Angelica Schuyler

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  1. Angelica Schuyler

    Sore Throat

    It happens to me with sinus and allergy issues. Sometimes one side of my sinuses drains and that side of my throat feels janky. It’s NOT HIV or cancer.
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    HIV Fear-Please talk sense into me

    Not annoying at all! Yes, pap smears are tests for cervical cancer. Most women should have them every three years. Gynos will manually and visually (as much as they can) check your cervix and other reproductive organs before your pap. HIV, HPV, and tests for other STIs are offered at the same time. Those are urine, blood, or genital swab tests depending on what they’re testing for.
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    HIV Fear-Please talk sense into me

    Do you have a gynecologist that you see? Do you have health insurance to see one? Is there a Planned Parenthood or other low-cost women’s clinic near you? I doubt you have HIV, but you should be getting pap smears every few years and you should have STI testing if you are or have been sexually active with multiple people. STIs are generally treatable (not that you have one), and it protects your partner, too. Testing is totally confidential; just tell your fam you’re going in for a pap. Women’s clinics are also a good place to get information about safe sex and things like condoms, dental dams, and the like. I definitely think you should contact a provider for a checkup and to put these fears to rest.
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    Just need some calming down..breast skin issue

    Hey, @Maddy. I went through a breast skin scare that lasted about four months. I was examined by, like, three or four doctors; had a mammogram and an ultrasound; begged my dermatologist for a biopsy; and still wasn't happy until I had a breast MRI (which, thankfully, was an annual exam that I was scheduled for). Everything came back clean; none of my doctors had been concerned. It's so easy to panic about the deadliest of breast diseases, but they are SO RARE. You've had scans, were given the all-clear from a doctor you trust, and have a medication that is working, if not as quickly as you'd like. When your brain starts running away with you, focus on the facts that you have that things are ok. Write down fears and questions for your doctor when you see her next week. Bring them all up with her. She's there to help and ease your mind.
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    Does Exercise Help Anyone?

    I hope you enjoy it! I also found one called My Anxiety Toolkit that's been beneficial. I also agree with @Iugrad91 that therapy, if you're not already in it, will be helpful in adjusting your thoughts that make the discomfort of exercise scary. There are some good episodes of the two aforementioned podcasts that talk about making peace with pain and discomfort, and knowing that they're usually harmless.
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    Does Exercise Help Anyone?

    For me, it kind of depends. When I'm exercising, I'm also alone with my thoughts, which can be dangerous. But I've been trying to get back into walking distances (I'm also a fatter girl but I have good endurance), and it can be helpful at times. I use that time to listen to an anxiety podcast, like Anxiety Coaches Podcast; I focus on my destination; and I'm usually pretty tired by the time I'm done, which overrides the anxiety.
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    Skin Reactions - Bugs or Something Else?

    I hate to keep bugging everyone but I just found another (maybe two) itchy spots on my right shoulder blade. I want to go to the dermo, but I can’t miss work and I also heard that bug bites can’t be accurately diagnosed without biopsy (and, even then, they can’t tell what bit). Has anyone else had skin reactions like pimples or bites?
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    Ladies.....cancer fear

    Oh, mannnn. I don't usually cramp when I'm not on my period, but I had a similar crampy sensation that went on for a week. Not debilitating, but sharp and uncomfortable. I RAN to my gyno thinking I had some kind of lady cancer. Nah, it was a tiny popped cyst and an even tinier uterine fibroid. Ovulation can cause cramping, too. I wouldn't sweat it; it's not unusual.
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    Skin Reactions - Bugs or Something Else?

    Thank you so much for responding. We don't have any animals so I don't think fleas would be the culprit. We do have the aforementioned spiders, spider beetles, and carpet beetles, the latter of which could cause some skin reactions. You may be on to something with the anxiety. I've been having severe anxiety/hypochondria/OCD for about a year and a half without much reprieve. My skin might be starting to react, and possibly seems worse since I'm hyper-focused on it now. The move was quick and unexpected, so that could have been a trigger.
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    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    I checked the SEER data and only something like 275 people between ages 35 and 44 get this cancer every year. If you're not a tobacco or alcohol user, your chances are pretty much nil. Feel free to see an ENT if it will make you feel better, but a lot of external factors can cause a hoarse voice. Do you have any allergies? Is it dry where you are? My apartment is super dry and my voice was hoarse and janky for awhile this winter.
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    Very anxious and scared

    That's the worst part of anxiety, isn't it? That your brain never takes anything at face value and always jumps to the worst possible outcome. I'm sure your doctor was just keeping you informed and staying one step ahead "just in case" - that's how doctors roll. But the anxious mind can't grasp that and we always end up down that spiral. Waiting is always scary, but we're here to listen and offer as much support and logic as we can. Come back to this thread to update or just to talk. There are always folks around.
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    Son's surgery in 2 days...

    OMG, @Jae, what a wreck you must have been! I'm so glad that your son's results came back clean and you can all rest easily. I agree with @AndrewF that watching a child go through illness and procedures is so much worse than watching an adult, especially when the child is your own. I remember the primal scream my mother unleashed when she found out I had cancer and could die. I've never heard anything like it since.
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    Very anxious and scared

    Hang in there, @jartist. My mom had lung cancer and I had metastatic nodules on my lungs from lymphoma. Tumors have a distinct look and doctors know exactly what that look is. If they thought for one moment that you had cancer, you would have been sent for a CT scan for confirmation. This is to see if your pneumonia has cleared, and that can take a little bit if time. There is nothing to worry about until your doctor says there’s something to worry about.
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    Crawling/tingling in back of head and side of face

    My mom used to get a tingling sensation through her whole head when she was anxious. The first few times it happened, it scared the bejesus out of her - she thought she was having a stroke or an aneurysm, too. But it faded quickly and would come back whenever she was anxious. It wasn't anything sinister, but a sign that she was on edge. Yours sounds really similar!
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    Cherry Angioma or Petechaie

    I'm another pale person, too, who has a ton of those little red pinpricks scattered about, especially on my upper arms. My labs have always been fine and dermatologists never said anything about them. Just one of those weird skin things.