Angelica Schuyler

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  1. The discussion never came up. I was taking the benzo as needed and, even though I was taking it daily for about three weeks while I adjusted to my new SSRI dosage, it wasn't having much of an effect. I think my doctor figured those were reason enough to not bother with weaning me off. I haven't had any adverse reactions to stopping cold turkey. Gabapentin and benzos both work on the GABA neurotransmitter, too, so my body may not notice much of a difference.
  2. Don’t panic. The maximum prescribed dose for Luvox is 300 mg, so you wouldn’t have gone over by much. Your body has also had time to process your morning dose, so it’s not like taking 375 mg in one shot. You’d need much more than that to develop seratonin syndrome. If you want to be on the safe side, maybe give your doctor a ring in the morning to see if you should skip your daytime dose. But I wouldn’t worry about it.
  3. It’s not cancer. Your body is full of lymph nodes. Normal nodes are about the size you described, movable, and can be palpable in the areas you felt yours. It’s perfectly normal to be able to feel lymph nodes, and pea-sized, moveable ones are not sinister.
  4. My psychiatrists are concerned that I'm developing a tolerance (and possibly an early addiction) to my benzodiazepines and are switching me to a thrice-daily dose of gabapentin to accompany the Luvox I'm already taking. Does anyone else take gaba for anxiety? How has it been working for you?
  5. Well, it looks like the wash and antifungal are working ok on my shoulders. I’ve been getting itchy spots on my face and neck that are concerning me. I called my dermo about them and am waiting for a call back. I see her again in about a week and a half, as well. I’m not finding anything bed bug-related, but I’m still paranoid. Thinking about getting what’s called a “passive monitor,” which is an artificial harborage for bed bugs that you put inside your furniture.
  6. For sure something more sinister would've shown up by now. Anxiety symptoms can last until you stop being anxious, and I'm so sorry that this is happening to you. I know what it's like to wake up anxious, immediately focused on what terrifies you. Please know that the twitches can't hurt you, your thoughts can't hurt you. You are safe.
  7. No, I haven't travelled at all in awhile. I did move at the end of December and had some odd bites every month or so during the end of summer and into the fall, including a large patch of about nine or ten that I woke up with the morning of my move. I'd checked my bed and couch before then, so what happened remains a mystery. After I moved, I bought bug interceptors for the legs of my couch and bed, keep the furniture away from the walls, encased the mattress, flipped over the couch to check as much of the inside of the frame as I could, even had a bed bug-sniffing dog come in to inspect the apartment to the tune of $300 (he found nothing). I went to a message board for people who think they have bed bugs to ask an expert about things I found three times. Nothing was found to be bug-related. I know it's not 100% health-anxiety-focused, but I'm so paranoid. I'm checking my skin multiple times a day, even while sitting in my desk at the office. Any little itch or twinge will wake me out of a dead sleep. I thought I felt a welt on my face in the middle of the night and ran out of bed to the bathroom to check. I'm paranoid about any itch, any red mark. The first thing I do when I get home at night is check the bug interceptors and under/on the bed and couch. I can barely focus at work. I just want to know that this can be an infection and that it can go away so I can relax. All of this is happening after over a year of anxiety about diseases spanning from ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, lung cancer, and, most recently, a four-month panic about inflammatory breast cancer that involved a biopsy and didn't end until I had my annual breast screening MRI. I'm in therapy, but I can only go every two weeks. I just started meeting with a new psychiatrist to find better medications for me. But, right now, I'm a mess. Thank you for reading this. I'm sorry to bother you.
  8. A radiology tech sees enough scans to have an idea of what's normal and what isn't but, like @Bobnnat said, they aren't doctors, so they don't usually comment on scans since they don't have the authority. However, as @Bobnnat also said, they definitely know if there's a major problem and would call in a radiologist ASAP to see and do more tests as needed. What you experienced, having a scan completed by a tech and passed on to a radiologist to be read and disseminated to your doctor, is completely normal for folks with unremarkable (read: normal) imaging.
  9. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the radiographer in the room during the scan isn't the one who does the "official" read. Try to relax. If there were any big issues, they'd have been seen during the scan and you wouldn't have been given a thumbs up by your tech.
  10. Thanks for responding. I talked to my derm at my appointment last week and I spoke with her nurse yesterday. When I saw my derm, I told her exactly what my fear was re: bug bites. She seemed confident that they weren't bites. She said the patterns were right for this type of folliculitis, matching the scattered spots to an area of scars on my back that from reactions that rose in the summer and fall (of course, I was in the throes of a different bout of hypochondria, so I figured it was acne and paid it no mind). She also said bites would be much itchier, especially considering how severely I typically respond to bug bites. I know from my bed bug research that reactions can vary and change, but I wanted to trust my doctor and take her at face value. She also said that some people are just good homes for fungus and sometimes these infections happen. The nurse yesterday gave a similar explanation for staph: we all have it on our skin and sometimes it weasels its way inside a scratch. I'm not sure why they decided on an antibiotic ointment as opposed to a pill. Maybe it's to prevent a bigger fungal reaction, since antibiotics can cause fungus to grow? I'm not sure. It could be worth calling back about, as well as asking if I'm contagious. Anyway, I guess I'm just paranoid like a good little hypochondriac. This new fear of bed bugs is really blowing the OCD part of my anxiety out of the water, though, and that's why I'm wondering if anyone else had a similar experience with this type of folliculitis and/or staph. I'd feel more confident about the diagnosis.
  11. I went to the dermatologist last week with a skin reaction on my upper back, shoulders, collarbone, and portion of my upper arms that I feared were bed bug bites. The reactions look less like bug bites and more like red pimples, though many don't have heads. They are few (maybe 10 at a time across the entire affected area), scattered or in lines, not in large clusters, and typically only itch upon eruption. My dermo noted that she saw pustules around the hair follicles in the middle of some of these reactions and thought I probably had a case of pityrosporum folliculitis, a fungal folliculitis. She took a skin culture to run for both bacteria and fungus, and sent me home with an antifungal cream (for the fungus) and a sulfur wash (to kill just about anything). Yesterday, I got a call from the dermo's office that my bacterial culture had come back positive for staph and that I needed to start an antibiotic gel, as well. I'm not worried that these infections can hurt me - I've had skin infections before - but I'm concerned that maybe that's not what I actually have. I've been on the body wash and antifungal for about a week and my skin looks a little clearer, but I'm still getting these little pimple-like reactions and the ones I have aren't clearing up entirely. More alarmingly, I woke up with an itchy welt on my left collarbone that I couldn't identify as either a bug bite or a hive. It seems to have cleared up most of the way, but I'm terrified that I'm getting bitten by something that I can't find and spending a ton of money on treatments that won't work. Has anyone else had a mild staph infection or case of folliculitis that presented kind of like pimples/bug bites/hives? How long did it take to clear up?
  12. I have quite a few, but they’re scattered all over so they’re not super noticable unless you’re looking for them. In fact, I recently found a few new ones on my chest this week.
  13. I do live in a large city and I do live in an apartment building. My prior apartment, where I was initially bitten, was the basement of a single-family home, so was detatched and not as likely have so many people coming in and out who could have bugs. However, I do take public transportation and work in a VERY large building with thousands of people tracking through every day bringing God-knows-what on their clothes. My biggest fear is having to deal with all of these skin scars until a bug shows up (OMG, waiting for MONTHS?!) and then deal with not just treating our unit but nearby units to assure they don’t come back. THEN there’s the concern that our lease won’t be renewed because of a bug problem. We don’t have much money and I don’t know where we’d go. I know it’s not 100% health anxiety but I’m really scared and can’t focus on anything else.
  14. Hi, everyone. After a week of finding more spots on my collarbone and shoulder blades, I finally went to my trusted dermatologist. She suspects a fungal folliculitis, though it will be a few weeks for the cultures to get back. In the meantime, she’s prescribed an antifungal cream and a body wash to get me started. I woke up this morning with more spots and, as is usual for hypochondriacs, I can’t believe her entirely. I think of what I read on the bed bug board: people respond to bug bites differently, responses can change within a single person, people have had bed bug bites misdiagnosed as folliculitis, bites can’t even be diagnosed as bites without a biopsy, and even then they can’t tell what bit you. My doctor seems confident, though, and even an expert on the bed bug board believes my problem is not bed bugs due to lack of evidence. But how do I relax and believe that my problem is not the disaster I’m terrified it is?
  15. Nope, mine stick around. They don’t seem to grow or multiply. They’re just there.