If I were to go by your concerns I would feel that you have health Anxiety.
Health anxiety/health phobia refers to an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness. Often, health anxiety persists even after a physician has evaluated a person and reassured him/her that his/her concerns about symptoms do not have an underlying medical basis or, if there is a medical illness, the concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the level of disease. Many people suffering from this disorder focus on a particular symptom as the catalyst of their worrying, such as gastro-intestinal problems, palpitations, or muscle fatigue.
Thanks for the positive words.
I'm just really struggling these days and all the while trying to do my best around my family to keep things together. My wife mentioned that I seem a lot more positive the last while, yet I know I'm just doing a better job of shielding them from what I'm truly feeling.
I just wish there was a magic pill to allow me to flip the switch and get off of this horrible cycle of HA that I am battling. I know that I am far from alone in this battle and it is comforting to know that there are others who know what I'm going through and can offer kind words.
Thank you all.
I have both health anxiety and anticipatory anxiety. My trigger is a quick pain in my chest.. My heart has all been tested and it is fine. The pain I feel is gastro-intestinal and reflux. Each time I get the pain I "THINK" well maybe this time it is the heart attack and boom I am in an high anxiety and pre panic. Anxiety is all about what we think, at least in my opinion. As far as your other symptoms. I also beleive that excessive worry i.e. anxiety causes us to stress and get sick or have other symptoms.
You will be fine. We are are here with you. CC
Sigh....first meeting went so well with Psychiatrist but it appears that we're a long way from getting to the crux of the problem.
He wants to rule out any other Psychological disorders before jumping into discussing my HA. Though he acknowledges I appear to have all the "classic" symptoms related to Hypochondriasis. I do understand where he is coming from and he appears to be very methodical in his ways but I feel like I need to get moving on this sooner than later. I'll have to try my best to slow down my reckless thoughts on my own.
Thanks for all the encouragement and kind words