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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,
I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and about two weeks after quitting, I have a dull pain in my flank that comes and goes and am having a lot of anxiety after quitting smoking. Should I be worried?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   please give me a couple of mins to read your query.
Doctor :   may i ask a few relevant questions ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   29
Doctor :   ok , before you quit , may i know how many cigarettes would you smoke?
User :   10~20 peding on stress
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   apart from smoking any use of drugs?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know have you quit it completely?
User :   yes
User :   Feb, 19 2011
User :   I used Niccorett for 3 weeks
Doctor :   ok , do you consume alcohol?
User :   No
Doctor :   nicorette are the nicotine gums ?
User :   Yes, the gum
Doctor :   ok , may i know apart from smoking , have you had any anxiety as such ?
User :   Well, I have a mixed health history.
Doctor :   ok
User :   First, I have had kidney stones in the past
User :   last one was in 2009
Doctor :   ok
User :   I also have high blood presure, one of the reasons I quit smoking
Doctor :   ok
User :   In the past 6 weeks it has gone from 161/110 down to about 130/88 avarage
User :   also in college I did have anxiety, pacnic attacks, and slight depression
Doctor :   ok
User :   Last panic attack was 2004
Doctor :   at present are you on any medicines for anxiety?
User :   no,
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me summarize it to you
Doctor :   after reading your query and getting all answers for my questions
Doctor :   i would want to tell you that the symptoms your having is common to develop when one quits smoking
Doctor :   since it has been only 6 weeks since you did it, these symptoms are meant to be there
Doctor :   i woulsd suggest you to keep yourself motivated and prevent from getting back to it
Doctor :   there will be some anxiety at this phase when one stops smoking
Doctor :   so do not worry
Doctor :   regarding the dull pain in your flank , that may also be due to the anxiety , which alters the bowel motions and causes discomfort
Doctor :   as long as the anxiety gets very bad in the form of sweating , palpitations , feeling of doom , giddiness, tremors ,etc , always being there in you round the clock, there is nothing to worry
Doctor :   are you with me?
User :   yes
User :   Is there any good way for stress managment?
Doctor :   yes , there is
User :   I think that is what is causing the anxiety and desire to smoke...
Doctor :   you must try relaxation methods like deep breathing
Doctor :   when ever you feel anxious follow this
Doctor :   it will calm you down
Doctor :   and also try yoga and meditation
Doctor :   they help
Doctor :   you muat learn to plan your work
Doctor :   write down all the reasons which are causing you worry
Doctor :   and write down the solutions for them
Doctor :   work on it
Doctor :   solve one problem at a time
User :   i see
Doctor :   you can prioritize your problems and get solutions
Doctor :   write them down
Doctor :   and also you could consult a psychiatrist
Doctor :   they come up with behaviour therapy and couselling sessions
Doctor :   to train your mind to deal with stress, anxiety, fear, and panic attacks
User :   Understood. Thank you, talking has helped much. Also, may I ask another question regarding a separate topic?
Doctor :   yes , please proceed
Doctor :   if needed they wil also add few medicines to help you better
User :   My father is suffering his last stages of Leukimia and his body has stopped producing platelets
Doctor :   ok
User :   How long can a person survive ones bonemarrow stops producing platelets?
Doctor :   i am very sorry to learn about your dear father
User :   THis is part of my anxiety, I need to figure out if I should go home to see him right away
Doctor :   I can know understand how you must be feeling and what is causing you anxiety
Doctor :   let me tell you, leukemia has many stages
Doctor :   and the bone marrow is the integral part of the body producing all important cells
Doctor :   as the platelet count has dropped and there are no fresh platelet production
Doctor :   this is an advancing condition
User :   yes
Doctor :   if the platelets fall , there will be increased risk of picking up bleeding episodes, infections and many other associated problems
Doctor :   this will complicate the consition further
Doctor :   one can never predict how long a leukemia patient will survive
Doctor :   i can only say that the prognosis is guarded
Doctor :   is he on chemo ?
User :   can not do chemo
User :   he is too weak
User :   he has had the transplant
User :   and was OK for about a year
Doctor :   ok
User :   but the host vs graft came back and his WB cell count went up
Doctor :   ok
User :   we tried to re-aquire plasma from the doner
Doctor :   ok
User :   but she had become enimc, and could not donate blood
Doctor :   ok
User :   so... we are sorta out of options...
Doctor :   ok , im sory to learn that
Doctor :   i feel the doctor treating him will be best to tell you about his prognosis
User :   and yesterday the said they were going to send him home because there are no options left.
Doctor :   since it needs a lot of other factors to determine the same
User :   ture
User :   just wanted a second opinion of what to expect
Doctor :   as all the transplant , etc has been tried , he has received the best possible treatment
Doctor :   the platelet count alone will not help us in saying much
User :   yes he has
User :   and we are very greatful
Doctor :   but i can only say ,it is time for you to visit him
Doctor :   your presence will make a great support to him
User :   I see.
Doctor :   the treatment now is pallaitive
Doctor :   giving him a symptom free life
Doctor :   and preventing further complications
User :   Should I go... like tomorrow? or is this a you can wait till next weekend thing?
Doctor :   please discuss with the doctor treating him to get an overall view, but even they would not comment as to how long he will pull through
Doctor :   t is upto you to decide
Doctor :   You could go next weekend
User :   I will try to see if I can go tomorrw.
User :   Thank you Dr.
Doctor :   that would be better
Doctor :   i hope you followed my suggestions
User :   yes
Doctor :   are there any more questions for me to help you with ?
User :   No, that will be alll.
User :   thank you so much for your advise.
Doctor :   pleasure here
Doctor :   wish you a good health and your dear father a good health
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me
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