Do you ever feel like your a hypochondriac???

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Red_34
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so I have a lot of things wrong with me and truthfully I am getting soooo sick of going to the docs.  I just got the results back from my blood tests and all my levels are fine, my thyroid is fine, my calcium, vit B12 and vit D is fine.  But yet I am still sooooo tired all the time AND my weight is still climbing (not much but starting to be noticable).  I had to keep going back to the docs for this rash on my face - still having issues with it.  I have to see my doc for my hand pain (from trigger finger) and get steroid injections again, but I've been putting it off because I just went there last week.  My neck is still a mess because of bulging discs and I have a headache almost constantly and I am under the care of a neurologist but the constant headache is new (muscle related no doubt).  My sciatic nerve is starting to get aggravated and sending sharp pains down my leg.  Heck, my hubby went to see my doc when he was having knee pain a few months ago and she asked if I REALLY had all these things wrong with me in which he said Yes!  I'm 38 years old, I'm in pain almost all the time but yet I feel like I have to keep a smile on my face just so I can appear like a normal person.  I sometimes wonder if all these things are really happening or if I've become a hypochondriac.  I'm beginning to doubt my sanity!  But then I take a step back and tell myself No - it is NOT all in my head because I KNEW that something wasn't right with my neck and I pushed and pushed the docs until FINALLY someone was smart enough to find the 2 bulging discs.  So this tiredness and weight gain is not normal for me but yet I am just too tired to push anymore.  Why can't things ever be easy by having a body that when something goes wrong, that I could be a classic text book diagnosis?? 
 
I'm sorry, this is just a rant because I am sitting here in pain and my head is throbbing - yet again.  Oh and did I mention that my Uc is starting to misbehave again? Yep - I saw blood yesterday morning and again this morning.  Not much but it's still a slap  when you don't see blood for a few months and then there it is again!  I guess I am just frustrated  sad
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emory
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Red, sorry you're feeling so rotten! Of course you're not a hypochondriac! But having so many ailments piling on top of one another would be enough to test anyone's sanity.

I always used to think of myself as a hypochondriac, yet I also thought I was really healthy and fit. Then I had surgery at 37. Now, as a brain tumor survivor newly saddled with UC and assorted minor issues, I refer to myself as a hypochondriac with reason. If nothing else, it never fails to crack the doctors up.

Hang in there! And vent all you need to -- what better place than here?
emory
40, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 2 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety
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jujub
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you, Sherry. Remi finally got the UC under control, now I'm dealing with eczema which seems to be appearing all over my body. I also had to go back on Advair today for my cough, because nothing else was helping. It's been 18 months since my last injections, and one of my trigger fingers is starting to "stick" again.

I just watch my immune system in awe, wondering what mischief it will be up to next.

Hoping you're feeling better soon.
Judy
 
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basa0806
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   Posted 10/22/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry things have been yucky lately! I feel like I'm a hypochondriac and I have a whole bunch of problems for being my age. Sometimes I wonder too if these things happen because I'm generally a negative person (not so much now thanks to effexor). I know what you mean by wanting something to go right JUST ONCE because its always one thing and then another...so rant away. I bet you half of the people here feel just like you.
I hope things start to look up :)
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Effexor XR for anxiety
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/22/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((((((big hug)))))))))))))) I know how you feel. I hope you feel better chickee.

marty1976
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   Posted 10/23/2008 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people just have poor heath whilst others be fine all the time. Can't believe the doc asking your hubby if you had all this:O! I wouldn't worry too much about the weight, i used to worry.Now i accept that my weight never remains constant,its either up or down.
I REALLY HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON, YOU HAVE A LOT ON YOUR PLATE RED AND YOU HAVE EVRY RIGHT TO RANT.
BIG HUGS FROM ALL OF US HERE
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Red_34
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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that many are in the same boat as me but I so wish that things would go right for once ya know??? I am usually a very positive person and I try my hardest not to let things get to me but every once in a while it hits me. I am so glad this forum is here. I am so glad that I can have someone to "talk" to that doesn't look at me like I'm crazy! Thank you everyone :)
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Peety
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a very positive person, but seems I have had a load of problems this year! MRSA, bulging disc & sciatic nerve issues, lingering flare, the gluten thing (I guess that was a positive, to know) -- my husband has to hear it all.
I always feel better when I exercise, what they say about it is true. And when I am suntanned. and dress up nice for work.
Then I look healthy and it makes me feel healthier, somehow.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


TraciZ
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
((((((Sherry))))))
It's hard to find anything positive when you're in pain and exhausted. It's like everything in the world is wrong and it can be so overwhelming! I hope that you feel better soon, at least a little. Maybe then, you'll be able to push a little more and figure out what's going on with the fatigue and weight gain.

You're not alone. There are a lot of people who really care about you. And- you're not crazy! You know your body better than anyone. I hope that you can find some things that will help you to feel better.
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
UC w/skip lesions & stomach ulcers
Asacol 12/day, prilosec twice/day, Canasa as needed


Red_34
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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww Traci, thank you so much for those kind words! Today I am feeling better - not such an emotional wreck :) Last night I was having a poor ole pity me party and sometimes just coming on here to vent takes a load off my chest.

Peety, I am the same way. The crappier I feel the more I want to preen. I feel that if I look good that I just feel better. Or at least I look like I do :)
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Spinal Stenosis(?)~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3rd epidural injection 9/4, Neurontin and Skelaxin
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quincy
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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry.....being realistic as to what your situation is...IS being positive.

Too much to deal with is just that....too much.

Do give yourself a break where you do have control....delegate to family things that need to be done where you don't have to feel you're not keeping up with the normal routine of the family.

Some people just have lousy genetic make-up and are prone to stuff...I'm one, you're one....you have a right to get ticked and have a pity party as often as you need....

I wouldn't be able to cope any where near as well as you with all you do and with all you are able to handle.

Hang tough....what you have to deal with is real...no imagining it.

Heather xx
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
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~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
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~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
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Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you are feeling better Sherry~

Beth75
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   Posted 10/23/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry,

sometimes having a pity party is needed. I bawled in my Neph's office yesterday and all the way home and then on an off the rest of the night, I am holding back tears today. I am just super frusterated and ALL SET! Let it all out, cry your eyes out. Then go out and do something nice for yourself you deserve it.

It is very hard pretending everything is ok for everyone else and trying to be 'normal' I don't even know what that is anymore.

Take a nice hot bath, get a glass of wine and a trashy celeb magazine or a good book. That always seems to help me feel a little better.

I keep telling myself it could be worse, I could have all this and have broken arms and/or legs. Then I would not be able to wipe my own bloody arse 25 times a day. (this is my poor attempt at humor).

You know your body and keep on pushing!
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07. Close to remission since 9/08.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/23/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry - I know exactly how you feel! I seriously don't want to see another doctor, but now I'm noticing skin issues - on top of the UC, anxiety, joint issues, dental problems, etc. Someone asked the other day if I was falling apart. I said "YES! Now, where's the duct tape so I can patch myself back together..."

Good news - I asked my chiropractor about my jaw issues - she said TMJ and I need to see you six times in the next two weeks, this is what we are going to do. It's really helping! It's only been two of the six appointments and wow, what a difference. I think she's the only one who doesn't think I'm making things up...

I'm so glad today is better for you emotionally!
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Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
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teacher
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   Posted 10/25/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
It's tough but I'm sure you'll handle it well. You've been very nice to people on here, so that does mean you've got so much to offer.
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tjf43
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   Posted 10/25/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I feel the same way! about the same time I was diagnosed with UC, I got a blocked tear duct which I put off for a while. Finally got surgery and it didn't work because of MRSA infection. Had surgery last Wednesday. BUT, the Sunday before I went to the ER because of numbness in my left arm and leg. Turns out that I also have cervical stenosis - discs 5 & 6 are extruded and hitting the spinal column. So, I'll have to deal with that one next!

Female, age 43
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 2/2007
In remission since 7/2008
6 Asacol Daily
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Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
This is such a frustrating disease and no I don't feel that you are a hypochondriac. Now, I picture you as tiny as can be! YOU gaining weight? I can't imagine, but then this disease is unimaginable. You are an inspiration and I look forward to your posts because I learn so much from you. Keep pushing forward as you always do, because not only do we need you but your family and friends need you as well!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
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Asacol
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Red_34
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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Gigi, lol yeah, I 'm a tiny thing but weight wise, not height wise. I'm 5'6" and within one year I went from 125lbs to 135lbs. 7lbs of that in just the past 2 months. Some may say that is not much but for me, I have NEVER gained weight unless I was pregnant. So this weight gain is just not normal for me - but who knows?? Maybe it's time for my metabolism said enough is enough - slow down already!!! :)

Thank you everyone :) Oh and Dawn, when you find the duct tape trade that in for Gorilla Glue - works much much better!!!
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LondonRed
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   Posted 10/26/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am one now, a big time hyperchondriac and think about my health every second of the day.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some control using Asacol Enema Current Medication: 1000mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day


bookworm21
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   Posted 10/26/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, I'm sorry you're having so many problems. I sometimes feel like a hypochondriac, too. I've been having ear pain on and off for the last couple months and the doctors can't find anything wrong! And I'm still not in remission yet, I'm 15 lbs underweight, I have tons of acne on my face, I always have a runny nose, etc. Why can't our bodies just give us a break?
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 

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