calypso Posted October 9, 2004 Report Share Posted October 9, 2004 Well, I finally had a visit with my doctor about my swelling and weight loss. What a waste of time. (If I had a nickel for every time one of us said that, I'd be rich, right?!)He told me I have "chronic venous insufficiency" -- even though this is a condition that usually develops in women who have several children, are older, overweight and who have varicose veins. I am 28, super-thin right now due to too much adrenaline I think and have not one varicose vein in my body. My mother, who is 67 and has tons of varicose veins, has less swelling than I do.I am wearing compression hose and they help with the swelling, but they are awfully uncomfortable. And this only masks the problem as opposed to finding the cause.Then, when I told him that I have not weighed this little since elementary school, he told me to drink milk shakes. Is that wise advice for someone with borderline high blood pressure and a father who died of heart disease? This guy is supposed to be a great doctor here and is well respected in the community.I am so frustrated. I never had health problems before I had my daughter, aside from occasional panic attacks completely controlled by medication. Now I am totally pale, everyone at work is gossiping that I am sick with some horrible disease, my heart is pounding away at even the slightest emotional distress/excitement or exercise, and I can't breathe at all. And my anxiety is at an all-time high; I had to have my black Lab euthanized the other day because he developed a giant mass on his spleen that burst and was bleeding. He had less than a 10-percent chance of surviving much past surgery because the vet said she believed he had malignant cancer. The euthanizing part was so emotionally upsetting that I had horrible chest pain referring to my shoulder and my heart was pounding for hours. I can't believe what happens to my body from any sort of stress.Yikes. I am trying to stay calm, but I feel like I have such little control over my body. I know, I'm whiny!Amy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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