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    What causes anxiety when diagnosed with diverticulitis?

Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 in Mental Health
Question: I am getting depressed from this illness
Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 29 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Stress management is need of hour

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.

I read your query and understand your concerns.

Any illness with serious symptoms such as bleeding likely to cause serious disturbance in our thinking and behaviour. If there is poor control of symptoms we often tend to think negatively and take lot of stress which further complicates the problem.

Presence of diverticulitis over the last month is really serious problem but at this stage it is important to have positive attitude and optimism. There is valid ground to stay that diverticulitis is treatable illness and I am more than sure that once the source of bleeding identified the bleeding will be stopped and you will feel better.

Having positive attitude and optimism is important as increased stress further complicates the course of disease and increases the duration of symptoms. At his stage in addition to this have al possible means to manage your stress so you have adequate energy to deal with this problem.

I also request you to do not compromise on your activity level and exercise as decreased activity further increases stress and problem. Try to utilise your time in best possible way and follow the instructions of your treating doctor. It is also important to keep yourself engaged with one or another activity so there is little time left to process negative thoughts.

I hope this helps you.
Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions.
Thanks and regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
Follow up: Dr. Ashok Kumar 14 minutes later
I try not to think about it bur i always have a bad feeling that theyre gonna find something negative in the next ct scan . My uncle died from colon cancer a few years ago and my mom battled colon cancer asweel but shes food now ., i cant help but worry , i get stressed alot , im afraid to leave the house by myself . And ive been crying alot lately , the dr persctibed me valium , but i try not to take them .
I constantly want to go to the ER because i feel very weak and when i do they check my blood , say im ok and send me home . I dont know what to do to get my life back .
Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 24 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I understand

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for reverting back to me.

With the available description I feel there is more need to do rather than relying on valium. There are symptoms of depression which should be dealt on priority basis and should not be left alone.

I will recommend you to see a therapist if you think medications are not necessary or may have side effects. Even I will endorse your decision to go for therapy over the medications.

With available positive family history I feel your fears are genuine but I like to make it clear that presence of positive family history do not confer 100% risk to you. There is good chance to get detected any abnormality in early stage and and have great hope to recovery.

I hope this helps you further.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
In future, if you wish to ask any more questions, you can use the below-mentioned link to contact me.


Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
Follow up: Dr. Ashok Kumar 44 hours later
I was feeling really bad yesterday so my mom brought me wool and neddles because i like knitting , it actually helped i felt ok the whole day .
Buy todsy i woke up again feeling like im not myself and how my life will never be ok , i guess im still in a negative and depressed mood . And on top of that its my cousins wedding today which i wasnt able to attend due to this condition , i feel left out , not whole and i keep looking at the wool wondering if i should continue ....
its really a hard day , i cried so much now i have a headace
Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for follow up.

As suggested above engagement in one or another activity is have potential to help you and knitting could be one of such activity as it happened yesterday.

In my opinion leave least possible time for negative thinking process at this stage.

I hope this helps you further.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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