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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/2/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I seriously think the lexapro is doing it's job.  I am starting to feel better here and needing less Xanax.  I haven't even had one Xanax today...KNOCK ON WOOD.  That is abnormal for me, and I am LOVING IT! 
 
I went several places this weekend, including TO THE PARK, FOR A WALK.  A short walk yes, but it was like close to an hour that we were there.  I wasn't nervous.  It was so nice to be by the pond, and just out, and like a "normal" person!  It was great!  I also went to the library to pick out my books.  Normally, Iook them up online, and call, and have the librarian hold them for me.  Not this time, I went in and got them by myself!  Good stuff.
 
I am feeling tired still, not as bad, but yes, tired none the less.  And, I have some major body aches...whcih could still be from the stress, because I was experiencing the body aches before I got on any meds.
 
I am also dealing with something that I am going to call my Dr. about, and I dealt with this before, but I dunno.  My chest feels sore.  And, if I press on it, it feels even more sore.  It is across the whole front of my chest, and on my sides in my ribs.  I use to think it was anxiety, but now I am not sure.  Then, last night, I noticed something that is freaking me out a little...or a lot.  I found what feels like a marble on my lowest rib, and it hurts when I press on it.  Wondering if that is contributing to any of my aches and pains.  And, with my high health anxiety, this is another obstical I may have to overcome.  Anyone ever had something like this before?
 
Well, this ended up being longer than I wanted it to be.  Thanks for all who read it, and thank you to everyone who has been there for me through this.
 
Love and Hugs to you all!!! yeah
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
HI ya sunshine

PROUD of you again

YOU go girl taking the world by storm you are .......

I definitely hear ya about the tiredness I am barely awake anymore last few days but I think it is the mixture of meds and new meds for other things going on with me and the sores as well

I did take mom's ashes to the Rez she grew up on and asked the Elders if I could spread some around a beautiful tree and was given permission so I feel fantastic about that
Slept all the way to airport with Cait to take her for trip to Vancouver and slept all the way home and NO lol I wasnt driving
I have IV in my main line so cant bend to much and would never dream of taking control of a car in that condition

I have followed you since you haev come into this family a ray of sunshine and you never cease to amaze me
I am so bloody happy for all YOU are doing and acheiving
PROVING that you dont just need to sit at home and wallow and let this DD win

AWESOME job baby.............
yeah
Luvs ya

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/3/2007 10:48:17 AM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 7/2/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you're doing well. That's great!

Does it feel like you're congested? It sounds to me like that could be what your problem is. Do you smoke or live in an area with high air pollution? I get the same types of feelings quite a bit...I do notice them more when I'm anxious, but I don't think my chest weirdness is actually due to anxiety.

Anyway, you're making progress and that's awesome.
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/2/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn...your words are AMAZING to me, as always.

Debaser, no, I am not a smoker, I quit almost 3 months ago, actually. I don't feel congested at all...and there isn't much air pollution around where I live. And, what about the lump type thing I am feeling...any ideas on that?

I am going to be meeting with my Dr. again, becasue I am a little nervous about the lump, plus the feelings in my chest are driving me nuts. They are hurting, and sore, and just not feeling wonderful.

Thanks though guys for all the words of wisdom. and all the support...

(((((HUGS)))))
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


stkitt
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   Posted 7/2/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there Tammy,

Hello and wow, you are doing outstanding. I have had faith in you from the begining.  To the park and the library.  You need to give yourself a big atta girl pat on the back.

I hope your physician will have an explanation for the chest soreness.  I just tried to feel my ribs and now I am sitting here laughing or crying cus my ribs are so well pad,............. redface

Kudos to you sweetie.  And remember I am always here for you.

((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))


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debaser
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   Posted 7/2/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know. It could be a pleurisy (sp?) or something like that. Or maybe your lungs are just healing or something? Not sure...but every time I've tried to quit I bronchitis and stuff. And every time my ex-girlfriend tried to quit she ended up with pleurisy (you'd think that wouldn't happen). Could be an allergy of some kind.

It's a question for the doctors, that's for sure. Try not to worry about it until then. Most family docs have an X-ray machine in their office these days, it seems, so you'll get an answer really quickly.
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy,
 
This is wonderful news.  You took huge steps the past few weeks!  Keep it up sweetie:)!
 
Hugs,
Mary

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
THANKS EVERYONE!!! I will try not to worry about my ribs, and just talk to my dr about it. It is making me nervous, but I am trying not to let it mess with my anxiety, since I am doing pretty good with that right now.

Thanks to all!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


happypills
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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tammy,

I love reading your posts.  Despite all the problems in your life, you always appear so positive and have such a great attitude. 

I just want to say how happy I am for you and the progress you've made.  It must be so wonderful to get your life back.  I hope it continues...NO, I know it will continue!

I also know what you must be going through with your health issues. I am a full blown hypochondriac.  However, I've been trying to think more positively and just accept things as they are and whatever happens, well, happens.  At least I had a chance to live a good life.  I keep reminding myself to be thankful everyday for all that I have and I've been working to overcome the fear. 

I will pray for you and be thinking of you.  Please keep us posted!

Luv ya hun! tongue

 


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/3/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Mary
YOU are truly my biggest ray of sunshine been missing you lots lately

Hoping to be back in th saddle soon asap and get stuff done
I am so bloody tired all the time anymore
YOU are definitely an asset to the forum
Luvs ya

LYN
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/3/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sweet Lyn,
 
We miss you so much but understand that you have to take care of you!
 
I can't express how much admiration I have for you!  I know I said it before, but I'll say it again, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL AND WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
 
Luv Ya My Sweetness,
((((((((HUGS))))))))))
Mary
XOXO

nyliz
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   Posted 7/4/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tammy,

Stress does amazing things to us physically. You have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately which probably has weakened your immune system some. In my very non-medical opinion... I'm willing to bet that you're fighting off some type of bug and the soreness in your chest could be attributed to this... in addition, the anxiety elevates your heart rate and ultimately increases your respirations so there is a chance that if you have been breathing in a rapid or deep fashion repeatedly this can impact the muscles surrounding your rib cage (causing soreness) - remember your heart is a muscle as well so perhaps if your heartrate has been elevated for a while this may be causing some chest soreness as well. The other explanation (that I've done to myself a lot) is that because u are so conscious of the chest discomfort you have probably been touching and pressing on your chest frequently to see if it's still sore.... this can cause the soreness to become worst or to remain constant. As for the lump... we have lymph nodes all over the place and it is VERY NORMAL to have a swollen lymph node if we are fighting off something. It definitely doesn't mean that it is due to anything serious. Obviously whenever you feel something different on or within your body it is a good idea to have it checked out but don't catastrophize... it could be as simple as what I've mentioned or it could be a harmless cyst which also appear occasionally and present no imminent threat to your well being... remember if you focus all your energy on fear and worry you will miss the moments you are blessed with....... there are no ordinary moments and life is not about the destination, it is all about the journey. Luv ya girl!!!!!! Try not to worry :)
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jerseycherries
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   Posted 7/4/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm so glad that your getting out and about and that the lexapro is helping better now. woo hoo!!!!!!!!!! and i agree with mom4 here about the chest stuff. dont sweat it. its gonna be fine. just been having it alittle rough and things are getting better. so your body is just trying to catch up. i had a "lump" for about two weeks was convinced it was breast cancer. had it the morning i went into the doc. and by the time the exam rolled around it was gone. just something swollen. never had anything like it since. so our bodies like to fool us sometimes. try not to worry. and just love that your getting out and about. thats so great. so very happy for you.
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/4/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks girls. I am happy to hear from you guys and hopefully you are right that this chest thing is no big deal. Ugh...worrying is so easy to do, huh?

Thanks for the advice Liz and Tina...Much appriciation...Much Love!!!

(((((HUGS))))))
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy

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