HELP!! I'M SCARED AND GOOGLING AGAIN :(

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SSCC1011
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   Posted 3/29/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
hey guys, its been awhile but I felt like i really needed to come post. I did the BIG no no and googled.=( I am on my menstrual cycle and it seems like i'm having really bad symptoms (worse than normal) I just started it yesterday and today I have been feeling sick, had to urinate alot(but i did drink alot of tea), and feeling really sad like i want to start sobbing and my anxiety is making my mind race with everything that could be wrong with me (which is what caused me to google) I took my xanax and am starting to feel a little better but just felt like i needed to come here cause google was driving me crazy and i knew when i went on there i shouldn't have been...but i couldn't help it..well thanks everyone for listening to me..I hope this goes away soon and is just normal menstruation symptoms...i know they say that PMS is supposed to go away when you start bleeding but mine always get worse when i start...idk if that is normal or not but it sure does worry me...I also worry because my period used to last for 6 days but now it only lasts for 3..it comes at the normal time every month, but i have only been having it for 3 days for like the past 6 months i told my dr. and she said it was normal as long as i was getting it the same time every month but idk...i'm just an anxeity filled mess at the moment & i hate it!!! cry

akgrown
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   Posted 3/29/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is I understand how you feel.  I have increased anxiety during my cycle and for some reason mine has reduced to 3 days also.  Hate to complain but it is odd.  I spoke to a therapist about increased anxiety and all the issues I have that seem to increase during my cycle- even when I am ovulating.  She diagnosed me with PMDD.  I did research on it to understand it better and it fit with my symptoms.  I was put on a low dose of prozac and lorazepam for anxiety attacks and it has helped alot.  I am not saying this is what you have, just what I have experienced.  I hated the helpless feelings and not knowing what was going on because I knew it was something, matter of fact it just got worse with age.  I hope this helps you to know you are not the only one. 

loverain
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Whatever you do...DON'T GOOGLe!!! Try to relax...eat something yummy and take your meds as needed. Draw a warm bath and baby yourself. Just DON'T GOOGLE!!!

Joni

stkitt
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Menstruation leads to a number of hormonal changes that can cause physical and emotional effects that may contribute to anxiety. There is no single reason for this anxiety, but multiple factors probably are at work.



Fluctuations in powerful hormones that regulate menstruation, such as estrogen and progesterone, can affect your appetite, digestion, and energy levels, all of which can, in turn, affect your mood.




To manage stress and diminish anxiety during your period:

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* <a target="_blank" href="/anxiety/anxiety-and-exercise.aspx"><FONT color=black>Exercise[/color]</A> on a regular basis.

* Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

* Be sure to get enough sleep; seven to eight hours a night is optimal for most people.

* Minimize your alcohol and caffeine intake.

* Avoid tobacco.

* Spend time relaxing with friends and family.

* Express your thoughts and emotions by writing in a journal.

* Consider meditation and deep breathing exercises.
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For women who continue to experience significant anxiety symptoms, medication is also an option. I do not remember if you are on any medication for your anxiety.

Hope today is a better day for you.

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Yahoo had an article today about misdiagnoses on the internet, people looking up information and getting the WRONG information when seeking medical attention. I didn't read it because I didn't want to get scared, haha! I am not allowed to google either. Today I wanted to look up "head tingles", but I'm sure I would have led myself right to the brain tumor articles. NO MORE GOOGLING (unless it's for cats or easter candy or movies, etc)! :P

SSCC1011
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   Posted 3/31/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL thanks guys! I am feeling much better now...yeah i always have to keep myself off google for medical stuff...i never diagnose myself or anything i just always expect the worst...@chirpchirp: I get head tingles myself...I notice they normally come when I am anxious and i tend to clench my jaws together and that makes my head tingle... but I do know that they can be related to anxeity and I have them too :) thanks everyone for all the support!! <3 you guys!

Babers
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   Posted 4/2/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you have PMDD not PMS. Maybe you can talk to your gyno about it? There's a few things that can help deal with it.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/2/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
PMDD = Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. You certainly could ask your physician about this disorder but try not to google. :)


Hugs,

Kitt

Babers
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   Posted 4/2/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for elaborating stkitt =) I was trying to find the exact name for it but my brain is not functioning at full potential today. tongue

janetlee
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   Posted 4/4/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hay!
Being the type of gal I am, I'd be doing the dance of joy if my period went from 6 days down to three!! LOL! I'm at that age where I expect those things to start changing...approaching 46 real fast! Now do NOT google this, but stress can affect every part of our bodies! I am diabetic and when my stress is high, my blood sugar gets worse! Bummer!! Take care and I really believe you'll be feeling better soon! :)
jl
 


paniccu
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   Posted 4/5/2010 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with you Janetlee! My periods last 7 miserable days! I'm planning on getting an endometrial ablation so they aren't so horrible. I am also getting up there in age and one thing I've learned is that my cycle changes every several years. What used to be the norm suddeny changes. I'm sure it has a lot to do with hormone fluctuations, aging and having children. If you have extreme changes it's always a good idea to notify your doctor. They may want to do a sonogram just to see if you have anything going on. Stress and/or exercise can lessen your period or even cause you to skip a period. I have a friend that runs 5 miles a day and she only gets periods for 2-3 days a month.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/5/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning All,


Janetlee, nice to see you online and how is your blog? :)



Great thread and it is good to see the supportive response by all. I will have to mark this thread for future reference.



Happy Monday to All.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

strachan1978
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   Posted 4/5/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Seeing as I'm a guy I couldn't possibly comment on how long periods last for!!! But I wanted to say something here because of the mention of something we all REALLY shouldn't do around here - Google symptoms!

We all know we shouldn't do it but sometimes we just can't help it. But all it's gonna do is make you feel worse. For me, if I had a symptom of some sort and looked it up on Google, if Google gave me 6 possible reasons for it - 5 harmless and 1 serious, then my brain would immediately obsess about the 1 serious one and convince me thats what I had. I think the same is probably true for many of us on here.

Don't Google symptoms no matter how much you feel the urge too!! The odds of misdiagnosing yourself are high, and rather than reassure you, the chances are it'll just make your anxiety a whole lot worse.

But I know EXACTLY where you're coming from and why you do it. Believe me you are not alone.

chirpchirp
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   Posted 4/5/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, this may make you feel better... my period lasts 9-12 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The first few and the last few are light, and the middle is really heavy. And it sucks! I never get anemic, though, so they say I am fine. They say it's a hormonal thing and sometimes I spot when I ovulate, which makes it difficult to get preggers. Don't know if that is a good or bad thing, haha!

And paniccu, your friend runs 5 miles a DAY? Whew, I get tired just thinking about it! :P
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