Hello everyone, this is my first time on this site, I had it recommended to me by my therapist. So, I’ve been sick for nearly two years now. Nausea off and on, headaches, abdominal pain, the works. Basically like having the flu off and on for two years. I’ve been to tones of different doctors, specialists, hospitals, so far, no ones knows anything. The only thing that has helped me is a naturalist doctor. I’ve been on his program for about five months now, and I have actually improved a lot from where I was before, but I still have lots of set backs and bad days. Before I started going to the naturalist, I was bedridden for a week. I needed help to make it to the bathroom which was only seven feet away. I was super dizzy, nauseous, lots of lower pain. I was so dehydrated, and drinking anything only made the nausea worse. By day three, I was really worried, because I could tell that it wasn’t the flu, and before it got that bad, I had slowly been getting worse for about a month. I was really worried that it was something very serious, and that that might be it for me.
Before I got that bad, I had actually been coping with being sick fairly well, because I still had more good days than bad days, but after that week, I had been pretty traumatized, even when I started to improve. I started having really bad panic attacks about three or more times a day, sometimes up to five times a day. I couldn’t sleep very well at night, because I was scared of waking up that sick again. I was exhausted, often I would end up going to the nurses office or the library to sleep during my spares, because I just couldn’t stay awake. The panic attacks began to taper down about a month later, and now I’ve gotten to the point where I usually only have one a week if I’m lucky. Once the panic attacks started occurring less often, the depression set in, and the urges to self harm followed pretty soon after. So far I’ve managed not to, and my therapist recommended using distractions as a substitute, which has worked so far, but I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions or advice? Really, anything right now would be helpful. Other substitutes, distractions, advice, anything.