Wednesday, May 14, 2014

So sick and tired of being sick and tired

Since September I have not been feeling "good". Food has been my enemy off and on and I am constantly worrying about eating. I am gaining weight left and right and I feel like I am eating less and less. I have been sick more this year than I ever remember.  I have gone through numerous tests, all coming back with the same result: Normal. I have spent to much money and lost to much sleep over this mysterious illness. As much as I don't want to believe there is something seriously wrong with me, it would be nice to have a diagnosis.

Over the past 8 months I started to notice a constant in my life that I am starting to believe is the main culprit for my "illness". It saddens me to believe all of my problems have come from this. This nasty little bugger is stress. I didn't want to believe it at first; because how could stress be the main reason for my problems? I am constantly bloated, my stomach is upset and I get headaches galore. I have trouble sleeping, have pain in my back and often feel like I am having a heart attack. Can something as little as stress cause this? I did a little research and ended up on stress.org where they listed 50 common symptoms of stress. The answers I got were shocking to me.

# 1 on the list was frequent headaches.
# 5 is neck ache, back pain and muscle spasms.
# 14 lists heartburn, stomach pain and nausea.
# 19 chest pain, heart palpitations. and rapid pulse.
# 26 Insomnia, nightmares, and disturbing dreams.

There they all were. All of my symptoms listed on a common list of stress related symptoms. As I looked through the list I noticed others that I have experienced but weren't as severe. I am not a doctor or trying to self diagnose myself, but this seems like the logical answer to my question. What is wrong with me? All of the other tests have come back fine and I am so tired of hearing "Normal". Tired of being sick. Tired of missing fun events because I don't feel well. Tired of avoiding food because I "think" it is causing the pain. Tired of missing work. Tired of spending money on what seems like a lost cause. I am just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Now the main question: How do I lower my stress level?

I have identified the major stress in my life and it's a hard one to get rid of. My job
Most people find that their job and money are the highest levels of stress that they experience. I am struggling with money like most people are, but I mostly blame my stress on my work environment. I would gladly take a lower paying job if it helped me release some of this stress.

I have taken on some new things to try and lessen my stress:
I started taking a 30 minute walk every day at lunch.
I have been trying to leave work at work.
I have started to make lifestyle changes with my diet.
I am drinking more water.
I am learning to breathe it out when things get overwhelming.

So far these changes seem to be making a good impact. I am starting to feel less sick to my stomach daily and I have lost a few pounds. I cannot change the situation at work, so I will change the way I look at it. With me luck because I am going to need it!

How do you all deal with stress? Any major things I should be changing or adding to my daily life? Anything advice would be much appreciated.

I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired ya'll.


Xo Trish
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Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

2 comments:

  1. I am so glad you posted this! I went to the doctors with headaches etc a few years back and they said "oh it's just stress" and I got no advice whatsoever, two years on I'm still sick and tired of being sick and tired as you put it and really don't know what to change to make life less stressful! Great post though, I don't think many people understand what actual stress is and the impact it can have on the body!

    Hayley x

    http://hayleyjachz.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I am less stressed out in my life than I have been in years, and I actually feel better. I don't feel sick like I used to, no headaches, stomachaches, nothing. Aside from a fairly yucky cold about four months back (which I attribute to being cooped up in a classroom with forty people for eight weeks), I've been illness free and happy and comfortable.

    I've heard that taking occasional detoxifying baths can help. The one I tried was about two cups of Epsom salt (I think it'd be less if you're a smaller person), a box of baking soda, and a teaspoon or so of crushed ginger. I felt better after it, but I also did a fast that day, trying to rid my body of yuck, and start fresh (I need to do this again one day soon... now that I am back to eating healthy again). My roommate did the same bath the other day and said he felt great afterwards. Apparently you can get essential oils and put them in there as well - like lavender for calming, I believe.

    Obviously a bath isn't going to make your stresses all go away... but there's supposed to be stuff in there that helps to relieve tensions. I always thought that was all a crock of shit before, lol, but I did legitimately feel better.

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