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    What is one thing that you love about summertime?

    <p>What is one thing that you love about summertime?</p>
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    Gotta catch ‘em all

    The last few weeks have been particularly hard on me.

    Mentally, I’m mostly okay. Physically, I’m not. And that’s caused me to question a lot of things, wonder how it got to this point, increasing the severity of incidents where I won’t take painkillers.

    I’m being referred to cardiology for a tilt table test.

    In April, I was told I had low blood pressure but they didn’t seem too worried. At the end of May after worsening lightheadedness, I was told the same, and I was basically just told just to eat more and take iron supplements. And then last week, I went back again.

    I initially made the appointment for something else a month before (I had to wait for a month), but then the lightheadedness got worse, so I told them about it again. I told them I had taken iron supplements, I was eating healthier than ever, I was staying hydrated, I was staying active, I was just really doing all the right things. And again it was low.

    They’ve diagnosed me with postural hypotension in the meantime and told me to try compression socks for a week, and then if that didn’t work to call them and they’d refer me. So here we are. I get to have a blood test in September while I wait to be seen.

    My sinus issues had a major flare up. I was so miserable with it that I sent a email basically begging them to give me an appointment (I was referred back in February but waiting list is apparently a year) because it was beginning to affect my mental health, and I get to see them in October.

    It’s affected my hearing, so I had to chase up my ENT appointment. I hope it is just the sinus issues causing it, and not a third relapse of my ear problem, especially as everything seemed perfect last time I saw them. It would be nice to celebrate the first winter in 11 years without an ear infection.

    And then of course, my referral for heartburn/ acid reflux. I see the doctors for a one-month review, which will end in the referral they wanted to do (because I had suffered for at least 5 years w/out diagnostics) but held off on. The medication they put me on has somewhat helped, but I’m still having to take gaviscon most days.

    Finally, the chronic pain. It’s been difficult these past two days, and after (stupidly) lifting a sofa up because the cat pushed her toy under it (and then she herself went under it so I had to call my sister because I physically couldn’t lift it for much longer), it’s been worse. I still forget that I’m not really supposed to do things like that, and I always pay the price (pun not intended, but yeah cause volatarol is expensive).

    I’m just really very tired. I remind myself it could be worse, which is probably what has helped me stay positive and mentally mostly okay, but sometimes it gets to me. Particularly when it’s yet another tablet added to my daily medication. It makes me tired, and I think “it only gets worse as I get older”. I want to stop them, but I know I can’t. I ended up in hospital the last two times I did.

    Or another time it bothers me is when everything is getting worse/ is bad/ is happening all at the same time. This post doesn’t even cover all of it, but at this point I’m too tired to write anymore. Speaking of tired, I’ve only had 5 hours sleep each day for the last 3 days. I wake up early and then typically can’t get back to sleep because of pain and insomnia :))

    #ChronicPain #Depression #GastroesophagealRefluxDisease #Heartburn #AcidReflux #BloodPressure #Lowbloodpressure #PosturalHypotension #Hospital #DoctorsAppointments #Doctors #Sinus #HearingLoss #ent #cardiology #Hearing #Medication #MentalHealth #Pain #BackPain #Insomnia #Painsomnia

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    Tips That Really Help People Sleep With Anxiety

    My psychiatrist appointments often feature the same question: “Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep?” That’s because, if you live with anxiety, you likely struggle with your sleep patterns every now and then. Whether you experience the occasional bout of insomnia, sleep disruptions like nightmares and waking up constantly, or you lie awake every night, staring at the clock, disrupted sleep can have a knock-on effect on your mental health. For example, according to Sleep Foundation, “Sufficient sleep, especially REM sleep, facilitates the brain’s processing of emotional information.” In fact, it’s not only that anxiety affects sleep, but sleep also has a “bidirectional relationship with mental health,” meaning poor sleep can worsen the symptoms of anxiety and other mental disorders. So, sleep is pretty important, right? That’s why we asked our community what helps them sleep better with anxiety. Have a look at their answers, and let us know what helps you in the comments below. Here’s what our community told us: 1. Writing “It helps to write it all down — dumping my worries on the page and letting them go.” — @deb44303 “Having a good bedtime routine and making sure I write down or record my thoughts. I also keep a notepad and pen by my bed so that I can write down anything I might be feeling anxious about if I wake up in the middle of the night.” — @chrislynn1 2. Reading and Games “I read or play Solitaire on my tablet until I get sleepy enough to fall asleep. I try not to stress over what time I fall asleep. Of course, being retired, I don’t have the pressure of having to get to work so there’s that.” — @introvert658 3. Something Physical “A weighted blanket.” — @pigeonfeather “A weighted blanket. I need to buy another one because I spilled hot chocolate all over it. I just have to safe up the pennies until I can get a new one, so not having any good nights at all and really suffering” — @mumsfries59 4. Relaxation Routines “Pink noise music and nature relaxation music videos on YouTube, EFT tapping, chakra balancing music on YouTube, and making up positive dreams helps.” — @enjoychattingnew “Soaking in the bath with a whole routine and music, and then comfy pajamas and blankets with lights out, teddy bear and pillows.” — @amymiller127 5. Music “I have a Pandora station and a bedtime music playlist… depending on internet availability. I lie down, say my prayers, and ‘talk’ with my dad (who passed four years ago), then I start my music. While listening (and waiting for meds to kick in) I repeat my mantra, “in with peace, out with pain.” If the pain or anxiety isn’t too bad, I usually can fall asleep fairly soon after beginning the mantra.” — @purpledramamama “Listening to my Jewish rock music that has a good message and is upbeat positive music. My Rabbinical staff introduced me to it. The nighttime prayer called Hashkivenu helps me to settle down for the night.” — @allielove 6. Meditation and Sleep Sounds “Guided meditations help me. There are a bunch that are free on YouTube by various people, so you can find someone that you like.” — @kitttieluv “I like listening to rain or running water. Having a fan helps me keep cool and also has a soothing sound. I like to meditate before bed to help me relax. I also listen to a podcast called Get Sleepy.” — @lauracort “It really helps me to meditate while playing 528 Hz music with my opalite or rose quartz crystals” — Nina “I use Amazon music sometimes, and found something called ‘brown noise.’ It’s deeper in pitch than white noise and has no ocean waves or wind. Just midrange noise. Pretty soothing some nights.” — @wolfryder 7. Pets “My cat helps me. He always goes to bed when I do. I can talk to him and rub his belly as I fall asleep.” — @mydystopia 8. Medication and Melatonin “Honestly, taking melatonin has really helped me because my body just kind of shuts down. But if I’m really anxious, then I do yin yoga and that tends to help my mind wind down in the way I need it to in order to sleep.” — Kat Harrison

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    12:20 am #Painsomnia

    Day 3
    I am so tired and lonely with this constant pain.
    My spouse can sleep thru anything. I am jealous that pain meds work for him and cbd oil works for him
    Nothing reduces my pain except busy/distraction.
    If I could just stay on my feet 24/7.

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    Insomnia or a lesser-known sleep disorder?

    <p><a href="" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce8d00553f33fe9950ee" data-name="Insomnia" title="Insomnia" target="_blank">Insomnia</a> or a lesser-known sleep disorder?</p>
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    What’s the funniest thing you’ve done when you couldn’t sleep?

    <p>What’s the funniest thing you’ve done when you couldn’t sleep?</p>
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    Do you daydream?

    <p>Do you daydream?</p>
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    How do you respond to challenges?

    <p>How do you respond to challenges?</p>
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