BrokenArrow

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  1. I actually woke up feeling pretty good today. I went to bed pretty early last night. Shut off all the lights and blasted a humidifier on the highest setting. Seemed to do the trick for my headache. Woke up with really no head pain at all. Biggest issue right now is a tight lower back, but thats much more tolerable then a agonizing headache. Big thing I need to do now is eat more. Other then a couple slices of toast I haven't really eaten anything in days. Think I'm headed in the right direction though.
  2. Thanks for asking! Unfortunately I think I might have fibromyalga. I was "kinda" diagnosed with it like 2 years ago. I had horrible body aches. Super stiff neck, back, chest, and massive light sensitivity. I went to a psychiatrist and she guessed fibro, but she never took it any further. Well 2 years ago when I did this, I lost my job and almost lost every thing. I had about a 2 month flare up where it hurt like hell to even turn my head, and thats basically where I am at now. The light sensitivity is awful. I can hardly even look at my computer screen. The sad thing is I woke up feeling good. I drank alot of water last night and had a 32 ounce gatoraid today and 3 pieces of garlic toast. I think I pushed myself too far. I went outside and started cleaning up my backyard and the headache that can charging back almost knocked me over. My forehead and my eyes are just terrible. I've called out of work the past two days in a row and I feel like I'm starting to spiral out of control.
  3. I am a avid bowler. I am in multiple leagues and I practice basically every day. I average over 100 games a week. No thats not a typo, 1-0-0 a week. Basically I think my main issue might have been dehydration. The past couple days I have woke up with dry mouth like sand paper and my urine has been almost orange. I don't really drink much of anything other then coffee and I'm sure thats a bad idea. I just drank 2 bottles of water and I already feel better. Still alittle dizzy if I move my head fast or if I go from dark to light, but I think I'm improving.
  4. That’s what I’m debating doing. Eating kinda scares me when I get like this because of my fear of vomiting but I known few crackers shouldn’t hurt. I just sucked it up and went to Walmart and bought some lavender epsom salt. Running a bath right now. Hopefully it should help. It def smells great.
  5. I did. I drank 2 cups of coffee. It helped alittle but it also kinda upset my stomach because I haven’t really eaten anything in the past 48 hours. Seems like a lose lose situation
  6. I haven’t. I wish I could but I don’t have any more at my house and I’m in way too much pain to go out.
  7. Over the past 2 days or so my entire muscle system has been so tight I can hardly move. My tension headache is absolutely agonizing. I have been exercising alittle more lately and I have also tried to cut down on my caffeine intake and I'm sure they are both playing a factor. However this is horrible. My knees, elbows, thighs, lower back, and temples feel like they are all in vise grips. I could really use any help with trying to relax them. I've been doing the hot bath thing, and it kinda works but they tighten back up once I get out.
  8. Today was basically like any other day. I went to work and everything was fine. Then out of no where I got a really bad cramp in my upper back between my shoulder blades. I tried to just stretch and get over it but it wasn't working. It ended up going into my chest and into my shoulders. I tried going outside for a few mins to calm down and figured I would go back in once the muscle tightness went away. Well, while I was outside I pulled out my phone and I have this program on there that tells you your pulse if you hold your finger up to the camera. It was 144. I had a MELT DOWN. I swore I was having a heart attack and went home freaking out. That was roughly 5 hours ago. Now I know that if I had a heart attack 5 hours ago and did nothing about it, it wouldn't be good. I do understand that it was probably just some random cramp that I blew way out of proportion. The hard thing right now is I keep taking my pulse over and over and its constantly over 100. Its been between 110 and 140 since this has happened. I know the smart thing to do is to stop taking it and just let myself calm down. But I can't. I don't think I'm going to actually calm down until I see a number less then 100.
  9. Every time I seem to get myself worried about something I wake up the next day and I am stiff as a board. My entire body is just basically one giant cramp. The worst is the shoulders. I have tried a hot shower, I have tried tea and I have tried light exercise. All of which helped, but none of which seemed to make it fully go away. I'm at the point where I'm almost in tears because my shoulders are so tight. Any help would be much appreciated
  10. Well, hello, everyone. It's been a while since I've been here. I've been doing quite good for quite some time. However, I find myself back on anxiety train. My biggest concern has always been stomach issues and the thought of vomiting. For a while I was horrible thinking that I had appendix issues, and gallbladder issues, every type of cancer in that area and so forth and so on. Well, this morning my wife woke up vomiting pretty constantly. We spent the entire day in the hospital with them running tests and to make a long story short they told her she had a stomach bug and sent her home. After some anti-vomiting medicine and some rest she seems to be doing okay. However, my 2 year old woke up about an hour ago and threw up. He only did it once and it hasn't happened since the first time. He is sleeping soundly again and acts like it never happened. My wife looked like death this morning but seems to be fine now. My 4 year old is showing no symptoms and not acting sick at all and neither is my 1 year old. I also am showing no symptoms. I am terrified that I will wake up in the middle of the night with uncontrollable vomiting. Probably my worst fear in the world is vomiting and I feel like I am destined to catch it from either my wife or my 2 year old. My 2 year old went right back to bed after my wife cleaned him up and they are both sleeping. I can't sleep. I keep having gas and a bile taste in my mouth and I am fearing the worst. I understand that a stomach bug isn't the end of the world but it is just a fear I have never been able to shake. I pace the floors and I find myself shaking and sweating just at the thought of vomiting. I have been washing my hands frequently and trying my best to avoid getting sick, but I just worry so much that it is inevitable.
  11. Just rest up. If by some chance you did catch the flu then the best thing you can do is drink clear liquid and rest up. It just has to pass out of your system. Judging by your profile picture you look young and healthy. You are not in any risk groups that have serious complications from the flu. The biggest concern you should have is dehydration from either excessive nose blowing, diarrhea or vomiting (if you even have the latter 2.) Drink up and rest up. No one likes being sick, but it will pass. Grab a book or binge watch something on netflix. I know it's easier said then done but try not to think about it. A lot of anxiety symptoms run parallel with flu symptoms so your worry is only playing into your issues more. Also, just because you are coughing and have phlegm doesn't always mean flu. That is a classic symptom of a common cold also. Take some over the counter pain reliever if you'd like such as Tylenol.
  12. Alright - To make a long story short, I have had a cold for about 2 weeks. The classic cold symptoms. Runny nose, cough, soar throat blah blah blah. I went to work the other day and a co-worker suggested drinking some orange juice because I guess the vitamin c is good for a cold, and the acidity of it is good for breaking up mucus. Well I told the co-worker no I can't drink it because I have acid reflux disease and it will give me major heartburn and other stomach issues. They told me that it won't be that bad and that I should really do it to get over the cold. So against my better judgement I go out on my lunch break and I buy a bottle of orange juice. It was about a 16 oz bottle. I drank probably 2/3rds of it. The rest of the night I had horrible gas, bloating, and nausea. When I woke up this morning all the problems were still there. I think they are getting alittle bit better, but I still feel gassy and I'm really kicking myself because I know better then to drink orange juice and I gave in and did it anyway. Does anyone else have issues with orange juice or something along them lines?
  13. It all started last night. I work nights and I was totally fine all night at work. I got home around 2:30 am and my wife had some lasagna made for me to eat. I have acid reflux and I knew from the first bite that it wasn't going to agree with me. My wife put extra cheese on mine to try to fight the heart burn but it didn't really work. I ate about half a bowl of it and gave the other half to my dog. Right after the meal I had to go to the bathroom. It was a completely normal bowl movement. About 10 mins or so after it I started getting an odd feeling in my stomach. Mild nausea also but that is very common for me. Most of my anxiety attacks are stomach and bowl movement related so I didn't think much of it. Then my stomach started gurgling and growling really loudly. I was up all night freaking out that I had the stomach flu or food poisoning or something along them lines. I got a really bad headache and cramps basically all over my body. The worst being in my upper back and shoulders. I went to the bathroom numerous times trying to see if I needed to have another bowl movement but nothing came out. I was up until about 12:30 pm this afternoon worrying. Finally I fell asleep until about 2. I woke up and jumped up and picked right back up where I left off. Convinced I have food poisoning or a stomach virus. Around 2:30 I had another bowl movement which was somewhere between loose and normal. A mixture of diarrhea and solid. I haven't been able to go back to bed and I have been scared out of my mind all day. I am super tired, which is probably just from not sleeping, but I keep telling myself it is because I am sick. I have been pacing the house and shaking for the past 15 hours with only that hour and a half break where I took a nap. My wife and kids show no symptoms of being sick and they all ate the same thing I did. My wife also tells me that if I had a stomach bug then pacing back and forth for hours on end would upset it more, but I won't listen. My stomach still gurgles here and there, mainly only when I think about it. I'm trying to tell myself that 15 hours into a stomach bug I would be displaying a lot more noticeable symptoms by now, but the panic side of me won't listen. Any thoughts or reassurance would be great.
  14. Yesterday morning I woke up totally fine but a few mins after I got up I had some growling in my stomach and some gas pain. Nothing too bad and for the most part I ignored it. It continued on throughout the day. Gas pains, excessive burping and mild stomach cramps. I ended up having 4 bowl movements yesterday which is very rare for me. I usually have one a day, sometimes not even once a day. The 4 that I had yesterday go worse as the day went on. The first one was normal, the second one was mostly normal but a little on the looser side, the third one was a mix between diarrhea and solid and the last was pure diarrhea. I have been able to drink and eat and hold everything down with no vomiting. I do feel bloated and uncomfortable though. I kept waking up last night with stomach pains. I think I am freaking myself out more then anything, but part of me thinks it's real. I did have a pretty large helping of stir-fry with broccoli in it before this all started and I read that broccoli is very well known for causing gas and stomach issues and can even cause IBS flare ups. I just wonder if this is IBS or just panic or an actual issue. I'm kinda nervous to go to work because I'm so afraid of missing the bathroom or vomiting at work.
  15. The best advice for any panic related thing is "don't think about it" and I know how dumb that must sound but it's honestly the truth. You have to retrain your brain to not go into things in a negative light. For example my big fear is vomiting. Don't even really know why but I know it scares the hell out of me. I work in the food industry, and every single time I eat at work I think "Oh my God I shouldn't be doing this because it's going to make me throw up" and right after I get done eating I get gassy and have all the feelings of needing to vomit. Ofcourse it never happens because its all in my head, but it still makes for quite the crappy work day. The best advice I can really give you is to try to distract yourself. Avoid known triggers and try to just submerge yourself in the job. Focus on things you see, things you hear, things you smell. Anything to make yourself think about something else. If you are on a boat then look at the water, see if you can spot any fish or look at the sky and count the birds. As long as your mind is not thinking about the panic monster then it loses its power.
  16. Even if you don't manifest into a full blown attack, you could still have some issues in your stomach the resemble an attack. They call your stomach your "second brain" for a reason, it reacts to things just as quickly if not even more quickly then your head can sometimes. Not to mention you are never fully 100% over being anxious or having attacks. That is something that we as anxiety sufferers have to learn to accept. We can only hope to go into remission and strive for longer and longer remissions. The anxiety monster will show its head when we get stressed if we allow it to. Just because you have been doing better and thinking about other things doesn't mean that the anxiety has completely left your life. Burping is a classic sign of anxiety. Its ignoring the burping that will lead you to longer remissions. The burp is something you can't control. Your reaction to the burp is something you can controll.
  17. About 4 days ago I got really tired. Out of no where at like 8 oclock at night i got tired to the point that I felt like I was gonna fall over. Well the next day when I woke up I had a sore throat and mild body aches. I thought okay I am getting a cold no big deal. That whole day I was basically fine. I had a mild sore throat and mild body aches mixed with mild fatigue. I went to work that day. I had a few moments at work where I got super nauseous and had to pause for a second, but nothing ever came of it. The following day I woke up feeling pretty bad. I had a bad headache and I just didn't feel right. I called out of work and spent most of the day in bed. Last night I felt pretty good. I was able to eat and drink and nothing really seemed to bother me. This morning when I woke up my stomach has been all out of whack. I have had diarrhea about 4 times already since I woke up. It is small amounts but I keep having to run to the bathroom to do it. The sore throat and the headache are basically gone. I thought maybe I just pushed it too far last night with all that I ate. However, if that was the case I figured I would be in the bathroom a lot sooner. I ate around 12 last night and I wasn't in the bathroom with issues until about 11 oclock this morning. If it was too heavy for my stomach I don't think it would take 11 hours to cause me issues. I'm pretty sure that I just have a common cold, its just weird how it is playing out. I have no nasal congestion at all. No runny or stuffy nose. No fever and my symptoms seem to come and go.
  18. Gas is a huge anxiety symptom also. So yes it could be your change in diet, but it could also just be because you are an anxious person that that creates gas. I have a huge fear of vomiting and I know that when I have my attacks I get very bloated and gassy and I burp constantly until the attack has passed. I can burp over and over for HOURS if the attack is bad enough. I can even burp enough to give myself a vomit taste in my throat which freaks me out even more and then I burp more and the cycle continues. 99 times out of 100 burping is a good thing. It releases pressure in your stomach that could cause pain. Everyone builds up gas during digestion and it is going to come out one way or the other. Nothing to worry about.
  19. All my anxiety is rooted in my stomach. I am constantly gassy and bloated and feeling like I am going to vomit. I fear anything that could lead me to vomiting. I check the dates on food, I avoid sick people like the plague, so forth and so on. Well today I woke up with a mildly scratchy throat. Maybe a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. All day I have been freaking myself out that I am coming down with something. I keep feeling my cheeks to see if they are warm. I keep treating myself like I am sick. I made myself hot tea and brought tissues in my room. Honestly I haven't needed the tissues at all. I think I blew my nose once. However, I keep having these feelings like my face is hot and I am sure I have a fever ( I don't) and then I get these horrible feelings like I am going to vomit and I run to the bathroom and I don't end up doing anything. My muscles have been so tight lately it is horrible. My chest and my back and my shoulders are just awful feeling. I spent some time today thinking I was having a heart attack and then my wife massaged my chest and it went away for a while. I have been going through a rough time lately also. A buddy of mine attempted s****de about 2 weeks ago after a very ugly break up with his girlfriend and I have been right in the middle of that. He just got out of the hospital and I have been trying to help him the best I can but he lives about an hour a way and I work 12 hour shifts. I have been going to see him pretty often and working my ass off also. I haven't really been sleeping or eating because I haven't really had the time. I am dealing with constant headaches and stomachaches. I don't know if I am actually coming down with something or if this is all just anxiety and stress related.
  20. I assume that this anxiety is because you worry your husband is going to be more attracted to them then you? I don't know if this falls into health anxiety, but I'll see if I can help ya a little bit. Movies and things like that are designed to draw people in. Attractive people will draw more people in. I'm not going to tell you that your husband isn't attracted to good looking women on the tv screen because I'm sure he is. However, he LOVES you. Being physically attracted to someone is in our human nature. We all do it. As we walk down the street if we see an attractive person we all stop and look. There is nothing you can do about their being attractive women in movies and there is really nothing you can do about your husband watching them. Keep in mind that he will NEVER meet these movie stars and he will never have any sort of relationship with them. I don't even know if I consider this to be an anxiety, it sounds more like a jealousy.
  21. About a month ago my son was pretty sick. Coughing, running nose, vomiting and the whole nine yards. Well ever since then I have been terrified that I am sick or that I am getting sick. I constantly feel like I have a soar throat or just a general feeling of being sick. I have hot flashes and cold flashes. I have a very upset stomach that includes very hard and very soft stools. Constant gas, and a very intense fear of vomiting. It comes and goes. It's mostly worse at night. My muscles get so tight and I get bad pains in my head, neck and shoulders. I know all of this is anxiety related symptoms but I can't seem to fully shake them. I am a major germophobe and I am constantly washing my hands and avoiding sick people and checking the expiration dates on food. Its so hard to get over the fear of the flu or a common cold because... well it is just so "common"
  22. All of these issues can be nerves. I deal with all of this myself. My back pains are usually in my lower back, right above my butt. 95% of the time they are on the right side. I think we end up tensing up our stomachs and our backs and it eventually leads to muscle strains which cause these issues. My back is constantly in pain. I believe it to be muscle pain and I also believe I do it to myself. I am constantly tense. My shoulders and my back are so tight I couldn't even begin to explain it to you. I have my wife rub my shoulders sometimes and she'll do it for about 5 minutes and then tell me that her wrists and her hands hurt from how tight my muscles are. That is obviously a sign of anxiety. I think it might all be connected. If we are super tight and super tense all the time in the midsection, then of-course that would lead to diarrhea and stomach issues because we are constantly putting pressure on the stomach. I have thought I've had everything. Just to name a few - Gallstones, appendicitis, color cancer, stomach cancer, the flu, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and so forth and so on. I can't believe how much I related to your posts. I don't think I have ever talked to someone on here that has the exact same symptoms as me before. My advice would be to try to force yourself to eat. Eat light, but don't stop eating. I find that I always do worse when I give into the feelings of not wanting to eat. Also don't prevent yourself from doing any type of body functions. I have tried to stop myself from burping, or passing gas, or have a bowl movement and it never turns out good for me. If you feel you have to go to the bathroom, go. If you feel like you want to eat something, eat something. We are so afraid about what might happen that we won't allow ourselves to just live our lives. Oh and PS- The pancreas is on the right, not the left.
  23. This sounds all too familiar. I am terribly sorry you are going through this, but believe me when I say I can relate. I've had stomach issues my entire life. I remember being in school and getting a pain in my stomach and then if I didn't RUN to the bathroom, there would be an issue. I dealt with it basically my entire life. I would be out walking with friends and I would have to run to the bathroom and hardly make it. As I got older I would be in my own house and have panic attacks where I was certain I was going to vomit and I would get sharp pains in my stomach and right above my groin area. I would burp and pass gas and it would eventually go away. I think from the panic attack I would swallow more air and that would make the gas worse. I started going on things I would call "stomach walks" where I would go outside and walk down and hiking trail by myself and just try to compose myself and calm my stomach down. Last winter was when things got really bad for me. I lost my father last April. I was OK during the summer, but the winter hit me hard. My stomach pains were taking my breath away. I was certain I had either cancer or organ failure. I went weeks with out eating or sleeping. I lost a quarter of my body weight in about 3 months. I was sunken in and I hardly even left my bed. The only time I did get up it was to go to the bathroom. When I went it was a greenish colored liquid that would come out. It was never even close to solid. It was green water. Every time I even looked at food I felt super nauseous. I went over a week where I ate nothing at all and all I could bring myself to drink was a sip of tea here and there. I was peeing a dark orange almost brown color I was so dehydrated. I went to the ER twice because I was sure my appendix was bursting or something like that and both times they pushed on my stomach and told me I was fine and I was just dealing with anxiety and I had nothing physically wrong with me. I lost my job. I got my car repoed. I got thousands of dollars behind on rent and other bills. I almost lost everything. I felt awful all the time. I couldn't even lay down because I would feel more pressure in my stomach and it would cause me to almost vomit. I can't really tell you what snapped me out of it. One day I just forced myself to eat. I figured I really had nothing to lose. The first week or so was awful. Constant diarrhea and horrible stomach pains. I guess I just had to get my stomach back used to having food in it. Eventually I calmed myself down to the point where I could eat again and actually got a different job and became a productive member of society again. The problem is now that winter is coming I am doing the same thing all over again. Having the pains in my stomach and the diarrhea. I don't know if it is the change in the seasons, or a raise in anxiety or just a really horrible IBS flare up of my own. I deal with these symptoms basically all the time but the winter seems to be so much worse for whatever reason. I have learned the best thing to do is just try to go about life normally and continue to eat and stay hydrated. Our bowls are effected by so many things. Stress, what we eat, if we have a cold, anxiety and even things like weather and our hydration level.
  24. Yes it is most likely nothing. Usually stomach issues cause intense pain that does not go away. Anything appendix related would have you in full blown terror by now. The problem is, the more you think about it and become more aware of the area the more the issue will present itself. The other positive thing is if the dr sent you home then he obviously isn't too worried about it. Maybe try to change your diet and see if that helps at all. Best of luck.
  25. Welcome to my life. I have always been a stomach worrier. One of my biggest fears have always been appendicitis. Mainly because I am terrified of being put under. I have gone to the dr about a thousand times telling them that is has to be my appendix or my gall bladder and every time they do the same thing. They lay me on my back and push on my stomach and they tell me that if the pain is not horrible then there is a very very high chance that it is neither. Another test to check for appendicitis is to stand on your tippy-toes and then let yourself drop to the floor landing on your heels. It will shake your entire torso and if it is your appendix it will hurt like hell. It is most likely trapped gas or muscle tension. I get pains all over my mid section and basically live with them all the time. I get them high and low, in the middle and off to the sides. Gas pains, muscle pains, sharp pains, dull pains, shooting pains, achy pains... all of them. I have been dealing with them for over a decade. I still have all my organs and nothing has really happened other then about a million unnecessary panic attacks.