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  2. bin_tenn

    Found a tick on me, terrified of Lyme :(

    I've heard of people my age, and younger, experiencing fatal events of various types. Doesn't mean it's going to happen. But you know what? It is what it is. So what if it happens. I'm living in the now; the past and the future do not matter. I can't live in the moment if I'm dwelling on the past or the future. Things I've learned through therapy. And I assure you, that sort of mindset, practicing it, is extremely helpful. If you're not familiar with the idea, I recommend reading some material on Zen Buddhism.
  3. PennyPanic

    Found a tick on me, terrified of Lyme :(

    You can always ask for antibiotics from your doc to prevent it. I believe that any of the tetracyclines (doxycycline, minocycline etc...) given early would prevent lyme.
  4. AirNomad

    Found a tick on me, terrified of Lyme :(

    Thanks, bin_tenn. ❤️ I feel like I can always count on you for a reply. I'm worried though because I've heard stories of people being devastated by Lyme, and of the antibiotics not fully eradicating it, etc. I'm in panic mode, I have two young children to care for. I can't afford to contract Lyme. 😢
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  6. bin_tenn

    Found a tick on me, terrified of Lyme :(

    I've had numerous tick bites in my thirty one years, and as far as I know I don't have Lyme Disease. So what if I did though, it's far from the worst thing that could happen. 😛
  7. bin_tenn

    So I have UTI

    Ah, sorry, I missed the part about blood in urine. I've been so busy today, guess I didn't read the original post fully. Glad you were able to be seen.
  8. AnneBoleyn

    So I have UTI

    I called the nurse and she told me to come in. She said even though it can take up to 48 hours to work she didn’t like the blood. So I’m on a new antibiotic
  9. I found a tick on me last night. No idea how long it had been there but it wasn't too attached and it basically came off with my fingernail, though there was a drop of blood where it had been. The tick was pretty small so it was hard to tell if it came off easily because it was engorged and letting go or had just gotten there, but I'm freaked out. I live in an area of Virginia where there are high rates of Lyme. I didn't sleep well last night because I'm so scared of getting it. I already have several legitimate health problems and afraid this could do me in. Help 😢
  10. Jae

    So I have UTI

    In my opinion, if you are not improving in the typical time for you, call the dr. You may need a different antibiotic.
  11. bin_tenn

    So I have UTI

    Wait until you finish the antibiotic. It's not going to correct the issue in a day or two, that's why they tell you to always take the full course, and not stop it just because you feel better.
  12. AnneBoleyn

    So I have UTI

    I went to the Dr yesterday and got my antibiotics. I took last night then one again this morning. Now I have blood in my urine. So my question is how long should I wait before I go back? Usually I feel better pretty quickly not worse. I'm wondering if this isn't the right antibiotic
  13. Hey Mollyfin, You're post is very interesting as it's essentially a snapshot of how your mind is trying to rationalize with itself through the veil of anxiety. It sucks when we go into a setback, but it doesn't have to! Setback can be viewed as a step backwards but it's not, it's a perfect practice ground if you allow it to be. It's great that you have split the possibilities into groups and it's great that the most likely is at the top of that list. So often, the most catastrophized scenario tops that list. I would say that your pain is nerve based given the areas that you have described. The other pains are likely the tension of muscles bought on by introspective focus on the area. The UTI is probably coincidental but through an anxious mindset, those interpretation are made to fit with that worst case scenario aren't they, it all appears to add up right? Everything you're feeling is matched up against the conditions you fear the most. It's a horrible anxiety trait. You're getting it looked at so hopefully soon you will have your mind put at ease (temporarily) Exactly right and those people are pretty much correct, except it just doesn't feel right does it, if you were to take their advice, you would somehow drop your guard and let the illness in right? If that's how you feel then rest assured, thats anxiety speak and holds no weight. Absolutely spot on, thats exactly what it is. Hyperfixation, introspection and fearful interpretation. The feedback loop is connected. Yeah and that's completely understandable. Scares like that are bound to produce setbacks in an anxious mindset (and non anxious for that matter) You're so far away from failure that is impossible to see it, even with binoculars. Recovery from anxiety takes time, patience, understanding, acceptance, setback, self kindness... i could go on and on. The fact that you have gotten to the point you are at says a huge amount about you. No beating up on yourself, anxiety loves it. You said it This forum is a safe haven, i have found it immensely helpful in my journey. Things will get better Mollyfin, just keep doing what you're doing, you're making progress.
  14. armeade25

    Blood results have me nervous

    You are all wonderful. ❤️
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  16. Mollyfin, I am sorry you are going through an HA spiral right now...it's a tough place to be. I get it. We all do here. Hugs.
  17. Thanks ❤️ Back pain sucks.
  18. Angelica Schuyler

    Wisdom tooth removal fears

    I've had two of my four wisdom teeth removed - one at 26/27 and one last year at 32. Both were erupting, but one was partially impacted and causing some pain. Because they were erupted, I didn't need to be sedated, just numbed. Both times, I barely felt a thing and was in and out of my surgeon's office in under a half an hour. I was eating normal foods the same day as my first extraction, but the second - the impacted one - was a little more difficult. I had a couple days of pain and ate soft foods for about three days, but all was well after that. It took a little time for my stitches to dissolve and the socket to heal up completely. Honestly, it's not that bad. The only reason I haven't had them all done is time.
  19. Angelica Schuyler

    Blood results have me nervous

    Yay, @armeade25! I'm so glad all is well with your labs and I'm REALLY glad you'll soon be seeing a psych that specializes in HA. My therapist specializes in all sorts of mental health issues surrounding physical health, and it's a breath of fresh air to talk to someone who gets it. I hope you have the same experience. ❤️ Have an awesome weekend!
  20. I think I mostly got sent for MRIs and ultrasounds with mine. I don't regret getting the hyst at all - I think I would've just freaked out about growing a new one, and given how weird my hormones are, probably would have - but depending on the size, just taking the fibroid out is usually an option. I was just 1000% done with it. And now I never have to worry about periods ever again.
  21. Hi Molly. I have a lot of those symptoms . I have sacroiliac joint dysfunction. It also causes sciatica. It’s really bad when I sit and lay down. I also have arthritis in my back. None of this is deadly but it is very uncomfortable. Hope you feel better
  22. I've had some pretty bad low back pain (and sometimes this weird deep tingling feeling) for a couple of weeks. Lately it seems to have decided to mostly hang out in my left hip area, but sometimes it's my entire lower back; sometimes matching pains on either side but nothing in the middle; sometimes with pelvic pain. I've also just started having UTI symptoms (of course my doctor won't be in until Tuesday so I get five days of this if I'm right...yaaaaaay.) Most likely scenario: these things are unrelated; my back hurts because of some relatively minor unimportant thing, and I'm just now getting a UTI too. Also likely: neither of these things are as bad as they seem and just seem bad because I can't stop paying attention to them. Less likely, but still plausible: have had UTI for a while, just now feeling bladder symptoms for whatever reason. Or have done some back damage somehow (not sure how I would, say, damage a disc, since I'm pretty much housebound these days. Mental illness sucks.) Pretty dang unlikely: have spinal tumor that is affecting nerves in bowels (oh yeah I'm also incredibly backed up; this has been an ongoing thing for a while) and bladder and causing back pain. Yet which one do y'all think I think is the thing that's happening? Why it makes perfect sense in my head: Pain is not relieved and sometimes worsened by lying down - getting up and walking around is the only thing that helps (well, that and Aleve) - and is worse at night. (Sitting is the worst thing ever though. I always get back pain when sitting on a hard surface but now it's like "Don't even try it for a second.") Back pain that's worse at night and when lying down (and radiating to both legs, which it was for a time, though now it seems to be doing less of that and mostly limiting itself to hips/rear end/back area), red flags for spinal cancers. Meanwhile, I can walk, life things, etc, like normal, at least for short periods (walking/standing for too long, again, sup back pain? I didn't miss ya.) Also have some upper back pain, which is more likely to be...take a guess. Lots of twitching and tremors in arms and legs, which is a bunch of fun when I'm trying to sleep, or not think about things. I saw my GYN and my GP - GYN saw no recurrence of endometriosis which was my first worry with the pelvic pains (generally you can't see it on an ultrasound but when mine comes back it's always with big ovarian cysts; none of those are present) and everything looks normal. GP said try sleeping on my back, which did seem to help, until it didn't. Did the...I'm sure there's a name for it. You know when you put your leg out and the doctor tries to push it down? That. (Does that every year at my physical, too; never really understood why.) Said he'd send me for x-rays if it hadn't gotten better in a couple of weeks. It hasn't yet but I'm giving it more time because I just don't want to deal with it. As it is, I need to see my derm about getting a mole removed (the main reason I made that appointment in the first place; back pain didn't start until after; I'd just wanted him to give me a mole opinion and something stronger for my allergies, which I didn't end up getting...at least allergy season is almost over), and one thing at a time is about as much as I can take. If I were someone else, I'd be telling myself to only be as worried as my doctors are, which in this case is not much. Point out that there are something like 25,000 primary spinal cancers diagnosed in the US yearly, and 85,000 cases of lymphoma (which also causes tumors in that area). Possible, sure, but not probable, especially since the majority of those cases are in people in their 50s or older. So, let's say 22,000 cases in people younger than that. So .06% chance of my being diagnosed with lymphoma in any given year in the next 20ish years, which is still in the realm of "not probable." I'd say that the fact that I don't often feel discomfort when distracted (unless I'm sitting in a hard chair; then all bets are off) suggests that a lot of this is based around hyperfixation. But because I'm in my own head, which can't be calm or rational for five seconds (I did well for a while, but my mother's cancer scare last year followed by my own led to some serious setbacks), it's Chicken Little in here screaming about the sky falling in. What's more frustrating was that for a while I COULD approach my own crap like this, point out how unlikely it was, wait for it to go away, etc. It's hard to not feel like a failure, even though I know logically that crap happens. (I also got back on a super unhealthy diet out of stress and gained a bunch of weight - two inches around the waist, anyway, not sure how many pounds; I haven't had a working scale in a while! And I'm not doing great at changing that, either, though that's more of a "Literally everything is awful; why the heck do I even care?" feeling there.) That progress isn't a straight line. Etc. But I'm not hearing myself about that, either. It's nice to have other people who understand it, though. Even my other mentally hilarious friends don't have this particular problem, so they don't really know how to relate or what to say/do, and get fed up with these things after a while. Which is beyond understandable and I'm not mad or annoyed by it; just that it's nice to be able to be somewhere where I can say "My brain is doing the thing, I think, but I don't know, but I probably don't know BECAUSE my brain is doing the thing," and people are just like "Dude, same, sucks."
  23. Jennie048

    Blood results have me nervous

    I've done the exact same thing -- worry unnecessarily over slightly off values on blood test results and mine were also quickly relieved by going over them with the doctor. I'm so glad all went well and excited for you to start your therapy. Have a good worry free weekend!
  24. Leah1976

    Blood results have me nervous

    What a relief!!!!! You made my day!!!!!! Please try to enjoy the weekend and start your therapy. It will help you so much!!!!! I started therapy last week and I can't wait for my next session!!!! *****Hugs******
  25. Mark G

    I just realized something...

    I'm sorry to hear of this experience with your Mom Anxiety levels have risen because of the phone conversation so the symptoms have increased to match. Our interaction with anxiety can be very odd at times and it could well be a way of coping, it's like a awful safe feeling. I used to get that a lot, it's very hard to explain but i know what you mean. It sounds to me that your Mom may well have some form of PTSD because with that condition, single words can trigger and bubble up old feelings which feel as real as they did many years ago. Her shouting at you was a way to stop the flow. Not pleasant, i feel for you.
  26. lofwyr

    Blood results have me nervous

    Take a deep breath and enjoy some the weekend!
  27. Holls

    Blood results have me nervous

    Wish I could give you a big hug. I'm so glad you went and got great news.
  28. Mark G

    Wisdom tooth removal fears

    Had my only wisdom tooth removed earlier this year. It took less than 10 seconds to remove. I was amazed
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