Health Anxiety Part 2

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stkitt
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Health Anxiety Part 1 has been closed due to length of thread.  To review what was in that thread here is the link:
 
 
Original 1st Post from Part 1 by Lyn
 
There are so many ppl that suffer with health Anxiety and some ( alot) suffer in silence
 
....I know that we asked what you would like to see on this forum so I am starting one thread today.........
 
....Health anxiety can and eventually WILL take over you life
 
KNOWING your body is highly important IMHO
 
......Common anxiety symptoms like racing heart......and the other things we all have experienced with anxiety are or need to be really decided BY YOU if they are anxiety or if you have something else going on
 
IF you have pain in abdomen and have no idea why I would seek a doc out
 
Any PAIN that is not something you have experienced before .....Again I would seek a doc
 
...There are so many faucets to Health Anxiety  that I would like to see those post that wanted this thread and those that feel they have this ...........
 

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stkitt
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Marthamae  posted on 2/15

Hi everyone...I really love this thread as you can vent in here and not feel weird.

I have a lot of health anxiety and have gotten a lot of comfort from reading all of your stories.

I have a general fear of cancer. I'm always convinced I have it somewhere. No one in my family has had it. I did have a small melanoma removed from my rear end last year. If I have an ache in my arm, I think it is bone cancer. So ridiculous.

about nine months ago I started having frequent urination problems. I had a bladder infection...then more frequency without an infection. My GP said she thought I might have cystitis and sent me to a urologist. He was not sympathetic. Since then I have developed pressure in my bladder when it is full...almost cramping. All of this is typical of interstitial cystitis. But I am convinced I have ovarian cancer, which has similar symptoms. I have an appointment with a female urologist in a week to discuss the cystitis. I do the googling and all like some of you, which does not help.

Honestly, sometimes I feel like dying would be less scary than being frightened all the time. Does anyone know what I mean?


stkitt
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Kitt posted on 2/15

Hey there my friend, nope dying is not a better solution but learning to work with your health anxiety is a good thing to get focused on.

I come from a long family hx of cancer and I developed skin cancer..........I was shocked even knowing that it was curable I was still is shock and awe.  I have a sister having ovarian cancer surgery and breast cancer surgery on Thursday......

I asked my Doctor to run the CA-125 blood test Which can detect the presence of tumors in the ovary.  I wasin the nrmal range so now I do not doubt the test I just move on and take care of my sister.

My Father was sure he would die of cancer and he did........as did his 5 siblings.

I am not afraid.  I am a work in progress so I keep marching on so you do too.  We can make it through anxiety together.

I do understand your fears and I am glad you feel comfortable posting here.  We are family.

Gentle Hugs  to You,

Kitt


 

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stkitt
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Twistedmentality posted on 2/15

marthamae, its not easy dealing with our erational fears. i know for me talking about here helps alot.think positive as hard as it may be.


Julie1014
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   Posted 2/16/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, here is my health anxiety, and I am VERY embarrassed to post it..... I always seem to be slightly short of breath and do a lot of "sighing." Also, I have a tendency to feel weak and dizzy. So, I usually convince myself that I am dying of a blood clot/aneurysm in my head or lungs. Here is the embarrassing part that I am ashamed to admit..... I AM A SMOKER! Just admitting this brings tears to my eyes. You would think that I would quit. I am so ashamed.....


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Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


marthamae
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Julie,

 

Hugs to you and much understanding on your health anxieties. I have certainly been where you are. I'll get focused on one symptom and just be positive something is wrong and then a few weeks later...it's some other symptom.

I don't talk about this to people for fear they'd think I was crazy. I just suffer in silence. If my symptoms get to be too much I do go to the doc. I have had a few valid health problems but I have certainly survived. I'm 49 and think most people my age deal with something or other.

I could definitely eat better and exercise. Just as you are embarrassed about your smoking, I am embarrassed about that.

 

Kitt,

 

Thanks as always for your kind support. My best thoughts and prayers go out to you and your sister.


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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Marthamae,

You have received so much great advice and our Kitt knows her stuff where cancer is concerned. Can't find better info than that my friend :) I do wish you well and hope you can conquer your fears!

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Julie,

I am a smoker too and please don't feel ashamed. . . There are many of us out there that knows better, but still keeps puffing away. It is one of the hardest habits to break from and I wish the darned stuff was illegal like some other drugs that harm. The only adivice I can give on breathing better is to at least attempt to stop smoking and breathing exercises a few times daily is beneficial. I grew up with asthma and learned my breathing exercises at a young age which has helped down the road with my anxiety. Please consult your doc about this and maybe he/she can help you further :)

Take care now!

P.S. If you quit and slip, don't feel bad about this either. . . Just know you've done it once and CAN do it again :) This is what I'm working with right now!
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Julie1014
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for listening to me and not judging me....... Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Marthamae, I'm 49 too. Wonderful age, isn't it? NOT. I'm waiting for the big 50 next month.

I've had my heart palpitations return in the last two days. I had to lower my beta blocker dosage due to my blood pressure being too low (83/65). I was lightheaded. Now, I get to deal with the skipping beats and/or racing beats.

If it's not one thing it's another. Last night my heart was skipping beats and I started to freak out cuz it's been awhile since the last time. I did the deep coughing but that didn't help. If only all the fear would just pack up and leave.
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
 
Prozac and Carvedilol


marthamae
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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Aries,

Well, I haven't minded 49 TOO much, if you don't count the hot flashes, teenagers, mother-in-laws breaking their hips, and the running to the bathroom every ten minutes!

I'm sympathetic with your heart palpitations. I've only experienced those during panic attacks and they were annoying and scary. My MIL has mitral valve and I know it bothers her. However, she is a hearty 83 and shows no signs of any heart trouble. Unless being obnoxious is a disease, she is perfectly well.

One thing that does help with my fear and discomfort is just doing something else. It doesn't always work, of course, but when I am working or watching a movie, or cooking, or talking to someone my symptoms usually lessen quite a bit or go away. Everything is worse when I am lying in bed at night.

Talking on here is so great. I feel so much less "weird" when I hear that others have the same experiences.
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