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Ribbit... - Jessie T. Wolf
May 1st, 2006
11:45 am


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I went to see my family Doctor this morning about my sore throat, since it's going on the fourth day now and not very much has improved at all, and it appears that I'm not sick after all. Well, not the common type of things that you'd expect. I don't have a cold or flu, and I don't have strep throat like I had started to wonder about. I have no swollen glands, and Dr. Jose said that my throat didn't look red or swollen at all. I don't have much congestion at all, other than the usual mild stuffiness that I have on a regular basis from living in a house with 40 cats. O.o He asked how I've been sleeping, and I said not too badly... I mean I wake up a few times a night and toss a bit, but over all I think I've been sleeping okay. I don't feel overly tired or anything.

He moved my head from side to side, and up and down and asked if it hurt, and where exactly was the pain coming from. I said that it hurt mostly along the sides of my neck. My muscles felt very stiff and bruised. Then he asked me if I had been under any stress lately. I said yes, come to think of it. He then said that the symptoms I described were ones that have been linked to stress in other patients he's seen in the past. He says they've described the same extreme soreness when swallowing, headaches, and what feels like a ball stuck in their throat, and feelings of pressure and swelling, even though there are no physical signs of such things.

So I'm thinking now, stress eh? Cripes. It's amazing what types of things stress can do to your body, but this is just friggin' ridiculous. O.o Though it would explain just why everything I've tried to get rid of this hasn't worked. I've done everything from taking cold and flu medication, to gargling with salt water, inhaling steam with Vix Vapor Rub in it, downing Lysine, eating oranges, drinking hot tea, sucking on cough candies. Nothing works. -.- Or if it does work, it works for about an hour, and then I'm in agony again (and thank you very much to those of you who offered suggestions to help get rid of my sore throat... I really appreciate it!!).

Dr. Jose prescribed me some medication to help relax my body, which he said I should take maybe an hour before I go to bed, and it should also help me sleep. The medication is called Nortriptyline, and he said it's usually used as an anti-depressant, but can also be used for treating pain and to help relax the body. So we'll see if this stuff helps any. I hope so, because I so don't want to feel like a bullfrog anymore! O.x

Current Mood: sickPainfully Sick

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Date:May 1st, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
*nuzzle* Sorry you feel so bad, pup. Hopefully Tim is helping you feel better.
Date:May 1st, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 1st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)

Wolfie can't get sick (tear)

*pets the wolfie*....everything will work out hun....hope you get better soon ^_^

also, i know that this is like not the right posting area, but your photos that you posted last time...i just have to say the following....

What did you do with Beyonce? Where is she? I know that you have her somewhere? Come on! Fess Up! I know that you have her hidden somewhere....*gives you the suspicious glare*....Hrm, you don't have her? Well, you bear a striking resemblence.

*chuckles*...um....anywho....I like the look....it suits you.....very well....now to just figure out something to do with my look :-/....well i've rambled on enough.....you take care, and keep your self well and unstressed....*waves goodbye*
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Date:May 1st, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Heh, see my latest post - I would TOTALLY reccomend you go see a chiropractor. Having something out of whack in your neck can lead to all sorts of neat problems, including muscle tension and weird feelings in your throat.
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Date:May 1st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
*snort* >_>' Goodness. I can sing you a really long song of things your body can do to you once it's under stress. Right now I am in the very middle of such a "Payback" of my body again.

If this is really stress based, common medication won't help. Balm tea before going to bed might help, backrubs, massaging mint oil into your neck and things like this.

I am sorry if I sound precocious, but sadly this is something I have experience with. >_O
Date:May 1st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
you and your free healthcare...grumble brumble grumble Gravy on Fries....ragaga metric Beer
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Date:May 1st, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)

Deep Thoughts... by Jack Handy

Stress induced illness are very tricky since your body is the thing working against you.
Perhaps some chocolate to help raise the happiness hormones in your brain. Head out to the woods again for a bit of meditation.
Chai tea also does the trick after a good hour of navel gazing.

You'll get better, hope springs. You are inching closer to your dreams wuff. Take some time off for you and sing again.
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Date:May 1st, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
*pets* remember.. dont worry, be happy :D

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Date:May 1st, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
Could be stress related, you seemed to have be on the go quite regularly. Nortriptyline is an anti depressent but dose help by blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin and thus making more of those substances available to act on receptors in the brain. So you feel more relax just tell the doctor if you take anything else so theres no drug interaction.
I only know these ways to cut down on the sore throat feeling. Most you said you already tried.

Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
Gargle with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy.
Suck on flavored frozen desserts (such as Popsicles).
Use a humidifier in your bedroom or other rooms you spend lots of time in.
Drink lots of liquids

I hope you get feeling better Jessie *hugs*
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Date:May 2nd, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Wow, you can get a doctor within four days? Lucky! ;)
Maybe I should move to Canada? Heard a lot of nice things...
I had a really bad cold for three weeks before I could see my doctor, and when I got there it was receding, so she just basically took my money and confirmed that I was alright again.
How much do you have to pay?
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Date:May 2nd, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
I went to the doctor about a month before I managed to have the beaut experience of a few blown anxiety attack (!) with symptoms similar to yours, though mainly with a constant difficulty in breathing, and he said exactly the same thing, that it was stress. He went on to explain that because of the stress my body was constantly releasing a small amount of adrenaline into my body, keeping me all tensed up. Right up until the point where I went to hospital I tried everything I could think of to get rid of it, but in the end all I needed was for a doctor to tell me I was A-OK.

Bastard pychosomatic diseases.
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Date:May 2nd, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
*tsk tsk tsk* THis is what happens when I don't visit you for an extended period of time!
Date:May 2nd, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Well... I find out that you have a fursuit only to find out yer sick when I'm about to post "You have a fursuit from mixed candy?! OMG! You lucky wolf thing!".

Ah well, either way, good luck on the stress issue.
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