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Dec 15, 2011 · Physical Health Symptoms due to panic attacks or chronic anxiety in Digestive Health

ShaelaRuns,
This is excellent advice!! I have watched many television shows where therapists put people with anxiety into a situation where they experience anxiety and they realize they can deal with what they thought was so terrible. CBT is an excellent idea for people trying to overcome their anxiety. I also would recommend for a person to close their eyes, slow their breathing, and go to their happy place. They should imagine a wonderful place and being in a place were they are happy. This technique has really helped me when I was experiencing anxiety. My husband has helped talk me out of anxiety attacks and panic attacks too. He is the best!! This advice you gave to Bettyann is fantastic and excellent advice!! Excellent post!! Thanks for your story and again excellent advice!! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday night!!

Sincerely,

Michelle

Dec 15, 2011 · Physical Health Symptoms due to panic attacks or chronic anxiety in Digestive Health

Hello Bettyann!! I really enjoyed reading your post!! I have diverticulitis and have constant worry and anxiety over it. I sometimes worry “am I going to experience it again?” and as soon as I think this thought I end up with constipation and pain in my left side. Plus I have to avoid grease and caffeine and these are the hardest things to give up.
I have had tests that came back fine and it appeared that I had nothing wrong. Finally one day my husband was with me at the hospital and told the doctor that I had a family history of diverticulitis. I thought I had a UTI because I am always getting UTI’s. I finally received the diagnosis of diverticulitis. As stated above I know when I am having a flare up with diverticulitis and I can go to the hospital and the tests may come back ok. The last time I went to the hospital my WBC count was 400 over what it should be and I was experiencing terrible pain. I wish the doctor would have admitted me to the hospital but I do not have health insurance so I can not be admitted unless it is an emergency. I wanted IV medications to feel better instantly. The next time I go to the hospital I am telling the doctor to give me IV Cipro and Flagyl because I am sick for two to three weeks with diverticulitis. I am prescribed a narcotic pain medication but it constipates me worse. I wish they could make a narcotic pain medication that would not cause constipation.
I know sometimes it would feel like I was having a UTI and my urinalysis would reveal that I did not have an infection. I would ask the doctor if it was possible that I had an infection and it was not showing up and he would say no but a few days later I would have an infection and this was before I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I now know it is either diverticulitis, constipation, or a UTI, or a yeast infection because of the antibiotics I take for the diverticulitis.
Please never feel like you are a hypochondriac and never let any doctors, nurses, or any medical personnel make you feel like you are a hypochondriac. They are not in your body and do not understand what you are experiencing and how you are feeling.
My advise to you is to study up on your condition and ask your doctor many questions about your condition. I always look up conditions on here and on webmd.com They explain things easily. I always explain to my doctor what medications work best for me. I know many things about my condition and this helps my doctor out too.
I know when I go to the doctor or hospital and my blood pressure is high I am in pain. If you blood pressure is usually normal and you go to the doctor and it is high and you are in pain it is high because you are in pain. Also any health condition a person has I believe causes them anxiety and sleep problems. I once had a full blown panic attack and it was not even when I was sick with diverticulitis. I ended up going to the hospital because I was wheezing and thought I might have asthma. It turned out to be a really bad panic attack.
I hope this information helps. Please let me know if it helps. We can exchange e-mail addresses if you would like. I hope you feel better soon and have a wonderful Wednesday night!! Take care.

Sincerely,

Michelle

Dec 15, 2011 · Bloating and fatigue in Digestive Health

I think you may have diverticulitis. Do you have terrible pain in your left side? Do you have constipation also? Have the doctors ever performed a contrast CT scan on you when you were experiencing these symptoms? Have they ever performed a colonoscopy?
When I experience pain it feels like my ovary also. Also as another person stated you could H.Pylori.
My advice is to search this site for diverticulitis and webmd.com for diverticulitis and H.Pylori. There are certain foods you need to avoid, such as nuts, seeds, popcorn, corn, and any food with a seed or a hull around it. You should also do a liquid diet when you are experiencing these symptoms if it is diverticulitis. Whenever you can eat again if you experience loss of appetite eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
I hope this advice helps. Please let me know and if you want I will give you my e-mail address and you can let me know what you find out.
I hope you feel better soon and believe me I know how you feel. I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday night and have a wonderful week!! Take care.

Sincerely,

Michelle

Dec 15, 2011 · Severe abdomen pain with severe nausea in Digestive Health

I believe the pain you are describing is diverticulitis. I have had severe abdominal pain in my left side with severe nausea. Do you ever have constipation, bloating, and gas accompanied with it? Diarrhea is a symptom.
Please ask your doctor to write you an order for a contrast CT scan or if the pain gets unbearable go to the ER and ask for a contrast CT scan to be performed. They will be able to determine if it is diverticulitis.
Before I was diagnosed with diverticulitis I thought I was having ovarian problems also because the pain feels like it is in your left ovary area. I had ultrasounds performed and was told I had follicles on my ovaries but not to worry because they were due to the Depo-Provera shot I was on for birth control.
If the diagnosis is diverticulitis you need to be prescribed Cipro and Flagyl. They should also prescribe you either Phenergan or Zofran for nausea. If these do not work orally I would suggest going to the hospital and have them give them to you by IV.
The left side is where the sigmoid colon and the descending colon meet and this is where food and bacteria get stuck. Most doctors claim that certain foods are more likely to get stuck in the diverticula, which are seeds, nuts, corn, brocolli florets, popcorn, and any food with a seed on it. Some people can eat these foods and they do not affect them.
I was also told by a surgeon to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which you will have to avoid caffeine and alcohol if you do have diverticulitis and take Cipro and Flagyl. Caffeine makes Cipro stronger and alcohol with Flagyl will cause you to get really sick to your stomach and cause nausea and vomiting.
It is recommended that while you are experiencing diverticulitis to drink a liqluid diet and eat bland foods like jello, crackers, and drink plenty of fluids. Once you start to feel better eat plenty of high fiber foods and always drink plenty of fluids. Also avoid greasy foods and seeds on buns, tomatoes, and the foods listed above.
My advise is to type in diverticulitis on here and webmd.com and it will list the symptoms of diverticulitis. I have found both of these sites very helpful.
Believe me I know exactly how you feel. I take Cipro, Flagyl, Phenergan, and narcotic pain medication (even though it makes the constipation worse), and Align (a probiotic) everyday, and eat yogurt daily. I am experiencing a flare up of constipation and diverticulitis now so I am awful pain.
I hope this information helps. Please reply back and I will give you my email address. I look forward to hearing from you. I hope you feel better soon and take care.

Sincerely,

Michelle