Angelica Schuyler

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  1. Angelica Schuyler

    Best SSRI for Health Anxiety

    Lexapro worked well for me and kept me pretty under control for a long time. Prozac wasn't bad, either. Both have since stopped being effective on their own. Right now, I'm on a combination of Lexapro and Luvox, along with Abilify, which isn't an SSRI. It's not working as well as Lexapro had on its own before, IMO, but I think my anxiety is also more severe now. My cocktail gets me to and through work everyday, and I guess that's all I can ask for.
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    Blood results have me nervous

    Fingers crossed that they get back to you today so you can have the all clear ASAP!
  3. Angelica Schuyler

    Never seems to end

    @Sumotherguy, it sucks that you have insurance and still can't get your tooth fixed. Healthcare is such a joke. You probably already asked, but does your dentist accept something like Care Credit? You can use it with or without insurance, and you often get an interest-free period after you apply, typically 12-18 months. Eye doctors and other health care providers take it, too. It's worth a shot if you haven't looked into it. In the meantime, keep hanging in there and do the best you can. I'm sorry nothing seems to go right, but we're here for you.
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    This is hell

    I've BTDT with skin scares, too, @SighNoMore. It's ok to go to your dermo with any concerns but, like Holls said, it's not likely that anything sinister popped up in less than a year. I have some really sketchy looking moles myself. My dermo said they aren't a problem unless they start changing a LOT, like getting way bigger or changing colors. Most weird moles are just that - moles that are weird. Hang in there and let us know how it goes at the derm, if you go. *hugs*
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    Blood results have me nervous

    Don't be embarrassed. You're scared, and that's ok. Tell the people at the doctor's office that you want some clarification on the lab results you were given. They'll explain what they meant and you'll feel better. Continuing with Ashley's line of thinking above, they might be concerned with you getting too much iron if you were taking a supplement, especially since you were anemic before. If your red count is fine now, your doctor probably wants to play it safe and get you off any extra iron you may have been taking. Nothing sinister at all.
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    Feeling so off all of the sudden.. panic attack or worse?

    Definitely nothing to worry about in terms of your physical health, @MonkeyG. I’m 33 and I’ve noticed that my body does NOT handle stress the way it used to. Feeling sick is your body’s way of telling you to step away from the stressful stuff and take better care of yourself. Follow Holls’ recommendations and you’ll start to feel better ASAP.
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    Root canal.. worried about infection

    Ugh, I'm sorry to hear about your root canal, Holls. I believe it's normal to continue to feel pain after a big procedure like a root canal without any underlying infection. Even my most recent wisdom tooth extraction was sore for close to a week, and it was only partially impacted. You probably aggravated the surgery site by trying to chew on/near it, too. I say baby that side of your mouth for awhile and give it a chance to heal up. It'll feel better every day. Hang in there!
  8. Angelica Schuyler

    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    I saw the doctor a few hours ago. He was kind, as always. He thinks it's a sinus issue causing a bunch of drainage that's clogging my throat and making me hoarse. He also told me that, despite having cancer before, the odds of me getting it again is still miniscule. He wants me to stay off Dr. Google (easier said than done, as you all know!). I'm feeling the tightness and pressure through my chest and back again, and feeling queasy, so I'm wondering if he's really right. If this weren't sinister, wouldn't it just go away? But I have to believe him. I can't live like this.
  9. Angelica Schuyler

    Heightened sense of smell???

    I feel like this happens to me on occasion, too. It's more annoying than anything. I can't imagine it would be a sign of anything awful.
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    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    Googled. Again. WebMD symptom search. Three types of cancer came up. Off to the doctor I go today. Not as scared as I usually am, strangely, but still scared. I hope I don't need a whole bunch of scopes and tests.
  11. Angelica Schuyler

    Newborn baby, great diversion, but more worry too!

    LOL, I was wondering if I'd gendered you correctly! I saw "I posted throughout the pregnancy" and made my assumption! I fail at gender neutrality. 🤣
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    Newborn baby, great diversion, but more worry too!

    Congratulations on your new kiddo, @Ruu! You're absolutely right that the first one is the one you worry about the most - it's all so new! My mom had postpartum anxiety with me (her only). She was so afraid she was going to accidentally drop me or hurt me somehow, or that something would happen. It's scary being left to fend for yourself AND a small, helpless person! Rest assured that it sounds like you're doing a great job and are a loving, attentive mother. Your boy is so lucky to have you!
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    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    Checking in again. I guess I'm kind of using this as a blog. I think the lump in my throat might be feeling a little better today, and swallowing felt easier, too. Maybe what I'm doing is working. I'm super hoarse at times, though, and have a cough, which have me worried that something sinister is going on. My back and chest pains still come back from time to time, especially in my chest. That's worrisome, too. But don't you think that something large enough to cause pain would be found on various scans from the past 12 months? Does esophageal cancer grow that fast? I'm looking forward to talking to my psychiatrist tomorrow. I hope she has some suggestions. Thanks again for reading and for your patience. I hope to hear from some of you soon.
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    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    Hi, again. Checking back to thank you all for your replies, and because I’m feeling a little anxious again. Yesterday, I decided to take two of my 20 mg Prilosec instead of one, and also 2 mg Ativan to help me relax. I did feel a bit better. The lump in my throat wasn’t as persistent. I chewed slowly and drank plently and that helped food go down better, though it did seem to slow its progression down my esophagus significantly at points, like it usually does. My voice was still somewhat hoarse, but not as bad as the day prior. Today I’ve not been doing as well. I feel the persistent lump again, and I’m beginning to experience a tingling sensation in my mouth and especially on my tongue. It comes and goes but is very unnerving. I’m not sure if that’s a cancer symptom. I woke up with an extremely dry mouth and it seems that I slept with it open - not sure if that could be causing hoarseness and post-nasal drip. I took two Prilosec again today and finally just took an Ativan to slow my thoughts. I’m also very sleepy, dozing off at random times. Makes me worried that the cancer is starting to eat away at me. I have a call with my psychiatrist on Friday as a check in. She has a background in both psychiatry and family medicine, so I’m going to ask her what she thinks. I may also jump from Prilosec to Nexium and from Allegra to Zyrtec to be sure I’m taking the strongest possible medications. I just want to feel better and stop panicking. Thanks for reading and for all your help.
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    Anxiety and shortness of breath

    One more thing that can cause shortness of breath: HOLDING your breath. I’m notorious for this and don’t know when I’m doing it most of the time. It can cause muscle tension as you tighten up to keep your breath in. Remembering to ACTUALLY BREATHE and to do so slowly and deeply does wonders for my body pain and shortness of breath.