Posted 12/2/2006 4:57 PM (GMT -6)
I have a history of gastro problems: acid reflux, swelling and intense pressure, nausea. A GI recently told me that he believes my problems are "modified panic attacks", and since then I've actually had quite a bit of luck feeling better. It's like I've been able to recognize the problem and deal with it much better as a result. My issues haven't gone away completely, but these spells have lessened in frequency and intensity.
That's all well and good, but this afternoon I was hungry for GOOD pizza. I had a slice of Dominoes or some crap at work last week and it made me want the real thing. So finally this afternoon I stop by the Slices and Ices to get a slice of NY pizza, and it was absolutely fantastic. Perhaps I ate it a little too fast or something, because now my stomach is really trying to act up. If I hadn't thought about this whole anxiety thing it probably never would've affected me, but it's too late for that now. I'm trying to fight it off by relaxing, which is pretty darned ironic in my mind (fighting hard to relax).
Anyway, basically I'm writing only for selfish reasons because it helps me calm down. I am, however, wondering if anyone else suffers from the same issue: even though you're feeling better, you can't quite put the anxiety problem out of your mind, causing it to crop up when it otherwise would not. Maybe if we could just forget about it completely it would go away unless something really bad came along to trigger it? I'm way too hard-headed for hypnosis, unfortunately.
Or maybe I need medicines to help me get over the hump. My diagnosis is preliminary as I'm actually set for more stomach tests this coming week in order to rule out a gastro problem, so I don't have any "brain medicine" yet. Next week I'm also going back to the clinic's internist, and I imagine he's going to make the anxiety diagnosis or send me to a shrink who will. I have an intense fear of prescription medication so I'm not exactly looking forward to it.
And that leads me to another question:
Of those of you who've had these problems officially diagnosed, what kind of doctor came to that conclusion? Internal Medicine? Psychiatrist? Some other type of doctor?
Thanks, and I hope all of you have a good weekend.