bless us.

Lots of people in SF are sick and/or having allergies. We recently got a bunch of much needed rain which has meant a lot more mold in our damp old city. I'm seeing congestion (chest and nasal), cough and fatigue. 

Every single one of my patients has talked about how awful they've felt since the inauguration. They've expressed anger, fear, worry, outrage, anxiety, insomnia, sadness, and so much more. 

sick and anxious.

a lot of people in san francisco are sick.

-headache, sinus congestion, fatigue, sore throat, cough.

also, a lot of people are having major anxiety.

-panic attacks: shortness of breath, palpitations, feelings of impending death.

(also, a lot of people really went for it for NYE, and they’re feeling the effects.)

full moon.

the shared compliant this week is hard to describe.

in general, people said they felt: “bad”, “weird”, “anxious”, “very stressed”, “agitated”, “irritable”, “angry”, “depressed”, “sad”, “hopeless”, “on edge”, “queasy”, and “nervous”.

for some people these emotions manifested into: headaches, severe stomach pain, lower back pain, diarrhea, palpitations, shoulder tension, neck pain, reduced appetite, and/or insomnia.

it seems a lot of people are having a hard time.

also, lots of people are trying to get pregnant.

severe lower back pain and anxiety.

people often use acupuncture to treat lower back pain. sometimes people come in when things are acute- like they’ve just injured it, or they have an old injury that’s bothering them in a new way. some people use regular treatments to try to keep reoccurring lower back pain at bay. this week there was a kind of huge increase in the number of patients with severe lower back pain. it was hard for them to walk, sit, or even lay down. these people explained their pains as eights, nines, and tens on a one to ten pain scale. whoa.

anxiety was also up this week. yikes.

oh, and break ups too. (so soon after valentine’s day. hm.)

insomnia and anxiety and japan.

well over ninety percent of my patients this week complained of insomnia. for most of them, this is their first experience of not being able to sleep. the vast majority of them said that the insomnia was caused by anxiety. they were either unable to fall asleep, or woke during the night and were unable to fall back to sleep. every single one of these patients said they were thinking about the recent events in japan. 

depression.

many patients report experiencing alternating anxiety and depression. this week, depression seems to have the upper hand. the words i’ve heard repeated most are: apathy, disinterest, fatigue, overwhelm, numbness, hopelessness, sadness, and exhaustion.