Physical symptoms of PTSD?

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Has anyone suffered physical symptoms of trauma.. I've experience trauma since I was 8 from domenstoc violence and other things. From a young age I always suffered with migraines, headaches, sickness, constipation and abdominal pain. Had so many tests and everything is always clear and no cause for it. My doctor wants to send me to a psychiatric sand thinks it's physical symptoms of abuse and trauma even though I was completely fine for 3 years after the last traumatic life event i only got physical symptoms 3 years after.. has anyone else had this or is there underlying conditions what's causing me to constantly have abdominal pains.. even my blood work indicated problems but when I am scanned and investigated there nothing even though my blood and observations suggest something

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    Hi Amy,

    Just wondered if you are in the UK? If so, then I believe your GP will be right. If he or she suspects PTSD they would refer you to your local community mental health team. Initial appointment should be with a CPN and Psychiatrist. It is likely that you will receive a diagnosis from the Psychiatrist at the end of your appointment. They will also suggest a plan to go forward, and who in the team will be the most appropriate person to support you, which could then be a Psychologist.

    Given what you have gone through, it will probably help you a great deal. Please feel to drop me a PM if you want?

    Best wishes- Shaz x

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      Hi shaz, yes I am in the Uk. I have been to see several counsellors over the last couple of years and each time I think I'm spoken and opened up but then a few months later I'm back to square one. Talking about it doesn't bother me I have discussed things several times it's just the pains and feeling unwell 24/7 that is driving me crazy. I just want s day where I can wake up pain free

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      Hi Amy,x

      Whole PTSD thing is new to me. But it was the Psychiatrist who got me to the point I'm at now. From a personal perspective, I would say, any help that is available, please take it!

      Shaz xx

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      Thanks Shaz. It's new to me too. My doctor only told me a few months ago but the waiting list to be seen by a specialist is very long (8 months long) maybe longer. So my GO has given me weekly appointments with her so I can open up to her and talk about anything in the meantime which is so nice of her to do. Hope things are okay with you xx

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    Amy

    My early years up to recent, I am in my sixties was traumatic, if that is the right word to use, I would call this abuse and any trauma was caused by any associated violence. You are possibly suffering from Anxiety and that will be associated with the various forms of abuse you have suffered from. If your tests have proven clear you may need to come to terms and move on from your past because it is no good allowing past problems affecting you future life choices as Anxiety needs to be controlled with positive thoughts and actions.

    I do not know your age and how you are living your life, all I would advise if your are adult make positive changes and move on.

    Your Health seems fine, try and accept the tests you were subjected to.

    May I ask you mention bloods suggest a problem, can we give support, 

    BOB

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      Turns out I've had a slight internal bleed in my pelvis hence the pains. My doctor was drilling it into my head it was all caused my trauma and kept putting it off but my menstral cycle has been all over the place I have been told I have adenomyosis or endometriosis and I will have further tests over the next 48 hours. I knew my body and I knew something was wrong. My bloods always indicate infection. They never find the infection. My bloods also say that I have a low white blood count but a high red blood count and my liver functions are extremely high. The main one is always the infection indicator. I just get given antibiotics but we never know where the infection is. I do have crohns so I'm guessing that's where the infection could be coming from.

      I am 25 so I am still young. I do have a very positive life. Work two job a house of my own and a great life. I barely think of the things that have gone wrong for me until people bring them up it's just I seem to be constantly in pain and it's a mystery to what is causing it. No one ever knows when it comes to doing tests. Hopefully these tests give me the diagnoses to what's caused the bleed maybe that's what has been wrong for all this time.

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      Hi Amy,

      Thanks for your update, that's a start at least. Now, fingers crossed they should be able to sort out the physical pain, and in time, the other problems. I do agree, the waiting times are long. It took me 5 months to get my CMHT Triage appointment from when my GP referred me; I am now on the list to Wait to see a Psychologist (not sure how long that will take).

      Best wishes - Shaz x

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      Amy

      You most probably know My condition is caused by an overractive immune system where the body attacks my bones, tendons  and tendon shieves so I am generally most of the time in pain. In my case they suppress the White blood cell count and my red blood cells can contain plaques from my joints etc. If you are always in pain it is important you are able to control your pains 

      If your White Blood Cell Count is low that will reduce the bodies chances of fighting off infection, so you need to know what can be done to increase your immune system. Antibitics will make you feel washed out and that will not be a positive place to be

      When you attend your Appointment could you ask for a referal to see the PAIN CLINIC they may also help.

      I wish you luck with your appointment, if it would help make a list of salient points you need to discuss, this will allow more time to explain your needs

      I, like you have a comfortable life, although been able to control my condition is the difference between a chocolate cake with a cherry on top and a piece of shortbread. We need to be comforable in our own skin. That makes our life a more positive existance

      BOB

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      Fingers crossed you aren't waiting too long to see them. I've been on a list for CBT for 14 months and I still haven't see anyone so just hope the psychiatrist appointment isn't that long x

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