they all contribute to a vicious cycle that seems to never end. A nightmare that I've not been able to wake from; one day I'll find my beauty rest, and be well.

* Migraine / Bleeding problems - Now, I know this is an odd one to go in for a mix. I began to develop these horrible headaches, about two years ago. One day, I realized my vision was getting blurry, and I tasted a very strong "iron" taste in my mouth. I couldn't hear very well, and I felt - "loopy" - my room mate then informed me that I was bleeding. My eyes, my nose, and my ears - had blood slowly dripping out of them. I couldn't see, because my eyes actually had blood in them. It looked like something from the exorcist - yeah, call me the next Emily Rose. Doctors have run CT, MRI, and ENT has looked and probed all those parts...Imitrex 25mg, 1 tablet, followed by 1 tablet every 8 hours not to exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours; seems to help. It keeps the headaches at bay, and once these are at bay - the bleeding seems to not sneak up upon me as quickly, if at all. I suppose, other than totally freaking myself, and others out - it's not been a real big issue. The headaches, which I call migraines can snap me to the floor. Vomitting, every noise sounds like it's popping your ear drums, and of course light - all impact them, and make you want to rip your head off. The only good thing? ENT cleaned out my ears...buh bye waxy buildup! Propanolol 40mg twice daily is supposed to help with the headaches, as well as lower my blood pressure.

* Seizure Disorder - Now, this one is ever present, yet tends to hide. Years ago, I began to have, very odd feelings, loose track of time, and wake up hurting - feeling very odd. Long story short, I would go into a seizure - my body afterward feeling like it had been run over by a fleet of city buses! Due to these being uncontrolled by many medications - I was forced to wear a bicycle helmet, and sell my car for about two years. They come, and they go - at times I have a warning feeling - may it be bright light, however more than not - a very strange smell, and just a weird feeling. When these first began, I had so much going on - that I declined going into the Neurodiagnostic center at the hospital. So much had gone wrong, and continued to go wrong - I was scared, I didn't want to face another demon. Now, they're called psuedoseizures. In my head? I've read that's what it means...but I believe it also means, not diagnosed. A figment of my imagination, my nervous and emotional centers breaking down; needless to say - it doesn't matter. They're real...I spasm, I choke...I've hurt myself. Dilantin didn't help, Gabapentin didn't help - Depakote didn't help...so now, we just hope they don't happen. I average, maybe one a month now. Although not as severe as in the past, certainly not requiring a helmet - it's still a curse...and one I wish I could do without.

* Respiratory / Breathing - I went into this topic up on my chronic pain, as they seem to be going hand in hand - the breathing issues are what developed the chronic pain, or I should say - the bad epideral. The inhaled steroid, Asmanex, I haven't seen much of a difference with - and I still find myself reaching for my inhaler. The blebs were a congenital defect - bad genes, something my father passed down to me I've been told. The COPD and Ashtma are a direct result of the lung disease, and mainly the surgery. A huge intolerance to the cold - and very high humidity makes this unbearable at times. I'm unable to exercise, not only due to the pain, but due to not being able to get much air in! Although my breathing tests have come out well, when you're missing parts of your lung, it's very clear how your breathing would be impaired. The odd thing, is although my lungs have collapsed - up to 80% at times, my O2 Satruation never went below 95% - going to the ER with chest pain can be such a pain; not only am in the ER - but my O2 will be just fine. Many times, I'll feel unable to breathe, and request oxygen because it helps with the pain - but be denied such a thing b/c of the O2 readings. I explain what has happened, and my personal experience with my body - yet it makes no difference. Some doctors have the "GOD" syndrome, I suppose that's what happens to some when you feel like you can perform miracles. The Proventil seems to be ineffective for helping my breathing anymore, the Asmanex, I've only been on for one month, so I don't feel much of a difference on it. Combivent has always helped, and is my personal inhaler of choice - yet it's not covered by my insurance, and unubtainable at the current price. There are other medications that have been prescribed, but if it's not on the formulary - I simply can't come close to affording such a thing. Singulair has been started with me again, so we'll see how it helps breathing, and allergies.

* Anxiety / Depression / Insomnia / ADHD - Well, in a way I feel like these all go hand in hand. Anxiety is a horrible thing, but then again, so is anything that you are forced to deal with when your body doesn't seem to work quite right. I can be in a crowd, and get so anxious I want to bury my head in the sand. My chest gets tight, my pain gets worse, and its hard to breathe. What do I find myself doing during anxiety? A stupid thing considering my problems, I smoke - and I smoke to much. Smoking helps with the anxiety, but also the pain. I know I should learn some coping techniques, and hopefully soon I will. My stomach will knot up - and I will get sit to my stomach. I'll stutter when I try to speak - unable to find the words to come out of my mouth. Depression has set in since my lungs first began to go out. Being my age, and unable to do what my piers can do - is very disheartening to say the least. I feel like a failure, I feel like - I can't love anyone, the way they need to be loved, because I don't really seem to love myself any longer. I have an angel in my life, and I know this - but sometimes, I push them away. Not wanting to leave the house much anymore, and not wanting to talk to anyone; I know the depression is worsening, and I have to do something about it. I don't remember what true happiness feels like any longer. The depression impacts the anxiety - and also makes the pain worse. It can kill my appetite to where I will no longer eat much, or it can make me ravenous; like a monster wanting to eat everything in sight - sometimes I feel like a bear about to squat for the winter, need to build up that belly...after all this, I look in the mirror and I'm unhappy because I'm to fat, or to skinny. I don't remember the last time I had an inbetween. Anxiety / Depression, well they also lead to insomnia. I can go for weeks without getting a proper nights sleep, this impacts the anxiety, depression, and pain. The cycle never ends. When I can get sleep - I seem to dream, and the dreams I've been having aren't pleasant. My mind wonders, and never stays. I've been diagnosed with Ruminition of thought - whatever this may mean. When I was younger, I was told I had ADHD - it's impossible for me to concentrate on anything. I can sit down, and within 2 minutes of watching TV, I'm going to my PC, or messing with my smart phone. Always having to fiddle, be busy, do something. Finishing a task is nearly impossible, I don't remember the last time I finished something I started. I always remember growing up, being told to finish what I started; didn't happen then, hasn't happened now. Concentration doesn't exist with me - and I always thought it was something I would outgrow...maybe not.

* Heat Flashes / Sweating - Now, these are horrible. It can be 70, and due to the pain, nausea, and other problems, I feel like I'm about to burst into flames. Sweat pours from every pore of my body, and I can be soaked like I just walked out of the shower. We've looked at so many different causes, and everything has checked out fine. I suppose I'm a 26 year old male that's experiencing mentapause (grins) - I find myself changing shirts, a couple times a day - and constantly wiping off my forehead. Taking a shower, getting ready, and then feeling dirty because I've been sweating is awful! It also doesn't help that here in the south we have heat like it's coming out of a furnace! Although, when I've been up north in the Winter, the same thing happens - what's worse, being hot and wet, or cold and wet? They seem to be the same to me. Talk about an electric bill at that - when you have to have your house constantly cool to be comfortable, it's rough on the pocket book.

I've been able to work for quite sometime, about five years now; and finally I've hired a lawyer in town to fight for my social security. I never wanted to get on the program before, because - it felt like it hurt my pride. I always said, I'll get better, but this has been 5 / 6 years, and I'm not getting better. One thing leaves, another comes - and then what left, returns. I feel like a revolving door in a business building, in and out, in and out.

I had filed for social security on many occassions, however - was always denied. At my age, it's not an easy task.

Luckily, my best friend's uncle has let me live where I am now, and I have a place to stay. I'm one of the lucky few. I've been blessed to have at least one person that's cared for me, and I know that's a blessing - many have no one, at least I have one, and I couldn't ask for anything more.

It's been a pleasure meeting you all, and I look forward to speaking, and getting to know more of you very well.

I do have more issues, and I'm sorry this has been like a book. I've been told, I need to let go, I need to get things out. I'm trying, and I hope my first attempt hasn't failed, or upset anyone.

Post Edited (Michael - SA/TX) : 6/22/2009 5:06:33 PM (GMT-6)


Aries8
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, geez, Michael!! What problems don't u have?? You poor guy! I would suggest seeing a specialist on all the matters. It may very well be that some of the symptoms are causing the others to occur. I can't believe how long you've had to live like this. You are a strong person!

Hang in there! Answers are coming to you soon, I can feel it! I'll be sending prayers your way for better health...Carol


Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
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"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Carol,

Thanks so much. Unfortunately, I have to many specialists! PM&R, Pulmonology, ENT - you name it, I have...and about to pick up a new counselor, who I'm sure will send me out to Psychiatry so we can get this anxiety, and deepening depression under control. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts, it's much appreciated!

An absolute pleasure to meet you.

It seems like everyday gone by as a year, but the years go by as days - so as I look back, and am getting older - it doesn't feel like it's been as long as it has. I suppose eventually you learn you adjust; then again, do you ever adjust? I'd say it's more "coping" with the issues of today - and yesterday!

Aries8
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
It's no wonder you're depressed. That sounds very normal considering how you've been feeling. You've said all of this has been going on for about 5 years. Did you get in an accident 5 years ago, have surgery, or know of anything specific that can be related to these symptoms?
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60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the only thing that started at an earlier age, were my GI issues - which seemed to always, in some form follow me around. I was always known as "the puker" - constantly vomitting (TMI, I know) - however as I got older, the GI issues turned into more of a pain, and weight loss issue due to not being able to eat due to the vomitting problems, and pain.

The lung, and everything else started when I was in the my year of 19, early year of being 20.

My lungs began to give out on me, forcing me to get chest darts, and be hooked up to a vacuum to suck the escaping air out. This was a constant battle, and no sooner than I would get out of the hospital - it would happen again. I had been electing not to have the surgeries to correct the problem...which still wasn't a guarantee.

After about the 4th time, I had the first of two major lung surgeries...and that's when the anxiety, and depression began.

The slightest pain would cause me to go into a panic/anxiety attack, dreading that I would have to go back to the hospital and have another cathedar shoved through my breast bone and into my chest...all without very much medication...2mg of morphine, IF I was lucky that day.

So, it all stemmed from the beginning of my health issues, and simply has gotten worse over the years as more has developed and manifested.

Not only do I deal with my poor health, but as I'm older; I've now began to have to deal with, the adult things in life; simply life...and that makes everything so much more hard.

It's like falling down a hill, and breaking a bone with every bump.

Aries8
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
You should probably stop smoking. That would help with the lungs. Have you tried hypnosis for any of your symptoms? I've heard that can be successful. You need an advocate. Someone in the medical profession who knows all of your problems and can put an end to each.

Your depression is only expected. Also, it's common after surgery, or so I've learned on this forum. You are young and deserve a healthy body. Don't give up!!
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Should? lol - more like HAVE TO!

The busprione is "supposed" to help with the smoking, as it is "Zyban" but it doesn't seem to work; and my self control is nill.

I've not tried hypnosis, because it's not covered by the insurance that I have, and since I've been unable to work for so many years - I'm about as broke as it can be!

I'm working on my Social Security, so hopefully it will go well; and for once maybe I'll have something instead of being everyone's "child" to support b/c I can't seem to fend for myself right now.

Amazingly, the smoking didn't cause the lung issues - it was a congenital defect and would've happened either way I was told.

..I'm sure it doesn't help though!

I suppose the depression in a way is expected, it seems to be getting worse though; especially recently. During the surgeries, it was really bad, left for awhile, and now years later it seems to be sneaking back upon me.

Hopefully one day my body WILL be healthy, but then again, I'm one of those people always saying "one day, one day" - and after so many days, you seem to give up faith..at least I'm beginning to.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 6/22/2009 9:34:45 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You can't give up hope or faith that you'll feel better. Hope is all we have and it's amazing what it can do. I've read of it curing cancer. That's pretty powerful. I know it must be difficult, but try each day to concentrate on things other than your body. I'm not an expert on medications, so I don't know if any of yours listed are for ADHD. None of them sound familiar for ADHD. Your symptoms may decrease as you take your mind off of yourself.

All of this may be easier said than done. But you need to try. You're obligated to try and to not give up.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the words of encouragement Carol.

I know that I can't give up hope or faith that eventually one day I will be better, but it's so very difficult.

Social Security denies me everytime I've applied over the last few years; discouraging me at every corner. Finally, I dropped my pride, and I've hired a lawyer in the event that maybe once that can convience them at I'm not well.

So many moons have come and gone since I've been ill - and it feels like the world has pasted me by. I feel a failure, and sometimes don't feel like I have the strength to go on.

I wake up, and run for medicine because it feels like my back is broken, and I'm so very sick to my stomach from GI issues, but also I believe the pain has such a dramatic effect upon it.

It is very powerful that it can cure cancer, and a variety of other things. Faith has always been a human staple, capable of healing the sick, and performing miracles that man has thought were unobtainable. It's amazing what it can do, but once you have lost your faith and hope - obtaining such a thing again is so very hard.

Currently no, I'm not on any form of ADHD medication, and that's something I'm going to need to speak with the doctors about now, more than ever. With the pain medication now, the methadone specifically, it's a very difficult thing - prescribing medication. Although, I need to be focused. It irritates people so when I can't work on any task for more than 2 minutes, and then end up snapping at someone because I feel like they're pestering me and telling me what to do.

I feel like if my mind could be focused, it would probably be better across my body and mind in general. Of course, when you're forcing yourself to do something the pain isn't on your mind as much...it's there, but not on your mind as much so you tend to forget about it.

I feel like I'm more, required to try and not give up, than obligated. It's my duty for having a life. A "requirement" so to speak...lol then again isn't requirement a synanim for obligation? (looks it up in Websters) lo

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 6/22/2009 9:35:04 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I know it must be difficult for you. I can't imagine. I do wonder about the Ibuprofen. That can cause stomach bleeding and shouldn't be taken for very long. Have you spoken to a pharmacist to make sure that all your meds can be taken safely together?

Also, have you seen an allergist? There may be a food your allergic to that may be causing some of your symptoms.

There are gov't/state programs that can help you find a therapist and pay for you. I encourage you to look into that, too.
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Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Carol,

I get all of my prescriptions filled at a main hospital here in town, and because of this all of my doctors see what medications I'm on and who is prescribing what.

I agree with the NSAIDS, they can be bad in the long run - but for now as long as I'm keeping it under 2.4G a day, they're saying there isn't a problem with them.

I haven't been to any form of an allergist, that goes along with the insurance program that I'm on; which is more of a financial assistance type of tool. It allows me to get good healthcare irregardless of my financial situation; which at the moment is non-existant.

I appreciate all of the ideas you're coming up with, and when I'm able to get some money functional on a normal basis, it's definatly something I should look into.

Thankfully the insurance does provide *every* type of medical doctor you can think of, but the wording is "doctor" - meaning western medicine; none of the eastern type of stuff.

I'm going to be starting with a therapist next week; and we'll see how that goes. I'm sure after she hears from me she's going to want to send me to psychiatry but, if I can help it that won't happen.

...I've never had much luck with psychiatry...but with the anxiety/depression/insomnia getting worse, I may not have a choice.

...when the panic attacks come on and you can't breathe or speak b/c you're so worked up...and you can't watch certain shows or listen to certain songs b/c they're to "sad" - you know something has got to give soon...

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 6/22/2009 9:35:21 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Michael,

Welcome to the A & P forum.  I am sorry to read of your many medical and mental health issues.  I know Chronic Illness and Depression/Anxiety  go hand in hand. Depression is a natural part of dealing with a chronic illness. When your body is challenged physically, it often times challenges the affects your brain chemicals which can lead to depression. Not to mention that with a chronic illness a person is dealing with an avalanche of new experiences both physical and emotional and that can affect their emotional health.

I hope you continue to seek the guidance of your physicians and know that we are here in the anxiety forum to help you deal with any problems re your anxiety disorder.

Great responses by Aries. 

Take care and please know the edits in this forum were to take out your long signature until you can shorten it up as noted in other eidt comments.

Again welcome,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
It's good Kitt came along. She knows a lot and can help you! Others will come on here and give their opinions/suggestions. That will help.

I'm glad you're seeing a doctor next week. Psychiatrists don't really "heal" us. They listen and a lot of times we heal ourselves by what we discover about our thoughts and experiences. If you are able to see a psychiatrist, I urge you to give it a shot. Spill your guts, tell your worst fears. Discuss your childhood. Something may come up that you or the doctor will find significant.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
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"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier

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