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Experience:  Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
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I dont know if i can do this

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I dont know if i can do this
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Of course you can do it, it's just a question of doing it--give it your best
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will let you know
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I'll be here
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ill let u know how it goes when i get my lun h break. My urine once again grew out e coli
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
OK
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I told him some of it, but then he sais i was tensing up so she told me i should stop
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
How much were you able to tell him and what did he have to say?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Just the stuff with my brother and my brothers friend. He said that its normal to blame myself. That maybe im not ready to talk about it. And that i shouldny push myself
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
So were you getting to the point where it was just too hard to keep talking about it?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Kind of. And then i felt like a loser for not being able to finish
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Did you actually "break down" as in cry or yell or act really upset?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No i just kind of shut down
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
OK First off, I'm very proud of you for doing this. I know it was hard as hell. Second, you've just confirmed what I've though all along--this therapist just isn't competent at all for helping you with this.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He isnt too keen on me seeing a mayo psychiatrist. He asked my why i cant just share the info with my curret paychiatrist


Btw since i have a uti do i still need to see urology
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I won't ever change my mind about the urologist. You're current psychiatrist would be fine IF she'd work with you.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Do i wait until my utis
Gone before i ask for a referral
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Sorry--had to be off. No you should make the referral now since it may take some time to be seen
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I talked to the NP and she wont do it until im off the antibiotic and do another ua
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Can we please the bladder thing for a while then? She obviously isn't clinically competent to evaluate this
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Yes we can change the topic. I just wanted you to know that I DID ask for a urology referral
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I understand but you didn't give me the whole story, as is sometimes usual. So how are you feeling after today's therapy session?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What didnt i tell you the whole story about? I feel angry at myself for not finishing everything. I dint feel any differently
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
You didn't start off with what the NP said so it sounded like you were trying to get me to say that if the blood cleared you wouldn't need to see the urologist. But at least now you don't feel any worse for talking about thouse things? And the therapist shouldn't have suggested you stop
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
If there is blood in my urine again she said shed ask one of the drs what the next step is but anyways. The thought of doing a stupid thing has been in my mind. I shouldnt have been a loser and stopped
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
But those are old thoughts At least don't you feel a little relieved that you've started talking?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No i feel like a complete loser. And i told my therapist that too
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Well, I think you are a little relieved and what did your therapist say to your calling yourself a loser?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He says im not a loser and that its a common feeling
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Of course you didn't believe him I suppose?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Nope. And i told him i had plans on telling him everything and then i fail and dont do it
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Your a very hard case--you don't want to give yourself one iota of credit when credit's due. You did it!! You started talking about it!! So what if you didn't finish? There'll be another day. But I don't agree at all with his suggesting you should stop
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No so what I failed
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
So it had to be perfect--it had to go exactly the way you planned it to? And stop ignoring what I said--anyone but you would say that you did very well
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Yes it had to go perfect. If it didnt go perfect today what are the odds of it going perfect when i see the mayo dr
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Nothing we do is ever perfect--it would be a very boring life if we could be perfect. The important point is you took the first step today. The journey's just begun
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Itwasnt even a full step. I screwed up, you can tell me that
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
No you didn't screw up and I'm not going to tell you that you did. Stop playing the old poor, poor, me tape
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Im just telling you howi feel
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
And I'm telling you what I think. Do it this way--and I know it sounds silly--look into your eyes in the mirror and say I'm not a loser and I was very brave today with what I did and I really want to get well. You need to do that on a regular several times a day basis. I know, sounds like mumbo jumbo but we need to work on rebooting your brain a little.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
That really hard to do
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
No it really isn't--it should be easier than talking to someone else about these things
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I guess you are right
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Give it a try--but you have to do it more than just once
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
And again, kudos from me for what you did today. Anything else tonight?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Why do i feel like doing something dumb
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Because you're sitting there repeating that old mantra "i'm a loser." Get up right now and go to a mirror and say what I told you over and over again for about two minutes and then get back to me
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Are you mad at me
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
No--I just don't get why you ask me that all the time?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I did it. It made me cry
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
That's because you are arguing against your old tape about being a loser. You need to do it several times each time you try--even if it's through the tears
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I dont like crying
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Just follow instructions please
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Fine
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I'm trying to keep you from doing something dumb
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I told my therapist about wanting to do it. And all he said was why. And i told him idk. And that was all.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Seriously--he just isn't doing anything at all for you and probably hasn't all along
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Atleast i did try to reach out
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
And again I'm very proud of you. I think he should consider another line of work.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thats not very nice. I dont know that i feel 100% safe tonight
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Just saying he doesn't seem to know how to deal with a fairly common emotional problem. I can stay with you a bit and talk, but you know where exactly we can't go
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Did you know i would feel like this after "sharing" my past
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
You really aren't feeling much different from the way you usually feel about that. I think right now you just haven't had the time for it to sink in that you did something very positive today and got over a hump you've been avoiding up to now.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It just feels worse. But it doesnt matter because we cant talk about it anyways. I dont think my therapist took me seriously when i told him what was thinking
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Maybe not. But telling someone else that you think you're a loser and having them say no your not is not something that should really make you feel worse. And, no, I'm not saying I know exactly how you feel but I don't think tonight is one night you can't get through and start over in the morning.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Idk. Tonight is really tough. Today was really tough. I am emotionally/physically exhausted
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
So go to bed and get some sleep if you're that exhausted
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thoughts and images just run through my head
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Then put on some music or watch TV or something other than just listening to yourself
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ok. Nite.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Night and again, I'm proud of you
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Can you make that thought go away
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Get back to me in about three hours
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Can you
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Tell me exactly what's going on right now
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I still feel really strongly like im going to do something dumb
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Did you do the little routine in front of the mirror this morning? What's your schedule like today?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Yes i did. I work until noon
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Well get back to me after you finish work
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I wonder if i should call my therapist and let him know im really strugglinh
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Yes you should
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Do you think hes going to help me or just say "thats a common feeling for people who share"
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I don't know but give him a call anyway
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What if he puts me on a hold?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Just call him and stop with the what ifs
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Im being serious
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
So am I--just call him
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What would you do
If you were my therapist and i called you
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Where are we going here--are you afraid he'll commit you?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Yes
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
You don't have to specifically talk about that--just tell him you're struggling with getting the thoughts and feelings about what you told him out of your head
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He said its hard to help me over the phone. Said i have to number to the er and crisis center and that i have an appt to see him next week
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Well, at least you made the call. I'm not sure what I can do to get the thoughts out of your mind but you've been through this before and it does get better in time
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Its never been like this before
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
All I can say is if it's that bad you need the crisis center
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Aint happening
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Then there's nothing more for us to talk about right now
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I guess not. I was only reaching out for help
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
And I'm trying but if were getting into forbidden territory I can only mention the crisis center
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Its fine ill drop the subject
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
OK
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Is it possible i have new ulcers? My epigstric region is on fire.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
It can just be the gastritis, doesn't have to be ulcers
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It could be. Would that cause some
Blood in vomit? In the past anytime ive had blood in my vomit
Ive had ulcers
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Well, gastritis, ulcers, bad esophagitis. Why are you vomiting?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Because when im really stressed i vomit because of my nerves
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Well those are the possibilities
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
And i refuse to be scoped again so im not telling my gi dr that
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.

Then enough said about that

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Sorry
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
That's OK
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I wish my health would get better
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
I know
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
My gyn said i have hemorrhagic cystitis
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
That's what I told you too
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Whats the treatment for it
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Depends on the cause.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Whats the typical cause
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Usually it's interstitial cystitis which is like an autoimmune disorder
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
How do they test for it
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Here's a link, but you aren't going to be happy with the info

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/interstitial-cystitis/DS00497/DSECTION=tests-and-diagnosis
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
All the tests for it are ishy
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
Told you you wouldn't like what it had to say
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Why isnt there any tests to test for it thAt arent ishy
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 months ago.
We're starting to chat again and this page is old and long so we need to close it. The main point I've always given you is that your problem--whatever it may be--needs cystoscopy to diagnose
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