Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I feel physically bad, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress????

I have not posted in quite some time. Reason, I feel horrible, physically horrible.

I went to the doctor yesterday, and so far there is no reason for it, I will find out more about blood tests tomorrow. I have sweats, chills, nausea, dizziness, and bowel problems.

I hope there is nothing wrong, but on the other hand if they find something there is an answer. If there is none then it will more then likely be contributed to RTS ( Rape Trauma Syndrome). On the United Against Sexual Assault Of Sonoma County site it states this about physical symptom's:

Physical Symptoms of RTS
Shock: usually an immediate response. May include: numbness, chills, faintness, confusion, disorientation,trembling, nausea and vomiting

Sleep problems: unable to sleep, sleeping more than usual, or other changes in sleeping patterns

Eating problems: no appetite and subsequent weight loss, or compulsive eating and subsequent weight gain

No energy or too much energy

Physical illness: the stress may weaken the immune system and making them more vulnerable to illness. The rapist may have infected the survivor with an STD, or other illness. A general feeling of “unwellness” is normal

Physical pain: this may be as a result of injuries inflicted by the rapist, or a physical reaction to emotional pain

Cardiovascular problems: heart palpitations, breathlessness, tightness or pain in the chest, high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal problems: loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dryness in mouth, butterflies in stomach, feelings of emptiness in stomach, etc.

Exaggerated startle response: over-reacting to sudden noise or movement

Over-sensitivity to noise
I think I've got those covered:(
Also, I have been told I have PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). According to WebMD it had this to say about PTSD symptoms:
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Symptoms of PTSD most often begin within three months of the event. In some cases, however, they do not begin until years later. The severity and duration of the illness vary. Some people recover within six month, while others suffer much longer.
Symptoms of PTSD often are grouped into three main categories, including:
Re-living: People with PTSD repeatedly re-live the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations and nightmares. They also may feel great distress when certain things remind them of the trauma, such as the anniversary date of the event.
Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed.
Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being "jumpy" or easily startled. The person may also suffer physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, nausea and diarrhea.
I believe I hit those as well:(
Since I don't feel well that's all I have for today.
I feel Sick, Sad, Solo (all alone) S cubed I am.
Victoria Placeo

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