Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/16/2009 7:31:30 AM (GMT-7)
Good Thread Big Sis,
I have Health anxiety from time to time mostly over the A & P as it is hard to cope with on many days. I deal with it as best as I can as I know what it is and do my best to stay in the moment.
I also am very sensitive and have tried to get tough and let what others say and feel about me not matter but it does.
Sometimes when it gets real bad I remove myself from the trigger.
Bless each of you.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.
Dear Big Sis,
I break out in a zit and I freak, I just do not know how you handle all youhave on your plate............are you using a turkey platter.
Love you darling Sis
oh i feel so bad- i want to make it all better for you guys- ive been blessed to never have had health anxiety- in all honesty im just as comfortable in a hospital bed as i am at home. my many illnesses and multiple surgeries are bothersome and painful, but not scary- im almost TOO comfortable being unwell. strange, i know. i cant remember much of life before chronic illness set in- its a way of life for me now.
this sounds like a truly horrible variation on anxiety- i pray you guys get the relief you need. it wasnt until i joined HW that i was aware that there was actually a proper name for what you all go through, the concept of health anxiety was totally new to me. i guess because im always sick and am used to it and its never scared me, i stupidly made the assumption that others would feel ok, too.
i have my fair share of phobias that trap me, but i dont have the health anxiety. this thread is great for people like me to read, so i can understand what you all are going through and be better informed and educated about all facets of anxiety.
I hope there is a way to cope with health anxiety- you are all so brave IMHO, i take my hat off to you.
All the best, Maz XX
Post Edited (Mazfire) : 12/12/2008 4:23:46 AM (GMT-7)
Health Anxiety appears to be a major concern of many, would anyone like to share how they overcome their anxiety.
Some of you have already but lets hear from others.
Share you helpful hints.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/15/2009 11:27:03 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/15/2009 11:27:45 AM (GMT-7)
I have had health anxiety for nearly 30 years (am 59 now). It really got bad when I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic. No one in my family would want to hear about it, so I suffered in silence for many years. I finally decided to see a psychologist about it. When I was dx with Fibro, I FREAKED. I was in ER three times in 6 weeks.
For me, the internet can be my enemy. I google every ache and pain you can think of, and of course, I start thinking the worse. So, there are days I have to sit back and not turn on the pc. I started knitting again, and that keeps my mind occupied.
I'm still working on my Health Anxiety. Tonight I was in Wal-Mart do some "more" Christmas shopping and started feeling woozy. . . Thought I would pass out for a bit :) Instead of freaking out I thought about my CBT lessons and about you all. Then I started feeling a bit better enough to drive the rest of the way home. I'm so happy that I am doing better.
Thank you all for everything!!! Your support has been a life saver :)
Luv you all HW family!
Post Edited (Green Grove) : 12/19/2008 10:48:49 PM (GMT-7)
Hi y'all, PLEASE READ PPL
It's good to see how we are all learning and passing on the skills needed to cope with A/P so now it's my turn.
I had been dx with A/P back in 94 after a work related over exposure to the paint chemicals, but not really knowing what A/P was at the time and not having a pc at the time. I was then left to having to go buy books to help me to understand it (and with little help from my pdoc) By them I had finally got into counseling for it, I tried and tried all that was taught to me with little help and was told that there was no more that there could do for me.
After just dealing with it for so long I found HW and seeing just how bad of a life we all have with A/P I decided to take things on one at a time and not just being told that I have A/P here's some meds that might help you from my pdoc. So I ended up looking for a new pdoc but still keeping my main one upon doing so I would not tell him about my A/P and told him about how my heart felt odd, that lead to more testing, and all came back fine. So off to work I did on how to deal with the funny feelings of my heart pounding. I started pushing myself to get my heart pounding feeling going, stop and rested then do it all over again and again, but in time it had worked for me and no longer feel the odds of my pounding heart.
Next was my neck and shoulders tensing up on me and causing pain, with neurological symptoms so off to see a neuro and even more testing, had an MRI of my head and neck done and found out I had degenerate disc disease of the cervical spine but I did not stop there and keep going with the odd things IBS, CFS, RLS, Neuro Problems all one by one as time pass and still not telling him about the A/P dx I had, but by my doing of this I had found out more of the real problems that were the basses of my A/P flare ups that were more related to real medical problems with me then just a dx of A/P
But the list is still going on even now with my new pdoc as well with the old one, as I was not happy thinking that all this is just GAD but now I know I had some real problems going on that really did need to be looked at on my end.
Even so I still know I have GAD even if I did not have the other things going on and I'm not by any way saying that any of you may or may not have other problems medically going on as life is a very big stresser by itself that dose cause A/P in all of us in some ways, There's alot more to my story but I feel you got hint on how I have had to push to help me understand it for myself.
Post Edited (freezinginAK) : 12/20/2008 8:44:09 PM (GMT-7)