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  1. I've had a REALLY shitty history with therapy. My psychiatrist was doubling as my therapist at the time and things went wrong. Since then, I've been in and out and pretty much was at the end of it all when I tried one more time. My current therapist is amazing, but I went in with a list (literally) of what I needed and what I didn't. I knew what I've been through and I knew what wouldn't work for me. It seemed to help find the right one.... or maybe I was lucky. This is what I did... I pretty much interviewed him over the phone. I asked some basic questions. " Do you deal with this? Do you have experience in this? Is your experience through training or do you have real life experience with this? " Once that was done, I met him and read off my list and told him what kind of language I respond to/and don't. I asked him what his method/philosophy is. I see mine twice a week and each week, we do a quick check-in to see how things are progressing and to identify anything that needs to be changed. Therapy is a two way street. They ask questions to get to know you better. You should ask questions too. He asked me, "How do you feel you are progressing regarding...." I replied and then followed up with, "How do you feel I'm progressing in ...." In the end, I wouldn't trade my therapist for anything. Hope that helps.
  2. I've sprayed blood a few times. I'm not on any medication that would make this happen. I think maybe I have super veins? Anyway, the largest spray came from my finger. They were checking my blood sugar levels before a blood test (because I was acting funny and it turns out it was low). I remember being pricked on the forefinger and BLAM.. this fountain shoots up and onto the floor, shoes, lab coat, face, arms and hair of the tech. I can't control my veins so I really had nothing to be faulted for. There was a bit of panic in her face, and she asked if it's happened before. At the time, it had not. I was still squirting as she cleaned up. She realized that blood was still shooting up from my finger so she grabbed a cotton ball and had me hold it. It stopped immediately. I was told that a capillary may have been struck- or something like that. The other 2 times were from my arm as the tech pulled the needle out. I warned them it may happen. Again, blood everywhere. I think people who do that job... their work revolve around bodily fluids. Fluids spill and they are trained to handle stuff like that. I think it's nice that you are concerned about her well being, but I would ease up on yourself. It's not like you willed your veins to do this. I don't know how common the spraying is, but it has happened to me and a few people I know. I think it just depends on the needle, position, and vein.
  3. Paxil was the worst withdrawal of my life. Close second was ativan (but now I'm back on). My taper was slower though. After going down to, and staying on 20mg for a few weeks, I went down to 15mg (cutting a 10mg and 20mg tab). I was on that for a month, then down to 10mg for a month then 5mg. Finally, nothing. Good luck. I didn't try prozac to ease withdrawal because I was told I would go through prozac withdrawal- which the doctor said was similar to Paxil withdrawal. It didn't make sense to me. Good luck and hope it goes by quickly.
  4. I was prescribed Atenolol my first year in college for anxiety. Honestly, I don't remember it doing much. I took it every morning with my paxil... not just when I was anxious. I wish it had the effects other people report, but I my experience wasn't that great. I had really sharp chest pains with it and dizziness. I can't remember the dosage. I went on ativan right after.
  5. Your question isn't silly. I wasn't spooked by his death, but I do feel the entire thing to be unfortunate. I feel for those he left to pick up the pieces. I feel for him. To have such pain that suicide seems right, is a heavy thing and not unfamiliar. However, I also feel that when someone has fought his entire life... People get tired. Sometimes people are forced to live. Sometimes medications don't work. Often times, they may. I think, there comes a time when one should be allowed to make that decision for himself. He had an illness with which he struggled for such a long time. Maybe this decision was made by his illness- and maybe it wasn't. I would rather think that he reached a point in his life where he chose not to keep struggling. I would like to think he was ready. I don't want to be quick to rob him of his choice... because maybe it was him and not the illness that made this happen. Which ever it is, the loss is still great for those that are left behind.
  6. I was started on Linzess 145 a week ago. After tomorrow, I will be on the higher dose. I've never been diagnosed with IBS, however. Because of some other issues I have, my system doesn't work well so constipation has been a constant (as in more than a decade) battle. My biggest concern was weight gain. I've read on message boards that people report gaining up to 50 pounds the first or second month. I also read that after the first couple weeks, people gain 12 pounds. I don't know if this is true, but it was one of my concerns. After a week on it, I feel bloated and bigger- but my jeans fit the same.... soooo, I don't know. I'm still waiting to see what happens in that respect. I have a follow up in a couple weeks and maybe I'll discover I put on some weight. As for other side effects, I've had bloat and a lot of gurgling. No diarrhea...at all. In fact, it worked great the first couple days, but now, it doesn't do much. I was told to stop taking it and call in if I did experience heavy diarrhea (as in, it doesn't stop or gets in the way of life) OR if I pass bloody or tar like stool. I've not had any of that. Maybe I will experience it on the higher dose. Then again, maybe the higher dose may be enough to make me normal... because THAT'S how screwed up my insides are. However, I have fears that the high dose will cause weight gain. The weight gain isn't anything that has been reported by the company that puts out the med. It's mostly just people taking it who wonder why they are experiencing higher weight on the med. I hope that helps. Oh and be careful of dehydration with the diarrhea.
  7. I did call, thanks! They don't understand why she's not working with me. In fact, I would rather not speak to her over the phone- I like things in writing, which is why I thought this program would work well. They told me that the reason she signed up for this was to avoid calls and do things in email. In her email to me, she said "I can sit here and type out a 15 minute thing to you telling you about what is wrong and why you are taking certain medications, but I won't. I won't get paid like that." Keep in mind, these are not complicated answers she would give. All Yes or No. I even made a bullet list to make it easier for her. Sorry, this is running off topic. I'm just mad. Thanks for the help.
  8. Thanks Melissaw. I don't get it either. The system we pay for costs almost $100 a year. Included in the cost is "Unlimited access to doctor. Unlimited access to lab results. Unlimited email exchanges. Prompt sharing of results and medication counseling." While she was out, the doctor that saw me put me on a medication- BUT NEVER GAVE ME A REASON. I asked my doctor what this medication was for.. and her response? "You really need to come in. I can't give you consultations over the internet." In 2 words, you cant tell me why I'm taking this pill that is making me sick? You also can't tell me to stop the pill? Whatever. My pharmacist has been my warrior. Honestly. He has dealt with her for so long that he automatically believes me when I go in and tell him that she's not prescribing this or that because she hasn't had time. appointment with My new doctor can't arrive soon enough. I would give the DR a "reminder" of what you pay for ... like if it is in writing anywhere all it includes, bring it in and show her, and then see what she has to say. I'd like to see her reaction to all of that. Good luck at your appt. thank you. I just went onto the portal site and copied this off of there. I won't bother showing her, as she already knows since she's the one that requires her patients to sign up. You can't be in her practice unless you sign up. I'm just sharing it with you so you know what I'm talking about: Welcome! Your doctor has chosen PortalConnect, an easy-to-use, federally compliant patient portal, to securely communicate information regarding your personal health, send appointment reminders and practice updates, and process prescription renewals. With PortalConnect you (and your family) will be able to connect with your doctor’s office and have access to your personal health record from anywhere. PortalConnect makes it easy to: Send and receive secure emails to the doctor and the office staff Make appointments online with the click of a button Receive and access all your lab and test results Manage your medical record with your doctor including medications, allergies, weight and vitals Access appointment summaries and treatment plans Request prescription renewals Manage your pharmacy locations Questions? Please feel free to contact the PortalConnect support team at info@portalconnect.net or 1.866.779.1526
  9. Thanks Melissaw. I don't get it either. The system we pay for costs almost $100 a year. Included in the cost is "Unlimited access to doctor. Unlimited access to lab results. Unlimited email exchanges. Prompt sharing of results and medication counseling." While she was out, the doctor that saw me put me on a medication- BUT NEVER GAVE ME A REASON. I asked my doctor what this medication was for.. and her response? "You really need to come in. I can't give you consultations over the internet." In 2 words, you cant tell me why I'm taking this pill that is making me sick? You also can't tell me to stop the pill? Whatever. My pharmacist has been my warrior. Honestly. He has dealt with her for so long that he automatically believes me when I go in and tell him that she's not prescribing this or that because she hasn't had time. appointment with My new doctor can't arrive soon enough.
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