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Old 09-04-2004, 03:18 PM   #1
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My anxiety is at an all time high!

I'll try to make this as brief as possible. I have posted part of this story in another section. This was before my anxiety consumed me. This is a story of fear and regret.

This past Feb. I was having chest pains. Now, I have them before. And, I have severe attacks where my heart raced and became lightheaded. I've addressed this w/ my dr., a few years ago. I Had the following tests: ekg, chest x-ray, echocardigraghm and holter monitor. Everything came back negative.

So, in Feb., I had the ekg and chest x-ray. Everything was fine. He asked if I suffer from heartburn. I said "yes". However, I didn't have any. I've had atypical symptoms, which is what prompted my "yes". I should have explained this to my dr. So, he gives me nexium. I take some. But, not all.

In march, I return. He asks if the nexium is helping. I say "I don't know". Truth is, I didn't have much chest pain anymore. Occasionally, I would. He orders an upper gi series. I, reluctantly, go through w/ test. Now the upper gi series requieres you to drink barium. Sadlly, I learned that it can have a constipating affect. So, my paranoid mind thinks that I'm constipated. I return to the dr., does an x-ray or two. Guess what? Not constipated.

As the weeks go by, I seem to be struggling passing some bowels. One particular instance, I strained pretty hard. I felt a strange sensation in the chest. Soon thereafter, I would have the worst heartburn I'd ever experience. This continued for a few weeks. I went back to the dr. This is probably my 5th visit in a few months. He orders another upper gi series. Most likely to shut me up. This takes place in June.

I still have heartburn. My stomach is often upset. And I constantly worry and regret about being exposed to all this unneccessary radiation. I often break out in tears. I am seriously considering seeing a therapist. I've a few recommendations. All I know, is that my days are filled w/ constant worry.

How I wish I could go back to February. How I'd do things differently. This is the worst year of my life.

Sadly, I'm not 16. I'm a 29 y/o male. Thanks for reading.
29 year old male

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Old 09-04-2004, 06:18 PM   #2
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Hey weight 39,

No regrets! You had the barium ct scan/gi series to rule things out. Look at it this way we are probably bombarded with so many chemicals everyday of our lives that this is just a drop in the bucket. You need to be more worried about that every day exhaust you are breathing when you go to work.

I have had the worst five months of my life. Mine started out with Gastro problems after a out of state move. I had lower left quadrant pain and so my gp prescribed Nexium...that is there rX of choice it seems these days. When in doubt prescribe the purple pill. I did not take it since I wasn't having upper gi pain at the time.

Well I had a barium ct scan to check for any abnormatlities before a colonoscopy. Well the barium was all digested at once and caused bleeding so I ended up in the er since my gastro couldn't see me and after waiting for 6 hours was told I have an internal hemmroid.

Then the colonoscopy a week later. It has been quite a few months.

My blood pressure has dropped, my temperature has dropped. I still feel horrible. I still have tons of abdominal pain. I had that same experience where my chest has now started hurting and feels like it is connected to bowel movements sometimes (weird). Went to the cardiologist and had that checked this past week...I was supposed to be on vacation for two weeks but never made it past my parent's house because I have been so weak and dizzy lately.

So needless to say I am anxiety ridden but I still think it is because of everything I have been through and because I am still not feeling well.

Anyway, I can relate. Take good care and don't beat yourself up about the barium.


Old 09-04-2004, 06:20 PM   #3
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I meant to mention that I went to a homeopathic doctor who prescribed a homeopathic remedy called digesterone. It has really helped relieve my pain and regulate my bowels. Might want to try alternative medicine.

Old 09-05-2004, 03:14 AM   #4
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Re: My anxiety is at an all time high?

Thanks for your replies. It's 5am. Another restless night. I'm trying to work through this. But, it's hard.

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck.
29 year old male

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