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Sufferer Newbie...hi! - medical trauma

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Elliedee, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Elliedee

    Elliedee New Member

    Hi all
    I've recently been diagnosed with PTSD following a near death experience in November during a prolonged inpatient stay in hospital for a long term health condition. I've been having flashbacks, nightmares and panic attacks and I now have a fear of going into the hospital.
    I've never had anything like this before and I'm generally a positive person, however I have family experience of mental health conditions, my whole family have experienced depression, my sister has BPD and my other half has bipolar with two previous attempts to take his life,but very well at the moment.
    Now I need the support and I'm finding it hard to accept what has happened to me and I'm sick of feeling down. I've been referred for counselling.
    Just wanted to have somewhere to let off steam without affecting family members health.
    Thanks for reading
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  3. Kittengirl

    Kittengirl Policy Enforcement Banned

    Welcome to the Forum :D Nice to meet you.
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  4. ladee

    ladee All the hard work has been worth it ! Premium Member Donated

    Welcome,glad you found us.... hope you get as much out of the forums as I have... glad you are here..
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  5. Still Standing

    Still Standing I'm a VIP

    Hey, Elliedee, I have recently found this site, too. It is a grand resource for what ails you! I, too, have PTSD from medical traumas, including a near-death experience...impacting isn't it? And I have late onset CPTSD. Just this week I had another medical procedure and fortunately, I finally have doctors who understand and they arrange to have me put out totally before ever touching me. Everything is done in an outpatient surgical center instead of their offices or clinics. I sleep through their procedures. It is the only way that they can come at me with invasive needles into my back and spine (have had 12 spine surgeries plus many other joint related ones) So, I understand your panic concerning going into the hospital again.

    I am no expert on all this, as my journey, like yours, is just beginning but, I am hopeful that things will get better. I hope that you can look forward to getting better, too. Snoop around and see what others share. I do and there are nuggets of help throughout this forum. Glad you have joined us. It seems to be a safe place here to express feelings both good or painful. From one Newbie to another, "Welcome".
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  6. EveHarrington

    EveHarrington _______ in progress. Premium Member

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  7. Elliedee

    Elliedee New Member

    Thank you all.
    @Still Standing I've had complex medical problems for nearly 25 years and this particular spell in hospital was for my 20th operation, that itself I can cope with, it's the fact that I was left to die despite asking for help following this. I've been to hell and back this time around and that's what I'm not coping with...I've been admitted to hospital three times since coming home but to a different hospital and only under the influence on strong medication and certainly under duress.

    Thank you for your warm welcomes... I hope a good look around will help as both a sufferer and supporter!
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  8. Still Standing

    Still Standing I'm a VIP

    Wow! I know of only one other person who has had as many surgeries as you and I. If I counted mine up, I have you beat by 1 with 2 more in the near future. As odd as it would sound, it is nice to have someone else who can understand the trauma involved with spending so many days on the top side of a hospital bed. Then you add the PTSD on top of things, life gets challenging. There comes a time when one's cup of tolerance and endurance just cannot hold anymore stress. Thus we find ourselves on this site. But, what this tells me about you is that you are strong and you can walk this new mile of life. You've walked through so much up to this point, you can journey on, however many times you want to throw in the towel. Though I complain and cry with the best of them, I just know things will get better. This time, we just need some help along the way...PTSD or no PTSD. Can you tell my head is in a Pollyanna state, today? LOL
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