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  1. There's another anxiety site which is really good. I can't recall its name, but it described how when we are anxious/stressed the chemicals we build up in our system, like but not limited to cortisol don't just dissipate the moment we calm down. Depending on how long you've had elevated levels, meaning how long stressed, it can take many months even years! I'll try to remember that site and pass it along or maybe others know. It's free, but there is a very comprehensive pay site that is superb and you can join it for a week, a month etc at a nominal cost, and it doesn't automatically renew.
  2. Back to your concern of anal cancer. At your age range, there are 0.1 cases per 100,000 people years or literally 1 in 1,000,000. Anal sex is a risk factor as is drug use. If neither deswcribe you, then there's virtually no chance you have that. Likely hemmie.
  3. Several years ago I also felt what I believed to be a palpable node in the collarbone area. I broke into a cold sweat and "knew", since Google told me so, that this meant I was in big trouble. It was either an evening or weekend so I went to the ER. He carefully inspected my neck, underarms, collar bone, groin and spleen and told me he felt no nodes of any concern. Whatever I had felt was either not a node, or maybe it was, but due to its size and texture it meant nothing. I didn't want to analyze it further. I do way too much of that. i left satisfied and never looked back. Suggest you see your GP and get the same peace of mind Zelda. Bob
  4. I'm happy for you Bej. Anything we learn that actually works is a blessing. I've heard of that exercise. As is the case with most things taught in CBT, Mindfulness and Acceptance, they simply do little for me. I have my action plan, which works like 70% of the time: I try to rationalize my fear and occasionally I can defeat them on my own. If that doesn't work, I just make an appointment as soon as can be with my GP. Frequently, he calms me down and many times I walk out of there with my current fear eliminated. I'm fortunate to have such a high quality doctor who understands and tolerates my HA. Certainly my wife no longer tolerates it, so talking it out is never an option at home. Anyway, cheers to you!! Bob
  5. To add on to Jonathan and Molly's comments, I have read from Asian philosophers that "heaven' exists, but it is not "somewhere up there" but rather all around us. Meaning literally in the air, here on earth. Of course we cannot see any evidence of it, but as Molly said, we can't see UV or radio waves, or air for that matter. Who's to say?
  6. We've all heard that generally speaking, people use only about 10% of their brain's abilities. If you accept that as true, then likely there is a sort of bell curve; there are those who use more than, and those who use less than 10%. And what portions/aspects of the brain's abilities make up that 10%? What my brain is or isn't capable of may or may not match what another person's 10% (or less, or greater) brain can do. I therefore agree that some people have certain abilities that others do not. Also, my wife and I clearly remember when our oldest (now 12) was a baby. There he would be in his bedroom, on the changing table. As we were attending to him he was carrying on, in his own mind and babbles, some communication with something. He stared right at it, just above his crib, and did so several times. Asked about this when he was older and able to speak, he had no clue what we were talking about. We always wondered what was happening.
  7. Same here. Started about 25 years ago. I get the ones with minimal or no headache. Mine last 20 minutes. They do not turn into anything sinister. No need to fear.
  8. Hello. It's common for those of us with HA to obsess over a disease when we hear of, or know someone who is diagnosed with it. The thing to remember is that they aren't you. CC is rare before age 50, especially in women. In fact, according to the SEER Cancer Database, less than 1 in 10,000 women per year in your age group are diagnosed. If you have a family history of CC or rectal cancer then typically you'll be told to begin colonoscopies 10 years before the diagnosis age of the (close) family member who had it. Otherwise, the age to start is typically 50. Please don't start analyzing your poo. Frequently you will find different colors, specs, peices which may be red. If you eat anything red, like pasta sauce as just 1 example, it's totally likely you'll see it when it leaves your system. It can make you wonder whether it's blood. I've been there! Also, many things cause stools to appear very dark, such as blueberries or Pepto-Bismal. Finally, CC takes between 10-20 years to form. That's why it's so rare in younger folks. Bob
  9. Ten, this is all anxiety. Everything you mention, add in all the normal testing and doctor visit results. So what if you have a neck issue? It would just mean a disc issue and physical therapy would be recommended. If you could allow yourself to calm done you would feel much better, but still it takes a long time for the cortisol to leave the body.
  10. I’m sure it’s a very common procedure and people get general anesthesia all the time...millions of times a year with a minuscule number of issues (usually in people with other serious medical issues). She’ll be fine
  11. Hi Leah, Unfortunately, we place ourselves in these situations. I did that in February by insisting to see a urologist rather than accept my doctor telling me my pain would eventually go away. I went to the urologist and urine showed micro blood...leading to a very painful cystoscope which was normal. Lots of physical and awful mental stress..all of my causing. Tell him of the cervical MRI results which pretty much if not totally explain your problems. Also the sinus CT that imaged the brain. I would expect he will not order a brain MRI unless he sees something on the neuro exam he will do. I’m positive that will be normal. i bet you’ll leave the appointment with no imaging ordered and no additional concerns noted. Mark my words. Bob
  12. Hi Mimi; I did a little research for you as you made me curious. Good news. Only CLL has a family inherited component AND this is a disease of older people. In fact, the incidence per year of CLL in a 20 year old is less than 1 in 100,000. Low WBC counts can be caused by many things, usually a virus and it sounds like that's what you have. If you took antibiotics it can lower WBC numbers. While you should heed the advice of your PCP, I'm certain they're just doing that to cover their bases. You'll see. Please report back with the good news! Bob
  13. TRIGGER WARNING I'm trying my best, so far so good, to guard against these anxiety feelings. About 18 months ago, one of my childhood friends was dx with Pancreatic cancer. He died very quickly. Of course, we just heard about Alex Trebek. Now, yet another of my friends from back in elementary school, so my age, was also diagnosed with it. I am amazed by looking at his FB posts how upbeat he is (at least on the outside). He's traveling with his wife, smiling broadly in all the pictures he posts. The only anger I saw from him was when Blue Cross recently refused to cover his radiation tx. Apparently his doctor was going to square that away, but boy was he upset as you can imagine. So depressing. When my wife tries to have me use "perspective", meaning "well what about so and so, look what they're going through, it's so much worse"...I always respond, and it's true isn't it, that one thing is for certain. - there's enough sadness, trouble and misery to go around.
  14. Rapist at age 11? You threw that in all of a sudden.
  15. Bejeweled, I know someone personally who refuses to go to doctors. He won't tell me exactly why, but I imagine he doesn't want to be told something is wrong. Unlike yourself, he is older, about 55. He is overweight and really out of shape. He really does need to see a doctor and get on a program to control his weight, exercise, etc. But he's afraid. Unfortunately, he'll be afraid until one day he ends up in an ER with something bad. You though are not in his shoes. You are less than 1/2 his age. You are almost certainly (other than anxiety) perfectly healthy other than the usual could lose some weight, be more active, etc. Don't let him be you in 20 years, OK?
  16. Bejewled; You are deep, deep into the HA rabbit hole. You need to concentrate on treating your anxiety by seeing a mental health expert. Look at all the diseases you've "had" over just the past 1-2 months. You have none of them. As Molly says, like the rest of us you have anxiety. I'd say go get a CBC which would rule out leukemia, but once that happened, you'd be back on to another ailment. Besides, it does no good to rule out by testing/physicians every thing you worry about. My doctor called me a "frequent flyer" a couple of months ago when I was stuck in the muck. Then he got mad at me. Now you it seems are the opposite: avoid doctors. The key (which I also need to master) is to NOT go all the time BUT do go when it's necessary. Then, trust the doctor's diagnosis or lack of same. Bob
  17. My goodness the chances of that occurring from what you describe are millions to one! Add to that, what Molly says is all true. There truly are threats out there and that's why we're all here but I can assure you this is not anything to give a second thought to.
  18. Bobnnat


    Never heard of a CT colonoscopy. How does that differ from the typical one? You were actually fortunate to have a tech comment at all about what she saw. They usually are silent. The scans are always reviewed by a doctor (radiologist). If she saw something scary, she'd have asked for the on staff radiologist to come in to look and certainly there would be more images taken and there would be a RUSH report, verbal then in writing, to your doctor.
  19. Hi US, Agree with Mark; classic anxiety which explains all these symptoms. The mind is incredible. It can cause for example one to pee too much or too little, regardless of how much we've drank. Sounds like anxiety is fuelling IBS possibly. Do you have a stressful life other than HA (which itself alone is enough stress)? With your son's condition, that must be a stressor. Finally, assuming you do not have a genetic condition that forms polyps by the thousands (you'd absolutely have been diagnosed by now), then about 1 in 10,000 people your age are diagnosed each year. As opposed to anxiety/IBS which is at least 1 in 5 people I'd presume. Bob
  20. My left eye and only my left eye twitches on and off. Has been for many months. No worries. Very common especially with HA sufferers
  21. The theory of thin, or. "Pencil thin" stools being related to CC or RC has been disproven. This made its way into text books 100 years ago and just ended up being copied and repeated. While you shouldn't Google, trust me, reputable sites all confirm this.
  22. I can help you here! Many years ago I had the exact problem. Lump/bump on the roof of my mouth. I found out that way less than 1% of all oral cancers are found on the roof of the mouth. In parts of the world (and in the USA with natives of those countries), they engage in a form of smoking where they insert the lit end of the cigarette into their mouths. I also recall some in those countries (Asia) smoke or consume something called Betel Nut which causes roof of mouth cancers. My GP quickly dismissed it and said it actually might be part of the natural portion of that part of the mouth. Regardless, I never gave it a second thought after that.
  23. Yup, that was an old theory that has been discredited so thin stools mean nada.
  24. Fortunately it did after 3-4 months. After reassurances from my doctor and normal neuro exams (at least twice I asked) I let it go and just treated the symptoms, doing so with Tiger Balm, ice and also that product you recommended. I'm not sure if that product did the trick, or just time and less anxiety over it but thanks! After literally 8 months of one fear after another I'm finally in a quiet period. Of course that could change in a second as we all know.
  25. Numbers are your friends. At your age the incidence is 0.48 per 100,000 which is 1 in 200,000. Just like you won't win Powerball, you don't have PC. Keep worrying about it and you'll likely notice pains more with your anxiety spikes.