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Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Fri Jun 12, 2009 04:46 AM

I'm really missing Irish dance, I haven't been for over a month because of feeling sick and in pain all the time. I'm going on Monday to see what the specialist will say and i'm scared.

In the meantime I need to know how to cope with dance withdrawal symptoms as it made me feel happy now I just feel miserable that I can't go. What do you do when you are injured?

31 Replies to Dance Withdrawal Symptons.

re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By celticfeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Jun 12, 2009 07:36 AM
I'm going through the same thing right now, and I have been on DDN like crazy! :) I also have been watching many dance videos, practicing my steps in my head, doing some pilates/ab videos, and also doing some teaching (but the dancing is at a minimum). I probably should stop the teaching, but I need money! :) Do whatever you can that doesn't hurt; can you do some turnout drills? Some ab/core work? Work on leg strengthening? Pop in a Riverdance video, turn on your iPod and listen to some music while you mentally practice your steps, or just go into your studio and say hi to all your dance friends (which I also did). Good luck and speedy recovery!
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Fri Jun 12, 2009 07:56 AM
The most I can do at the moment is walking. I'm not risking any core workouts as the pain is in my stomach.

I have I've been watching dance videos like crazy. I've discovered I really like Rhthym of the Dance. I've also been looking at dresses in the hope it will motivate me to get better.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:30 PM
My university doesn't have an Irish dance school nearby. I sometimes get to practice with my friend, but we've been too busy with our classes. I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that I may not take another Irish dance class until I'm done with school...then I remembered that I'm going to school to be a doctor.

I may never take another Irish dance class in my life!

I am SO not okay with this! I've been watching Riverdance religiously, practicing ID in my basement, and trying to remind myself that switching universities just to be close to an Irish dance school is not a smart idea.

Please keep us posted on your health! I hope everything is alright! Best of luck.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Tue Jun 16, 2009 03:35 AM
Thanks for that. Apparently they think I've got Collic today. If this medication doesn't help they are going to send me for more tests to see what is going on and to a kidney specialist.

I'm getting a bit fed up they keep diagnosing IBS with me and it keeps not working.

I have to go back again next week. I feel like I'm spending most of my life in the doctors.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By celticfeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue Jun 16, 2009 04:38 AM
^Hugs! That is frustrating; seriously, practice your steps in your head. It sounds crazy, but it really does work. And if you're looking for motivation, go on Youtube and look at some of the Parade of Champions videos....they always motivate me! :) Visualizing has always worked for me, so I recommend it.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Tue Jun 16, 2009 07:12 AM
its been going on since February. I'm in a lot of pain and no one seems to take me seriously on it anymore. I don't know why I've never had any problems like this before.

I feel like I'm up against a brick wall now.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Wed Jun 17, 2009 03:54 PM
I have now been referred to a kidney specialist due to new unexplained problems. The saga continues much to the concern of everyone around me.

Basically it feels like I have a water infection but there isn't one. I have now completely lost my appetite. My stomach hurts more than ever.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:04 PM
Edited by BellaSiciliana (207782) on 2009-06-17 22:08:09
Edited by BellaSiciliana (207782) on 2009-06-17 22:08:32
Hmm...do you mind telling me a list of your symptoms? Or PMing me if you'd feel more comfortable? I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. I don't know if we had the same symptoms, but I too had unexplained stomach problems. Nothing would show up on any test results. I had a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, a CT scan, a HIDA scan, blood test after blood test, and ultrasounds but nothing was found.

I had diarrhea all the time and couldn't eat or drink anything without getting heartburn on top of it. I had almost constant nausea and indigestion and lost my appetite. Soon I just stopped eating because, even when I was hungry, I was sick of running to the bathroom right after I ate or having to take several immodium after I ate even the smallest amount of food.

A few months later I was telling my psychiatrist how anxious I felt all the time, so she put me on anti-anxiety medication. ALL of my stomach problems went away within a week. It turned out that every one of my stomach ailments was due to anxiety. It really changed my mind about the whole "mind over matter" theory. Even if you have REAL, PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS, they could account for something like anxiety or depression.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Sat Jul 04, 2009 09:22 AM
They think I have a stomach ulcer now and are sending me for further scans to see what is going on.

Please send any dance links or videos. I need to hear the music again. I'm considering going to class and watching.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By onegirlbandmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Jul 04, 2009 09:49 AM
Have you been tested for Celiac Disease? It is easily treatable with a gluten free diet.

I was misdiagnosed with IBS by several doctors before I finally got fed up with the "you will just have to live like this" attitude that they gave me and went to a naturopath.

I have been gluten free now for three years and I don't know why I didn't do it sooner... No more stomach pains, migraines, nausea, blurry vision, diarrhea.

PM me if you want more details. Hopefully you will figure out what is ailing you.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Sun Jul 05, 2009 03:29 AM
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No i haven't. They think ninty percent of my problems are caused by an ulcer in my stomach. They also think i'm bleeding internally. Shouldn't they take this more seriously? I'm now on an eight week course of medication and have to keep an eye on the pain. Otherwise its back to A&E again. The pain wakes me up at night.

My reaction to the previous medication seems to be puzzling everyone. I got constipated on a laxative. What the hell is going on?

They want to do more scans. A gasto scope and an endoscopy.

I might ask for an allergy test.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By onegirlbandmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:07 AM
^ Celiac Disease is diagnosed by a bowl biopsy... so while they are doing the endoscopy they can do the biopsy.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Mon Jul 06, 2009 02:22 AM
Edited by Natz2 (74981) on 2009-07-06 02:26:20
^ if you don't mind me asking what were your stomach pains like?

Mine are very sharp and wake me up at night when i'm not eating anything and have me screaming during the day.

I have chest pain now and I feel sick. The feeling sick I think is a side effect of the medication. I'm not so sure about the chest pain though.

I retch when I eat. I feel cranky and sick of dealing with this pain now.

re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Mon Jul 06, 2009 04:03 PM
Natz2 wrote:


I have chest pain now and I feel sick.


This could be heartburn, indigestion, gas pains, etc. They suck and make it hard to even breathe!

Are you vomiting a lot? Have you had a CT scan of your abdomen?

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re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Tue Jul 07, 2009 02:50 AM
No its more retching but thats a side effect of the medication and the dudodem ulcer. So is the swelling apparently and the waking up at night.

I'm certainly learning about all the different scans if I do decide to study radiography.

Apparently these scans are to see if it needs to be operated on.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Tue Jul 07, 2009 04:37 AM
Edited by BellaSiciliana (207782) on 2009-07-07 04:41:19
Edited by BellaSiciliana (207782) on 2009-07-07 04:48:02
Edited by BellaSiciliana (207782) on 2009-07-07 04:49:28
Yup, and it could also rule out a lot of the major things, which you already know.

If you do have to get one and they make you drink the Barium Shake of Heavenly Wonder, let yourself get REALLY thirsty before hand, then pretend it's Tang. Because it seriously TASTES like watered-down tang. It's really heavy, so as it's going down you might feel like you're going to vomit, but that feeling passes quickly.

(Also, and this part is gross, but they failed to mention this VERY important detail to me when I had it done...your poop will be REALLY light...almost white-ish...afterwards! It's very normal and should pass within a day or so.)

It's really not as bad as people say. I was so hungry and thirsty from fasting for the scan that I chugged the second dose like it was nothing! I think it just freaked me out the first time because it was new...how many times has anyone had to drink a "radioactive milkshake"??? I also had to have an iodine IV for my CT, and it makes you feel warm and tingly everywhere! I actually thought I was peeing!


I can't remember if I told you about this or not, but I had all these tests done because I had diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion and stomach cramps constantly for months and couldn't eat or drink anything without having to immediately go to the bathroom. It was horrible! All my scans were negative, and months later I mentioned that it seemed to start around the same time I began getting panic attacks again. So I was put on medication for anxiety and depression [I didn't even realize I was depressed until my doctor evaluated me.] and everything except occasional GERD symptoms subsided. As strange as it sounds for something like anxiety to cause such painful symptoms, it can really happen. Would you be willing to look into anxiety and depression as a cause, at least to rule it out?
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Tue Jul 07, 2009 01:10 PM
What is tang? What is Gerd?

I don't really feel anxious just fed up now that no one seems to make up their minds. I'm slightly scared in case they don't find anything on occasion but then I wake up with the pain so there has to be something.

I'm a bit sad because i'm missing dance and playing my sax. It hurts to play my sax should i mention this?

I feel horrible at the moment and I'm hoping the pain doesn't get worse. I really dont want to go to hospital again.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Tue Jul 07, 2009 08:55 PM
Tang is an orange drink that tastes kine of like orange juice and GERD is gastroesophageal reflux desease (acid reflux).
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Claddagh_Dancer
On Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:32 PM
I agree with Bella, it is possible that anxiety is a cause for all this. Lucinda Bassett and the Midwest Center created an awesome program, "attacking anxiety and depression", (check ebay or abebooks.com for a good price!). they talk about how, as Bella said, anxiety/stress can cause physical problems. I'm about halfway through the program myself, and honestly the results are remarkable. Changing the way you think and talk to yourself has a bigger impact than we often realize.
I hope you're feeling better soon!
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Thu Jul 23, 2009 09:19 AM
I have to go for more tests. I have to get a Gastro Scope and an Endoscopy. I have the appointment for one thanks to the doctor moving it forward.

I really hope I can go back to dance. I never realised I was this addicted until I couldn't do it anymore.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By BellaSiciliana
On Thu Jul 23, 2009 03:23 PM
Scopes are a piece of cake! The prep isn't, but the actual test is. You'll do fine! I just hope they figure out what's wrong this time so they don't have to keep poking and proding you!
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Thu Jul 23, 2009 03:46 PM
I hope so because i'm getting fed up and impatient now. Really impatient.

I hate it. Being in pain all the time sucks.
re: Dance Withdrawal Symptons.
By Natz2
On Tue Jul 28, 2009 03:09 AM
They haven't told me to do anything for the preparation for the Gastro Scope. Maybe its different here. It does say you can be kept in but that I think is if you choose to go under.

If no one finds anything I'm going to a dietician or getting an allergy test.
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