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  1. If the first rule for anxiety is "how you think determines how you feel"......your issue is..... "what you eat determines what you poop!"
  2. Atta girl........You go, girl.......You got this! LOL Since you are checked frequently, there isn't a lot of time for the bad stuff to fester and grow, if you catch my drift. Even if you develop tailbone cancer or a tumor in your fingernail, it would be caught so early, it wouldn't be funny. That's really what you have to think about. I love it when I go to my doctor and he asks "what are you here for?" LOL
  3. I have been on Losartan for five years.....I had a severe sinus infection in 2016 that resulted in a hemorrhage inside my left eye. I took decongestants (it should have been antihistamine!) that caused my blood pressure to spike on the morning I was to have an angiogram to diagnose the eye. 148/108 was a trip to the hospital. They still put me on Losartan 25mg because at a "resting rate" I was at 122/92. I looked it up. Of course, with any medication, keeping correspondence with your doctor is the best way to handle meds. This is what I found. Blurred vision. difficult breathing. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position. fast or irregular heartbeat. nausea or vomiting. numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips. stomach pain. weakness or heaviness of the legs. Of the above, the only ones I have are #3 - actually only occurring from a crouched position and moreso if I am dehydrated (which is all the time since I am a runner). .....and #5 if I lay down on my hand or arm lol. It tends to be more apparent. I approached my doctor about the lightheadedness and they checked my BP in three different situations....ultimately telling me "just don't get up as fast" LOL. This even happens in the grocery store. Overall, it's not that bad. You get used to it. The lightheadedness only lasts a second or two. I have never had a cough in the five years.
  4. It would still seem awfully sudden. Worrying between now and the appointment won't do any good. It is all anticipatory anxiety at this point.
  5. It doesn't sound like ovarian cancer would even form that fast. I wouldn't even put much thought into it since you are meeting with your doctor anyway.
  6. The key to this is to let them speed out of control. Don't worry about them. Living in the precious present moment, then filtering what you cannot handle out.....and keeping things to what you can handle.
  7. The new year is the same for you as it is for me. Guess what? We are all going to get older in 2022. Embrace it and take it a day at a time. Enjoy the ride!
  8. Even if it is a phone call, talk to someone. Depression among us is already high with the Corona pandemic.
  9. Ironman

    Plane fears.

    It is important to know how we let things get to us. The plane was fine, but it caused the most anxiety. Pilots are trained to handle everything. I have only been on one trip via airplane and there was a brief moment of turbulence. It was mild but jarring. We got through it, and I thought "wow, this is what it is like". I had no idea lol. Would I fly again? If it's a long distance, yes, but after all this Corona crap goes away.
  10. I wouldn't rely on numbers for health advice. Doctors are better!
  11. Welcome to Anxiety Central, DanielleD! A lot of what you have is anxiety there if the EMG didn't pick up anything. Nerves do weird things! I would think if you had ALS in one part of the body, it would be in all parts of the body, too. :)
  12. Nope - I should have, but the issue is that appointments have been booked solid. I looked into drugstores that would offer home tests. $25 for a home testing kit. I was later told by the staff of my mother's assisted living facility that the rapid tests would not be accepted. The main PCR test has to be submitted to a lab for a 24-48 hour wait for any result. The CDC states that any testing should occur between days 5 and 7 after exposure. I was already there and beyond. For quarantine, it's 10 days for vaccinated; 14 for unvaccinated. In a perfect world, the quarantine would have been over with a negative test by day 7, but we're not there. :( Friday December 10 is day 15 lol. No issues.
  13. You kind of have to separate the reality from the fear. ALS is not something that just suddenly appears. It's not worth waiting for something that is not going to happen. If you get frequent checkups, and are not told anything at all, then you definitely have nothing to worry about. It's a distraction from something we are afraid to face. We do it because we become good at it.
  14. Actually, it was worse than this! About two hours after I posted this, my stepmother got a call from my stepsister. This is what happened! My stepsister and brother-in-law have three kids - daughter, son, daughter, and then an exchange student from Italy. All but the exchange student came to dinner - she had a 101 fever and stayed home. The son brought his girlfriend. Everybody else was fine.....the youngest daughter had a headache but she was tired from not sleeping. Fast forward to the day I posted that quoted message - they tested the exchange student and she was positive for Corona. The eldest daughter was vaccinated since she is in college, the son tested negative (he had it last year), the girlfriend tested positive, and the youngest daughter also tested positive but was asymptomatic. So - I go home on Sunday and have been in "quarantine" ever since in case I have a breakthrough case or am carrying it to be spread to others. My stepmother got her booster before Thanksgiving so she is fine. My issue is that my second shot was May 20 - the "contact" date was November 25 (just past the six month threshold). I am currently in day six and, so far thank God, no symptoms. This is actually good information from a research standpoint.
  15. You might need to talk to your doctor about this one. The next step would be over-the-counter sleeping aids. The "Nytol", "Sominex" brands comes to mind in the States. I had this same issue during my 2004-2005 episode (A bad church experience led to severe SA and near nervous breakdown due to spiritual abuse). I was actually put on an antipsychotic called Geodon for a couple of months to help me sleep. I would be up all night worrying to the point where I would get less than four hours of sleep a night, some nights none at all. I would then have a full day of work. I was only on it for about three months because it was too strong for me. Even I didn't need it all that long and I was a nervous wreck.
  16. Actually, a list of questions from a doctor would be a perfect roadmap. Googling would be like "OMG - I fit ONE of the criteria therefore I have this disease". That's too easy to do. You could see a bump on the skin, freak out that it's cancer....and it's a pimple!
  17. Well, there is nothing to do in the immediate short term but do the best you can and wait. Leave it all to the doctor. I am in a similar situation. My father passed at 60 of a heart attack. He smoked and didn't get a lot of exercise (twisted his knee and never got surgery). His parents died at 72-74. Grandfather of a broken heart seeing his wife pass - they fled to the US from Hungary. So - blood pressure is also an issue. Mom's side - far more longevity, but blood pressure issues....My maternal grandfather died at 67 of liver cancer....he was a mortician, though. Great guy. My maternal grandmother was 92, sharp as a tack, but had a stroke (likely because nurses were giving her meds after a fall that put her in a nursing home). Even the men in her family lived to be 90. Since my eye issues of 2016, I see my doctor every six months.
  18. Definitely. Have you tried melatonin? There are products you can get a t the pharmacy. Melatonin is a supplement of what helps get you to sleep.
  19. We had thanksgiving dinner and a couple of the people had Corona in the last monrh, but not immediate. They were no longer contagious. I am vaccinated, but no booster.
  20. It could be anything - nerve, muscle, "tardive dyskinesia" - ALS is a bit of a stretch, especially after 18 months.
  21. From what I heard, there is supposed ot be some time between the flu shot and the booster. I actually plan on getting the flu shot this year as well. MY very first flu shot ever was right as the Corona started up! I am visiting my stepmother for Thanksgiving and there is always the get-together. She found out that the hosts recently got the Corona. They said they would be okay to host, but even with the vaccine - and hearing that more breakthrough cases are occurring with Pfizer - I am a bit nervous....but I was around people in the same situation last year before I even got the first shot! It was too late to look into the booster, but like you, my second shot was May 20. I am totally PISSED at the "Jab or Job" - even with the current halt. I still had to have my data submitted by Friday November 26! - A holiday in the USA!
  22. It will get back to normal. COVID doesn't really affect that.
  23. No - actually, light tan stool means that it went through the body kinda fast. Believe it or not, waste begins as dark green. For me, it will stay green if I have food with purple dye in it (Grape Kool-Aid and Purple icing on cake will do it). As the body processes the waste, it actually turns tan or beige before darkening to the dark brown color we all know. It happened to me earlier in the week, but it's back to normal. You know you've hit the big time in anxiety forums when the topic goes to POO lol!