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    On nosebleeds....and other stuff
    Saturday, December 8, 2007
    I have been a very sickly child for as long as I can remember. One of the unlucky to get asthma and just can't seem to recover from it. I thought I did some five years ago when I was working in manila, having been able to remove myself from the class of the horizontally challenged for quite sometime. Unfortunately, I gained some weight again which I can't seem to get off despite the spinning classes I take. Since I have asthma, I get to take medicines with steroidal content which may be one of the reasons why I can't seem to get the weight off. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those self-conscious women who want to be paper thin (no offense meant to those who are self-conscious coz believe it or not I am too, its the"starving" yourself that I'm opposed to) -- I just want to be healthy.

    So anyway, I was doing some reading on nosebleeds because I seem to be having them like three to four times a week for like the past two or three months. At first, i thought it was just because of the changing weather. I also remember being so stressed at work that my nose began to bleed. However, it's been happening quite often and I'm kind of getting worried. Here's the irony though, when I get the idea of going for a check-up to have my CBC taken, it kind of stops for like two or three days. When i finally get to calm myself down and say "maybe I was just tired" it starts again. Irritatingly, it happens during the night time, when I'm like in the middle of my sleep and I feel it running down my nose (ohh...sorry..i know it's gross so i'll stop) and I say maybe it's just my rhinitis and I jolt awake and look for more kleenex because the flowing doesn't stop and I think "omg, my nose is bleeding again"

    Well, I am faced with a dilemma. I seem to find in my readings that most nosebleeds do not really have an identifiable cause. I would want to think that the cause of my nosebleeds are fairly due to repeated irritation from a cold, which I almost always have because I have allergic rhinitis. However, what if it's not? I mean as I read further through the article of www.emedicinehealth.com, it says that there may be a problem with blood clotting. I rule out high blood pressure because i usually get my BP everyday and it's almost always a 110/76 (believe it or not -- i'm overweight but that's my blood pressure). What is most alarming though is that I've learned that liver disease can also interfere with blood clotting. I've been on medication for like almost 20 years of my life and i know taking a lot of medicines can harm your liver. Aside from the fact that obesity may be due to the inability of the liver to do its function.

    So you see, it is not just the nosebleeds that I am worried about. Its the possibility of not having a normal liver that frightens me. It's not like I'm afraid of doctors or something but I just can't seem to get the attention I want especially when I use my medicard<, it is my privilege (to use the card--one of the benefits that my job gives)and i don't see why they treat some people differently just because they don't pay in cash. Going back to the issue, as of the moment I'm still contemplating as to whether I should submit myself for a check-up or just continue convincing myself that it's just stress. Until then, I presume i'd have to practice pinching my nose while sleeping to avoid having anymore bloody sheets.

    Do you think I should go to the doctor already??.....

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, December 08, 2007  
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