Post # 1
Feeling bummed today, things were going well and i just started having a flair up of my symptoms again. Fiance, Mom and I talked about me possibly going on medical leave for a little while. I feel bad doing so, because we are paying for our own wedding, trying to save for a house and pay for our own honeymoon so my income is important. Fiance figures my health is more important… and i agree i have just never not worked since grade 10 (summer / part time jobs) and i have been working for 6 years now full time. Stress is one of the biggest factors that make me feel more sick and flair up my symptoms. Fiance is in the final stages of getting hired on at a mine up north and will be making double his current wage, just feeling guilty about taking a leave from work while he is going to be working so hard. He is super understanding and just wants me to get healthy again, i just dont know what i want to do. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks for listening…. just needed to get it off my chest.
Post # 3
I’m really sorry you’re not well 🙁 There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless and like you’re trapped in/by your own body. I think it’s great your Fiance is so supportive. I agree that your health comes first.
A while back, I had a lot of medical issues and my doctor sort of gave me a blanket diagnosis because he couldn’t figure it out. I insisted it wasn’t right so he wanted to give me anti-anxiety medication which I felt was not an appropriate approach to treat the situation. I ended up finding an awesome naturopath and she figured me out and I was feeling 75% percent better within a month, and back to 99% after two months. I see her the odd time when I’m feeling a bit of a flare up, but it’s maybe once a year at most now. If stress is your trigger, I’d definitely suggest finding a naturopath that could work in conjunction with your doctor. Most insurance won’t cover it (I don’t have insurance myself) but it was definitely worth the money for me!
Post # 4
May I ask what condition?
Post # 5
@bakerella: That might be an idea! … Honestly at this point i am okay to look into all sorts of different things!
@andielovesj: It’s still uncertain what it is, my dr. says its IBS. irritable bowel syndrome At first they figured it was chrons and then colitis but my results from biopsy’s are contradictory and she just figures its an extreem case of IBS. Because i have been dealing with it for over a year without any idea what it was, it created an anxiety issue so i am trying to get that dealt with too. 🙁
Post # 6
Oh I am so sorry to hear this…..
Please, take GOOD care of yourself.
Your health is more important than anything else.
Post # 7
@MrsHoneyC: That is exactly what happened to me!!!! I had some kind of a stomach issue, but then I got anxious that it would happen all the time, and one basically started feeding the other. My doctor ran batteries of tests and everything came up negative, so he just gave me this blanket IBS diagnosis because he couldn’t figure it out. I told him it had turned into an anxiety based issue at this point, so he prescribed me Adavan which just didn’t feel like the right solution for me.
When I met my naturopath I told her everything, and she started me on natural anti-anxiety pills that I took 2-3 times a day for a month. It literally changed everything. Everything. The naturopath I saw about $175 for the initial consultation, and then $95 for follow ups, so I think in total I probably spent about $500 when I consider the cost of the supplements, etc, but it was worth it to get my life back. She’s still one of my favourite people ever 🙂
I also ended up switching doctors because I was so angry with that guy. He wouldn’t share my medical records with my naturopath until I went in and basically lectured him. My doctor now is awesome 🙂
Post # 8
@bakerella: oh wow! Thats crazy! I just hate the random Diagnosis of IBS. This problem effects me as soon as i wake up to the moment i go to bed. At times its so bad i cannot leave the house because… sorry if its Too Much Information i go to the washroom like 8 times an hour. I got perscribed pain medication about 6 months ago which has changed my life i can actually function somewhat with the aid of immodium it seems to cover up the symptoms but as soon as i stop it all comes flooding back and i am in the same possition i was a year ago. I think i will do some research into a naturopath in my area and contact them. I am hopeful if it worked well for you maybe it can help me? At times i just feel so run down and so exhasted i just feel like leaving the house to go to work is the biggest challenge. Plus now i have anxiety every time i leave the house incase i have an accident in public. -which has happened- Just so frustrating to have a young body and be crippled with something that i concider an elderly persons issue. 🙁
@MrsJoyful80: <3 thanks for the lovely kind words of encouragement.
Post # 9
I know how you feel. I have epilepsy and vestibular migraines (the migraines are 10x worse than the epilepsy, actually) and sometimes I feel just plain miserable. I’m on disability. There’s no way in hell I can work, and it sucks because for the most part we’re paying for ours, too. There’s no shame in taking some time off of work, though. Sometimes it just can’t be helped, it’s not your fault.
Just focus on your health for now because you’re right, stress can really make a difference in your symptoms. I hope your symptoms improve soon.
Post # 10
@MrsHoneyC: Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. That has to be incredibly painful and annoying to deal with. I’m sorry today is bad, but I am hoping tomorrow is better & you can enjoy your weekend!
Post # 11
I’m so sorry about your health issues. I’ve just come off of a pretty rough year, and reluctantly took a semester off of school (doctor + parents + SO had a medical ‘intervention’ of sorts, haha) to address the issues head on… and it was the best decision I could’ve made! I had a few months to go to new doctors, do my own research and properly figure out what was going on. I’d been struggling with a condition for 8 very long years because I always put other things before my health, and after years of declining I am on track again, have a proper diagnosis and am feeling better than I have in almost a decade (and I’m only 21!) I would strongly advise you to take the time you need to get a handle on things, because if you don’t have your health you truly don’t have anything! It sounds like your Fiance is super supportive, he’s already taking those “in sickness and in health” vows seriously! 🙂
Post # 12
I know how you feel…back in December I suffered a spinal/back injury while lifting one of my patients. I have been out of work ever since. I’m on workers comp but I make roughly $1,000 less a month than I would if I were working. Since we’re paying for a good chunk of our own wedding it’s really hit our budget hard and put stress on our situation.
It’s such crappy timing but honestly you just have to go with the flow and make your health the priority….best of luck!
Post # 13
OP (and anyone else) check out the book “accidental cure” by dr simon yu and/or research the connection between ibs and parasites. I think that book could really help you!
Post # 14
I have some chronic health issues and I totally understand being frustrated by your own body. My partner and I (well, more I, he’s dealing w/ it rather well) are realizing that I may never get better than I am now – but as long as I don’t get worse, I guess I’ll take it. I had to take a few steps back work and school wise for teh sake of my health. It sucks bc like you guys, we’re paying for teh wedding entirely ourselves. I think it’d be okay if my medical bills were less but despite having decent insurance my co-pays add up quickly each month.