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    Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Attack Symptoms (Panic Attack Symptoms), Symptoms of Anxiety There are over 100 symptoms of anxiety. Because each person has a unique chemical make up, the type, number, intensity, and frequency of anxiety symptoms will vary from person to person. For example, one person may have just one mild anxiety symptom, whereas another may have all anxiety symptoms and to great severity. All combinations are common. What are anxiety symptoms? Common anxiety symptoms include: Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general): Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions) Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin) Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake” Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs Chest pain, chest tightness Choking Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body Cold chills, feeling cold Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue Dizziness, feeling lightheaded Dizzy, feeling dizzy Electric shock feeling, body zaps Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't Feel like you are going to pass out or faint Feeling cold or chilled Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu Flushed face, red face, flushed skin Frequent urination Head Zaps Heart palpitations, racing heart Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy Increased or decreased sex drive Infection - increased infections, persistent infection Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used Muscle twitching Nausea Nausea vomiting Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night No energy, feeling lethargic, tired Numbness Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body Persistent muscle tension, stiffness Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation. Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face Shooting pains in the face Shooting pains in the scalp or head Skipped heart beats Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck Startle easily Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area. Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking TMJ Trembling, shaking, tremors Twitching Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms) Warm spells Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint Weak legs, arms, or muscles Weight loss, weight gain Chest (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area) Chest tremors, trembling in the chest, chest feels like it is vibrating Chest pain or discomfort Concern about the heart Feel like you have to force yourself to breath Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage Emotions (see mood) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with emotions, mood, and feelings) Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear) A heightened fear of what people think of you Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits Constant feeling of being overwhelmed. Fear of being in public Fear of dying Fear of losing control Fear of impending doom Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others Fear of passing out Fear that you are losing your mind Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable Need to seat near exits Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head) Brain fog Burning, itchy, tight scalp Dizziness Dizzy Dizziness or light-headedness Frequent headaches, migraine headaches Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness Head zaps, head tremors Giddiness Numbness Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face Shooting pains in the face Shooting pains in the scalp or head When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth Hearing/Ear(s) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing) Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can't get out Low rumbling sounds Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s) Tickle or itch in your ear that you can't seem to get at Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking) Afraid of everything Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling Brain Fog Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before Depersonalization Derealization Desensitization Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations Disorientation Fear of going crazy Fear of losing control Fear of impending doom Feelings of unreality Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do Having difficulty concentrating Nightmares, bad dreams Obsession about sensations or getting better Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’ Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out "Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again. Trapped in your mind feeling Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings) Always feeling angry and lack of patience Depersonalization Depression Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping) Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings) Emotions feel wrong Everything is scary, frightening Feeling down in the dumps Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy' Feel like crying for no apparent reason Have no feelings about things you used to Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear You feel like you are under pressure all the time Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach) A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching) Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times Choking Constant craving for sugar or sweets Constipation Diarrhea Difficulty swallowing Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech Dry mouth Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat Feeling like your tongue is swollen IBS Lack of appetite or taste Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat Mouth muscles twitching/jumping Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking Nausea Nausea vomiting Nausea or abdominal stress Numbness Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating Teeth grinding The thought of eating makes you nauseous Tight throat, lump in throat Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking TMJ Tongue symptoms - Tingly, “stretched,” numb, frozen, itchy, “crawly,” burning, twitching, “jumpy,” aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn’t). Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom Vomiting Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin) Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity Numbness Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling Skin problems, infections, rashes Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep) Difficulty falling or staying asleep Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night Jolting awake Waking up in a panic attack You feel worse in the mornings Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight) Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision Dry, watery or itchy eyes Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes Eyes sensitive to light Spots in the vision Flashing lights when eyes are closed Your depth perception feels wrong Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch) Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity Feeling cold or chilled Numbness Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling Pain Tingling, pins and needles feelings Other anxiety symptoms are described as: Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more. In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about: • Having a heart attack • Having a serious undetected illness • Dying prematurely • Going insane or losing your mind • Suddenly snapping • Losing it • Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love • Losing control of your thoughts and actions • Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself • Losing control • Fainting in public • Not breathing properly • Losing control of reality • Choking or suffocating • Being alone These are some of the more common anxiety symptoms. This list isn't exhaustive. Reference and further information here http://www.anxietyce...-symptoms.shtml
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    Hi, all! I hope you're all doing well this evening. All has been well for me. Work is great (hopefully a promotion coming soon), home life is great (aside from bored, but family life itself is great), friends and family are great. My mum is still doing well. I am not particularly anxious, nor have I had any real episodes in a long while now. Lately, however, I have had very vague and fragmented thoughts that perhaps my life will come to an end soon. I'm pleased that it is nothing like the feelings I used to get. I used to think I was constantly on the verge of death. This is so much more tolerable. LoL. I'm posting this to expose others to my own thought processes, rather than asking for help. I'm fine. But my point is as follows... The difference is in how I react. In this case, I simply do not. It does not worry me, and I do not feel anxious because of the vague/periodic thoughts. Instead, I allow them to exist, but I do not allow them to take control. Part of my problem in the past was not accepting these irrational thoughts, and instead trying so hard to get rid of them that I would essentially think myself deeper into the hole. Acceptance, I've learned, is a critical life skill. It's not specific to anxiety either; it applies to almost anything. For example, a Facebook friend recently posted a status saying she doesn't understand how atheists cope with the loss of a loved one. She doesn't understand how someone can be okay with it when they have no belief in god or an afterlife. I told her I don't know which suits me better: atheist or agnostic. But regardless, the key is acceptance. My dad passed almost three years ago. It still sucks. I miss him more than anything. But it's reality, and I accept it. I focus on the great memories, and I let it be. That's part of acceptance, and the same applies to anxiety. If you're having intrusive thoughts, do not actively try to ignore them. Allow them to come through. But instead of allowing them to create anxiousness and nervousness, let them float freely through. Eventually they will make their way out of the conscious mind, and all will be well again. Acceptance certainly isn't easy, I know. It took me so long to really get it. I had been told, and I had read and heard, for so long about acceptance. I gave it a try, more than once, and I reverted to allowing anxiety to take control. After several tries, though, I got it down quite well. I can't say I don't have anxious-like thoughts; I do. But I accept them, and they do not create anxiety - they are just thoughts that my anxious mind creates, and nothing more. They are who I am, so I embrace it and move on with my life.
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    Hi pip and welcome to AC. Yes, I would be happy to share with you. The first thing to realise is that with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder, which is often accompanied by Health Anxiety) the person suffering is very vulnerable to suggestion. The slightest twinge, ache or pain is blown up out of all proportion so that it often becomes a living nightmare. Let us look at what happens in a typical case of health anxiety. The nervously ill person wakes in the morning feeling down, then palpitations start. This is a common but harmless symptom of anxiety. He/She rushes off to the doctors or the A&E department to be told it is not a heart attack but anxiety. Now the disbelief sets in. "This must be more than that, I don't believe it, they must be mistaken". Then, because of the build up in tension, a headache starts. A brain tumour is indicated so off we go again to the docs. Nothing, just a headache. This is where the disbelief becomes bad and we consult Dr. Google. All the symptoms are entered and up comes the diagnosis. The headache is probably Urasian swine fever. The palpitations are certainly Mongolian wong wong disease and so on. The Google site, and many others, are a real menace to the sufferer who is fool enough to go to them. They cause endless unnecessary stress and further the onset of real anxiety. You ask if the websites can make peoples symptoms worse and that answer is an emphatic yes. We caution people on this site about going to them, but it seems as if some are drawn like a magnet. And of course they are. They are already bewildered by what is happening to them, and they clutch at straws. The various alternative symptoms given by Dr. Google make matters far worse. To a normal person this all sounds strange. "Why don't they just take what their doctor says as true and get on with their life?" Anxiety does not work that way. They would like nothing better than to 'get on with their life' but the little demon on their shoulder tells them otherwise. It is difficult to describe the feeling of apprehension and fear that accompanies health anxiety and unless you have been there it is impossible to relate. One thing is certain, Dr. Google is no help whatsoever and to say that 'well, they don't have to go there' misses the point entirely. Googling can become an addiction. Constantly seeking reassurance and finding none allows the sufferer to sink further into anxiety. We can only suggest that HA sufferers keep away from such sites, but I often feel we are losing the battle. Too much information is available; in fact there is a good case for saying that the information on illness in general is swamping out common sense. Could the reason the doctors surgery are so full be because people Google and get so frightened they have to seek medical advice? A&E departments are full of folk who have looked up advice on the web and are convinced they have some awful disease. Would Google contribute to the NHS budget to compensate for the problems caused? Anyway, that's it as far as I can see. Others may have different opinions but I would say that if those sites could be banned, and I know they can't, then I would recommend it now. Best wishes. Jon.
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    Hi Fw5 I don't believe the word cure is the right term. Here on AC we talk a lot about recovery. You can't cure anxiety. We all need a little anxiety to keep us from doing stupid stuff and planning ahead. Like right now, I'm on a yacht in gale force winds after cyclone Debbie here in Australia. I'm anxious and for good reason. But this anxiety has made me pull into a safe harbour, tie more ropes on and secure the boat more than I normally would. The anxiety is keeping me alert and watchful. This is all good stuff! I don't like feeling this way and can't wait until the gale is over but for now I have to accept the gale and my anxiety as a natural human reaction. The way I feel now is normal anxiety and we as humans need this in our lives. That's why anxiety can't be cured. You can however recover from an anxiety disorder. A disorder happens when the anxiety is out of proportion to reality and interferes with you living your best life. I have recovered so far. Sometimes I have setbacks, but mostly, my anxiety is in proportion to reality and doesn't interfere with me being happy. You can recover too. Have you ever tried cognitive behaviour therapy? This helps to teach you to challenge your thoughts and sort out fact from fiction. What I mean by that is...you can think you'll get cancer all you like...this is fiction. The cancer isn't actually diagnosed or real. The fact is right now at this moment you don't have cancer and are fine. You need to learn to separate what's actually happening right now in the present, rather than be anxious about non existant cancer or whatever else you think you have. "Think" being the key word. You can think you are a billionaire all you like but it doesn't make it true. The same way you can think you'll get cancer. Until you are sitting across from your doctor and they say the words "you have cancer" it is not a real thing. Even if your body is aching or giving you signs and symptoms, until that moment the doctor says those words, you are making yourself sick with anxiety over a non existant thing. It isn't real until a doctor says it's real. I learned to laugh at my thoughts. I would feel a cramp in my leg and my thoughts would say "omg it's a clot". Being mindful helped me to recognise the thought and just observe it rather than be carried away believing it. Then I'd laugh at my habit of jumping to the worst possible conclusion. "Of course it's a clot" I'd laugh to myself "of course brain, good work". Learn mindfulness. Learn to watch and observe your thoughts without judgement and without being carried away by them. Watch them as you would watch clouds passing in the sky. Don't become involved the narrative they tell. I'd suggest CBT therapy if you can find it. To answer your question, yes people have recovered and got on with their lives. It is totally possible.
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    Hey friends, just wanted to keep you all updated. My mammogram came back normal so that's something to be happy about! I'm very relieved but still have a little bit of doubt in the back of my mind that tells me they missed something. However, I'm going to try not to stress about it. I just booked a vacation and am just trying to take it easy!
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    I've had all sorts of twitches since 2012. Twitches I could see but not feel, ones I could feel but not see, one set off by movement, ones set off by touch etc. I've had them everywhere you could imagine and places I didn't know I had muscles! Twitches are really common, in fact I think they are more common than even doctors know, it's just that most people ignore them.
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    It is self help therapy. If you are feeling better after talking it out on here, imagine how much better you'd feel by seeing a Psychotherapist on a weekly basis. You'd be amazed. Our minds are so powerful, it can make us truly believe that something is wrong, but therapists can help rewire our minds to think rationally and reasonably!!!
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    If you check out the blog on this page you'll see some of my creations but you can also see them on my blog or Facebook. Facebook is Diane Weldy Tavegia and my blog is www.justalittletalk.com Doing absolutely GREAT! Thanks for checking on me and caring! I'm having an awesome time doing things I love! Diane
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    Aww sailor you made me cry, do you really think that of me? That is so nice, and so kind. I never feel strong, quite the opposite. You know you are pretty damn awesome yourself right?? Maybe replace that strong with stubborn, stubborn I most definitely am I have always been a glass half full person, don't like to complain and having a bit of a hard time expressing how I feel because I have a fair bit to complain about really lol "It must be hard to juggle an actual medical problem like crohn's and anxiety. To decipher which is a crohns symptom and what is anxiety. Do you find this?" Yes, yes most definitely it is. It's confusing too. Having it since I was so young I was always asked by my doctors about symptoms and pain and the frequency and consistency of my BM's, so you monitor yourself constantly and that habit is very very very hard to break. I have only had 2 flare ups of Crohns since my anxiety began, and the first one in 2002 when I had my last surgery was what kicked my anxiety up into full gear. The symptoms then could not possibly be mistaken for anxiety (I had a 2 inch hole on my stomach) but ever since? Oh yeah! I got diagnosed with IBS in, I think about 2007. The PTSD complicates matters a lot because any type of stomach pain, alterations in poop BOOM panic takes over. I HAD gotten to the point where I was able to not freak out but write in my diary about it and trust my regular testing, then last year happened and now... the though of getting sick overwhelms me. Having an ileostomy too isn't easy, I can get bad trapped gas, foods can block the stoma and the bugger can sometimes get so sore, can't itch it like an itchy butt lol I gotta be careful what I eat. It's a balancing act. It's funny but I have accepted anxiety, but after 33 years I don't think I have ever accepted Crohns.... it has taken so much from me but if I didn't have it I would never have met Stephen, I used to be ok with that but now I'm angry, the deal was not for just 18 years dammit. The driving lesson went great! My instructor was so pleased that I was able to pick up where I left off. She says I seem to be the type of person that learns quick and it sticks, unlike the usual 17 yr olds she is used to teaching. I feel good today *fingers crossed* Did I tell you about being on TV? I have been emailing with a producer and also had a skype convo with him. It's about websleuths, they are making a documentary about it and I was asked to be involved. My maps are gonna be on the telly (I make interactive case maps for missing people and murder cases) That's pretty exciting right?
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    Maybe it will help if you look at it differently. All in the head is not a good way to describe it and a doctor should know better. Somatization is physical manifestations of stress and anxiety, they are VERY REAL. Just the cause is not organic, in the sense it is not a disease causing them but chemicals our bodies produce under duress (stress, strain worries and anxiety) Adrenaline and cortisol. I have twitched all over my body like you, it starts in one place then moves all over. This is called body wide twitching and the number 1 cause? Stress. Body wide twitching is not a sign of any serious disease. Stay away from google, trust the doctors that studied for years for their medical degree and know the body better than any of us, or google. Do what you can to relax your mind and body, light exercise can make you twitch more but in the long run will help. Potassium and magnesium will help, avoid caffeine and stimulants, the twitching will subside with time and patience. You're gonne be ok!
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    Oh sailor! I've been doing the same things.. I decided yesterday to try and put focus on the positives. I have a driving lesson today, the first one since January and I'm trying to focus on that. I've been up and down the past month or so, pretty down at times, ok very down at times. I was doing ok but then my doctor put me on iron tabets for minor low ferritin. I took them for 3 weeks but they upset my stomach and set of my anxiety, so I stopped. I saw my doctor about 2 weeks after for a follow up and as my stomach had recovered fine, my anxiety over it improved I agreed to try them again, at a lower dose. It happened again, after a few days and it was worse this time. Sigh. I've stopped them again but the anxiety has been even worse. My blood stored are good, I'm not anaemic so.. I'l try and get iron the natural way. I've been convinced my crohns is flaring up, that it will be horrible and that I won't make it alone, I've been an absolute train wreck of worry and fear, with an upset stomach, which before the iron tablets was A-OK. Next Monday, the 22nd is a year since Stephen died. I'm sure that is playing a major part in all this, yet the old anxiety is not convinced. What a bitch! It can be convinced by fantastical fears but not truths! It's not so easily convinced by truths, damn debbie doubter! I felt awful on Sunday so took myself out for a 3 mile walk in the sunshine, and showed it who is boss! (or tried to lol)
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    Good news...I couldn't wait any longer - it has been 4 days - so I called the doctor's office to check on results - and they are normal! Praise God - didn't want to be thinking about this all weekend and who knows how long the letter takes that they mail you from the Radiology Center! Thank you all for your continued support!
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    Kitty, first, you've gotten some misinformation in the replies. Blood work and ultrasounds won't show colon cancer. I'm very glad you're seeing a GI. I have Stage IIIB colon cancer in Jan. 2009 and was unable to pass gas. By time I went to the doctor, I couldn't pass gas at all. I had no bleeding, etc. It might be something like severe constipation, which can allow diarrhea to escape about the 'clog', but just because of my issue with gas, I'll feel better if you have a colonoscopy. INSIST on one. Only one blood test is indicated for colon/ rectal cancer and it's never done except on people who have/ had colon cancer to track progress or effectiveness of treatment. Also, colon cancer SELDOM, very seldom, spreads to ovaries, etc. Stage IV is no longer a death sentence. I was dx'd Stage IVa in Feb. 2012, had 80% of my liver removed, no chemo and was told in April that I'm cured, likely cured, with only a tiny percentage chance that it'll ever come back. 'Not 1%, but close to that', said my oncologist. Get that colonoscopy! It's a piece of cake. For the prep, ask about Miralax in Gatorade. It's easy to do and doesn't cause cramping. If you need more info, pm me. Diane
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    If there was something bad in the imaging, they will ring your phone off the hook and have you back in that office so fast. I think you are just fine!!
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    I HIGHLY HIGHLY doubt it is cancer. There are so many other thing that it can be. For example hydration and what you eat can throw labs off a little bit or if you are fighting a cold. Have faith!! I think you are just fine!!
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    Having anxiety is like living with 2 different people inside of your own head. One being your brain & the other...well...me, the old me. The me that always was. It's like a parasite has grown onto my brain and has taken over and it now controls my thoughts. All logic and self confidence has gone out the window! Me: singing happily...'ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang' Brain: Hey did you see that? Me: See what? Brain: You didn't take a breath for like 30 seconds! Me: Wow! Is that normal? Brain: Probably not. It's probably really bad. Me: Are you sure it was 30 seconds? Brain: *mumbling incoherently* probably not. Might have imagined it. Me: What's that? Brain: yeah a whole 30 seconds! Me: Oh shit! I'll keep a super sharp eye on my breathing from now on. Brain: Yeah be super alert and make sure you're breathing normally! Want me to chuck out some fight or flight chemicals? Me: No I can handle... Brain: Too late! #sorrynotsorry Me: Fml As most of you know, I drive trucks for a living. Big trucks. Really big. Back and forth all day long. This is the worst job for anxiety! Nothing but your own company and nothing to keep your mind occupied. So the above scenario plays out over and over in my head all day long😬 I spend a lot of time discrediting the myths my brain tells me. Trying to talk logic to myself. Me: I think I would have noticed if I didn't breath for a whole 30 seconds. I'd be gasping for air. Brain: Just keep an eye on things! Just in case. Me: I don't think that's necessary. I've been breathing unconsciously the whole of my life. Like when I was a baby, or when I'm asleep, I don't think anything will change now if I take my attention off it. In fact I think it would help! Brain: Righto, whatever. It's your funeral. I talk logic to myself and I know I'm right and my brain is wrong but because my brain is such a jerk, there's always this little shadow of doubt. So I drive around trying to ignore my breathing and the nonsense stories my brain tells me. Me: *takes a deep breath* Don't pay attention to it! Ignore it. Think of something else, anything else. Brain: Hi Me: Hello Brain: That was close. You almost panicked. Me: Yeah but I'm ok Brain: Wants some fight or flight? Too late!!! Me: Aaargh! Stop it would you! On and on all day long, trying to ignore myself. Trying to regain some self confidence and ignore the parasite. It's not just breathing, it's anything! The anxiety parasite searches for and latches onto any little thing. Me: Hmmm my back hurts, I can't wait to get out of this truck. Brain: Back Pain? OMFG IT'S A HEART ATTACK. ALERT ALERT ALERT! Me: Wait, what...why are you freaking out? Brain: *pumps out fight or flight* MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY!!! Me: Jeez I don't feel so good. A little dizzy and panicky. Brain: Wait, what...panic! I'll send more chemicals!!! Me: Wtf?!!! And then I go through the process of calming the monster down. Man it's so tiring!!! Nothing I can't handle though. Hour by hour, day by day, I keep finding ways to calm the monster. Or just flat out ignore it. Sometimes it's hard to ignore yourself when there is nothing to distract you. Being a truck driver is the worst job for anxiety because there is no escaping yourself. You're forced to sit there and listen to this parasite all day. The only plus side (apart from the pay) is it gives me time to take notes, learn new tactics or work on old ones. Brain: Remember that time you had a panic attack in this exact same spot. Me: Yeah, so? Brain: Imagine if it happened again! What if it does? You'll probably get fired. Me: Whatever brain. None of it would have happened if you didn't react to every little thing with fight or flight! Brain: It saved you. Me: No it didn't it made things awful! Brain: But did you die? *said in Asian guy from the Hangovers voice* Me: Ugh! *facepalms brain* Brain: sends more fight or flight...... Just keep driving, just keep driving.
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    Holls gives good advice. The state of anxiety that you are in right now is SOOOOO hightened that your body is going to be responding in ways that it would not normally do, and you are going to be scanning an interpreting every little thing your body does. When I was in the throes of ALS fears, I spend several hellish weeks monitoring every sensation as I was engaged while in my yoga, step aerobics and weightlifting classes. I was positive my balance was off in tree pose; my quads were definitely weaker in warrior pose; I was certain that I was stumbling during my highly choreographed step classes. As I look back on that period, maybe I was really experiencing those things as a somatic response, or maybe I was imagining them. I am not sure, and really, it doesn't matter bc once the anxiety started to calm down, I quit focusing so much on my body and am aware that, in fact, my balance is good, my legs are strong and my coordination is just fine. Just like yours is! This past week in yoga, we were doing some weird pose and my inner thighs were shaking like crazy. The instructor assured me that was not abnormal given the stress I was placing on those muscles. All this to say that just because we experience or perceive something being "off" with our bodies does not mean it is indicative of a dread disease. Create a mantra in your mind to say to yourself when the irrational thoughts are looping in your mind; maybe something assuring that the neuro told you . . . and disable google if necessary. It is poison. If you are unable to sleep, and mindfulness does not help, take a sleep aid. You will get through this. Remind yourself that the state you are in as not fixed. You will move past it. It is temporary. Sending you good thoughts.
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    Just wanted to dovetail on the above. I have a client who called me yesterday saying she was meeting with a neurologist who specializes in MS because she has been having issues with balance, fatigue and headaches. She had an MRI performed last week by a very young neuro who noted "white spots" on the MRI indicative of MS, so she wanted to send her for a lumbar puncture to check cerebral spinal fluid for something, not sure what. This was terrifying, understandably, so my client spent the weekend in a tailspin but was able to get in quickly to get a second opinion from a more seasoned neuro who specializes in MS. This doc said the white spots were age related, and she is not concerned about MS. The MS specialist told my client that her symptoms could be attributed to a multitude of things . . . could be inner ear issues, could be stress, could be this or that . . . but not MS. She ixnayed the lumbar puncture, too. So, this is an example of what Bob was citing above . . . "incidental findings" on an MRI that are not actually indicative of MS. I hope that is comforting for others who need some reassurance. It was for me.
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    The best medicine for anxiety is compassion. The meaning of the word compassion is it means to suffer with. We can talk about it, and others who know and feel exactly the same symptoms more or less, can support each other. The best words are yes, I have that too. It's reassuring, because we all doubt when we get all these strange symptoms whether the doctors have missed something big., whether we are really ill.. support for each other is reassuring, that yes, we all get dizzy, have nausea, sleep poorly, have stomach issues, headache, chest pains. It runs the gamut, in fact just about every discomfort that could be caused by something really bad, is also caused by anxiety. in the first chapter of Hope and Help for Your Nerves, Dr Claire Weeks ago explains why this is the case, It's our nervous system, nerves deep in our subconscience, controlled by us alone, yet seemingly to us, out of our control, which are set off like a well oiled spring, the oiler it is, the more sensitized we are to everything, a loud noise , a poor nights sleep, a strained muscle, even a common cold, or an upset stomach becomes amplified for us from a common annoyance to something catastrophic. It's totally not catstrophic, if it were it would be an acute , I.e, sudden event, whereas what we feel is chronic, it comes back again and again, and each time it does, later on a few hours later, or the next day or even immediately after being sufficiently distracted from it, we forget the event, and move on, only to remember it deep inside the next time it happens, We remember how it felt, but we have forgotten the outcome. We've forgotten it because the outcome was nothing, Nothing happened, I felt bad for a time, really bad, and I remember how that felt, but I've forgotten that however horrible it felt, that nothing at all other than that horrible feeling actually happened. The outcome I feared did not occur. That's how we know it's anxiety. The lack of outcome gives us the answer, definitively. And so we should remember that if we can, I wish I could, but I'll b honest to share what I go through , that I don't always remember this,during the storm, if we could remember the lack of outcome each time our nerves attack, we could accept it, truly, and it would have no impact on us, I think it's possible. In fact I know it is. But that doesn't make it easy or allow us to claim victory. We live with it, and not let it subdue us, we are stronger inside than it and we talk to,each other about it, thankfully that does help. Suffering with each other does help, because there is greater strength in numbers, friends joined by the common thing we suffer with, so,we can build each other up to accept this, not fight it, as fighting it is futile,it fans the flames, we have to accept it, meaning ignore it, knowing what is real and what is not, because others have confirmed our doubts,and assured us, that it is ok, we are ok, so we can accept it without fear and live with it and not be impacted by it.
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    OK, so this is my first time posting here. I was upset to see AZ gone. I had been a member there since 2007, off and on, quite active during some periods of time. I know once in a while there would be drama. I had no idea it revolved mostly around the site owner and head admin. I am curious to know, how many of you here were diehard members of AZ, or members at any point. I'd like to see if there are any familiar people here. Chime in if you were, please. My screen name over there was CEH1354 Now days, I have my anxiety (health anxiety) mostly under control thanks to meds, but I like to come on and help people sometimes if I am able. Nice to be here. Christine
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    Hi Kaitlin, Sorry it's taken so long to reply to this. I hope you see my reply and that you find it helpful! I can identify with a lot of what you are saying. No, you are not crazy. I wouldn't say you are 'just' shy, either, as it sounds as though, like me and many others here, you suffer from social anxiety. But that does NOT make you crazy. Crazy people aren't aware of their own mentality, whereas you can describe and question your thoughts, demonstrating that you are very conscious of your condition. There's no shame in being socially anxious, so don't feel afraid to seek help and please don't feel guilty for your behaviours. I remember a time I drove across town to go swimming, and then at the pool I saw an old acquaintance I hadn't seen in a while but didn't know what to say if she saw me too, so I immediately left and drove all the way home. There was no real danger, but I just didn't know how to deal with it, so I reacted anxiously. To many it would seem ridiculous, but to us anxious people it seems perfectly logical. Us socially anxious times are terrified of what other people think of us. But we have to ask ourselves: "what evidence do I really have that this person is judging me? Have they actually told me I look ugly? Have these cooks actually told me I eat too much?". Often the answer is no, and it's just in our heads. When you find yourself assessing what others are thinking, challenge your thoughts in this way
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    Intermittent weakness in my arm and leg seem to be tied to anxiety for me too. My left hand and left foot get weak occassionally. When I feel this way, I now try to burn off the cortisol and adrenaline off and go work out, walk, bike, etc... Cortisol long term in your body can do all sorts of things.
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    I've noticed that sometimes when I'm really in a pit with this just the act of posting about it on here makes me feel better. Anyone else get this?
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    I still twitch every day sometimes I hardly notice it. Other days I get big thumpers in my legs or arms. My pecs lately have been twitching a lot and no, sadly I haven't been working out my pecs. I think I've convinced myself the twitching likely isn't indicative of anything sinister. I do want to stop twitching because it just reminds me of how awful I felt for those few weeks when my anxiety was at its worst. Every twitch I felt was like someone saying this is a reminder of an awful death you're prearing to have. I've done a lot of research and apparently not getting enough sleep, not getting high quality sleep and being overweight can contribute to twitching. All the best to you. You'll get through this.
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    Anxiety, stress, overuse of muscle, strained muscle, etc can all cause twitching. Trauma, such as something hitting a muscle, can also trigger twitching. Happens all the time. I get awful/persistent eyelid twitches from time to time. I've had muscle twitches in some of the most random places.
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    Part of it may be simply that you are overly sensitive to normal bodily sensations. I believe you that you really feel that way. I'm just saying if it weren't for anxiety and the like, you may not notice the sensations you've described. It's amazing what an anxious mind can really do to our perception of practically everything. I have days when I feel somewhat nauseous. Sometimes I even feel quite nauseous, like I may be coming down with something. I mostly just ignore it, relax, get some rest and I'm fine. And I don't even deal with anxiety very often at all anymore. Even on my best days, when anxiety hasn't been around for weeks, I may still feel nauseous. It happens.
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    Yes. I've had twitches pretty much in every place possible.
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    So this week I've learned something! Accepting anxiety or "letting go" as I've described it before, is bloody hard if you can't accept the situation! To accept or let go, you have to think of what it is causing you anxiety and what will happen if your fears come true. For example, say someone gets anxious when they're out grocery shopping...they fear a panic attack occurring and that they may lose control of themselves and do something embarrassing in front of a heap of people. The apprehension of shopping causes anxiety. The anxiety rises towards panic. But what if the worst did happen? What if they screamed? Cried? Passed out in aisle 3? What if the symptoms becme so uncomfortable they had to leave thier shooping trolley and run from the store? There's a million reasons not to worry about any of that happening and with a bit of thought, the person could keep themselves calm enough to go through with it. They could rely on past evidence that none of it has ever happened before. Or that time they did panic, it wasn't that bad, nobody noticed and nothing embarrasaing happened. So what if you leave your trolley? You haven't paid for the stuff yet. If you did indeed pass out, cry or scream, a little faith in humanity goes a long way, people would stop to help you. So with a bit of thought, the person can eventually come to accept the situation and even if the worst happened, be able to face it. So they are able to let go of the apprehension and face the shop, face the fear and wait to see what happens. This is how I've let go and accepted anxiety before. Basically, it's no longer fighting the anxiety and be willing to accept what is thrown at you, even the worst possible scenario. Be willing to let the worst happen but give it your best shot up until that point. This week I discovered it was very hard to relax and let go because I was driving and the worst possible scenario was not acceptable to me. The niggling fear this week was shortness of breath that could lead to me crashing and dying and maybe killing someone else. I wasn't able to let go and relax because I wasn't willing to face the worst possible outcome. But in realising this is why I couldn't let go like I had at other times, I kind of found some sanity. I allowed myself to fear the worst possible outcome though reminded myself it wasn't a likely one. Instead what I did do was eat the elephant. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.So I took it one drive at a time. One corner at a time. I kept my mind in the now by realising "right now I am fine. Right now, I can breath. Right now I am driving and doing my job as always. There is no danger." Then I'd feel a tiny sensation like I needed to gasp for air. I didn't let my mind go from zero to a hundred. I gave it a second and realised I was still fine, took a gasp as that is what my body wanted to do (I was trying not to consciously control my breathing or interfere with it). I kept driving. I realised with each tiny sensation my brain went straight to panic mode but I wasn't giving it time to watch and see if there was indeed anything to worry about. I taught myself to watch and wait before panicking. And of course these sensations were nothing. Just me paying too much attention to myself. I decided even though the worst possible outcome was something I wasn't able to accept, I could wait until it was actually happening before panicking. If it did happen I gave myself permission to panic then, when it was real, but not before. I calmed down a lot then and of course the symptoms that caused it all in the first place calmed down too. I had many hours where I was back to normal. But every now and again the anxiety would take over my thoughts and try to trick me that this time it was real, this time I was gasping & this time I should pay attention, be apprehensions apprehensious and on gaurd. But it was lying. I cottoned on to it's wiley ways and nipped those thoughts in the bud with somw positive thinking and self confidence. It's been a long week at work. I'm glad I'm on days off now. Ugh😖 talk about struggling! Bloody anxiety! Just some thoughts I had in my head today I thought I should put down in writing.
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    Ok, I'm just going to roll with this so bear with me. It's landing in the GAD forum but is open to all. I'm posting this off the back of @lonesailor14's fantastic post about 'letting go' that she posted (see here) I let go a long time ago, I made good progress but after my husband passed away last year I've of course had many hurdles come my way. At first I was determined, I would smash this agoraphobia and panic malarkey and live life to the fullest for the both of us. (yeah, I know but it was a nice idea) I have done things I never dreamed of, but in some respects I've taken one step forward, ten back... Today our eldest cat passed away. She was the first cat we got, when we moved into our first home together and got married. She was 15. I am of course heartbroken. She was the oldest of 7, I still have 6 furbabies to look after, they need their momma and my Mum needs me too. My doctor told me this week she was extremely proud of me, I was taken a back and not sure why? @JOYCICLE shared a video with me, I watched it then took a bath. Whilst in the bath I got to thinking and became inspired. Maybe my doctor felt proud for a genuine a reason, self worth and self esteem is something I have always struggled with, and it's taken a huge knock the last few months. I struggle to take a compliment! I'm feeling like I want to grab the proverbial bull by the horns. The video I am about to share is on point, no matter what disorder you suffer from, no matter your circumstances this lady is saying all the things I have tried to do the last few years. Acceptance, and management are key and the stress hormone cortisol is one of our worst enemies. Cortisol feeds the cycle of anxiety/symptoms, lets cut it down and give our bodies and minds the help we deserve. Meds or no meds, it does not matter. This can help either way. A good balanced diet, a good sleep schedule, daily exercise and fun! Smile more, laugh more. Happy tasks and exercises, along with mindfulness and anything that promotes relaxation. This is not about acceptance, this is stress/anxiety/symptom management. BUT, whether you have accepted or not, why not try it anyway? If your anxiety and symptoms lessen, it really can help you to accept. OK I have tried not to ramble on, I hope I have made some sense! Watch the video. I am going to start on Monday. Lets give it a try over the next few months and see if we feel better. (I know we will) We will use this thread to monitor progress, You can even write a blog, oh and I highly recommend along with this to keep a worry diary. Who is with me?
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    I used to get a uti twice a month starting when I was about 4 years old and my sister and mom would also get them just as much. They totally suck! I haven't had one for two years now it's a total miracle. I started drinking a gallon of water a day and I no longer eat any kind of dairy. Best decision of my life. Something to think about if you are prone to them! Nothing ever helped with the pain except for drinking literally as much water as I could without getting sick (within reason). Hope you are feeling better by now good luck
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    If a doctor didn't advise you to take the Tetracycline you probably shouldn't take it. Antibiotics aren't to be taken lightly. They have side effects and resistance is becoming a problem. I understand you aren't feeling well, but they're doing a culture for a reason. There are over the counter meds to help with symptoms until you see what the culture grows. I don't mean to sound uncaring here. I just cringe about improper antibiotic usage. I have had C Diff three times so I'm a bit sensitive. Sorry! I do hope you don't hurt yourself and get better soon!!
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    Thank you holls . Really appreciate it . Just talking about it makes things better . I used to consider myself a strong minded person that could get through anything but lately this anxiety/panic thing has been kicking my butt . How are you doing ? Are you hanging in there ? I like to make sure that the people that help me are also doing okay, just so I'm not always taking but giving back . Thank you again . Hugs to you as well
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    How's everyone going? I made a little break through today! I notice the voice in my head is very negative. Anxiety tends to zap my self confidence and I didn't even realise it. To meet me, you wouldn't think I lacked self confidence. I'm not afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger or speak up in a meeting at work in front of 50 people. I live an adventurous life and am outgoing. Yet inside my head...that's another story. The voice in there is what causes my anxiety! Anytime I think a symptom might be taking over, I add more anxiety. Then I focus too much on the symptom and make it worse. The voice in my head says things like "oh no this isn't good" or "I should call in sick" or "I'm losing it and going to do something embarrassing". It over reacts and in reality the situation isn't nearly as bad as it could be. My anxiety is tiny compared to what it used to be. My mind is freaking out like as if I'm having the worst panic attack ever or I'm about to but in reality I'm not even breathing heavy yet. I haven't had a bad panic attack in years and I find I have to remind myself of this all of the time! Anyway, those thoughts saying "I should call in sick" or "I'm going to lose it" are little voices I didn't even realise that are there all day ripping apart my confidence. I don't act on them. Well, sometimes I do take a sick day. But most of the time I know it's best to ignore them and face the day. Today I noticed them. Today I thought "hang on a minute!" I realised how I've been talking to myself. All day hearing things like "you can't do this" or "be careful" has made me anxious, on guard and well kind of a wimp! I know the best thing to do is to get out of my own way, get out of my head, think of something else or get busy so I don't listen to the thoughts or focus too much on the symptoms. As I've mentioned before, that's hard to do in a truck. There's nowhere to go & no way to get busy. So I try to think of other things. I've tried spelling big words in my head. Remember song lyrics. Remembering the few German words I learnt years ago or trying to think of as many Spanish words I know. I try to name songs starting with the letter "B". Anything to keep my mind busy, giving it something else to do rather than look for problems. But today I found a really good exercise. Rather than thinking of songs or words or spelling, I made my mind find all the positives I could. I also made it praise me over and over. I made myself think of all the awesome stuff I know how to do. I made it think of all the times I thought I couldn't do something but did. I made it think of all the different trucks I've been in and the panic attacks I've had in them and how I'm still bloody here making money and doing it because I didn't run away or give up! And I thought about how proud of myself I should be an am because of it. I thought about how just turning up to work is an achievment some days and I did it. I thought about how in the scheme of things, I'm a god damn warrior and I shouldn't be afraid of anything! Much like the line from Cool Runnings..."I'm a bad ass mother who won't take no crap off of nobody!!!" That includes not taking crap from myself and my thoughts. I had to keep my mind busy so I made it do something good. And it works well! I can make anxiety go away in many ways but this has to be my favourite. I know some days it's hard to fake positivity if you're just not feeling it, but today it worked and I recommend it to anyone. Try it. Think of the things you've done and can do and tell yourself that's an awesome thing. Do it over and over and over. I probably sound like Tony Robbins now haha! It's true. Being positive works. I think we with anxiety probably forget to see the good in ourselves. We spend a lot of time mentally beating ourselves up. The whole time we could be mentally talking ourselves up instead. If nothing else it will give your mind something else to do rather than think about anxiety all day. I'd love to hear some more stories of progress, I hope you're all doing well too☺
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    I have pain every month during ovulation and I often spot. Sometimes the spotting goes on until the next period, slowly building. Other times it might last the entire month - TMI but brown sludge. I am FULL of fibroids. Like legit, they don't count them anymore, they just say "several" and tell me how big the largest "few" are. My gf also has fibroids and gets the brown stuff. Point being, if fibroids can do that, I bet cysts can. Endo can too - and that can't be diagnosed by transvaginal (and wasn't that the BEST process ever, btw?) There's also something called dysfunctional uterine bleeding, which is code for "we'on know why this is happening." It happened to my friend - bled so much she was anemic. They did a pap, gave her progesterone, it stopped and that's it. I was like "Uh, yeah, WTF??" but she's still alive and fine years later. It was just a fluke. As for your pain: I started getting sharp stabby ovary type pains back in 1999. I've since had upper gi series, MRIs for the fibroids, pelvic ct with and without contrast, transvaginals, more paps than you can shake a stick at AND an endometrial biopsy (I do NOT advise).Diagnosis? NOTHING. They have never figured out what the crap caused it and now it only happens during ovulation. I'm 37, so I have concluded after 18 years, it must be alright! I personally think it's some type of endo, but again, whatevr it is it's benign. This happens to so many people. Don't worry. And if someone as assf*cked by anxiety as me can say don't worry, don't worry.
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    I might add, I am 34 years old and going through the same stuff as you. You are not alone. I used the same website that MsLLL suggested to find my therapist. I cross referenced the therapists in that directory with my insurance provider's directory so it helped reduce the cost a bit on going to sessions since my insurance covered some. My therapist diagnosed me with Health Anxiety (Illness Anxiety Disorder) but isn't a "Health Anxiety" specialist. However, what we do are things like CBT and other therapy. Right now I am working through this book and during my next session I am going to see him and go through the worksheets with him. https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Your-Head-Sick/dp/1572309938/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1572309938&pd_rd_r=MNQ2S49B8V35CANQ2044&pd_rd_w=CtSW6&pd_rd_wg=e1mqj&psc=1&refRID=MNQ2S49B8V35CANQ2044
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    This is awesome. I am going to watch it again and start making changes immediately. I'm looking forward to seeing improvements in my anxiety levels.
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    Prayers for you and your family that all will be well
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    After he had low counts in March, we had kept him totally secluded and have been very, very careful with our other children. He's almost four, so school isn't in play, and we homeschool so that cuts down on some issues. The rest of us limit our time in public as well. We are so very anxious for the hematology clinic to call next week and hoping they have an appointment that is soon. We have an excellent children's hospital that we are going to so that helps. I spent all day yesterday pretty much hysterical and I was physically sick. I'm hoping whatever is going on, we get solid answers and it can be fixed. I'm so scared for him. He's had so much blood work he barely bats an eye anymore. He refers to the needle as having that spicy thing on his arm. Funny and sad all at once. We appreciate all the love, prayers, and well wishes. As soon as we have an appointment I will let everyone know.
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    Hahaha you're so right Chris! I've been doing this too. I get myself calmed down and then feel fine. Then it's like feeling fine is an unbelievable thing so I check to make sure I really am fine. Then of course my brain latches on to any tiny thing that might not be normal and it starts all over again. 😖 I've learned to laugh at my anxious ways!
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    If it keeps happening I'd check with a dr but black can be from various things, have to remember what you consume affects the color. dark chocolate, pepto bismol, red or green food coloring, certain medications, even blueberries can cause it to appear black or extremely dark. same for dyes in beverages. some people have an ulcer & alcohol irritates it causing some bleeding. if it persists I'd get it checked. I've had black color with mine a few times but turned out to be nothing or came from something I had eaten, after a couple days it worked itself out of my system. Anything you consume for the past 3 days will affect the color.
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    That is why colon cancer kills so many people. It's not found until it's very advanced. I had no symptoms even when I had the met to my liver. Felt awesome. I took Immodium for diarrhea after eating some very greasy fries at a BBQ joint and that caused a blockage. The blockage got worse and I couldn't keep down food so went to a gastro on New Year's Eve as an emergency and had my colonoscopy on Jan. 2nd, surgery Jan. 5th and was home in 42 hours, with Stage IIIB colon cancer. Three years later the doctor said 'Do you want to skip the scan since everythings so good?' I'm met my deductible so said I'd have one more and the met (smaller than a dime) was found. No symptoms. No positive FOBT. My tumor markers never got over 8.5 while many people have markers of 1,000 or higher.
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    Its from the sore throat/drainage
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    Thank you! We have more lab work at the end of this upcoming week. Immpeayonf we will have good news. So very anxious.
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    LMAO , I've not had a baked good of any kind in 8 days ........... that photo sure looks good.
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    I have avoided the gym with my UTI and upper respiratory thing and am thinking about going tomorrow but I'm only on the bladder med for 4 1/2 days so still not 'well'. Also, my nose is still running and head a bit loopy from the congestion. I probably will start back on Monday when I certainly should be closer to all better. I did get a DVD in the mail for Flat Abs Fast. It's sitting here unopened. Does that count? I was awful. I ate Valentine's Candy with coffee for breakfast! LOLOLOLOL
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    You girls put me to shame😖 I feel so slack. I haven't done anything substantial today! I'm glad to hear you ate more than a blueberry today Gilly. A heated pool in a UK summer would still be too cold for me haha. Only 39 here today. Almost had to put a coat on lol😜
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    Yeah!!! Awesome stuff Diane. I look after my Mum, shes paralysed after a stroke in 2009 and I had a carer review, in 2012 I think? The lady brought up the possibility of joining a gym, for my own well being, so I did. I only did swimming there though but the heated outdoor pool was lovely and in summer, felt like a holiday! I lost 30lbs the first year, and my anxiety improved a lot. Sadly I haven't been able to go since losing my husband as I can't drive. I'm learning though and I really hope I can afford to join the gym again when I can drive myself there. I miss the pool and miss how good it made me feel. I have to have a good breakfast but I am NOT a morning person lol I did eventually today have icelandic yoghurt, oats and blueberries. It was nice, but it's no bacon and eggs. I am a carnivore I'll keep at it though
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    A friend of mine and I had decided on Saturday to try to shape up before our grandbabies come in the fall. We were already agreed to hold each other to task so I will do so here as well. It's hard to make a big lifestyle change, as Lone says. So we were going to add and subtract one thing each month. This month ( which is halfway done already, hallelujah) we are adding situps and subtracting baked goods. If I bake brownies or a cake I will eat a piece or MORE every day until it's gone. So that is a small change that I can easily make because baking is a drag anyway. We started out with 15 situps and each day can add another 1 or 2 . So that is our ' change' for February. Baby steps. The point was to change slowly and get used to each step for 30 days so it becomes part of the routine/ habit and won't be hard then to add or subtract another something next month.
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    I was a horrible fruit eater for years even though I love fruit. It's always too bagged up, down in the fridge drawer, not easy to get to , etc. But the last couple of years I am much better at it. I take it out in the morning and lay it out where I see things often and you do go by and eat a bite now and then. So set it out early and over the day you'll get it all eaten.
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