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greyhound
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   Posted 7/7/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have so many anxiety issues and health anxiety is rearing its ugly head now. Please don't say anything scary, ok. Thanks.
 
Anyway, several months ago I had a series of tests to check for a clotting disorder, so I could get off Coumadin. They went down to the DNA. My husband tells me if anything was wrong with me, the blood work would be off. The slightest pains make me think something is wrong.
 
Today I have the numb two little fingers, etc., which I have had before. Last time I had this I went to the chiropractor. I get odd aches and pains everywhere, which my mom tells me goes hand in hand with getting older.
 
Does anyone else freak over little things and think they are big things? Thanks for listening.
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   Posted 7/7/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Many people "freak out" over aches and pains.  It is the nature of anxiety and panic attacks to cause these fears. Looking through the posts you will find that anxiety can cause all kinds of symptoms.

May I ask why your on Coumadin?

Stay with us and keep posting.

 


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   Posted 7/7/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately I was able to get off Coumadin. I had a blood clot 3 years ago after abdominal surgery. All the clotting tests came back normal, so they took me off of the meds.
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   Posted 7/7/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad to hear that your off the Coumadin so that med is out of the picture. If I would have read closer, you did say that in your original posted.  I am sure I am older then you and my brain is slow lol.

I have learned to live with aches and pains as I used to get all worried only to find out I was fine.  If it is something major then seek medical attention.

Keep posting and reading.  We support you.

 


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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/7/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from anxiety disorder and practically freak out over every little ache and pain. For four weeks now I have dealt with low back pain and what appears to be swelling. Severe bloating and intestinal gas. I have dealt with this before and end up at every kind of doctor panicking only for them to either find nothing or find something minor. I have been suffering from panic disorder since December or January. I am on my 3rd bottle of Xanax. My stomach has been a total knot for the most part of 6 months now. And every time I have bad aches or pains or bad bouts of bloat and intestinal gas, I think I have some deadly disease. I got better for one month out of the past 6 and now all the anxiety has returned. Never sleep well at night. Take naps during the afternoon after work some days out of anxiety, if I'm asleep I cannot think the horrid thoughts I think when awake. I constantly pace the house, got so bad back in the winter I was shaking violently and couldn't even type on the computer. My period did wacky things back in January, bled for two weeks straight, freaked out over that, that started everything, turned out to be uterine fibroids. I have only had a 4 day period this go round over the past two months. And that was the end of June. I have gas with everything I eat practically and that multiplies my anxiety. And I am sure alot of my anxiety is due to hormonal changes as I am 47. I do not see how my husband deals with me. I have had pressure in my pelvic area for a month now, which literally has driven me crazy and put me on edge and made me irritable. I exercise and that is a great stress reliever for the time I am doing the exercise but after that I end up right back to the way I was. I sure would appreciate any suggestions from the anxiety sufferers on here as to what works for them. Thanks.

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 7/17/2007 3:38:40 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/7/2007 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Lots of us could tell you some stories about freaking out over tiny things! My poor hubby has just some how learned to live with it and is very good about my freakouts! At this very moment I am on 3 antibodies and on edge about how they might hurt me when I am taking them to help me, also I have this odd pressure in my head and I am worrying alittle over just why I have that. Between me and my sis we come up with all kinds of health problems we could have for tiny pains and usally it's gas! Really! I have had the numb fingers before and oh I had a fit and my hubby just kept saying I was fine and the whole time I am saying '' No, I am not, something has got to be wrong '' but he was right nothing was wrong, even though it was really scary while I was feeling the numb tingles in my finger. Your not alone.
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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/7/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is not very good about listening to my problems. He ends up raising his voice and says he doesn't want to hear it. So he is no support. I just do not know why gas pains manifest themselves as a stinging sensation. Drives me crazy. I just want this to go away. I made the mistake of reading that gas can be a symptom of colon cancer. I'm alone every night at home as my husband is having to work a second shift at work for several weeks and every day. This unfortunately gives me time to be sitting on the internet looking up all of these symptoms and what diseases cause them and this has not helped my anxiety now or in the past. I have to convince myself that gas is not going to hurt me, it is just annoying and that my chances of having colon cancer because I have had on and off problems with that these past 4 weeks is not a big deal. But I'm having trouble convincing myself. My mom is worried about me.

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greyhound
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   Posted 7/8/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone.

Crying and Fanny Flareup, please feel free to email me. Just click on my username and you will get my address. We can all vent to each other. I totally understand. God bless.
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   Posted 7/8/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Everyone,
 
This is Kitt and I understand your problems completely. Tanny, welcome , and please know you fit right in with our family here. Many of us spend time looking up our symptoms.  There is nothing wrong with that if you can keep what you read from driving your anxiety through the roof.
 
It feels to me for every site I look at I find another that says just the opposite.
 
Your all welcome to vent here as much as you want or email me too.
 
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/17/2007 7:18:13 AM (GMT-6)


at wit's end
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   Posted 7/8/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks greyhound. I probably will be doing that. I've just been an emotional mess since December on and off, more on than off. Not to mention our 13 year old dog we had had from birth got very sick back in early March and died April 5th. I was totally stressed over his condition for a solid month and have been grieving over him also and the fact we had to have him euthanized as he had something not curable without putting him through alot of horrible treatment. So everything I've gone through since December from the female issues and my colitis issues, the health issues with my dog and our loss of him, have all contributed. All I want to do after work is lay down and go to sleep, like I said, as I can't think the horrid things I think when sleeping. I'll probably be emailing you and Kitt also. Thanks to both of you.

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 7/17/2007 3:39:50 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/8/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
HI all of my fellow health anxiety sufferers. I've had it for 7 years now. I used to be so bad about it, I literally went to the ER so much they knew my name. It will get better! I still have it, had a little this morning cause i woke up kind of foggy and instantly thought of something horrible I might be dying from. The sad part is, Im medically trained to know better. So I thought I would share a few things with you that over time helped me. Ok first thing, all of my google buds..STOP IT! Stop googling your symptoms! It will only drive you crazy. You are not a doctor so you can not diagnose, this is true for diagnosing yourself too. Another thing, things like colon cancer, heart disease, tumors, etc are not going to be overlooked by a doctor. Yes we have all heard of doctors missing a dx but those are small percentages, if there was something dangerously wrong with you, they would find it. Anxiety takes on all kinds of roles. Strange new body sensations all of the time. Your mind is so powerful.YES You are feeling pain YES you are feeling numbness, its really there, its just not dangerous. No one dies from panic attacks. Fanny, see your doctor about IBS and talk to your pharmacist about maybe taking a otc for gas relief before you eat, like beano. Greyhound, I get the tingling in my fingers all the time. That sensation is very common with anxiety.
I know how hard this is to live with and how hard it is for our families to deal with, but it will subside. There are meds you can take that can help you, and relaxation techniques. Sometimes you just have to sit there and repeat to yourself over and over again "IM OK" We are all here for you and I hope you continue to post with us. This group has helped me deal with everything more then I can express. Blessings! feel free to email.
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   Posted 7/8/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hunniebee, I am glad someone is on here that has dealt with and is dealing with this very thing that I am dealing with. You mention you are medically trained to know better. The thing that scares me the most is the knotted feeling in my upper stomach. Whenever my anxiety attacks come on I totally have that sensation really bad. And it stays around for a good while. And I wonder if it is muscle tenseness or gas. I too have the tingling fingers. I too ended up in the ER one night hyperventilating, major chest tightness, when my husband came home from work I was a basket case, pacing the floor, broken out in a major sweat, uncontrollable crying, etc. They hooked me to a monitor all night, did several EKGS, gave me a stress test the next morning, and did a scan of my heart front and back, found nothing. Sent me home with a Xanax prescription. I have these tingling sensations throughout my upper abdomen also. Drives me crazy. And at the same time, I have this tightening up feeling or spasms of the lower to mid back area and what feels like swelling to the point where I cannot stand pants touching my back. And when I have difficulty going to the bathroom I get ballistic and I had a rectal exam a couple weeks ago as there was no mass at all. I definitely sometimes feel I am beyond help. sad

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   Posted 7/9/2007 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa~ I promise you are not beyond help. Stomach problems are one of the biggest symptoms of anxiety. Its very common. I wish there was some magical words i could say to you to make it better. Unfortunatley, we just have to find our own ways of dealing with it. Try to have some relief in the fact the Doctors found nothing wrong with you. I know how difficult it is to believe that just anxiety can cause such a vass majority of physical symptoms. Your mind is so powerful. Has the xanax helped you at all? I am on ativan and it is my life preserver. Its the only thing that has helped me be able to rationalize my anxiety. This board has helped me so much, I can come on here and not even post just read others posts about something thats going on with me and it helps me feel sane, like I am not alone, not crazy, and not dying of some mysterious disease thats so bad no one has ever had it before but me. haha. I am medically trained. Im an MA right now and going back to get my RN hopefully. School isnt the easiest thing to accomplish with anxiety. You're not alone. Feel free to email me anytime you want to. Even if its just to freak out to someone because you have a new feeling. I don't mind at all. I know for me finding someone who HONESTLY understood meant everything to me. My family is very supportive but unless you go through this you cant fully understand how it feels. Take care and Blessings
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   Posted 7/9/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, hunniebee, the xanax helps. I changed my name from fanny flareup that I used over on the UC board. Starting thinking how ridiculous that user id sounded even though it fit as I suffer from UC. But I think the one I have changed to fits me better, at wit's end, because I am. But I only have 30 pills and no refills and I was lucky to get them. I cannot tolerate this gas. It drives me crazy.

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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, now it is really hitting me. I received in the mail Saturday my pap smear results. I had a pap smear back in January along with an endometrial biopsy and vaginal ultrasound due to not massive flooding but due to a prolonged 14 day period. It showed abnormal although I was never informed with a phone call or by mail either one due to an oversight of the gynecologists office. This one Saturday also showed abnormal, showing atypical cells, which means not normal cells but they said they didn't show cancer either or HPV. They diagnosed the first abnormal pap to be probably inflammation as the endometrial biopsy showed normal, and feel this is inflammatory in nature also. They want me to have a repeat pap smear in 4 to 6 months and if it shows the same then they want to do further tests, meaning a coposcope which I read about and it sounds horrible. I spoke with the nurse and she told me what procedure they used. I asked if the uterine fibroids had anything to do with the inflammation and she said no as this was in the cervix area. So does anyone have any idea what could cause the inflammation in an area like that? All of this to worry about at once is too much. I'm not ready to die. sad
 


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   Posted 7/16/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya,

Oh Boy do I know how you feel!!!! I am definitely one of the Queens of health anxiety - Let me just tell ya that I've had a few abnormal paps and had to have surgery to remove dysplastic cells (pre-cancerous) from my cervix (put to sleep and the whole nine yards). I was petrified but everything turned out fine!!! As for the colposcopy, I've had 2 or 3 (can't remember) and if you take some advil before you go in it's really not bad at all. The anticipation is worse... the procedure is rather quick and not much worse then having a papsmear. I don't think I've ever met anyone who hasn't had some type of abnormal pap at some point in there lives. Often times there is no specific reason for abnormalities other than we're women and are the only sex stong enough to handle the annual exams... lol and chances are even if there was something that required another procedure or even surgery, the chance of you having something life threatening is non-existent because first of all they would never let you wait 4 to 6 months if it was a catastophic illness and second of all... illness develops over a long period of time and it sounds like you are having check ups and maintaining your health so there is no impending doom awaiting you - rest easy, you're gonna be around for a while :)
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   Posted 7/17/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Mom4, thanks. I hope so. The pap smear in January and this one are the first two that I've ever had show abnormal and I'm 47. So I consider that an accomplishment in itself. I hate the curette they use. That was not pleasant when I had the endometrial biopsy. I took something for it before I went also. And boy did I cramp afterwards. Women have to go through such horrible things. I guess I am lucky mine shows no displasia thanks goodness. This Dr. on this menopause site I look at and post on said that the cells I had called atypical cells are not normal but don't have the shape of cells consistent of displasia and are not likely to change at all. When they did the pap smear back in June I hadn't had a period in two months. I would think if I had some kind of inflammation they would put me on something to get rid of it and test again afterwards. They do if they suspect infection. Not much can be done probably for inflammation.


 

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   Posted 7/17/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning at Wits End,

My daughter has had atypical cells on Pap smears and I went through all of what you are going through with her.

They waited and repeated pap and the results were the same. Now let me try to relieve some of your anxiety. A coloposcopy is not as bad as some would have you think.  It is uncomfortable but when it is over it is done.

Colposcopy,  diagnostic technique, involves using a binocular­like instrument called a colposcope to get a magnified view of the surface of the cervix. The examination can be done during a routine pelvic exam. (Source: Brunner and Suddarth, Ninth Edition)

I have had the cervical biopsy in the clinic and the novacaine was the ouch, after that you feel nothing. My daughter had the colposcopy in clinic and she was so anxious I thought she would not be able to walk into the clinic but we both made it.

Results were negative for any cancer on both of us.  

Some women are prone to atypical cells, they can have clear Paps and then have an atypical again so it is just fine to be concerned and anxious but don't dwell on the worse, stay in the middle of the road.

Take care of you and many hugs coming your way.

 


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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Evening,

 

       In the past ten years off and on I have had panic attacks I have taken ekg's most recent was 11/16/2006 and the most recent blood test was 128/80 and I was told many years ago from a doctor I suffer from panic/anxiety. Four to five years ago I had bad attacks and took a ekg twice within a two week period and blood test that check everything it could check and the doctor said the results were fine. Now the tingly feeling in the head freaks me out but i never have had any pain EVER. Hell the tingly scares me more then anything please give advice


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   Posted 7/18/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
kappaman, the tingling doesn't scare me. That is your nerves, or pins and needles feeling. Whatever is going on with me, I periodically get this feeling in my left side that feels like a catch in my side, and sometimes it is worse, not to mention the issues with my back being sore clear across my lower to mid area of the back. And it feels like spasms in my left side and tightness. Beginning to wonder if I have a kidney infection or kidney stones and I've never had either one. I was checked back in June for a bladder infection and it would have picked up on a kidney infection also so I didn't have that. I actually think, or hope it is gas. And you can feel the tightness in the middle of my back and in my upper abdomen from stress. It feels like something is major wrong when there isn't. I do however, have to deal with the known cervical inflammation, cause unknown. But that doesn't bother me as much as the catch feeling in my left side. I keep thinking something is wrong with my left side of my colon. And I went to my gastro doctor on June 21st and was diagnosed with something minor. Every little different feeling I am having gets to me, makes me worry excessively, and makes things worse, including this. Drives me crazy.
kappaman said...

Good Evening,

 

       In the past ten years off and on I have had panic attacks I have taken ekg's most recent was 11/16/2006 and the most recent blood test was 128/80 and I was told many years ago from a doctor I suffer from panic/anxiety. Four to five years ago I had bad attacks and took a ekg twice within a two week period and blood test that check everything it could check and the doctor said the results were fine. Now the tingly feeling in the head freaks me out but i never have had any pain EVER. Hell the tingly scares me more then anything please give advice



 

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 7/18/2007 3:28:33 PM (GMT-6)

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