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The Lounge Anxiety Issues, anyone? Feb 12 2012
19:39 (UTC)

Two years later...

Anxiety (social and general), depression, and borderline personality disorder.

New Members Hello Counters, looking for friend with BPD??? Feb 12 2012
19:13 (UTC)

Kinda late to the party, but oh hai, me too!

The Lounge Is this common behaviour racist? Apr 01 2011
16:36 (UTC)

Oh America and its paradoxical nature.

Health & Support How Bad ARE Energy Drinks? Feb 13 2011
05:29 (UTC)
Original Post by sp84:

Caffeine is a mild diuretic so increases your urine output. Energy drinks are ok once in awhile but drinking them regularly can be bad for you. Plus they can be addictive.

Oh, that makes sense. Thanks :]

Health & Support Painful Urination Tied to Dehydration? Feb 09 2011
03:48 (UTC)
Original Post by cptbunny:

Original Post by gadzooks:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Yeast infections can do this too. When I got my first yeast infection, that was my only symptom. I went to the doctor thinking it was a UTI... but alas.

I was actually thinking that too. But the blood is what has me a bit more worried T_T

I had brownish discharge/dried blood. Only saw it when I wiped... a few times it would appear a bit on a panty liner. I thought it was weird spotting.

You should still see a doctor (though I'm sure you know that). UTIs can lead to kidney troubles.

Ah okay. That's comforting. (The blood just gave my urine a pinkish tint when I wiped). I'll be sure to get it checked out with my doctor this weekend.

Thanks for the info!

Health & Support Painful Urination Tied to Dehydration? Feb 09 2011
00:54 (UTC)
Original Post by cptbunny:

Yeast infections can do this too. When I got my first yeast infection, that was my only symptom. I went to the doctor thinking it was a UTI... but alas.

I was actually thinking that too. But the blood is what has me a bit more worried T_T

Health & Support Painful Urination Tied to Dehydration? Feb 09 2011
00:40 (UTC)
Original Post by septimusette:

I don't think it's dehydration. I used to have recurring UTIs and this would happen to me occasionally. Not the horrid feeling of a full-blown infection, but a kind of hint of it, like you said especially if I hadn't had anything to drink for a few hours.

If it happens many days in a row go to you doctor. You may need to see a urologist.

Oy. I was fearing that T_T [I should be seeing my doctor this Saturday for blood work; I shall mention it then if it persists.] It seems to have gotten worse today and I also noticed some very diluted blood in my urine >.>

The Lounge Mr Right??? Feb 09 2011
00:26 (UTC)
Original Post by caloricat:

Original Post by kathygator:

I am guessing you're nearing 40, still young enough to make anything work and become positive. What would be tragic is after all this self-sacrifice, you guys end up splitting in another 10 years anyway.

 True that.  Indeed...very true.  I talked to a guy that had been recently divorced and he sort of said the same thing, that he wished he'd have done it 12-15 years earlier when he first sort of knew it would evantually happen, rather than waste those years unhappy.  But, it's a double edged sword.

Speaking as the child of two parents in a loveless relationship, the child is not always better off with both parents. My dad was abusive towards both my mother and me yet my mother remained with him throughout the years telling me she "did it for me". She used to tell me that she would split up with him once I was eighteen and relatively off on my own in college. Welp, I'll be twenty in under a month and am more than half way through my second year at college and she's still with him. I think she's pretty much resigned herself to staying in the relationship out of it being the lesser of evils in that she thinks she's too old to find someone else (she's in her mid-fifties), doesn't want to go through a messy division of assets (she's been the bread-winning), etc. etc.

Your situation could be completely different but I thought I'd just throw in my two cents from kid's perspective.

The Lounge Mr Right??? Feb 09 2011
00:05 (UTC)
Original Post by nasuoni:

Original Post by kathygator:

Online dating sites can and do work. We've got at least 4 or 5 couples right here on CC that either met online, or joined sites.

Wishing you success on your new journey. :)


 -raises her hand proudly- That's me :)

Fiance and I met on Craigslist almost 5 years ago, getting married on our 5 year anniversary this July :)

I recommend, I met an ex there and we're still good friends, plus it's free and easy to use :)

Another vote for OkCupid!

I met an ex there whom I was with for three years and who I'm still good friends with. I also met my current beau on there as well.

It is indeed free and easy to use.

Health & Support How Bad ARE Energy Drinks? Feb 04 2011
17:18 (UTC)
Original Post by mrssafetystu:

I used to drink them alot when traveling.  But I developed bladder and kidney problems and atributed them to the drinks.  When I would stop the drinks, I'd have no symptoms, start them back and symptoms return.  Just my opinion, but I say they are better left alone.

Interesting that you mention you developed bladder and kidney problems because I always seem to notice that I pee a lot more frequently after drinking energy drinks. Do you know what the relation is?

Health & Support Body Temperature Regulation Feb 02 2011
19:06 (UTC)
Original Post by dustydragon:

Oh! That sounds horrible! I was about 8 when I got it and I didn't really get it badly at all- as I was coming out of it my mum took me to the doctor thinking I had lyme again and we found out it was mono! 

I've actually suspected I have lyme disease but I don't think I've spent enough time in the woods for that to be a real possibility. xD

Health & Support Body Temperature Regulation Feb 01 2011
23:14 (UTC)
Original Post by dustydragon:

That happened to me a few years ago- I got randomly really hot especially at night, and then cold random times too. 

Later we figured out that I had (really sorry- can't remember) either mono or lyme disease. I can't remember which, but I have a funny feeling that I got messed up temp-wise w/ both of them. That might just be how my body reacts to stressful buggys, but maybe worth looking into? 

A couple years ago I got mono without realizing I had it. Because I never really got the rest that I needed then or whatever, my immune system got sort of shot by the whole ordeal and now I'm just told I have perma-mono (i.e. chronic fatigue syndrome).

Health & Support Body Temperature Regulation Feb 01 2011
22:34 (UTC)
Original Post by adriana_carlson:

One thing I will say is that I am dieting and have heard that your body has a harder time regulating the temperature with less calories when you do this.

I knew that to be the case. But with me, it seems like despite what/how much I eat, my body's temperature regulation is still whacko. It is uber bizarre.

Health & Support Constant nausea? Nov 11 2010
02:47 (UTC)

Hi there. Sorry for the delayed response.

I, too, have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (but that was mostly the result of having undiagnosed mono and over-exerting myself while I had it).

I also have postural hypotension on top of just having low blood pressure to begin with.

I have a tendency to get bad headaches as well, but I'm not sure if all those are related in some way.

I'll definitely look into leaky gut syndrome. Thanks!

Health & Support Is this worth going to the hospital for? Pressure/odd feeling on top of head Jan 06 2010
04:27 (UTC)
Original Post by mammamoosh:

I would see a doctor and ask for a CT scan. Tell them EVERYTHING, from the eyes, to the headrush, to the migranes and the liquidy feeling you had.

Worst case scenario you have a tumor or abnormal growth. Best check it out make sure it is nothing or if it is something have it taken care of.


On another note, for the eye doctors to show lack of concern shows lack of professionalism, you just don't see white spots, they should have looked further into your problem.

I was going to suggest you get a CT scan as well.

As for doctors' lack of concern showing lack of professionalism - sadly, this goes on a lot. I've had a lot of issues with feeling light-headed, dizzy, nauseous, and tired quite frequently and I also have abnormally low blood pressure. I've been told by multiple doctors that "low blood pressure is fine as long as you don't have any side effects from it" (Uh, hello! I just told you I do! *Facepalm.*), "low blood pressure is common among girls in their teens", or "just eat more salt" (which I've tried to no avail). /end rant >_<

Weight Loss I get a head ache Jan 06 2010
01:16 (UTC)

I know caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches, so maybe sugar ones may do the same?

As long as you are sure you're eating enough, it should go away as your body adjusts to your lifestyle changes. If it persists though, you should probably check in with a doctor.

Young Calorie Counters Feeling old and desperate at 24 Jan 06 2010
00:13 (UTC)
Original Post by queenofcouture:
So I'm wracked by a LOT of regret over things undone. I was a complete social hermit during my college years, depressed, deeply unhappy but too wimpy to commit suicide. Slowly I pulled myself out of that funk, and I'm really proud of myself, but then I kick myself for not having tried harder...

I'm 18 right now (and will be 19 in March); I just started college in the fall. While I can honestly say that it has been better than high school, I remain a social hermit and depressed. Much like you, I feel extremely unhappy yet too wimpy to commit suicide. While it's awful to know that you have to go through such horrible feelings, it's also nice to know I'm not the only one.

To me, it seems as if your unhappiness goes a lot deeper than just those 10 pounds. Trust me, losing weight will not change anything unless you make changes within yourself and how you view yourself.(Much easier said than done, I know.) I've lost over 60 pounds yet I'm still as introverted and anti-social as can be.

I feel somewhat in like I'm in the same exact position as you. Before I started college, I always thought of it as a fresh new start - I'd be more out-going, actually make friends (and keep them), get in better shape/lose weight, etcetera. Instead, I didn't really hit it off with any of my suite-mates and spent most of my time locked in my room alone. I made a few friends, but I'm always so paranoid I'm being awkward or clingy or some such, so I don't really spend that much time with them. Plus I often prefer spending half of the week at my boyfriend's place as it's the only place I really feel comfortable. Oh, and I also gained 20+ pounds which only made me more depressed and suicidal.

Being an introvert, I naturally spend a lot of time inspecting my own behavior and trying to (over)analyze things. I've come to realize that I use my obsession with weight as a sort of coping mechanism in order to avoid dealing with the actual issues (making an effort to socialize more, for example.)

I recently started reading a book called Mindfulness: In Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. It talks a lot about how we as humans are generally dissatisfied with our lives due to how we are conditioned. But through being "mindful" one can learn how to better access their current situations and gain "insight." It's quite an interesting read so far. It also emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance.

I think that's the key to being happy - learning to accept oneself. Once you can do that, the world is a whole new place.

I know it's hard to do when you're in a depressed state, but be kind to yourself. Try not to put yourself down so much. Everyone has regrets but you'd never criticize others the way you would yourself - you don't deserve that self-hate! Eat to nourish your body - eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full. Get in some physical activity - you don't have to go to the gym, do some stretches or walk around your place; maybe pick up yoga or some such. If you treat yourself better and listen to your body, it will be kind to you back.

Chin up, dear. :]

Weight Loss BMIs vs Weight Jan 05 2010
15:24 (UTC)

Where are you getting your BMI calculation from? If it's from the scale, it's most likely not accurate. Try plugging your stats in here:

Health & Support dehydration drinking but full of water Jan 04 2010
23:14 (UTC)

Are you sure that you're actually dehydrated and that it's not just the dry-mouth that is making you feel as if you are dehydrated?

Are you taking any medication? If so, that might be the cause of your dry-mouth.

In any case, try getting in liquids through other means. For example, you could have soup. Maybe try flavored waters and/or sparkling waters.

Fitness Bikram Yoga? Jun 06 2009
05:32 (UTC)

I haven't tried it before but I've read about it and it seems really interesting. Hopefully someone with some experience with it posts soon.