PTSD

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I have ptsd following severe septic shock in 2013 with no memory of being in ICU for 5 days and then Sudden cardiac arrest 2 times this year,  Now have pacemaker.   Do not sleep well, startle at slightest noise, become agitated or angry at slightest provocation ,occasionally suicidal thoughts.  What can I do ?  No one seems to understand. 

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    I understand. I wasn't officially diagnosed with PTSD but a few months after a traumatic hospital experience similar to yours but not so severe, I started getting panic attacks randomly. The GP said they were caused by the shock and stress of the experience and prescribed a tranquilliser, haloperidol, which brought it under control. I had routine keyhole surgery to remove my gall bladder, but they didn't seal thing off properly and 2 days later I was rushed back into hospital with severe pain and fever. By the time they had investigated and diagnosed the cause (blood and bile in abdominal cavity corroding the tissues and causeing peritonitis) I'd developed a heart murmur so the subsequent emergency surgery was risky and I ended up in intensive care. A whole cocktail of nasty intravenous antibiotics was needed to bring the peritonitis under control. I still have nightmares about it. So I'd say your GP should understand. I hope you can get help.
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    Ask gp for referral to counselling and they can talk thru the best option that will suit you
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    I understand you completely! I used to suffer from major trauma for a lot of years and had some panic attacks and what not. In yiour situation, there are a few things you could try that might be able to help. Contacting and making an appointment with a counsellor/therapist would be a good start if you feel as if you can't go through with this alone which I don't blame you if you can't as I couldn't either. When the counselling sentions are doing the work on you, when these terrifying things occur which you explained, the thing that I did which helped me was write it down. Not say what's happening to you right at that moment, but write a short story about what your feeling and how you're feeling. Write anything you want in the diary/journal that would get all the bad things off of your chest to calm yourself down as writing your problems down has had an effect on a lot of people. If you ever do try that option and you feel as if it hasn't done enough, you could try burning it in a fireplace or disposing of it which ever way you want to as that always seems to help more as well as people feel that it's throwing your problems away. You could also listen to relaxing music and imagine yourself in a quiet and peaceful place which hopefully your counsellor would do with you. Another thing you could try are mind games or relaxing games that take your mind off the problems that are ocurring at that moment. I hope you get better soon and keep us updated so we know how you're doing smile *hugs*
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      That's really good advice. I find writing things down helps, so the thoughts don't have to keep going round in my head. And I do crosswords to distract myself.
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      Thank you of your kind words and advice.  I do have app with counselor next week.  I have been playing computer games probably excessively but  never thought that I might be doing so as a distraction.  We hosted a large sit down dinner last night which went well   Being very busy physically seems to equate with less feeling bad.  I sing in church choir which is a great distraction .  Plan to return to yoga class after Christmas. Also will try jpurnaling.  My sister who teaches psychiatric nursing had suggested that but I never did  it.   I did burn all hospital records one she at a time after first near death experience and seemed to help .  Then came near death episodes 2 and 3". Cannot seem to get over these.  Also they brought up memories of episode 1 which I thought I had processed through.  Your note to me yesterday meant more than can ever imagine .  Hugs back
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      Feeling rather betrayed by you as your post sates you are a wannabe counsellor.  Are you at university..?  Interning under psychiatrist? employed by mental health center?  Pretense is not professional!  I am advanced degreed professional nurse((clinical nurse specialist)". I do happen to have PTSD symptoms from 3 near death experiences.   You pretended to understand but seemingly lied about your having this condition.  If you were my student, I would fail you.  If you were an employee under my supervision , I would have you fired for trying to establish a trust relationship under false pretenses.  PMP.  MSN, CNS RN

       

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      I'm sorry you've been upset by someone else posting on this site. You do have to be so careful about who you open up to in these forum discussions. A few weeks ago I had to flag up someone's post in a different discussion, because it was very unhelpful and upsetting. It told the person who had started the discussion, who was in a distressed state, that the drug she'd been taking was poison - as I say, unhelpful. I reported it and the post was removed quickly. I can assure you, I am always honest, and I like to think everyone else is too, but it can't be assumed. It's not letting any secrets out to tell you I am a retired library assistant with no medical training! Has writing about your problem on the site helped at all? Counselling can help - I had CBT therapy and counselling for nearly a year for depression and anxiety, and it enabled me to find my "coping mechanisms"  for when I need them.
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