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  1. Hi Yana, I briefly was under the care of a psychiatrist and I mentioned that very thing; can we do psychotherapy to get to the root of my HA? He asked me why? He said let's assume we have a breakthrough and now you know why you are the way you are. What good will it do? I believe him. What contributed to my problems likely stemmed from things in childhood which is long ago and cast in stone in my brain. Bob
  2. Also, oral cancer on the roof of the mouth (hard palate) is very rare in the western world. Almost all cases are found in people who practice what is called reverse smoking where they literally smoke a cigarette from the lit end. There are other similar practices which are fairly common in the Far East. Almost all cases seen in the US are from people who emigrated to the US from those places, or have picked up on this habit from seeing it in family members. We're talking like 1 in a million here without reverse smoking.
  3. Totally agree. Kidney stones are the main reason for blood in urine, and the back pain matches as well. Those of us with HA suffer from a problem trusting medical professionals. It's our downfall (one of them).
  4. I agree with what all are saying. I had a root canal, actually just as all the shut downs were occurring. I have had a tooth that needs to come out, for 6 months now and I've been able to delay it; however the discomfort is increasing and I'm having it done Friday. My wife spoke with the dentist (she loves this place as much as one can love a dental place) and was told they use the NM 95(?) masks, full gowns and all patients are spaced out by 2 hour appointments so it's literally the patient, the dentist and I guess 1 assistant, also fully gowned. Not looking forward to the oral surgery of course but I have no fear of any danger.
  5. You have me. I'm also dealing with a new problem and I'm just so freaking sick of this, you have no idea. One day I may well just give up. Too much stress. Too much waiting. too many questions and not enough answers. Few people really care; they're too busy dealing with their own stuff.
  6. Zelda, Sorry to here of your situation. I've been there many times. First I'll say the obvious: arrange to talk with someone; a therapist, a friend, a relative, anyone. Keeping it bottled up is not good. Perhaps try to figure out why you're so depressed. it sounds like it's due to many factors, and the HA is probably just a symptom of the overall depression. If you're able to determine the components that make up your depression, you can take them apart one by one, and see what you might be able to do to make things better. A therapist would be best to help you do that, but seriously sitting down and writing out your specific reasons for being sad, and brainstorming what might help could be helpful. In brainstorming you just write down all "solutions" that come to mind, whether they seem realistic or not. I can help you through that process if you choose to do so. Bob
  7. Acceptance of uncertainty is the key to overcoming health anxiety. It’s one of the most difficult concepts we as sufferers ever face. Unfortunately the world is full of what ifs. I once read something that sticks with me. How are you going to feel on your 90th birthday, looking back over your life? What a shame if you had to realize all the time, energy and lack of happiness spent over so many years, over things that either never happened, or were far less difficult to deal with than you imagined. As for the stress test, anxiety easily could play a role, but maybe it’s a good time to slowly start to improve your conditioning, with the help and guidance of a doctor or trainer?
  8. Hi KG. I had a relatively similar situation many years ago. I had been dx with Barrett's Esophagus by a local gastroenterologist. I decided to be seen at Johns Hopkin and met with one of their gastro doctors. Bottom line, he told me I do not have BE and despite my insistence, recommended strongly against having yearly scopes. My fiance accompanied me to my Hopkin visits. She read me the riot act when I questioned what a doctor from this prestigious facility was telling me. That doctor ended our conversation by saying to me "Have a good life". over the years on rare occasion I think about it, and mention it to my wife. She gets angry and repeats the doctor's parting words. You have the same situation. A doctor at a prestigious facility told you in essence, to go and have a good life. You, like me at the time, wouldn't accept it. Thank God for my wife, who is much more level headed then i am. She would have nothing to do with my hypochondria over that issue. KG, you need to get to the point where you can move on. It's the only answer. Google doesn't have a clue about you as a person, as a patient. The MC doctor now knows you as a person and patient and has given you all the appropriate tests. Regardless of what you might have read, obviously the MC knows your specific situation 1000x better than Dr. Google, and if they aren't concerned about your test results, then you should be happy as a lark. I've never really studied a lark, so i don't know if in fact they're actually happy creatures, but you need to be. 🙂 Bob
  9. Hi Kay, I do know that, especially in the USA scan results are quickly looked at by the radiologist, typically before you even leave. They then sort the ones that are pending reports into urgent and non-urgent. Urgency due to findings are immediately communicated to the ordering physician, first verbally and then, usually w/in 24 hours, via a full report. Normal or minor issues are dealt with only after the rush results are communicated. It's an appropriate triage system, since bad results need immediate action typically and no one in the chain wants to be accused of holding onto results that need to be addressed ASAP. I would expect that any bad findings would have already been communicated to you. Nothing wrong in calling the ordering physician to check in on the status, but the delay increases the likelihood the results are normal or non-serious. Bob
  10. I have had this. I’m male, but there are times when, if I wait too long to go, it’s hard to get it started and takes effort to finish. My doctor told me this is anatomically normal, and in fact he had a patient recently who held it in and then literally couldn’t go. There was nothing physically wrong of a serious nature. Presumably, you sleep all night and there’s 8+ hours for the urine to build.
  11. I had that exact same thing happen to me maybe 15 years ago. Went to my doctor who was not concerned. When I allowed myself to ignore it; that is, trust him it went away and never came back.
  12. I call bullshit to any article you read saying 3-4 years. That is nonsense. There’s a lot of stupidity on the internet. If you must google, google MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, etc.
  13. Angrry! First, hello 🤗. Now you need to listen to me and read this post as many times as necessary. It is impossible (1 in a million) that you can go from a clear colonoscopy to cancer in 3.5 years!!! I know all about colon and rectal cancer. First, my mom was diagnosed with rectal cancer and also, I have had my share of colon fears over the years. Listen to me carefully. It takes at least 7-10 years, and I’m being very conservative with that number (meaning it’s typically 10-15+ years) for nothing to develop into cancer in the rectal/colon. 1 in 100 polyps have the potential to become cancerous. No GI would recommend a scope more often than once every 5 years unless there’s a strong family history, or a past scope had the polyp with cancer potential. I know neither situation is true for you. Your doctor ordered the scope because he can see how totally stressed out you are, so why not to ease your fears? Angrry, I would bet my house that you do not have CC. YOU DO NOT HAVE CC!!! Please live your life. Your pain is constipation, or muscular, or other totally not serious causes. Finally, thin stool or change in the amount of stool are not symptoms of CC. Search this site for my previous posts on this subject, and please trust me! Bob
  14. Hi Ow, Not certain what responses you might have received 6 months ago, so sorry if I repeat anything. Pain is not a symptom of ALS. If you have pain in the hand that rules out ALS. Next, twitching is incredibly common. A search of this site will show that. you won't have time to read through all the posts about that. Twitching occurs (if it even does) when the muscle is dead/dying. By that time, you will have true muscle weakness, meaning inability to hold /grip things (all the time), can't open a door with a key, can't sit, or stand from a seated position, etc. Finally, if you had ALS, now 6 months later you would (sadly) be an invalid. Your doctor would easily be able to see, if not ALS, see that something is drastically wrong. This HA beast is indeed a nightmare from hell to deal with. I wish you the best in fighting it. We all need a lot of help in doing so. Bob
  15. Deep breaths Zelda, deep breaths. Splinter hemorrhages are usually a harmless occurrence that can temporarily alter the nail beds. A person should seek medical treatment only if they notice splinter hemorrhages in addition to any of the following symptoms: fever - petechiae, which are pinpoint-sized red "dots" on the skin - joint pain. If the splinter hemorrhages themselves are painful without an injury or trauma as the underlying cause, a person should also see their doctor. Hope this helps.