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ZLSJ
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, don't know if this is proper HealingWell etiquette or not but I'm posting the same one on this Forum as I did on the Anxiety Forum. Any tips on helping me deal with my situation would be "greatly " appreciated!
 
 
Hello,
 
Haven't posted in a while on this board. (regular on the UC Board)
 
I've been having a terrible time the last while with my health anxiety. (no meds) I have Ulcerative Proctitis that has flared up big time about 2 weeks ago and since it has flared I've been having other issues driving me nuts.
 
I've had back discomfort for about 3 months or so and have let my doctors know but they keep dismissing it as nothing. Well if you ever check out back pain on the net, it more often then not leads you to the fact it could all be internal issues, specifically the pancreas/gallbladder/liver.
Saw my GI last night on this and he insists it is nothing to be concerned about because of my age (45) and that I have no other symptoms to be concerned about. (weight loss, nausea, vomitting, jaundice)
 
After annoying the heck out of him he finally agreed to order some bloodwork for me to settle my mind. So...went for the bloodwork today and it will be 7-10 days till I hear anything. I am now driving my wife even crazier (me too)
 
Just when I thought I was settling down, my anxiety is back with a vengeance and nailing me hard.
 
Any thoughts to help me along for the next 7-10 days would be much appreciated!

glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 2/25/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you're so worried about your health. It's hard having this disease and not being able to see our insides to see what's really going on. Why is it taking 7-10 days for bloodwork? Mine always comes back in 24 hours. Maybe you can call your doctor tomorrow and get your results. ? I hope you get great results to settle your anxiety.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
LDN - 2/17/09 1.5 mg.
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


ZLSJ
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 2/25/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your thoughts glamourgirl.

Just got off the phone with docs office and they say early next week, so that's better. It was the lab who said 7-10 days before results.


subdued
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   Posted 2/26/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
ZLSJ said...

I've had back discomfort for about 3 months or so and have let my doctors know but they keep dismissing it as nothing. Well if you ever check out back pain on the net, it more often then not leads you to the fact it could all be internal issues, specifically the pancreas/gallbladder/liver.

Saw my GI last night on this and he insists it is nothing to be concerned aboutbecause of my age (45) and that I have no other symptoms to be concerned about. (weight loss, nausea, vomitting, jaundice)


GIs are trained in intestinal disorders, not pancreas/gallbladder/liver. You should see a doctor who specializes in pancreas/gallbladder/liver problems.

I suffer from anxieties too. I had a similar situation happen. I was so anxious that I kept calling until I got my results. I couldn't wait four days for the doctor to get back from vacation to give them to me herself. I was that anxious.

I now take Lexapro for my anxieties/depression. Although I started feeling the effects of Lexapro after a few days, it supposedly takes two weeks to start feeling the effects.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 2/26/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to disagree w/subdued. GI's treat the digestive system which includes the pancreas, gall bladder, and liver. Some GI's may specialize in one disease/organ function more than the other but if they are a good GI, they will know if you're having problems w/your liver, gall bladder or pancreas based on your lab results and your symptoms.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
LDN - 2/17/09 1.5 mg.
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30984
   Posted 2/26/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
ZLSJ's doc does specialise in pretty much all of the gastro tract, pancreas/gallbladder/liver...and he's one to be doing the testing if so required.

Anxiety added into the mix can definitely confuse matters.

My advice to you ZLSJ is to worry about it the day you get your tests and not waste every waking moment until that day. Meaning, don't set that day up as your saving day....work on in the moment, your thought processes etc.

Talk to the therapist you have, maybe even seeing him more often to help with options of your thought processes.

If you need a med to help with anxiety so that you're not only focussed on that, maybe ask your GP for some Ativan...lowest dosage sublingual so that it works faster.

Maybe look into some relaxation methods to help get your mind focussed on something else to give your mind and body a breather.

You could try accupuncture or do the trigger point therapy more often?

There's no easy fix...trust me on this. For if you are looking for one, you will only be more greatly disappointed.

I find having answers greatly soothing....but worrying during the anticipation of the set news I desire definitely does me in. I prefer definitive, but realise I'll never get it completely.

What you need to do as well as seek the obvious solution to your physical discomfort is to ask yourself what you'll do if you don't get the answers you need.

Set up some plans, make plans for you and your family to live in the now moments, document your thoughts and feelings to that they're more tangible. Ask your wife for suggestions other than "just let it go".

I'm going on and on as usual....but I do know that those of us with anxiety seem to set up a self-destructive process. recognising what we do and accepting that takes time. Allowing the time and giving ourselves permission to enjoy moments while we live in a hell mentally and physically seems a contradiction...like it's somehow wrong. But, it can be done....but it's like a constant thing.

It takes baby steps....hang tough.

quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

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