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20 Apr 2006

Hypochondriac or not?
Hi CS,

Thanks for the answer on my previous question. I will keep an hawks eye on the matter.

You know I have been experiencing these weird symptoms lately and most probably it can all relate to my epilepsy which in actual fact is the root cause of many of my problems. Now the question I have been asking myself the past few days is this "Do I really truely honestly experience these symptoms or am I using it as an excuse because I am Bipolar and epileptic".

Reason for this truthfull questions was that if my answer is true and I am really experiencing these symptoms I ought to seek urgent medical advice, if not, I am a worst case scenario of a Hypochondriac.

I then decided to put it to the test pushing my body and mind to the limit and the results:

1. ****My physical strength and fitness has declined rapidly****
2. ****My memory is impaired - can't seem to concentrate for even a few seconds at a time****
3. ****My vision is impaired - extreme blurred vision at times****
4. I am nauseated by food
5. Continuous irregular pulse rate
6. ****A continuous extreme fatigue without taking any sleeping tablets though it gives a similar effect****
7. Mostly depressed mood

Now the ones with stars next to them are the ones that I am concerned about most. They're both physical as well as mental. I am serious doc, I am not imagining these symptoms and they are for real.

Problem is that I do not know who to start with in terms of my neurologist or psychiatrist or speciailist physician. I was thinking of obtaining a second opinion in terms of the neurological aspect, I just don't know.

Just to give you and idea, it has taken me almost 45 minutes to type this message, not because I didn't know what to say, but because my eyes could not focus and my head feels as though it is filled with lead and swinging from one side to the other.

Now the BIG question is : Am I using my current diagnosis as an excuse and am I imagining things, or should I seek medical attention. I have never felt like this before and this has been going on for about a month now (on and off)


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01 Jan 0001

Hello Lonestar,
You know, an answer to the question in the second para could be that symptoms can be perfectly real and genuine, AND one may still use them as an excuse, on occasion. I se no reason not to consider these symptoms as real. A second opinion is often a good idea. And medications may be needed to control these conditions, but some meds in some doses could cause some of these symptoms, too. Balancing it all takes real skill, from you and your doc. All three of your doctor options would have been trained in general medicine --- maybe the neurologist could be the best to start with.
I do NOT think you are imagining things --- and why on earth would you start imagining things right now ? And why such unpleasant and inconvenient things ?
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