bin_tenn

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  1. Just "thinking out loud." I feel a little anxious tonight. I found out a little bit ago that a man I used to see quite a bit several years ago has recently passed away. He was 57 years old. Don't know details, not sure if he was ill for an extended time or if it was unexpected. We weren't "close", but he was a good man, and we all respected him. Panicked, or otherwise "bad off"? No. It's just never great to know that someone you've cared about and spent time with has passed. Life does go on though. All is well otherwise. So some minor updates about me, for those who like to follow me. I had labs done Saturday, a comprehensive metabolic panel and lipid panel. Metabolic panel is great; liver and kidney function not at all affected by the low dose statin I'm taking. Great! For the lipids, my HDL is still a little low, and triglycerides high. But the "total cholesterol" and LDL and others check out well, so I'm very pleased with these results! The statin has helped greatly. My doc has suggested taking fish oil supplements. I'm also changing my diet up a little more. Work and home life are well. We're finally planning to buy a home later this year. Currently living with a family member since summer 2017, due to having to leave our last rented home for circumstances beyond anyone's control. We're comfortable and happy here, but we all need our own space - and after patiently waiting, it is finally almost time! As for work, I'm considering pursuing some new opportunities. Work is alright, but I'm not entirely satisfied with the work I've been doing lately. And I don't think that will change any time soon. If nothing else comes along, however, I will not be unhappy where I am now. Passively searching, I guess. I'm not sure when I have another therapy appointment. I do believe I have one scheduled in the relatively near future, but I need to call tomorrow to find out. I haven't been since October or November due to lack of appointment times available when I can make it. I feel I've done very well, but at this point I'm ready to go back and talk about some more things. Get some more insight, learn some more tools. Knowledge is power, right? Any-hoo, I guess that's all about me at the moment. Thanks for reading, if you chose to. I wish you all well, as always. Take care! I'll be around.
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    ALS fear

    Yeah, the leg giving out confirms absolutely nothing.
  3. I've done this with many shows / movies. They'll begin describing symptoms, and anxiety says "hey, we're feeling that, too!" ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    Crap, here I am again.....IBC

    Dry skin will do it. And if that's caused you to scratch occasionally, that certainly explains redness. Sorry you're worried. Have you had this fear before? How did you deal with it?
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    Mild/moderate anxiety + Updates

    Thanks a bunch, @PennyPanic. I've known some of the members here for three or four years or more (those from AZ). I can't just stop coming around and talking to them. Haha. Despite struggling with severe anxiety for so long, I've always believed that a positive attitude and perspective are key. Now that I'm out of the direct line of sight of anxiety, and only occasionally bothered, I feel even stronger about positivity. I know that others doing the same thing helped me a few years ago, on the forums. Just giving back to the community that has helped me all along.
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    Mild/moderate anxiety + Updates

    I'm thankful for working my dream job, at least. Haha. I do what I've wanted to do since I was in my early teens. Just not entirely happy with the work I'm doing lately, so I'm seeing what other opportunities are out there. Time will tell. I don't know that I'd want to have my own business. I don't think I'm cut out for that. ๐Ÿ˜› Sorry meds and therapy never worked for you, that's disappointing. It is indeed sad, but that's life! I'm honestly not sure if we're actually doing CBT. I *think* so? LoL. I don't really pay much attention to what it may be labeled or whatever. I just know it's been a huge help and I don't regret it!
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    Mild/moderate anxiety + Updates

    Only fairly recently did I begin to acknowledge the progress I've made. Before, it was hard to see it. It seemed like every time I turned around I was having a setback or similar. That's not really how I see it anymore. I've looked back at where I was a year or more ago, and the difference is significant. I'm always glad to help. That's why I stick around whether I'm going through some things or not.
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    Mid back pain - Left side

    GERD is most likely the answer. Just because it's never caused back pain for you doesn't mean it never will. I get various symptoms from GERD all the time, myself. It doesn't really follow any sort of pattern.
  9. Yes, it's the power of suggestion, and anxiety is very easily influenced. It's just like when we see "signs" (e.g. we fear X disease, and suddenly we see it everywhere - TV, billboards, etc). If you weren't worried about it, chances are you'd still have the "symptom" but you wouldn't think anything of it (e.g. you wouldn't make this connection that doesn't actually exist).
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    When you are so accustomed to anxiety

    Indeed. I have had heart fears for a long while, at least a few years. It would always bother me when my heart rate was 85+. Then when I'd be relaxing and feeling well, I'd check my pulse and it'd be <70 BPM and I'd think "holy crap, this isn't normal!" ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    worried abut chest first time poster

    Five days is normal for a cold, unfortunately. Last time I had a bad cold, the chest symptoms lasted almost two weeks. It sucks, I know, but it happens. You're welcome! I think you'll be fine.
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    Pee issues again

    These "symptoms" don't sound like symptoms to me at all, they sound entirely routine, IMO. I've never paid attention, but I guess it sounds like me every day. For as long as I can remember.
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    worried abut chest first time poster

    The ER is for genuine emergencies. I know it's difficult to not find yourself there with HA, I've done it a few times. But since your doc knows all about what you're going through and prescribed the inhaler, I feel like the most appropriate step, if you're not feeling better or you're feeling worse, would be to follow up with that same provider. Probably not "urgently", but book a routine appointment and talk about it.
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    Atrophy?

    That's a big part of your problem, IMO: reading horror stories. You are not that person, and that person is not you. Everyone is different, and no disease follows a set of "rules" from person to person. Stop dat. ๐Ÿ˜›
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    Atrophy?

    A good test would be done by a specialist or other medical professional. If you're truly concerned, see a doc. If they give you the all clear, work on accepting that and seek help for anxiety.
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    Joint pains

    Chances are it's not sudden. I used to think my symptoms were sudden, or that my panic attacks were sudden. Only after I saw my therapist a few times did I begin to understand and realize that my symptoms were there all along, to some degree, and that my panic attacks are always precipitated by some (very subtle) warning signs.
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    Joint pains

    IMO, it's likely you have some sort of anxiety disorder. Most of us here do, I think. We aren't experiencing a temporary period of heightened anxiety; we're experiencing chronic anxiety. An anxiety disorder does not just "go away", nor do the symptoms.
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    Joint pains

    I mentioned in one of the previous replies that it can be days, weeks or even months. Depends on the person, depends on the anxiety and how the body ultimately copes with / recovers from it.
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    Joint pains

    Yes, it happens all the time. Ask anyone here. After an extended period of chronic anxiety, the symptoms linger for a long while afterward.
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    Joint pains

    No. But they're part of being human. Unfortunately, a lot of people worry about them, that they mean cancer or similar.
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    Joint pains

    Aches, pains, lumps, bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes, nausea, twitching, numbness, tingling, fatigue All of the above are symptoms, if you will, of being human. Most of them are also possible symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes they are caused by anxiety, sometimes they're not caused by anything beyond aging and many other factors. It may take a few more days for your anxiety symptoms to dissipate, or it may take a few more weeks, or even months. Anxiety is not an "all or nothing" thing. Anxiety wreaks havoc on the body and the mind, and the effects can and do linger long after the apparent episode of anxiety. Just because you are no longer feeling anxious does not mean you won't feel anxiety symptoms. It's a process, and quite a long one in my own experience. Once the initial anxiety wears off, or once you successfully seek and apply treatment for chronic anxiety, it still takes a while. I've been free from the day to day thought patterns and behaviors of anxiety for a few months or more. I still experience some symptoms. If I were to gauge my progress in the short term, I'd say I'm not really recovering. Long term is a whole different story, and I can say things are going extremely well.
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    Atrophy?

    My left hand goes numb randomly. No biggie, it happens.
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    On my way to Dr

    Good for you. I'm happy to hear that. Please accept these results. If the anxiety about these issues comes back, try to remember these results and know that you're fine.
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    On my way to Dr

    I agree, I think you'll be fine. Please do let us know how things turn out.
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    Bad Back Pain Fears

    Don't know what it could be, but I'm sure there are tons of valid and benign explanations. Yes, it happens to me occasionally. Probably a sore/tense muscle, or a light bruise or other injury. Just because "back pain can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer" does not mean it's remotely likely. A cough can be a sign of lung cancer, leg pain can be a symptom of bone, soft tissue cancer or a blood clot, etc. But they almost always are NOT those things.