Post Edited (tsitodawg) : 11/15/2011 3:12:35 AM (GMT-7)
I have to admit that I was going through the same situation like your sister for many years, I thought I was sick all the time, and the more I thought I was sick, the more the symptoms got worse. When I received my diagnosis of Crohns, I started searching the internet, and guess what....I got so depressed because all I read about was horror stories, that finally I was severely depressed. So I admitted to myself that I was facing phsycological problems and I decided to do therapy. I discussed for hours with my phsicologist, and this was the best thing I could do for myself.
But believe me, I didn't pretend I was sick because I needed more attention from my loved ones, I was really torturing myself.
I think the first step for someone who suffers from this is to admitt that he really has a big problem (I mean mentally), and the second step is to ask for professional help.
Now, I feel alot better, still in fear of course for some things, but managing to put logic first of all.
Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis (unconfirmed)Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)
I sympathize and empathize with everything that has been said already. However, as a psychpotherapist I also have to point out that Hypochondriasis is a real problem.....just like Crohns is a real problem. In fact, it's very common for people to self-diagnose themselves based on what they hear or read. That can be very dangerous and stressful. The best thing for mental health issues like hypochondriasis is support from loved ones, therapy, sometimes medication.
It's tough enough for us to have to deal with Crohns without having to be stressed out by someone else who doesn't technically have any physical ailments. I can definitely relate. I go through that with my mother (who is convinced she is dying of cancer anytime she isn't feeling well) and my best friend (who is convinced she is dying of ALS eventhough she doesn't have any symptoms). It's extemely stressful to have to deal with. But trying to convince them otherwise doesn't work.
And reading posts on the forum can be scary sometimes. It's important to keep in mind that everyone's case is different and keep things in perspective. Personally, I think this forum has been incredibly supportive......scary stories and all. Just my thoughts on the issue.