Overwhelmed

Hello, can any of you offer me some reassurance ? A bit about me. I am an adult survivor of childhood cancer, when I hit my teens I started suffering with anxiety, and basically spent from my early 20's to early 40's on various antidepressants. 3 yrs ago I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as a result of chemotherapy, and started on a variety of meds for the condition. Unfortunately, my anxiety which although never completely went returned with vengeance ! I am having counselling, with limited effect. My symptoms are abdominal pain often severe, nausea again often severe, dizziness, fatigue and fear of contamination. Along side this I have symptoms from the cardiomyopathy. I also have a real fear of diagnostics medicine wise, I can cope with blood tests and echo's but it stops there. For some time now everyday is just a complete struggle, I have a constant fear that my cancer is back, but can't tell my docs as they will want to do X-rays etc, the abdo pain and nausea are awful, I am sorry to go on just feel really quite desperate, does anyone else on here have similar symptoms ? I also get a lot of chest pain, any advice or words of wisdom would be very much appreciated.

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  • hi Mariott, just wanted to say hello.

    I am sorry that you've had such a tough time.

    Can I suggest that, despite your fears, you talk to your gp about things.

    Hopefully, it will set your mind at rest. If anything did show up, hopefully it can be caught early. I sincerely hope it's all ok.

    regards,

    hamble :)

  • Hello

    When I was a baby I suffered a condition that sixty odd years ago was a dangerous operation. From then on I was unable to look upon people and doctors with white coats as I seem to remember that in those days they possibly thought to not give a young child of six weeks anesthetic. I remember something of that period or of a later period and I would pull away from all things white with thick green/brown gloves. My mother reinforced this from five years old to well in my teens

    What I am trying to explain, we all need to move on when it comes to our health and when it comes to treatment we all have to take informed choices and understandings It is basically in our natures to show fear when we need further tests especially when we are worried that something is going to take us down what was or is a well trodden route.

    When we go into hospital one of the main sayings is when you take the anesthetic worries are out of our hands and someone well paid takes over our worry until we wake up

    The same is with tests although in that situation we cannot take any reponsability for what they may find.

    we again need to accept we are in the hands of those who will look after your interests and you will find and try to correct the problem we have.

    What would you prefer, knowing that something is wrong and science has moved on or not knowing and worrying that something has been missed and things become worse and worse.

    You are never alone in a hospital environment, all people worry sick if they are in for tests, most of these tests show no changes, although sometimes something may show and can be rectified. All patients are frightened that they loose control of their bodies, you are not unusual. Think well and hard we all want to feel we have a chance of recovery this is part of life and again you are not unusual we all feel frightened what they may find, we feel and breath a sigh of relief when we get the all clear and give those the trust to make you better.

    That is life

    BOB

  • Hello

    When I was a baby I suffered a condition that sixty odd years ago was a dangerous operation. From then on I was unable to look upon people and doctors with white coats as I seem to remember that in those days they possibly thought to not give a young child of six weeks anesthetic. I remember something of that period or of a later period and I would pull away from all things white with thick green/brown gloves. My mother reinforced this from five years old to well in my teens

    What I am trying to explain, we all need to move on when it comes to our health and when it comes to treatment we all have to take informed choices and understandings It is basically in our natures to show fear when we need further tests especially when we are worried that something is going to take us down what was or is a well trodden route.

    When we go into hospital one of the main sayings is when you take the anesthetic worries are out of our hands and someone well paid takes over our worry until we wake up

    The same is with tests although in that situation we cannot take any reponsability for what they may find.

    we again need to accept we are in the hands of those who will look after your interests and you will find and try to correct the problem we have.

    What would you prefer, knowing that something is wrong and science has moved on or not knowing and worrying that something has been missed and things become worse and worse.

    You are never alone in a hospital environment, all people worry sick if they are in for tests, most of these tests show no changes, although sometimes something may show and can be rectified. All patients are frightened that they loose control of their bodies, you are not unusual. Think well and hard we all want to feel we have a chance of recovery this is part of life and again you are not unusual we all feel frightened what they may find, we feel and breath a sigh of relief when we get the all clear and give those the trust to make you better.

    That is life

    BOB

  • Wow - you have had quite a time of it. I can completely understand why you are anxious. Why don't you look on the IBS Network sites. Your tummy pain and nausea may something to do with something you have eaten. A lot of people find wheat or milk products disagree with them.

    Whatever you do I think you would benefit from some of these relaxation apps you can get. Just to relax, calm down and forget for a while. And leave your medical problems in the hands of true professionals who know what they are doing.

    Try not to worry (easier said than done - I know!)

    Sue

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