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How many of you that suffer from Panic, Anxiety and Depression find that their symptoms are worse in the morning and gradually get better towards evening?
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@merpreb Thank you. I may try that at my appointment today. I nearly always freeze and sit there afraid to open my mouth.
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@parus– Aww parus! Doctors can't help us if we don't open up and tell all, ask all, etc. I always think that maybe if I talk more, ask more questions the doctor will too. You make your doctor into what you want!
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Good thought, @merpreb. Making the doctor into what we want brings the power back to us~~ Yeah Team!
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@hopeful33250 , Teresa, that says it all! I have often wondered if my awesome PCP would have come to the conclusions he has. If I had not thoroughly answered his questions. Every time I see him he says "So tell me what's going on"
And I do! I used to paint a rather rosy picture, lest I be thrown into a padded room with those cute little straight jackets. (Make mine lavender, please!) But leaving out details of our stories doesn't really solve our problems, now does it? We must be straightforward with our medical practitioners. That means we search and research, check out the reviews on his/her website. We Google and study, and keep a detailed log of any symptoms we are having. Honestly, dont they always say, "So how long has this been going on?"
You don't want be be found guessing and fumbling around for those kinds of details. Good physicians base a lot of their judgements on how we "present." If we haven't shown enough interest to help our own selves, they frequently conclude it is simply not an issue and move on. Sadly, to our detriment.
I used to be terrified going to see the doctor. Any doctor. Now, I view it as an opportunity to learn and to share. Mindfulness helps here, as well. So, take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and walk into that waiting room with confidence. We can do this! You just be you. That is more than enough. And you are worth it!
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@mamacita– I've even exaggerated a symptom to make sure the doctor pays attention if it's an iffy situation.
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I can't imagine where I'd be without my Connect friends! Onward and upward as they say. (By the way, lavender would be my choice as well😂 it's a good color for me.)
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Something I would like to mention about caffeine. I stopped caffeine entirely for a year or so thinking it could be one of the culprits. For me it was not. There are things that will make morning anxiety worse for me and I endeavor to steer clear of…fear of the unknown being one of them. All of those “what if” thoughts and wanting to have a plan in place for them. Does not make sense. Living in the moment is a gargantuan obstacle that has a grip on me. This and waiting on the other shoe to fall. I get myself worked into such a state it takes most of the morning to find my rational mind. It does help doing the short morning routines of Tai Chi, Qigong and Louhan (an ancient form of tapping) Patting. I have found I look forward to starting my day this way. I also purchased some Chandrika soap for a family member and found the fragrance to be helpful. Yup, got a bar for myself and the aroma fills the room.
Got wordy again.
@parus never heard of Chandrika soap what is it made of and where do you get it .I do love the fragrance of Irish Spring
Hmmm, I believe in aromatherapy, but had never heard of Chandrika soap. I'll have to look into that, @parus. I'm a little worked-up today. I have an appointment with an endocrinologist and I have a lot of material I want to present and questions to ask. She is an exceptionally good doctor and a great listener, my only concern is that I give her all the information that I need. My list of questions is a mile long as are my research printouts.
I hope you appointment with the pain specialists goes well for you, @parus
@hopeful33250 Good luck with your appointments@parus
Wow, @merpreb, I really like that analogy to picking out a wardrobe for a meeting. That is a great idea, thanks for sharing it. Hmmmm, now what should I wear today? For sure, confidence….
@hopeful33250 I'm the same way about wardrobe to the Dr coming up in Feb but I use the app Follow Your Health so I email her alot too Do you have this?
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@hopeful33250 Yea bring the power back
@merpreb Did not succeed today. Thankful for the one 5 mg. Of hydrocodone I do get. No other option for injections as insurance only pays for Botox for migraines. My piggy bank isn’t large enough.
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I understand, @parus, most of us don't have piggy banks big enough for the kind of medical treatment not covered by insurance. My doctor was saying something similar to me today. As I might have told you, I brought in a stack of research and list of questions. I go to two different hospital systems. One is close to home (that is my PCP and some other specialists) and the other is in Ann Arbor (Univ. of Michigan) that I see for some rare problems that as my doctor said makes me an "atypical patient" I just don't fit a mold😊.
So anyways, I brought with me test results of bone density, blood tests, etc. (from the other hospital) and we discussed the big picture. She thinks that I need to increased my Vit D and magnesium level since they both run quite low. She says that my magnesium level is at low normal and when I engage in physical activity I probably go below normal thereby creating the terrible fatigue. Given the fact that I also have hyperparathyroid and other hormonal problems she said she will have to give it all some thought.
The long and the short of it is that I'm losing bone density in the hip and the med I'm taking for bone density doesn't do much for the hip. The best med to take will not be covered by Medicare unless I have a greater bone loss than I have now (my piggy bank is not big enough for that either). So, I have to get worse until I can get better – oh my……
By the way, when she left the room she thanked me for all of my research. She said that before my next appointment she will be going to an endocrinology conference and she is going to look into some more of the ideas I presented, so maybe she will learn something new.
So back to the drawing boards for both of us. Wishing you well!
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@teresa. It's good that you brought your test results with you.
I thought that meds like fosamax increased all bone density. How would it not work for the hips?
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Parus- oh, not good. I'm sorry. How often do you get hydrocodone?
I'm not using fosamax right now, @merpreb. Fosamax is very hard on the stomach and I've had three upper digestive tract surgeries. She was discussing a different med that would be given by injection.
As I was thinking about it I realized how short-sighted Medicare is. If I break a hip it would cost them a lot more than the med that would help the bone loss in the hip. Oh well…only a small problem in the scheme of things, I suppose.
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@hopeful33250 That's great you took all your research and test results Am glad Dr is listening ng to you Do you have bone spures in your hip ! I get sharp pains in hip when I do alot of walking so when I see my Dr going to tell her about this new Experience haha I hope she gets you on right dosage of Vit D3 , Magnesium for my fibromyalgia I take 600 mg a day .Good luck I'd be interested in what she says
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