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  1. Traveling effecting bowel issues?

    Thanks again you guys!! I actually felt ok this afternoon and we had a good day. It helps for other's to share similar experiences though and I can't thank you all enough! XOXO!!
  2. Traveling effecting bowel issues?

    Thanks to everyone who responded. We did change time zones. We are two hours behind our normal time zone. It still feels like I have to go. Ugh! Maybe it's either my hemorrhoid acting up or my fissure that comes and goes that are causeing the "pressure" down there. Of course bowel issues always stress me out so that's not helping. I wish I would go the other way when I'm gone!! Anyway thanks again!!
  3. First of all, I'm sorry for such a gross topic but some of you may know that my anxiety is mostly affected by my bowels, so here goes... Does anyone's poop schedule get thrown off so to speak when you go away?? We flew to Colorado to meet family for a vacation yesterday and I've had to poop more than usual. I do have IBS, but I went yesterday morning, and last night when we finally got to our hotel, and we just woke up and I'm going to have to go again! This has NOT been diarrhea, but just "regular" consistency, but the frequent urges are making me nervous. I worry about colitis or something. Ugh!! Anyway, at home I always go in the mornings and sometimes a second time later in the morning or afternoon, and of course sometimes have diarrhea, but my "normal" is typically one in the morning. I know reassurance seeking isn't good for treating anxiety but I'm desparate right now. Anyone who can share here is greatly appreciated or even just some words of wisdom! Thanks!!
  4. HA Deep Thoughts

    A lot of people have health anxiety obviously but I don't think it matters whether we are highly intelligent, Christian's, etc. Some things just "are", so to speak. I'm happy to admit I am a Christian, but my health anxiety stems from getting Triple Negative Breast Cancer four and a half years ago at age 36. I also had C Diff three times during treatment. I was devastated because I ate healthy, exercised, etc., so we don't cause certain illnesses to happen despite what the internet tells us. I can't tell you how many young women I met during and after treatment that had it and they were all "healthy"! I'll touch on my faith a little bit and will tell you one misconception about Christians is that they never worry about anything or fear anything. It's not that I'm afraid of death but I am scared of the pain it would cause my loved ones if that were to happen. Plus I am selfish and like everyone here I don't want to die anytime soon! For those that fear getting old I can't tell you how much I hope and pray to make it to "old"!! I know nobody means anything personal by saying that but for those of us who have had deadly illnesses at a young age, it's kind of disrespectful. Although with that said, nobody, no matter old young or old is guaranteed tomorrow! I'm 41 and chemo does age you so on the inside I am older than 41. My Oncologist headed a study and they came to the conclusion that chemo ages you by about 15 years. But that's ok with me because I probably wouldn't be here if I didn't take the treatment! Also remember it's been said that you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
  5. Well we can't diagnose you obviously and I think it's a good idea to have a doc check it out. I have an internal hemorrhoid and a fissure that comes and goes. I can be fine for weeks or months sometimes, and out of the blue I'll have the blood again. My rectal surgeon told me that the tissue in the anus is very delicate and can bleed easily. The weird thing I notice is that sometimes mine will bleed even if my stool isn't very hard. He told me sometimes even food can scratch it on the way out. I do notice that sometimes if I eat nuts or something like blackberries it will bleed. He said even harsh toilet paper or harsh scrubbing in the shower can cause small tears. It's like any other part of our body, meaning we can get little nicks or scrapes down there too. It's an annoyance, and even though I've been checked thoroughly, I still have some anxiety when I see the blood! It was on my TP this morning actually! I have eaten some peanuts the last couple of days and I didn't even eat that many! From what I understand, bright red blood is typically from hemorrhoids or fissures. So, just sharing my experiences, but please do check with your doc. Let us know what they say after you go! Hang in there and don't worry!
  6. Do you ever experience that?

    Please tell your parent's! They'll want to help you! MsLLL gave you great advice and I can't think of anything better to add. I will say if you're ever diagnosed with cancer or anything for that matter, you ARE stronger than you think! I've been there myself, and when being strong and fighting are the only choices you have, you WILL dig deep and find the courage to tackle your illness and the treatments for it! Yes, I have health anxiety, but it mostly stems from C Diff which I had from antibiotics after my mastectomy and more antibiotics while I was taking chemo. Hang in there and please tell your folks about this so they can get you some help. We are also here for you! (((((HUGS)))))
  7. Palps & Loss

    Blu, I just want to say that I'm deeply sorry for your loss! I have three dobermans and they are like our children. They are all "seniors", and I know when that time comes it's going to be extremely hard, so I really sympathize with you. Just four years ago we had to put our rat terrier to sleep at 13 due to congestive heart failure and it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do! I'm sending you a giant hug and praying for you. I don't know much about heart palpatations but I do know stress and anxiety can cause them. Please keep us posted and see a doc if you need to. (((((HUGS)))))
  8. Getting over tummy bug, poop color question.

    Since you said it looked like someone sneezed in the potty, it could be mucus. Mucus cans be caused from inflammation, irritation or infection. Maybe your bowels are just irritated from the bug. Also as a side note, they say you shouldn't take Immodium if you have a bug/infection because you want that stuff out and keeping it in supposedly can prolong the illness and can cause other problems. Just FYI. This doesn't sound anything like cancer. Hope you're feeling better.
  9. You're going to be fine! I was in your shoes a couple weeks ago so I know the panic and my bowels and stuff were in an uproar as well. It took a few days to settle down, even though I checked out fine! Relax and take some deep breaths! I have a good feeling you'll be A OK!!
  10. Nervous today (stomach issues) yearly physical

    So my appointment went fine, and all checked out ok. However my stomach still feels wonky. Do you guys think it's just from stress and will just maybe just take awhile to settle down? It feels really tight still. I ended up taking a Xanax last night and slept great but I just got up and the tightness and hurting is still there. Ugh! Thanks in advance!
  11. Happiness??

    Missy you aren't nuts! Wr all understand the fears that health anxiety brings! Also don't ever feel bed for posting about them! I don't think anything less of folks if they're afraid of something just because I've had cancer. I sympathize and am always happy to help anyone! XOXO!!
  12. Happiness??

    Missy hang in there!! I was just like you for the better part of the first three years after cancer and C Diff. It does and it WILL get better. I think hormones do play a part because my doctor's have told me that. Chemo put me in chemical menopause so I never know if I will get my period back or not. It has a mind of its own and comes and goes! Some days I want to cry all day long and feel sorry for myself because I was diagnosed with BC at a "young" age (36), with no family history and I got C Diff on top of everything else during treatment, which has made my IBS so much worse. Ugh!! But those days are fewer than they used to be. My advice to everyone is to try and not worry about tomorrow and focus on the joys of today. I missed so much in those three years and there's nothing I can do to get them back! I should have been thankful to just be able to get up every morning but like I said I spent the days feeling sorry for myself. Time is precious and we are supposed to enjoy every moment. I've learned to thank God everyday that I wake up. Sure I have plenty of bad days but remember that everyone does! Like Robin Roberts has said "Everybody has something"! Holls, it's funny you mention looking at other people in their cars wondering, because I've done the same thing when I'm having a bad day! But remember everybody has something!
  13. Nervous today (stomach issues) yearly physical

    Aww thanks Missy! XOXO!! I'm not totally out of the woods yet but getting there hopefully!
  14. Nervous today (stomach issues) yearly physical

    Thanks so much you guys! I know some of you have had health anxiety for a long time. I've had it for just over four years (when I had breast cancer and C Diff), and I'm better, BUT if I get sick (especially with an IBS flare), or have an appointment such as today, it rears its head!! Sometimes I'm not even as nervous when I have an Oncology checkup as I am today, for some reason. Anxiety is definitely weird and doesn't make sense at times! Ugh. It just helps for other's to share their experiences such as these. Thanks again so much!! XOXOXO!!
  15. So today I have my yearly physical. It was supposed to be in April but I had a surprise visit from my parents and they stayed for two weeks then I got a bad cold abd was sick a couple weeks, and my doctor had also been out. It's finally scheduled for this afternoon. However, this morning I woke up at 6:00 to let my dogs out to pee. Let them back in then got back in bed and fifteen minutes later had to visit the loo for a BM. Sorry! Then about an hour and a half later had to run back to the loo. My husband had diarrhea a couple of times yesterday but wasn't sick or anything. We have been eating squash and fresh fruits such as strawberries and blackberries from our garden. My first BM was normal the first time today but somewhat soft/mushy the seceond time. I also have had some cramping pains in the pit of my stomach so I thought "stress"! Bowel issues are my worst anxiety trigger! Does anyone else have pains and a sudden urge to go when you are nervous about a doctor's appointment or anything else? Or perhaps it's the food we've consumed over the past couple days? I hope someone can take the time to answer as I am a nervous wreck at the moment. Thanks!!