Welcome to Anxiety & Panic. This is a great forum. I look forward to getting to know you better. People with health anxiety live in the constant fear that they have a serious disease. Although your suspicions may be unrealistic, the very fact that you possess such incessant thoughts is reason enough for you to seek professional medical help. Unfortunately, medical reassurance does not always comfort you as you posted; instead, you feel that more tests be ran or that a second opinion should be sought. Needless to say, disagreeing doctors and patients almost always ends in frustration for both parties involved. about one in ten patients believe that they are inflicted with a terminal disease despite confirmations from their doctors.
I have read some articles that are suggesting cognitive behaviour therapy is being used with good results for health anxiety. Do you have a therapist? That would be my best suggestion for learning how to deal with your anxiety.
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Thanks so much for the welcome. I found the forum to be very helpful even during my long ago "lurking" days.
I do have a therapist. Fortunately, one of the outcomes of my earlier bout with anxiety was that I linked up with a cognitive behavioral therapist. I think I did have some success working with her, but took a hiatus for about two months recently while chasing around to doctors about the resurgence of physical symptoms - and their new diagnoses.
I am back to seeing her once a week, but I feel like we're having to start over, and also that I'm stretching her patience.
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My doctor prescribed Nexium 40 mg once a day (before dinner) and Zantac before bedtime (I'm not sure of the dosage). From what I've read online, this is fairly standard treatment for LPR (acid reflux in the throat). However, I've also read that just the Nexium twice a day is the "gold standard." I don't know where Prilosec fits into the scheme of things.
My doctor didn't indicate that my larynx inflammation was very far along at all, so that may be why she's taking it easy on the Nexium. At any rate, I think I can deal with waiting a bit to see how well this works for me.
I'm sure my main difficulty will still be the anxiety I feel when my throat feels squeezed or lopsided. I can put in a plug for cognitive behavioral therapy. That was helping me some before this latest bout of intense fear over my health kicked back in. Now that I have some plan of attack for the symptoms that weren't from anxiety, I can concentrate better on all the ones (many more, it seems!) that are.
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I am in no way a medical professional, any advice given is purely on an amateur level.
Please seek professional advice from your doctor.
Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Lunesta, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium
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Welcome to the Healing Well family - we are very happy that you have found us. You'll find that we are supportive, caring and that many members here can relate to the same issues you deal with. We look forward to getting to know you better.