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Sleeping with post traumatic stress disorder how can I help?
My boyfriend has post traumatic stress disorder from being abused as a child by his mother and father. He relives the moments as he sleeps, constantly twitching and moving. What is the best way for me to help him wake up without harming him or myself?
Kate
10/29/10
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  has he asked you to wake him up? is he having nightmares?

my husband had PTSD after his tour in iraq, and he wanted me to wake him because often he was having nightmares. sadly, when i would wake him he often would be so confused he would slip right back into sleep and the dream. there were a few times when i tried to wake him he lunged at me (never hurting me). i found the best way was to touch his arm very gently (but firmly) and to say his name very lovingly. if he didn't wake, i would start to rub his arm slowly but with pressure. there were a few nights when he didn't wake, but this seemed to soothe him to stop twitching or calling out.

the thing that helped the MOST was therapy. google EMDR and tell your boyfriend about it. it is a simple method that used in therapy helps you to process faster and more completely the things you need to work through. he would have to find a psychologist who is trained and who uses EMDR.

it actually helped my husband to have his diagnosis of PTSD removed.
lighting goddess
10/29/10
How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?
i have to write a paper on post traumatic stress disorder, and how it impacts iraq and vietnam veterans. so i really nee some help looking for articles, and some ideas,okay so please help me out guys
TheReg.
01/03/10
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  well first off, everyone can get post traumatic stress from anything, its all mental, and i have it to be honest. Its not something you can control and its not something that is left unnoticed. You often catch yourself going through random flashbacks of a stressful situation. like I've noticed that when Im playing a video game, doesnt matter which game, but i was playing it and all of a sudden i was thinking about the stressful time that caused the post traumatic stress. and its like you re-live it temporarily, but some time had gone by because i had died on my game and my little sister had come in and asked me what i was doing. it causes bad dreams and makes you want to not sleep. depending on how bad it is. it just overall isnt something that is tolerable for very long
Jeremy
01/03/10
What's the difference between bipolar and post traumatic stress disorder?
If you read my questions I post, you can tell that it's post traumatic stress disorder. Don't tell me you diagosis, but what the difference is, please.
I go through mad abuse.
Tanya S
11/02/07
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  Bipolar disorder is a bio-chemically caused mental disorder that often results in episodes of mania and dpression in varied degrees of length and intensity...altho it hasn't been proven it tends to run in families therefore there may be a genetic connection...

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the result of an event or situation that the sufferer has experienced, lived thru...etc.
It is not genetic in nature....it is in response to an emotionally traumatic experience.....

racing thoughts.....insomnia....reduced inhibitions....rapid speech...thoughts that everthing is interconnected such as seeing obscure 'patterns' when patterns to things and situations are not there...promiscuity.....outrageous spending sprees.....these are some of the symptoms of mania....it can progress into halucinations and paranoia if not treated......
The Original GarnetGlitter
11/02/07
Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more common in a certain age group?
Is there an age when you are more prone to developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? and why?
rhyy11
04/16/09
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  These is not really an established age group where post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood, but research has shown that the median age of onset is around 23 years.

Researches have found that it is more common in migraine sufferers and during adulthood.

However there are certain events where people are more prone to developing PTSD. Whether someone reacts to an event with a post-traumatic stress disorder is largely dependent on the severity of the event, or stressor, itself. Sexual assault, for one, is more likely to produce PTSD than other horrible experiences. The disorder also frequently occurs after violent personal assaults such as rape, mugging, or domestic violence; terrorism; natural or human-caused disasters; and accidents.

For example, some studies have found that PTSD develops in about:

1 in 5 fire-fighters.
1 in 3 teenager survivors of car crashes.
1 in 2 female rape victims.
2 in 3 prisoners of war.

Hope this helps! :)
!
04/16/09
How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder?
Is there a way to deal/cure post traumatic stress disorder myself? I don't have any money or insurance to talk to a lets say counselor, nor do I really think that going to a shrink would be a good idea. I read online and am sure I have PTSD and I know exactly what caused it. There's no way to avoid situations that trigger memories. I can't lock myself up all day/night. What can I do? Are there any free support groups?
Daniel
03/25/10
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  You can get some useful information from: http://www.healthmedicalinformation.com/category/mental-health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

All the best
khurrum.com
03/25/10
What are some vietnam movies/other works that show post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers?
I need some work/ art to compare with actual accounts of post traumatic stress disorder. Does anyone have any good movies/ or other works that I can use.

Thank you.
jo j
11/03/08
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  Rambo - First Blood. It is an older movie, but it shows first hand what that stress can do to you and what happens when it overwhelms you.
Gabe
11/03/08
How do I know if I have post traumatic stress disorder?
I've researched my "ailments" and think I have self diagnosed my self with post traumatic stress disorder, how would I know for sure?
Mon
07/14/09
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  If there been any trauma in your life that brothers you all the time
sigruin
07/14/09
Can post traumatic stress disorder lead to suicide?
I'm writing a story. Can post traumatic stress disorder lead to suicide? And if so, what would one act like shortly before the suicide?
The cause of the PTSD for the character is seeing the love of his life brutally murdered in front of him.
Noodles Macintire
11/26/09
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  There is evidence that traumatic events such as sexual abuse, combat trauma, rape, and domestic violence generally increase a person’s suicide risk. Multiple factors contribute to suicide risk in veterans.

Some of the most common factors are listed below:


male gender

alcohol abuse

family history of suicide

older age

poor social-environmental support (exemplified by

homelessness and unmarried status)

possession of firearms

the presence of medical and psychiatric conditions (including combat-related PTSD) associated with suicide
Zom-bee
11/26/09
What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and how do they differ from the symptoms of just stress?

What can be done to help someone heal over PTSD?
Knowable
03/02/09
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  Some basic symptoms: effort to avoid thoughts or feelings associated with trauma.
efforts to avoid activities arouse recollection of trauma
inability to recall an important aspect of event
markedly diminished interest in significant activities
feelings of detachment from others
restricted range of affects
increased startle reflex
increased dreams of like events
intense psychological distress at exposure to events that symbolize or resemble an aspect of event.

There are several good sites to look up Mental health issues. One being NAMI.org and then looking up diagnosis. Or Mental Health America.net
And as far as counseling you need to look for someone with experience with PTSD. and yes many people live good productive lives. Feel Free to email me if you'd like to chat. God Bless Reggie
ReggieR
03/02/09
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and how to deal with it?
What are the some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and how to deal with it?
Jake
09/10/10
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  The general answer is there are lots of symptoms and most are pretty unpleasant: trouble sleeping, trouble staying asleep, over-reactive responses to noises or unexpected things around you, irritability and stress, physical problems that don't seem to make sense (you're not sick, but you have chronic digestive problems; your heart is OK but you have palpitations and weird beats), obsessive thinking, crying, exhaustion despite getting rest, sleepwalking, bad dreams, night terrors, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, paranoia, picking huge fights for reasons you can't figure out, depression, aggression, inability to concentrate, hopelessness, and other things.
For an individual person, it depends on what the trauma is/was that sets up this reaction. If it was childhood abuse, for example, you make have one set of symptoms; if rape, another set; if you were in the military, you will probably have another set of symptoms related to things you saw or experienced.
Lots of things help to treat it, but you need to have some expert guidance.
Good therapy by someone who knows how to treat PTSD is hugely valuable. If you are near a VA hospital for instance, you might ask their psych department if they can recommend a therapist in the community who can specifically evaluate you and offer treatment.
Some medications are excellent (especially for relief from anxiety or trouble sleeping). Sometimes meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, tai-chi will give you techniques to help manage symptoms, when they arise, that aren't particularly severe. Sometimes learning self-defense is helpful, if you felt powerless or victimized. Under some circumstances, bio-feedback has helped patients; sometimes actively imagining and working through the traumatic situation (only with the help of a therapist) - working out mentally what would be a better outcome - will help.
There is some research that suggests that if you take a painkiller very soon after the traumatic event, it becomes less psychologically stressful to you in the long run ( experiments have been done with both mrophine and tylenol).
PTSD can be very, very painful to yourself and people around you. The best answer is get some expert advice!
Adjeak I
09/10/10
Is elavil effective for teens with post traumatic stress disorder?
So today I got these little pills called elavil 25MG to help with my insomnia and ptsd,do you think it will help me with my disorders and what are some of the side affects that may occur?
desde63
11/19/10
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Effexor XR?
I've been on Effexor XR (150 mg a day) for approximately 6-8 months. I suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and bi-polar depression.

I am dependent on this drug and am trying to wean myself off them, and am considering getting off medications all together?

Opinions, thoughts, concerns or any suggestions?
Ethnique
03/25/08
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  I take Effexor and I have gone off of it in the past. There will be some withdraw issues, sort of like the symptoms you may have gotten when you forget to take a dose. A very common one is brain shocks where you feel like you have been hit by a jolt of electricity. Unpleasant. I had them for about a month when I went off of Effexor, and I did gradually lower the dose--it was not cold turkey. Best to ask your doctor to help you with this and expect some mild discomfort.

As far as going off all your meds. I have been there. I have schizoaffective and during rough times I have gone off my meds because I thought that they just weren't helping. Another option besides going without meds is to go to your doctor and tell him that they aren't working and you want to try something totally different. Try to think back to a time when you were doing better and remember what meds you you were taking then. Idealistic, I know, but things can get pretty dark if we just give up altogether. Anyways, all the best to you.
Unpopular Opinion
03/25/08
bipolar disorder?
My 14 year old brother has bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, fetal alchol syndrome, and oppositional difiance disorder. He and i were severely abused by my biological mother for many years, and all of the non-genetic disorders are results of the abuse. My biological mother also had many mental disorders, including the bipolar, which she passed on to him. I managed to escape the situtation with only bad memories and bruises. Why does he have so many problems and i have none? I am not saying that i want any of them, just wondering how i managed to not get them.
We have since been adopted and our entire family is in therapy. The therapist says that i have moved past my issues and have "healed", but because of my brother we are still in therapy.
hardcore_angel
06/27/06
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  The reason it passed you by is because the universe wants and needs you to be there for your brother. Coming from the background that you did I am so glad that you are both in counseling.
diaryofamadblackman
06/28/06
Can Depression Result From Family Home Conflict, Fighting, and Stress?
I deal with an elderly parent whom I live with, who causes constant conflict, fighting, arguments, and frustration. Can this aggravate depression and make it much worse? My parent has pronounced dementia.
I lived with Mom for seven years, and did not get connected with an alzheimers support group. It gave me I think post traumatic stress disorder or some nervous breakdown. I finally left and the other children took over her supervision, but after one year away I am still feeling the effects of it.
integritytwo
08/08/10
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  I'm sorry to hear that your going through so much right now. It's hard enough to be emotional abused by a family member but in your cause the abuse is coming from someone who is very sick and probably really can't control what they are saying or doing.

With that being said, your not only facing the stress of being yelled at etc but also the stress of a loved one being very ill. This combination probably plays a big role in your depression.

Now, depression is multifactorial in it's root causes and can be caused or exacerbated by stress. So therefore your stress could be caused your home situation or you were depressed before and this has made it worse.

Bottom line however is that at this point it doesn't really matter where, when, how etc. but that you need help to deal with your emotions and the situation. A good place to start is your general practitioner and explain to them what's going on. From there they will help you with the next step which can be medication, therapy or a combo of both.

I hope this helps and good luck.
Shelby Anderson
08/08/10
My Dr. has recommended that I come off as many of my medications as possible?
He does not write them and he did not want to pull me off of them because he was not the prescribing doctor. I am on Clonazepam.5mg 1daily, Geodon 80 mg twice daily, Metoprolol Succinate Er 50 mg daily, Wellbutrin 300mg daily, Topomax 50 mg twice daily,Mirapex .25mg at night, Rozerem 8mg at 6pm, Ambien CR 12.5 mg at bedtime, Nuvigil 250 mg 1 upon wake up, Sumatriptan Succinate 100mg 1-2 as needed. The conditions that I have are nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, Severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ,idiopathic narcolepsy , hypersomnia and sinus tachycardia. I get horrible almost debilitating pains in my legs and when I told my previous Dr. about it he said it was restless Leg syndrome , well I'm on the Mirapex and the pain just continues to get worse. Most of the time when I try to come off a medication the doctor's are unwilling to cooperate, any suggestions?
desired_soul
04/09/11
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  you may find it helpful to not switch doctors. i'm guessing that at minimum you have a psychiatrist for the PTSD, and depression, and parkinson's, a medical specialist for your narcolepsy and insomnia, an internist for your diabetes, a cardiologist for your heart problems, a neurologist for your migraines and epilepsy, i think i've got all of them.

you seem to have the misfortune of being diagnosed with problems that require specialists to treat. i'm having trouble figuring out your question - you say your doctor recommends that you come off as many of your medications as possible. that seems like a wise idea - eliminating the nuvigil, rozerem and ambien might just eliminate your narcolepsy and insomnia. it would make sense that the clonazepam could also be stopped as the amount you take is too small to have any therapuetic use. i can't discern if you take the mirapex for parkinsons or restless leg syndrome, or both. while i am not a doctor, it does make sense to eliminate the medications that aren't necessary.

so yes, one of your doctors was wise indeed to recommend eliminating some of your medication. but then at the end you say when you try to come off a medication the doctors are unwilling to cooperate. ....

it seems likely that when you stop taking the medications that are not health-sustaining, you will eliminate a lot of your problems, thus, eliminating the specialists, thus, eliminating the confusion surrounding your medication regime.

or maybe that's not it at all?

04/10/11
why is it when night time comes i start to get ancious? i get nervous , i get chest pains and tingleling feel?
ing on the left side of my arm, my left breast and my left leg.it's a tingleling like if i slept on the left side but i did not...this tingling sensation also goes on the left side under my shoulder blade. what could this be?..and i also cannot sleep unless i have sleeping pills that the doctor gave me ..that no longer works..i sleep 2 or 3 hours and t hen wake up.these pills name ambien 10mg suppose to make you sleep for a good 8 hours .i have been taking this medication along with other depression pills; prozac 90mg weekly,wellbutren 300mg a day.hydroxyling 100mg a day sometimes 150mg a day depending how nervous i feel.i'm taking so much medication i'm thinking i'm gonna have a heart attack. i was diagnose with post traumatic stress disorder...along with anciety attacks and depression...and with all this medicine you think i be better but i don't..feel better i still get the symtoms. i wish there was only 1 pill to take care of all of this but the doctor says no...
gengen
04/27/06
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  you are running out of choices.
the tingling is a warning from your nervous system.
you really must start to eat more, drink more water, and get more god damned exercise.
walking or swimming.
leadbelly
04/27/06
Another Diagnosis...?
Over the years I been diagnosed with a lot of stuff. I been diagnosed with Aspergers, Post Tramatic Stress disorder, Major Depresiion, Anzienty that isn't generalized and recently with all of these I have schizoaffective disorder depressive type. I am not on any medication to help these things that I been diagnosed with but I am on medication Prilosec for my ulcers (taking medication as long as i can remember) Minipress for nightmares Lamictal for my seizure disorder Jolessa to stabilize my seizures Buspar the highest dose for anzienty but it doesn't work. And the phyco person who evaluated me says your not on any drugs that are working well none of them can help the situation of your illnesses so what medication is prescribed for these LABELS not under the catergories such as anti depresion or phyological meds I just want to know the medication that they might prescibe me
My doctor I know told me they all intertwine exept my seizures and that the issues are not side effects that are causing this I had these problems with phobia and halutionations and nightmares about killing myself and not waking up was way before I started taking any of this medication I hate taking meds but I did stop taking my meds and all went to hell
EMS
03/24/11
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  hi
Ines
03/24/11
What are some good ways to relieve stress?
I live in a very stressful environment and have had a stress headache for a week! Well, I'm bothered by stress because I know it produces fat, and I really don't want to gain weight from stress. I really don't feel stressed, but am getting stress headaches. So, I wanted to know, what are ways you relieve stress?
1 Corinthians 9:26b-27
10/13/08
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  try exercise...that is the best stress reliever!
I exercise for 1.5 hrs, 5 days a week, and anytime i have a headache, it goes away after my workout. try it.

plus, it keeps me going during the day, because i'm all pumped up!
asianguy_262000
10/13/08
What are 20 stress related disease and 15 ways to relieve stress?
I need it for a homework. Not symptoms of stress, diseases cause by stress.
jgiraldo80
11/20/08
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  There aren't technically stress related diseases. However, there ARE stress related disorders.

Stress Related Disorders:

1. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
2. Agoraphobia
3. Social Anxiety Disorder
4. Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)
5. Bipolar Disorder
6. Clinical Depression
7. Schizophrenia
8. Panic Disorder (having panic attacks)
9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
11. Hoarding Disorder
12. Specific Phobias (fear of flying,fear of water etc.)
13. Hypochondria (Health Anxiety)
14. Nocturnal Panic Attacks
15. Insomnia
16. Nightmare Disorder
17. Alcoholism
19. Addictive Disorders
20. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Here are 25 Ways to Naturally Relieve Stress:
http://www.stop-anxiety-panic-attack.com/25-ways-to-relieve-anxiety.html

Enjoy!

Hope you get an A.
Tips for Stress & Anxiety
11/21/08
What's the difference between regular stress and chronic stress?
If there is 1 thing that is constantly stressing you out, let's say, you're unemployed for 6 months, then you have chronic stress? So when you find a job, you no longer have chronic stress? So chronic is a time factor? I'm always stressed about the amount of $$ I make, and that I have no friends or a boyfriend. Do I have a chronic stress?
PokerMania
09/08/07
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  I wrote an article that may be able to answer your questions. Here's the link...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/42529/the_physical_and_emotional_symptoms.html
Cristina O
09/11/07
Will a CT Scan show Attention Deficit Disorder?
I have what I think is major depressive disorder, but having recently switched psychiatrists my new one now wants me to go for a CT scan to rule out any possibility of another disorder - which I'll soon be attending. The only other disorder that this could possibly be, at least from my perspective, is Attention Deficit Disorder. Would a CT Scan show the brain abnormalities associated with the disorder?
endlessnameless111
10/21/08
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  No, your doctor wants to rule out physical abnormalities with your brain. Mental disorders don't show up on CT scans because they are problems with the neurotransmitters and are not like tumors or strokes. I have schizoaffective disorder and my CT shows a healthy brain when I went in for migraine headaches.
Pick A Winner
10/21/08
How bad can prolonged stress affect your immune system?
I have terrible stress from hypochondria and PTSD. Most of my days are spent worrying about one thing or another, I would rate my personal stress and anxiety levels as very high on a daily basis. Lately I have had constant diarreha and now I have a UTI and possible ear infection. I am male, 23 years old. This has been this way for going on two months now. Is it possible my stress is to blame? Or should I be worried about something else?
Qil
07/14/11
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  YES - stress will stress you out dude - get some chill pills from the dr - don werri bee hoppy
william
07/14/11
STRESS..............?
okay so im 15 yrs old and i smoke cigarettes...

and i know they are bad for my health but with my family they help me take the stress off.

and i can quit anytime but i need something to help me take t he stress off

so i was thinking YOGA or MEDITATION.

so if anyone can help me with some routines that would be great.
rawwr its ashleyy
12/18/08
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  Hi,

You may try meditation to manage you stress. Here's some tips for you to learn Transcendental Meditation.

http://the-transcendental-meditation.blogspot.com/

Thanks
James
James
12/19/08
Cortisol, hydrocortisone acetate, and prenatal stress.?
I am doing some research on prenatal stress and I am having a hard time find some things out.
Cortisol is secreted in response to stress. So increase in cortisol concentration will increase stress. (CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG)
I am trying to look for what exactly hydrocortisone acetate (HCA) does. I think it reduces cortisol, but I'm not sure.
Prenatal stress then affects the piglets psychologically and physically (this I know).

Basically need help looking up relations of cortisol and stress, relation of hydrocortisone acetate and cortisol, and how hydrocortisone acetate works.

It'll be great if anyone can give me some sites.
ryudoradragon
12/02/09
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  Yes, and er, not exactly. I will explain. Cortisol is not an easy hormone.

Increased cortisol is called hypercortisolism, or Cushing's syndrome (or disease, if the source is pituitary).

Cortisol raises naturally and has a natural rise and fall every day - called the diurnal rhythm. It wakes you up in the morning and puts you in bed at night if all is well. During times of stress, ACTH is secreted by the pituitary and more cortisol is released. Adrenaline is also released - both are in the adrenals. Actually a lot of hormones are secreted. In any case, if the stress is short lived, the cortisol should just be pretty short lived. In the case where stress is longer, such as pregnancy or illness, cortisol is raised to deal with it. It is, as long the cortisol stays within certain limits and timelines, a good thing, so that the body can reduce inflammation, keep blood pressure up, etc.

If cortisol is raised too much, too long, than the body basically starts to destroy itself. It can lead to minor issues like cataracts up to major issues like depression, bone loss and death. Too much can put stress on the body.

As for hydrocrotisone acetate, that is a form of corticosteroid. Taking it will not lower your cortisol but raise it. There are many forms of corticosteroids known simply as steroids such as hydrocortisone and prednisone and dexamethasone - they mainly differ in how long they last and when they kick in as well as how close they are to what the body makes. HCA is rather uncommon since it has a short life.

Taking any corticosteroid has risks - if you take more than your adrenals make which is roughly 20mg of HC, then the adrenals can go on vacation - they are lazy things and takes a while to wake them up.

A raise in cortisol during pregnancy is very normal. The stretch marks that are purple are a sign of this - that is a sign of Cushing's syndrome and pretty much the only time purple or colored stretch marks happen is when steroids are involved (naturally or not).

I hope this helps.
Jen S
12/07/09
Tachycardia, abnormal Cardiolite stress test, need info!?
I have been diagnosed with tachycardia and went on Atenolol this week to control that.

Results of my cardiolite stress test were abnormal. I was out of breath and the Dr. stopped the test 3 1/2 minutes in although I could have walked more. Had rest and stress pictures done.

As soon as the Dr. looked at all the pictures a few days later, they called me in immediately (2 weeks before my follow-up) to schedule a heart cath. He was shocked but there is a circulation problem- that it seems there is a blockage or something.

I am 33. I am significantly overweight, but normal cholesterol, normal blood pressure. If my cholesterol is normal then why might I have a blockage? Is it just fatty around my heart?

Family history includes mother having heart attack before age 60 (diabetes, high blood pressure & cholesterol) and aneurysms.

Just wanting opinions since I am under a Dr.'s care.
Also been advised to take it very, very easy until the heart cath. I am feeling like a ticking time bomb or something!
I am not diabetic, blood sugar is fine. I didn't have gestational diabetes either with my kids, youngest is 3.

Mitral valve and tricuspid valve also somewhat leaky and insufficient but they did not think that was a big deal.
Proffalken- OMG- my sister (age 43) has a hypercoagulative blood clotting disorder and has had strokes. She also has been diagnosed with epilepsy. I don't even think I told them about the clotting disorder! We are genetic 1/2 sisters. Better let them know.
Heart size and strength are normal.
It's just sinus tachycardia, nothing else- I asked.
Simply_Renee
04/17/06
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  actually you can have a blockage and your cholestorol be very low. Some people have clotting factor issues with their blood and it causes blockages very easy. I would definately talk to you doctor and see if there are ways to help control this. 33 years old is too young to be having these kinds of issues.
proffalken1975
04/17/06
What is the best way to support someone with panic disorder?
What would be an example of a supportive person or friend to someone who has panic disorder? I have panic disorder, and sometimes it feels like I have lost those who were the most important to me. What are ways people can support those with panic disorder? I am just so scared all the time, and it is also a load to have to take care of others (not children, mind you, but other people's problems).
ellagirl
02/18/11
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  I guess a friend would support you by reaching out to you regularly, whether in person or over the phone, so that you would not be so isolated. A panic disorder is worse when you are alone all the time. Although millions of people struggle with panic or anxiety, if you are the one with the problem, you often feel all alone. You often feel ashamed of this "weakness" so you don't have the courage to reach out to others. It's important that those who care about you help challenge you to get out. I would say a walk, or a trip to the gym would be great activities.

A supportive person also knows or learns how to set healthy boundaries. They can't be JUST a sounding board if you (the one with anxiety) want to constantly talk about and vent your anxiety. They should know how to set healthy boundaries - it's good for both of you. An example would be saying firmly but kindly, "I'll listen to you complain or vent for 5 minutes, then you'll need to switch the subject or I'll be getting off the phone for now." The truth is, the person trying to "run the anxiety through you" is not served well by dwelling on the anxiety either. They need to learn to think about other more positive things; it will help them feel more "normal" and lessen the isolation as well because more people will want to be around them.
Miriam M
02/21/11
stress?????????
i'm only 15, but i've been going through a lot of stress lately
with 2 huge projects due, 2 massive tests on friday, finals in two weeks, and trying out for 2 of my classes next year.

i also have this guy that likes me and everytime i come in contact with him i feel like i'm going to puke.

can this "stress" be causing my stomach to become upset and get the "runs" ahh i know it's gross but please help. it's weird, i'm fine one minute then the next it hurts so bad.
jsmonkey013
05/08/07
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  yes it is stress causing it, other than medication there is not a lot that you can do about it. Things will get better in time just hang in there.
einreb
05/09/07
Bipolar DIsorder?
Can Untreated Depression or Major Depressive Disorder turn into Bipolar Disorder and/or psychosis?
I nd Help
07/14/08
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  its not the un-treating it makes it turn into bipolar but more that the manic side of bipolar was just lay dormant waiting for something to trigger it off.
take care good luck
lisa1cares
07/14/08
Exercise Stress Test, Exercise Stress Cardiolite and an ECHO?
About 4 years ago I was hospitalized and diagnosed with tachycardia. At night I get these palpitations around my chest area and if feels uncomfortable although it doesn't hurt. I told my doctor about this and he ordered an Exercise Stress Test for yesterday and for tomorrow a Exercise Stress Cardiolite and ECHO. Should I worry? Is there something wrong with me? Please help!! I'm 29, 5'10'', 165 lbs. and don't smoke that much.
Y2K
11/20/08
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  I think your Dr is just being cautious or looking for a cause for your symptoms. I know it's hard not to worry when your facing a slew of tests. You state that your chest feels uncomfortable but"doesn't hurt", you have chest pain with palpitations so there may be a cardiac component. You need to stop smoking but you probably already knew that was coming. I hope everything goes well with your tests and you get your answers quickly, take care, Donna
Donna B.
11/20/08
Panic disorder?
I havent been diagnosed with panic disorder yet but Im sure I will be as I have them everyday and I have done for about 6 to seven months and they just keep getting worse.
What Im worried about is sometimes I get extremely depressed, is that part of panic disorder and will medication for it help it go away?

Thanks in advance
x
Cellar Door.
10/06/07
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  My mom is on zoloft to help with her depression and anxiety- panic attacks. She's been on them for about a year and she hasn't had anymore panic attacks. She seems like a much happier person now.
mommyof2
10/06/07
What is the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?
I see some symptoms in common between the 2, but is bipolar disorder more extreme? and how can borderline personality disorder be cured?
Lola
09/17/10
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  Bipolar is a chemical imbalance in the brain and Borderline is a set of learned behaviors and thoughts that were developed to cope with a traumatic childhood. Borderline does not have a chemical component so meds do not help with Borderline. The mood swings in Bipolar last for weeks or months and do not have triggers. The mood swings in Borderline are triggered by events and only last hours or at most a couple of days and they can change in a flash. People with Bipolar can be overly emotional and dramatic but usually only when in a manic episode. Borderlines are like that all the time. People with Borderline tend to self harm and have eating disorders while you do not see this as much in Bipolar. Those with Borderline tend to be very dramatic and have certain behaviors and ways of seeing things that are unique to Borderline, they have an intense fear of abandonment, they tend to see thing in black and white only (things are either very good or completely evil, nothing in between), they love you one minute then hate you the next without much in between. They tend to self harm and threaten suicide as a way to manipulate people, ie: threatening suicide during a fight then swallowing a handful of tylenol in front of the person who made them mad... knowing the person will stop them and that the tylenol will not hurt them. Someone with Bipolar who is suicidal will more likely isolate themselves and attempt suicide quietly and with conviction. Really the only similarity is the mood swings but even those are very different in the two disorders. What make is difficult is that people with Bipolar often ALSO have Borderline. As Bipolar runs in families someone may have also had a parent with Bipolar and developed Borderline as a way to cope with their tumultuous childhood.....

It is impossible so say which is more extreme as people have anywhere from ild to completely debilitating cases so an extreme case of Bipolar is worse than a mild case of Borderlien and visa versa. Bipolar can be treated with medication but Borderline can not. Meds can be used to treat some of the symptoms but not the disorder itself. The only cure for Borderline is therapy and until recently even that was not very helpful. People with Borderline tend to see their disorder as being part of who they are. For instance, my sister in law (ex sister in law) has it and she just says she is a "hot tempered latin chick" and she thinks it is sexy.. she refuses to admit that it might be her fault that she cannot maintain a relationship and cannot keep a job for more than 6 months because she is so nasty to other people.... She likes how she is. They usually end up seeing the therapist as the enemy who is trying to take away their personality and they stop going to therapy... or they see it as hopeless and cling to that, "I CAN'T get better, it's not my fault I have a disorder, pity me". Those with Borderline get a bad rap (so do those with Bipola but more so with Borderline), they can be EXTREMELY difficult to be around but they are in tremdous pain..... that does nto change the fact that they are difficult but they are not just bitchy and manipulative as some people think.

I once heard Borderline described as being "an emotional burn victim", they have no protective skin over their emotions.... they are always on the surface and always raw and they have little control over them.
Rebecca Morgan
09/17/10
INVEGA ER (Paliperidone) 9mg Have you used it and for which disorder?
say's its used for Schizophrenia , bipolar mania, and Schizoaffective disorder. Now i was prescribed it for a mood stabilizer For IED (Intermittent explosive disorder ) and Bipolar Disorder NOS .I also have severe ADHD (being treated for successfully) and anxiety and extreme insomnia ( have a temporary solution for now Clonipin )But what has your experiencee been with this drug ?what side effects has it caused ? weight gain or headaches? would you recommendd it for my diagnosis ?what was you treated for with it ? how old are you and what sex are you .Thank you so much or any input***NOTE SPELL CHECK ISNT CO_OPERATING SO PLEASE NOTHING RUDE ON MY GRAMMER thanks
gsmom
02/02/10
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  Paliperidone is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. It may be used alone or together with other medicines to treat patients with schizoaffective disorder. This medicine should not be used to treat behavioral problems in older adult patients who have dementia.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Take Paliperidone exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Take care as always!
canada_winnipeg_man
02/06/10
Bipolar disorder?
I'm writing a book. Anyone have any experience with living with a parent/loved one with bipolar disorder? I'm particularly interested in the mania stage of the disease. The mother in my book has it and rarely, if ever (I'm in planning stages) goes through the depressive stage. Mainly just mania. Any comments/anything I need to know?
I may describe the depressive side, but it isn't actually required to have the disorder. I do know a little bit of what's required for diagnosis, but I don't know what it's like to be around someone who has the disorder.
barlow_girl87
01/28/06
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  I dated a woman once who was bi-polar. Every time she went through a depressive stage I would hold her in my arms all night long and tell her everything was going to be ok. She would tell me about why she was sad and I would stay with her until it was over. One time I asked her what was wrong and she told me she didn't like her toothbrush. That was when I realized that she would never be better, that I couldn't take all her pain away, that I was helpless with her problems.

Later, I went into healthcare. At one point I got one of my MR residents diagnosed as bi-polar (they incorrectly thought he had obsessive compulsive disorder). When he was manic he would be easily distracted, in the middle of a conversation he would start cleaning his apartment because it was dirty. He would do this for hours at a time even if there were other more pressing things to do. When he finally had a depressive episode he would lie in bed and lack the energy to even get up. The medicine helped but left him feeling like he couldn't experience emotions (it took the highs & lows away).

I remember a third person who was obsessed with germs, when she was in a manic state she would shower dozens of times a day. She would actually run her books and notebooks through the dishwasher to keep them germ free.

Manic Depressive behaviour often looks a lot like OCD, except in OCD people realize what they are doing is silly - they just don't feel comfortable not doing it. With bipolar they don't realize there is anything wrong with thier behaviour.

It can be very difficult to live with someone with Bipolar, and it requires a special kind of love.

Good luck with the book :-)

NOTE: manic / depressive cycles are very long, usually weeks or months... shorter cycles (hours or days) are a different disorder.
fthnature
02/04/06
Is it practical to take creatine and L-glutamine at the same time with a post workout protein shake?
Well I usually take a protein shake after my workout with some creatine. And yesterday my brother bought me a container of some L-glutamine.
I've done enough research that tells me that L-glutamine is useful to take post workout but what I'm concerned about is it having a negative interaction with the other post workout supplements I'll also be consuming.
O RLY?
05/11/09
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  YA RLY
josee578
05/15/09
Chemists/ Doctors. If someone had an eating disorder that the doctor didn't know about...?
My friend has an eating disorder, she is with me now, and she hasn't told the doctor. If the dr. has prescribed her maxolon tablets (metoclopramide hydrochloride) and prochroloperazine and omeprazole, which one would be the best one to take? to stop an eating disorder? need professional advice please.
Meg M
11/12/08
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  Wait - omeprazole and metoclopramide are for heartburn and nausea - they won't stop eating disorders. But never take any medications with eating disorders that you haven't told your doctor about - some medicines we prescribe need food to dissolve and take effect.
arnypal
11/12/08
Stress?????????
I'm looking for different coping skills to deal with a high stress life before I give myself another heart attack, (yes I've had 1caused by stress) I'm only in my 20's and have had enough life experiences to be 40. Needing a new positive perception and good coping skills, Any suggestions?
Thanks Alot=)
sunshinechris80
11/23/07
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  1 walk allot
2 avoid caffeine
3 avoid pop
4 think positive when you catch yourself thinking negative
5 talk your problems out with a fried you can trust
6 avoid putting yourself in high amounts of loans etc
7 eat on time everyday even if you are not a regular eater
legend
11/23/07
What do you think about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit HyperActivity Disorder?
I am working on a presentation about ADD/ADHD and I need some personal feedback. What do YOU think about this ADD/ADHD phenomenon? Do you think it’s over-diagnosed? Do you think it even exists? Are you diagnosed with it? Can you tell me about some of your struggle?

Any opinion about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Ashley
03/12/08
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  I am 14 years old and I have ADD.
My elementary years were terrible...i wasn't a behavior problem (most girls aren't) but I couldn't keep my mind on one thing. I fidget all the time... I multi-task and I have a very short attention span. I was diagnosed with ADD last year and at first I was upset. Why LABEL me with this disorder? I found out more about it and it's actually a breath of fresh air to know that that was the reason I couldn't keep many friends (communication problems) and that's why I always felt different.

My older sister has it too...diagnosed when she was 18. She's 27 now. She says that when she makes love, its hard for her to enjoy it because she has so many racing thoughts and that creates relationship problems.
Ashley
03/20/08
How can someone get drugs for bipolar disorder for free or at a reduced cost?
A friend of mine is unable to pay for a psychiatrist to prescribe drugs for her bipolar disorder. She has been clinically diagnosed and her bipolar disorder is seriously affecting her quality of life and she is unable to function normally. She is having suicidal thoughts and she really needs help. Are there any gov't agencies that can help her?
Princess Anne
02/02/09
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  If you are in America there are usually psychiatric emergency departments at a hospital. They will either give you samples, or a prescription to be filled at that hospital for low cost. It's usually a long wait to be seen, and the hospitals are usually teaching hospitals - but she will be seen and hopefully helped.

Also, check out local agencies in your area, such as clinics, case management, and behavioral services.
TIAJ
02/02/09
How do i know if i have body dysmorphic disorder?
How can i tell if i have body dysmorphic disorder My mom thinks i do and all my friends think i care too much about my looks, but im not sure what to think. I am only 15 so i didnt think i could have this disorder. I am already saving up to get plastic surgery but i didnt think it was that big of a deal. How do i know if i have it, and how can i get help if i do
Breana
08/26/10
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  View: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Body_dysmorphic_disorder?open Only use a small hand mirror to check appearance, so just a small part of the body may be seen at a time, yet anything wrong will still be immediately apparent; cover (taping over/painting) full length mirrors. Check out www.bddcentral/mainpage2.aspx and http://www.ocdla.com/bodydysmorphicdisor… and www.mental-health-abc.com and www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php and http://p066.ezboard.com/bbodydysmorphicd… and http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/b… and http://bddvictims.lefora.com/headlines/ and http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/search/?cx=partner-pub-0124503147806353%3A98oafg-am73&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=bdd&sa=Search#1023 Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.… or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody… and/or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Other things worth trying: Enter "EFT" in the searchbar, at www.mercola.com (free), & "EFT therapists (professional is recommended) a good tryout, to see if it helps you. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressure massage/tapping on your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: repeating to yourself in your mind): "Even though I have a distorted body image, I deeply and completely accept myself". All of these things are designed to bolster the central sense of identity, enable emotional centering, and changing the focus from that of a person's appearance. When you notice something negative, such as: "Why can't I be beautiful, like those in movies, and magazines?", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is generated by the negative part of your mind.

After identifying it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!" You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method. It may well be worthwhile going to the Groups, at Myspace, Google, and Yahoo, and discuss it with them. Read "Picture perfect : what you need to feel better about your body" Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge. by Health Communications, c2007, & The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions - Paperback 2002 by James Claiborn and Cherry Pedrick, & The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Paperback 2005 by Katharine A. Phillips M.D., & The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas F. Cash from your bookstore, or Amazon.com Try the support groups, chat sites, and forums: www.bddcentral.com & http://www.thebddfoundation.org/self_hel… & http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/…
Jerry
08/26/10
Can anexsia be prescriped if it helps patient with eating disorder?
my good friend has an eating disorder. She was prescribed Anexsia for another physical pain. She said since being on the medication, she no longer has the urge to purge, or binge and feels totally normal again, and eats normal! Could this become a treatment for the eating disorder she has had for 7 years?
Zigmo
07/17/07
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  No. This medication is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen which is a narcotic used for pain. It is very habit forming so she would be trading one problem for another. It would not be a healthy or beneficial solution. She really needs counseling to deal with her eating disorder whic would be far more wise than forming an addiction to a pain killer!
ilse72
07/18/07
How do I stop stress from making me physically ill?
I have found that when I get stressed, nervous, worried, tense, etc I start to get physically sick. Usually my stomach is what gets upset the most. This happens for all kinds of stress including: tests, relationship fights, big vacations, moving away from home, anything.
I need to get over this, sometimes I even stress about getting sick from becoming stressed about becoming sick.
Anyone have any ideas? This has been going on for years and I can't stand it anymore.
yes anxiety is definitly apart of it.
Kelly
09/29/07
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  Well you're saying it's stress, but is any of it anxiety? I know that alot of my "stress" is anxiety about things like you mentioned, tests, etc. and there are now alot of anti-anxiety medications you can get so that it won't cause the physical symptoms to exist or exist as badly as they are now. There are also many other things you can do to help you learn to deal with stress/anxiety so that it won't effect you as badly such as yoga, deep breathing, and anti-anxiety exercises. If you don't take care of this problem you will likely end up with stomach ulcers from the stress so please talk to your doctor.
Laura S
09/29/07
why body dysmorphic disorder can be frequently confused with addiction?
I was my chatting with my friends when our topic shifted to body dysmorphic disorder. I know this is a disorder where you dislike your own body, but most of my friend associate this is addiction. How can this be associated with addiction? Any insights is appreciated.
Grace
03/17/09
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  I think that it depends on the context that body dysmorphic disorder is in. I think that it is the cause and an addiction is the effect. Say, for example, that someone doesn't like the way they look, so they develop body dysmorphic disorder. This might drive them to be anorexic and/or bulimic, which are both serious eating disorders and the effect of the body dysmorphic disorders; anorexia and bulimia are both considered special types of food addictions. If this happens, then I would say that it could lead to an addiction, but wouldn't necessarily be an addiction in of itself. However, I'm strictly talking about a dislike of someone's body with respect to weight. If we're talking about body dysmorphic disorder because of something like an acne breakout or someone's skin tone, then I wouldn't call it an addiction at all; I'd call it a complex. However, I can see where the argument for an addiction would come from.
Travis K
03/19/09
Bipolar Disorder?
I saw a web site for Bipolar disorder people to date,In other words, Bipolar disorder dating site.Is this a good idea,2 people with the same diorder.Would like feedback on this.
Cherokee
12/02/06
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  I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder myself, and quite honestly, I think it is a horrible idea for two people with this disorder to date.

I want to be able to have a normal love life, not a relationship that focuses on Bipolar.
karthrevived
12/03/06
How soon will Depakote help someone with bipolar straiten their moods out, What about Borderline Personality D?
My husband has been on Depakote for about a week now and I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of effect it would have on each disorder. He is being hospitalized now and they diagnosed him with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar. What effects will depakote have on each disorder and how soon will I see a difference?
I Love Richard KHC
11/12/10
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  I may not answer your question the way you would expect but telling you what happened in my case may be helpful to you.
I was put on Divalproex Sodium (Depakote) for the same diagnosis as your husband. As far as my agitated mania was concerned it proved to be useless. It was difficult for my psychiatrist to ascertain whether this medicine was having any therapeutic use in my case at all. Even if Depakote would have shown clear therapeutic efficacy, the serious problem was the rapid weight gain. I gained so much weight that I was diagnosed with 'Postural Hypertension.' This is reversible, as it was in my case, after I was taken off of Depakote.
Later I was put on Lithium which has proved very effective in controlling my mood swings. Carbemezepine, an anti epileptic drug is also considered as potent drug in treating Bipolar Disorder.
As far as Borderline Personality Disorder is concerned I am doing really fine. No drug is really indicated for this problem. In my opinion to suggest a drug, or prescribe one simply does not make sense. Psychotherapy is what usually works, as it did in my case. Most important is reflection, introspection, which would end up working. These words may seem complicated but the actual process of reflection, introspection become very natural as time goes by.
I hope this helps atleast somewhat. Good luck, hope your husband feels better.
Nigam
11/13/10
How do you cope with seasonal affective disorder?
I have seasonal affective disorder. I have a hard time wanting to get out of bed and do anything in the winter time. Does anyone else have this? Any ideas how to cope with this disorder?
Does anyone know where you can find those lights to aid SAD?
Realtorific
02/03/09
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  I absolutely hate winter and the grey skies. It's so despressing. Try guided imagery. There are CDs out there for relaxation/mediatation purposes. Get one where the person talks you through the "imagery" Many will talk about peaceful, warm, sunny beaches! This does help. Also there are special lights sold to mimic the spectrum of the sun. These also help. I try to do things outside (shop, doctor's appt, etc) on days when it's not TOO COLD. Then when it's totally unbearable i try to stay indoors, and do activities I find entertaining. Or, when possible have company over.
Bunnee
02/03/09
Lexiscan...a new stress test. Should I be so terrified?
The last time I had a chemical stress test, (since my legs won't carry me on the treadmill), I thought I was dying. I believe I was given Adenosine, or maybe Dobutamine, intravenously, and the overpowering feelling that I experienced was so terrible that I sincerely thought I was going to die! I think I may have even passed out. Will the new Lexiscan be easier on me, or will I have to experience that again? Any details would be appreciated!
I'm aware that Lexiscan is relatively new, but surely SOMEONE has had a stress test recently using it ?!!! Can anyone tell me what they experienced?
ohappyday!
07/20/08
Reply
  Lexiscan is an A2A adenosine receptor agonist used as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide MPI studies in patients unable to undergo adequate exercise stress.

Patients should be instructed to avoid consumption of any products containing methylxanthines, including caffeinated coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages, caffeine-containing drug products, and theophylline for at least 12 hours before a scheduled radionuclide MPI.

Prior to Lexiscan administration, patients should be informed of the most common reactions (such as shortness of breath, headache and flushing) that have been reported in association with Lexiscan during MPI. Overall, the most common (incidence ≥ 5%) adverse reactions to Lexiscan are dyspnea, headache, flushing, chest discomfort, dizziness, angina pectoris, chest pain, and nausea.

Fatal cardiac arrest, life threatening ventricular arrhythmias, or myocardial infarction may be induced by pharmacologic stress agents. Cardiac resuscitation equipment and trained staff should be available before administering Lexiscan.

Sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodal block. Adenosine receptor agonists including Lexiscan can depress the SA and AV nodes and may cause first-, second- or third-degree AV block, or sinus bradycardia.

Adenosine receptor agonists including Lexiscan induce vasodilation and hypotension. The risk of serious hypotension may be higher in patients with autonomic dysfunction, stenotic valvular heart disease, pericarditis or pericardial effusions, stenotic carotid artery disease with cerebrovascular insufficiency, or hypovolemia.

Adenosine receptor agonists may induce bronchoconstriction and respiratory compromise in patients with COPD or asthma. Resuscitative measures should be available.

Patients with COPD or asthma should be informed to discuss their respiratory history and administration of pre-and post-study bronchodilator therapy with their clinician before scheduling an MPI study with Lexiscan.


For more information, please check : http://www.lexiscan.com
Or contact Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ( Lexiscan Manufacturer) at 1-800-727-7003


Good Health To You !
MÄTRÍX
07/28/08
How is stress related to fat and weight gain?
I've read that stress causes you to gain weight and fat. What I am wondering is, does it have to be a lot of stress for this to occur and why does this occur?
Mike J
04/09/08
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  I get stressed out really easily and then I tend to go into a depression. It doesn't have to be a lot of stress either. When people get stressed out they eat more and they make poor choices about what they eat. You also tend to either sleep more or hardly sleep at all and niether of those is very good for your metabolism. So there is definitely a link between stress and weight gain.
WhoIAmIsWhoIWannaBe
04/09/08
it didn't post the first time ;/?
For my skin (slight acne), I'm on 250g Erythromycin in the form of Erymax capsules. I have to take one in the morning and one in the evening.
After two days of taking them, I feel completely...odd. I have a persistant headache that won't go away even with paracetamol, I feel constantly shakey/quivery, my bones & muscles ache continuously, my ribs feel like complete bollocks and all I want to do is sleep. Which I can't because I left it to the last minute to do school essays and I have to concentrate on them.
I don't want to say anything to my parents because I have an eating disorder and I fear it might be because of that, combined with the medication.
Is there anything I can do for myself? Should I stop taking the medication and pretend that I am.
I don't know.
Rebellious Redhead
11/02/08
Reply
  Wrong symptoms for an antibiotic. Reactions to antibiotics generally are those of itching, skin discomfort, red splotchs.

You need to increase your caloric intake. It sounds more like low blood Sugar, and vitamin deficiency.

Taking a multi-vitamin each day, one with all the vitamins and minerals, especially iron and folic acid in it, will help. Otherwise, you need to eat to feel good. Your body is a machine and your are running it on an empty tank. Stopping the antibiotic will only make your acne worse.

If eating disturbs you, try munching on an energy bar during the day. Eat several very small meals instead of a large ones.
Hoot
11/02/08
How many panic attacks does one have to experience to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?
I was curious about this. I have been recently diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and I think I have been also diagnosed with Panic Disorder, but I am not sure. How many panic attacks does someone have to have to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?
conjunto31
10/22/08
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  Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.

But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.
The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
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efxdc x
10/22/08
Does luvox cr even do anything?
I used to be taking citalopram 40 mg, which didn't help much at all, then I was switched to luvox cr 100 mg, which so far does absolutely nothing.

Has anyone tried this medicine for panic disorder and social anxiety disorder?
Zachary S
11/06/08
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  Welcome to the wild, wacky world of psychiatric meds. The bad news is that finding the right med or combination of meds is something of a crap shoot. Shrinks look at the statistics of what seems to work for people with a given symptom(s). Then they try to match the symptoms with what med works for the majority of patients. However, patients often react to the same meds differently, so shrinks often have to try another med or add a 2nd med.

40 mg is an average dose of citalopram (celexa) and might help many people with your symptoms. Both celexa and luvox cr are SSRIs, like prozac and paxil. They usually take about 3 weeks to start to work, but sometimes 6 or even 8 weeks.

Since celexa was not helpful, your shrink tried luvox cr. This is chemically similar to celexa. However, 100 mg is a low dose usually given to new patients. The full dose is usually 300 mg. So you have a time lag between the med starting to work, plus you are on a low dose.

One suggestion is just to give the luvox a month or two to see if it helps. You can also express your lack of progress with your shrink. He/she might want to try a different med, possibly one that is not an SSRI. I ain't a doctor but I suggest giving xanax a try. However, it can be habit forming if overused.

Finally, research shows that psychotherapy plus meds usually works better than meds alone or therapy alone. Also, there are many alternative medicine treatments for anxiety. Also, please make sure your doctor is a psychiatrist, not a regular MD. I wish you the best.
YA Junkie
11/07/08
Why did my vet prescribe Rimadyl and Tramadol for post op Hernia surgey done from spay complications?
My 8month Lab was spayed at our local Humane Society (big mistake) her internal stiches were done poorley and broke loose and created a hernia the size of Orange. After 3 visits to one vet they claimed it was a seronma and drained with no relief. I took her in for a second opion to another vet and was told she had a hernia. He perfomed hernia repair surgey three weeks after her spaying. Thank God I found another Vet that cared enough to do the surgery I am very happy with him. I did research on the meds given to us for post op and found that Rimadyl can cause death now I dont want to give it to her. She is also takingTramadol which is not so bad. Can I not give her the Rimadyl since both appear to be for pain and a antiflammitory. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated we have been throuh hell due to the poor job done and the Humane Society whom told me I was overreacting and should wait it out(she could of died) and by the way remember you signed a waiver with us and if you have any other questions contact your vet. DONT LET THE HUMANE SOCIETY DO SPAYINGTO LARGE DOGS THEY WILL CUT YOUR LOVED ONE UP SEND YOU HOME WITH NO MEDS AND NO RECOURSE. I made a mistake and its has cost me 1000.00 to fix the problems plus the stress I put my best friend through. I am now just trying to keep her comfortable and baby her the best I can but since she is a lab its hard for her to relax so crating her for now is the best option. Its been a long road to recovery and we just long for the dog park and a healthy run.
donna s
02/14/09
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  In the 4 years that I've worked in the hospital, the only thing I've seen as a complication from Rimadyl is GI upset. It is tolerated very well and death is in "rare situations."
She needs some serious pain meds - you dont realize how much you use the abdominal muscles until you have surgery through them. - so I would think that's why they doubled up.
Any surgery can have complications, and it was unfortunate that your pup had to experience it. Hopefully her healing will be quick & without problems.
tlh_98
02/18/09
I got prescribed Estazolam today and I am anxious to take it?
Ive got Bipolar Disorder and Ive been feeling extremely anxious and not able to sleep I suffer really bad isomnia and have tried self help to no effect lately up to now ive never been on any medication.
But recently I took the courage to see my Dr and talked to him about not being able to sleep and the stress with college etc going on in my life.
He prescribed me this drug for the shortterm however now that ive got it im actually quite anxious to take it I know deep down it would probably help me to sleep at least but I also know about the danger of possibly getting addicted to it and I even told him that the valerian root isnt helping me...
If anybody can help me with this or has taken this drug give me any advice? or if there is anyother drug that would be better choice.
Thankyoux
twizzlly
10/31/09
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How long can you live with Urea Cycle Disorder?
I have to do a project on this disorder and i cant find anything saying how long u live. And also, is it just new-borns that are diagnosed with this? I was looking for an age range and it just kept saying newborns. I just want to check and make sure.
LaughingSweetie
01/15/09
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  12 seconds.

Give or take.
Leer
01/15/09
Is there anything natural I can do/take to relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder?
Is there anything natural I can do/take to help with bipolar disorder.?
I am afraid of the long term affects of all of the medicine I take! And I do take a lot! Lamictal, pristiq, aplenzin, and trazadone.
Stephanie P
07/30/11
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Is the autoimmune disorder that causes Graves/Hashimoto's Thyroiditis always present even if thryoid is stable?
I carry both antibodies and wonder if the autoimmune disorder can cause symptoms even if my thyroid itself is stable.
Yentl
09/29/10
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  I have the same question to be honest. my tsh & t4, t3 & all other levels are in normal range. However, I have elevated antibodies & was told I have thyroiditis. I do feel I have symptoms. I do believe you can because even if the levels are "normal" your thyroid is still being attacked & there is an autoimmune issue happening. I have googled & read alot & found people who do feel both hyper & hypo with thyroiditis. Thats why they go on meds. My dr at this point doesn't feel i need them but will watch my levels. I feel aweful! hope u feel better.
meohmy
09/30/10
New ideas for treating seasonal affective disorder?
There is a member of our family who has seasonal affective disorder. We have the lights and he has seen the doctor, any suggestions?
Aunty Pat
10/06/08
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  Other things you can try are over the counter melatonin supplements, meditation, regular exercise, and generally anything to counter the depression.

Most people don't have it forever and everyone suffers a mild form of it in dark rainy climates. Try to keep the person positive.
nutritionallyfortified2
10/06/08
panic disorder????????????????
I have panic disorder and anxiety.Its driving me nuts.My whole day is consumed of me worrying that theres something wrong with me and that i will lose my mind or go mental and end up in a mental hospital.i do take prozak,buspar,and klonozapin.does any1 else have this problem?what would help me get my normal life back?
kahlien05
04/08/10
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  Well, first of all your taking 3 prescriptions. Try something more natural and take 1 instead of 3. Look online for more natural alternatives. There's lots of things that you can get a walmart for example, ginko biloba, kava kava, st. johns wort, and these are all in easy pill forms. I have anxiety and it sucks. Its like you think and over analyze everything, but remember your just thinking too much to yourself, No one is thinking as much as you do. Hope it helps. Your not the only one : ) ....(did i write that okay? did that sound stupid..the over analyzing me.) lol
Ashley
04/08/10
what is resadenosine--i know it has to do with a myoview stress test. thanks for your help?
i believe it is a medicine that is used in a myoview stress test, does anyone know what kind of after feelings you have after taking this test. i have had this procedure with different meds but they either gave me horrendous headaches and made me extremely nauseous. just curiouis if this will do anything like that. thank you very much.
Rosemary
09/28/09
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BiPolar Disorder?
I'm a 12 year old girl. I think I have BiPolar Disorder.
Ever since i can remember i have had anger issues, occasionally ( like every 6 months) i get very frustrated, angry, or outraged and afterwards i have a complete melt down... Then after about and hour and thirty minutes I'm ok again! (Weird huh?) Well this week it has happened twice! And right now im on top of the world... Bipolar disorder seems to be the only answer...
Example:
Earlier today I was having tons of troubl with my algebra homework. I was cursing, out loud, tearing and stabbinng at my book, pulling my hair out, and plain just beating things ( even my own hand with a pencil...
So my sister offers me help soo i except it because i was SSOO confused. Well she helped but my behaviorgot even worse. So i get introuble with my dad.
Then of course had a melt down... then got better

How can i tell my parents i think i am bipolar and them take me to a doctor?

Do you think im bipolar?

What are the symptoms?
Delilah W
10/19/07
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  What you descried doesn't seem to indicate bipolar disorder. I do think you should talk to your parents and explain to them that you feel like your behavior is out of your control and that you don't want to behave this way and that you feel that you need help. Maybe you just need someone to talk to, pinpoint where your anger is coming from. Also they can teach you ways to deal with your anger without letting your emotions get the best of you. Just google bipolar and you can find the symptoms easily.
Angela S
10/19/07
Will a nuclear stress test show blockages better than an angiogram?
Since Jan 06 i've had 4 heart attacks, 5 stents installed, and a triple bypass. I have recurring blockages in all the stents (as much as 60% in some) and my RCA graft is 100% blocked. I am experiencing the same pains as before plus some I haven't experienced before.I called to schedule another angio before i have another attack and my cardiologist scheduled a nuclear stress test instead of the angio. Will a nuclear stress test show blockages better than an angio or are my suspicions true that the hospital didn't bother to check my past medical records? I am on Imdur and my nitro-quick tabs alleviate the pain when I take them.
randy k
01/05/08
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  The nuclear stress test will show ischemia, or areas of the heart that aren't getting enough oxygen. The cardiac catheterization (angios) will show the blockages, while the stress test will give an idea of where the problem might be (they're not always right, though still helpful!).

With the catheterization, your cardiologist can also perform an intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) to see how narrowed any blockages may be.

That's quite a history you have... were you taking plavix after your stents? If you're having the same pain as before (you know your heart pain), then you ought to either call your cardiologist, or go to the ER. At the ER they will test your blood, as well as do an EKG & see if you're having another heart attack. If they find that you are, you'll go directly to the Cath Lab, and if not, they'll probably schedule you in very soon.

Best wishes to you, and feel free to email me if you have any questions- I'm one of those people who work in the Cath Lab, helping the Cardiologist!
Mrs B
01/05/08
Can a person have body dysmorphic disorder and see things that are not there without obsessing?
Can one have body dysmorphic disorder and see body problems that arn't there and not obsess over them?Or in order to say one has this do their whole lives have to be focused on the issue?
jill@doodle
07/15/07
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  The diagnostic criteria require that the patient suffer "clinically important distress" or "impaired work, social, or personal functioning." Admittedly these are rather vague descriptions, but I believe they both reflect some degree of obsession. [In fact OCD is sometimes comorbid with BDD].

So if a (hypothetical) patient perceived some imaginary disfigurement and wasn't particularly concerned about it, I suppose BDD would be excluded as a diagnosis. The answer to the question would then be: a person cannot have BDD without obsessing over their appearance.

That hypothetical case seems very unlikely to me, but I have no proof that it couldn't happen.
TFV
07/15/07
Is it okay to combine these?
So basically i am doing a suppliment stack for fat loss and lean muscle gain. if you going to tell me in an answer that i dont need suppliments and all i need is to eat healthy, save your breath. so basically I take 3g CLA, 2g Fish Oil with GLA, and 2.4g Tripple Lecithin 1200 twice a day, with breakfast and dinner. Than take L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, and L-Arginine with breakfast, pre-post workout meals, and before bed, with a hydrochloride creatine pre and post workout. I also do a whole bunch of whey and casein proteins throughout the day. im also on a very strict diet. Any knowledge about real medical risks for stacking these supps would be great. Thanks!
Zach
02/17/10
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  It depends on your age. All things come with risks
Missy123
02/17/10
Is it okay to combine these?
So basically i am doing a suppliment stack for fat loss and lean muscle gain. if you going to tell me in an answer that i dont need suppliments and all i need is to eat healthy, save your breath. so basically I take 3g CLA, 2g Fish Oil with GLA, and 2.4g Tripple Lecithin 1200 twice a day, with breakfast and dinner. Than take L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, and L-Arginine with breakfast, pre-post workout meals, and before bed, with a hydrochloride creatine pre and post workout. I also do a whole bunch of whey and casein proteins throughout the day. im also on a very strict diet. Any knowledge about real medical risks for stacking these supps would be great. Thanks!

02/17/10
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  It depends on your age. All things come with risks
Missy123
02/17/10
Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer areas?
I can understand people having seasonal affective disorder in areas where the weather change from summer-winter is more dramatic.

But what about warmer areas or areas where the season change is not so dramatic (such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida, etc)- would seasonal affective disorder still be something to be concerned about?
Crystal
01/03/09
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  Probably not as much, but it can still be a problem. These areas don't get cold and snowy, but they get a lot of rain. My father has it. He lives in Arkansas and built himself a workshop outside with electricity and a heater and it really helped. He probably couldn't do that as easily here in Colorado where I live. It just gets too cold and snowy
Kristee
01/03/09
Does anyone know how to relieve the pain of degenerative disc disorder?
Tank Lady has been diagnosed with a mild case of degenerative disc disorder. She can feel it on a pretty regular occasion. Does anyone have any sure fire ways to relieve the discomfort that she has?
Tank Man
03/15/07
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  degeneration of the disc normally occurs due to wear and tear beyond its ability.. the best thing is to take complete bed rest for a week and simultaneously you can have hot packs and later start some strengthening exercises for the back muscles.. avoid forward bending.. if still you are not happy try to meet a good physiotherapist
drjdhanas
03/15/07

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