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  •  Seriously, Dannyboy is on to something here. (5+ / 0-)

    Medical traumas can cause Post Traumatic Stress, and some do go on to develop full blown PTSD from it.

    Feeling helpless, completely pole-axed and uncertain about your future [which feeds into that helplessness] are all potent factors that can lead to this condition. It's powerful.

    Here is a checklist for you to look at to help you figure out if this is an issue you might want to explore.

    The Doctor's office or the Hospital, or a resurgence in your medical conditions can all be triggers.

    The date of your diagnosis, your surgeries, etc., can also be what are called anniversaries.

    The stress can be so great from this, that it can exacerbate other medical conditions and even cause new ones over time. YICK!

    •  Thank you for the link, GreenMother (3+ / 0-)
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      I try to keep a list of resources to share in my talks with vets (and others in another group I'm active with). Gentle talk is a good way to get an opening for sharing more information and encourage sufferers to seek the other help they might need (I always hope).

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:20:56 AM PST

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      •  Just having a name for something sometimes is (3+ / 0-)
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        a big help.

        And you know sometimes people get sick of being poked and prodded, especially if the poking and prodding isn't productive.

        Medical personnel want to help, but sometimes forget that everyone needs a break. Being sick for that long --it's a job, and if you have a job, at some point you need a vacation.

        It might not be sound medical advice, but it seems to be more about emotional needs rather than the physical.

    •  Thank you =) (4+ / 0-)
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      I sought treatment when I found myself laying on my bed, looking out the window for days, wondering where the nearest mental hospital was.

      PTSD is exactly what has grown inside me from all this medical fun. When I am asked to visit someone in the hospital now, I oblige, but it's difficult. The smells, the sight of the's all too much.

      You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. -Morpheus/The Matrix

      by Kaos on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:19:22 AM PST

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      •  Learning to meditate helps tremendously (1+ / 0-)
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        Keeping a journal is indispensable for discovering, naming and then reminding one's self of their triggers and anniversaries.

        If this is what you believe to be going on, these are two approaches I highly recommend.

        There are supplements that are good for calming down, but given your medical issues, I have no idea whether it would be advisable or not, to try them.

        Most of all, you need an advocate when you go to the doctor or hospital. One person you can count on to stand up for you, hold your hand before, during and after.

        The problem with PTSD from issues like this, is that one can avoid some situations that might trigger an episode/reaction.

        But what are you going to do with this? Not get sick? Not break anything? Ever? So it can be a bit tricky in both honoring your emotional needs, and still caring for yourself with proper medical treatment.

        You can just stop going to the doctor, but eventually something is going to happen and one way or another you will end up in that office.

        It would be golden if you can find a doctor who is understanding about this, which is easier said than done.

        I have heard  good things about cognitive therapy too, for this sort of thing. You can read about it at this VA page:

        Acupuncture is an alternative health care model used to treat for stress and anxiety as well. I have also heard good things about that.

        •  Sorry I missed this, GreenMother, (1+ / 0-)
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          only saw this early this a.m. Oddly, yesterday morning at an "all staff" meeting here at work, we heard again about the financial hits we'd take as budget cuts come down. No one knows anything in particular, so it's wait, watch and worry for lots of folks. I rarely speak at these meetings but perhaps in good part because of sharing here and hearing others, I raised my hand and let folks know that writing is something they can do to feel more empowered when the larger political/economic system machinations seem to close in around us. I taught writing for almost 18 years at community colleges and universities, mostly moonlighting, always part-time, and I believed then and still do that writing (and the arts) are viable, therapeutic tools for all kinds of sufferers. Thank you.

          I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

          by dannyboy1 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 04:38:48 AM PST

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