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For me, when I'm feeling healthy, I generally have no issues. I usually gauge this by my sleep and appetite which I usually have no issues with. But if I get a symptom that I can't explain I worry myself ill. And then I can't sleep or eat which makes it worse. Like most people here, I look for answers on the net. If I could go back to the begining of my current "episode" I would have told myself not to, and leave it in the hands of the Docs.
But when something doesn't get better straight away, you get tempted.

A few people have asked what to do. My thoughts on this, based on my own unpleasant experience so far:

* talk to your Docs about all aspects of your problem esp the anxiety - for me SSRIs are effective in reducing my anxiety

* talk to your friends and family about it - try and have a sense of humour about it as this often reminds me when I'm being silly

* I am currently having some counselling and CBT only 2 issues in, but I think it will help. My counsellor has suggested to me that when I feel anxious about a health issue I should assess the facts and evidence. What are the real facts that support the fear (this excludes what we may have seen on the internet!) What do we know for sure about our condition? I was recently told that I have a deviated septum, but otherwise nose and throat OK - this is a fact about my condition, and does not stack up with sinus cancer!! I'm still having my scan though :) Plus the other benefit here is that you can tell an impartial person absolutely anything and it helps so much.

* Lastly, I am really glad I found this site. I can share my experiences with good people like yourselves, and that helps too! So thank you all :)

...I do think its probably best to stay away from the cancer boards though...
I think its fine and dandy that all these obsessive thoughts and psychosomatic symptoms are really in our head and that we ARE ok but I think there has to be more emphasise on conqouring this disorder. This can't be healthy in the long run. I'm no doctor but overtime worry /stress/anxiety if it effects blood pressure for some then heart trouble down the road must be the next stop. I'v been having heart health anxiety lately. I have mild high blood pressure which i'm on meds.
I've been stressed and anxious over a few things this month, one being having unprotected sex with this friend of mine who is a bit promiscuous. I went for a std check the next week, worried sick I either contracted HIV or chlamidyia or everything else.
worried so much i spent hours on the internet looking up symptoms. of course AIDS scares the hell out of me, worried about that for a month afterwards. getting tested but it takes three months. You all know what I'm talking about the three months wait from hell. I finally said screw it, if i have it, I'll deal with it. Funny enough, i stopped worrying about it. even my so called ars symptoms went away. i had nausia for three weeks and I thought i was sick from HIV pre-infection. i was taking my temperature every day, checking for a high fever. I mean come on right!!!!
finally I started getting mild chest pains and sleepless nights. i felt like my heart was fluttering in my chest. i lift weights, eat healthy, everything to avoid heart trouble. but i know this mst be slowly killing me. But like i said I finally made a conscious choice to just freaking stop worring about it. and it worked. i told myself its not worth having a heart attack over. plus chances are she did not have HIV and chances are, even if she did, I won't get it on a one time thing. Of course that manifested fear went into ocd thoughts about heart trouble. To ice the cake I bought a condo which i'm moving into next month. Im panicking about it because it is a pre-construction and I saw it for the first time yesterday. I'm freaking with thoughts its to small. spent an hour there yesterday measuring each room making sure its big enough. Can i rent it for the money i want. worried about the 6000$ furniture I am holding. Again all the stress, getting mild chest pains again, thinking this will kill me. So STOP worrying damn it i said to myself. its not worth your health. it is working a bit and I'm more relaxed. But now I'm left with the heart health fear again. After all that. Now I'm scared to even do my normal routine in the gym. this really does suck.

I guess the moral of the story is, we are NOT immortal and time will tell what we will face, We have to be brave on that day. when that day comes we will find the strength to face cancer, heart attack, whatever. It will be ok. i knew someone who had cancer and i asked her if she was scared. She said no, she was happier then than many times in her life. We have to accept death is a part of life. obsessing robs us of the life God gave us. We might as well slap him in the face.

maybe I have not figured it out but I think if we keep justifying its just anxiety, its nothing. it is something. raised blood pressure, chest pains (even though alot of these pains are muscle related) it can't be healthy as we age.
acception is the key. not the acception that we have something but the acception that we all will have something one day. Its like worrying about paying taxes, we all have to go through it. Whatever will be will be...just enjoy the gift of life. none of us are here for the long haul. its just a semi long road with a bunch of stuff, good and bad that happens along the way. Hopefully, some of us have God to turn to. i don't really right now but I'm trying. it helps. Just remember weigh the alternatives. Live in hell for the rest of your life with worry and anxiety, or live your life and when the doctor calls on that day years from now...that call most of us fear so much will get maybe in our 60's or 70's.....then we can accept it. remember we are all afraid of getting an sreious disease. we already have one, its anxiety and its real. Funny enough we have accepted that, so we can accept other diseases once they come our way. no point worrying now.

Stress and anxiety probably causes real health problems down the road, but thats my opinion. I'm no doctor or expert.
I take a mild tranquilizer called clonazapam, it helps take the edge off when i'm at my worst. Most dostors prescribe it.

there must be a way, drug free to beat this "disease"

a few facts to think about:
chest pain is normal with stress, chest pain that lasts more than 15 minutes is not. if you get any relief in your pain, its not your heart.

cancer is still rare if you eat right and stop smoking.
remeber worry causes your immune system to weaken, therefore increasing your chances of cancer. howebver, most cancers are very curable. i have friends who have had skin, breast, kidney, lung, brain cancer, there all fine

MS is not that bad for everyone, even if you get diagnosed, chances are you will only be mildy affected by it. I know two people who have it and you can't even tell.

HIV, is hard to catch...possible, probable, but not as easy as people think. not worth worrying about but still condoms, condoms, condoms, it still can happen.

my mother once said, most of the things we worry about never happen, its the stuff we don't think about that gets us in the end. I think thats pretty true. If I had a dime for every thing I worried about that did not happen...i could have bought a bigger condo. I know what your thinking... then if I stop worrying I will get sick...thats called superstition. thats what I keep thinking. Sometimes I think, if i worry about my health then in a way im protecting myself from actually getting something. It does not work that way.

One last thought...please everyone try meditation and stick to it...This I can't talk any greater about.
I'm sure your heart is fine. if your dad died of this then i can understand the feelings there.
my mother died of a heart attack too, so i know thats where i get the fears from. Heart health is probably my biggest health concern, thou i do worry about other things, my heart is always on my mind..LOL sounds like a love song.
I want to help put you at ease becasue i know how much hell this disorder can play out, I don't know your general health and i dont want to say something to make you feel worse but generally as long as your blood pressure is in check, cholesterol is good, you dont smoke or eat fatty foods. If the doctors say your heart is fine then please believe them. They go to school for years to study the human body..they have the knowledge.

Stress can cause high blood pressure which can lead to heart problems down the road but a good bp med and meditation, coenzyme Q10, garlic pills :) all hepl keep the heart in check. I think the biggest thing is stay away from red meat. My friend, only 43 just got told he has full blockage in one of his arteries. He could not understand why, he does not smoke but does drink and eats tonnes of red meat. Doctors told him, more and more younger people are coming in with heart disease because of beef, pork whatever.
fish and fish oil is the way to a better healthy heart as well as stress reduction and meditation.
traqs work well, i love em but thet are addicting and only bandaid the issues.
Re: Health Anxiety?
Oct 15, 2008
Hi Supermom3!

It's wonderful to hear from you. I didn't realize what a wide spread problem this was until I found all of you. I'm not happy you're all suffering like me, but I'm sure happy to have a place to talk about it. I'm very sorry about your Mom, I will be thinking of you on Friday.

I'm very glad to know you're feeling better right now, that's super encouraging. I've had to re-schedule my annual today because my son was home sick. Now I have another week of anxiety, and then waiting for results, more anxiety. This was something I never gave a second thought to before, in fact I was always surprised when my results arrived in the mail. Wow, to be that carefree again. I almost feel like if I worry about it obsessively, I can't be caught by surprise ever again, does that make sense? Almost a form of control, which it isn't, but if feels like it.

I'm happy to hear from everyone, it's encouraging.
Re: Health Anxiety?
Oct 25, 2008
I have had health anxiety for years now. I am 35, been married 14 years. Few years ago I found a lump on my breast, thought I had breast cancer for sure. Went to a Dr. to find out it was Fibrocystic breasts. After that, I was having heart palpitations, etc, thought for sure I was gonna have a heart attack and die. That ended up being PSVT and sinus arrythmia. I have also fretted over having colon cancer and numerous other things. My latest fear started when I began to have to pee alot, and after being treated for a UTI, BV and yeast infection, I was still having to pee more than normal, so I thought for sure I had ovarian cancer. Went in to have an exam, and my ovaries are fine. The dr. asked me how long it had been since I had a pap smear, and seeing as it had been 8 years, she said she would like to do a pap. I have never had an abnormal pap smear or any female issues.(by the way, my peeing alot symptom has gone away) Ok, so, now, I have been excessively obsessing over now having cervical cancer, ONLY because I had the test, I realize that is when it started, but it doesn't seem to help me let it go very much:( I have read so much about cervical cancer, I swear. I don't have any bleeding or vaginal symptoms of cancer. I read that low backaches and constipation can be advanced signs, and since I been having that lately, that's just what I needed to read. Couldnt be that I have scoliosis and extreme STRESS?? I have lost almost 20 pounds since September with all this anxiety, and I wanna sleep all the time and am depressed....I am so glad I found this board, just wish I could calm down, and know that I am fine, without test results!! I relate to the being in control, my life feels so out of control, that I am afraid to not worry. I think that if I relax and stop and just know I am ok, that I will get the rug pulled right out from under me, I just dont wanna be this way anymore....

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