I'm a hypochondriac

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anxiety freak
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   Posted 2/1/2012 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a hypochondriac, is anyone else suffering from this illness????? confused confused

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Jess2010
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   Posted 2/2/2012 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I do everyday...you are very much not alone on this subject. try to get an appointment set up with your doc and a therapist they will help you a lot.

Good luck and try not to worry but I know its easier said that done. Keep posting and keep us up to date.

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sjennings45
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   Posted 2/2/2012 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
You are not alone. I am a huge hypochondriac.. I always need constant reassurance that I'm not dying of some random illness that my mind cooked up!

anxiety freak
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   Posted 2/2/2012 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm constantly worried about my health!! I'm always thinking I'm dying from some terminal illness!!! I also have anxiety attacks from all the worrying and stress! Lately I've been thinking im going to have an aneurism!! My head has been feeling so weird! It was so bad that I called the ambulance in myself two days ago!!!! I take lexapro and buspar, I'm making an appointment soon with my phyciatrist to get better meds!! I'm so tired of living in this agony!!!
Ps,anxiety freak!!

RisaA
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   Posted 2/2/2012 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
<--------- BIG TIME HYPOCHONDRIAC. I'm in constant fear of heart failure these days. Before that, it was breast cancer. Sometime in between it was hyperkalemia, and at some point toxic shock syndrome. I can laugh about most of it now since some time has passed and I know I was just blowing things out of proportion and doing the WORST thing that a hypochondriac can do--looking up symptoms on the internet. Big no-no. I've managed to limit myself on that pretty significantly.
 
I don't really like to take meds except for when I'm really in the midst of an attack, as I'm determined to get to the root of what is causing all of this trouble for me and finally cure it, or at least develop the capacity to cope.  I go to CBT, which I highly, highly, highly recommend over conventional psychiatry, and that's helped to alleviate a lot of my more irrational worries--most of which have manifested for completely deeper reasons that have nothing to do with my immediate health at all. The only reason I'm hung up on the heart failure is that I'm going to an echo to investigate a heart murmur today... and the more reasonable side of me knows I'll be fine one way or another. :)

You're not alone! I'd bet that a great many of us on the anxiety board deal with hypochondriasis to some degree fairly often. We're all here to help each other. Everyone I've met is wonderful. The mods Kitt and Scaredy Cat are incredibly knowledgable and have a magical way with words.

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andwes
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   Posted 2/2/2012 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I am almost 65 years old....would you believe I've been a hypochondriac since I was SEVEN years old??!!!  I was hospitalized with rheumatic fever at that age and after getting home from the hospital I was convinced I had a brain tumor....how does a seven year old even know what a brain tumor IS??!!  Anyway, it's been the plague of my life and even though up to now I've been an extremely healthy person, I have always been convinced I was dying of a terminal illness.  Consequently, I never go to the doctor, as a matter of fact I have a HUGE phobia about even walking into a doctor's office because I'm convinced he's going to tell me I'm dying.  And now that I'm getting up there in years, I'm absolutely convinced I have every disease from COPD, to heart failure to another brain tumor to Emphezema to anything else you can think of.  Now is the time I really should be taking care of my health but the phobia I've developed over the years is so debilitating that I feel powerless to do anything about it.  So I just tell myself, "well, if you're gonna drop dead, you'll drop dead, then you won't have to think about it anymore."  It's not only a neurotic way of thinking but it's also cowardly and not fair to my children and grandchildren.  I keep telling myself I'll muster up the courage to go and, invariably, at the last minute, I chicken out.   When I think back to all those years I wasted worrying about dying when I was healthy as a horse, you'd think I'd smarten up, but NOOOOOO.  Anyway, anxiety, panice, hypochondria have always been a part of my life and I know that the health anxiety is a very common one.  Hopefully you won't be as foolish as I was and you'll go to the doctor who I know will tell you you are fine....problem is, you probably won't believe him.  That's the issue we hypos all have too.  It's a sad cycle I hope you can break out of.

Fox7
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   Posted 2/3/2012 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Extreme Health Anxiety/Hypochondria here too! LOL! I've been this way since I was a teenager, about 13-14, and that's when my anxiety and panic attacks started. I was always convinced that I had some type of brain tumor, cancer, blood clots, stroke, heart disease, etc... You name it, i've had it, well in my mind anyway. LOL! I'm still convinced, to this day, that there's something wrong with my heart that the docs are not finding. I've recently had 2 EKG's and 2 rounds of blood work, 1 in September and 1 in November, and i'm STILL paranoid when it comes to my heart!

You are definately not alone here, and there are many great people here that can offer you advice and support when you need it. And even if you just need to vent, we are all here to listen.

Take care, Fox
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Elen
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   Posted 2/3/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too! Whatever I feel sensation in my body I think right away "something wrong". I remember when I was small my mom always was telling me "don't worry, you are live person, you will always feel something in your body or some little pains, they come and go". She knew me better than anybody and she is only one who could calm me down! I'm 37 now, I still freaking out from every sensation in my body and with my anxiety disorder I have a lot of them :-) Good luck and live long to all of us!

justwant2bemeagain
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   Posted 2/4/2012 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
DITTO !!! You are not alone. I too have issues with health anxiety, call it what you'd like. But every little thing bothers me and makes me worry. I have heart palps, have had every test done known to mankind and I still cannot convince myself that I'm fine. All test results are ALWAYS normal.... lol What is the deal with me ?? Can't seem to shake the negative feelings and the thoughts are out of control. Take Care :-)

Blessings, Michelle

anxiety freak
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   Posted 2/7/2012 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone its comforting to know that I'm not alone!! I have an appointment with my phyciatrist today!!!! Ill keep y'all posted!!! yeah
Ps,anxiety freak!!

justwant2bemeagain
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   Posted 2/7/2012 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Please Do !!
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shelly1979
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   Posted 2/10/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Huge hypo here! It's just how I am. Always will be. Some days are better than others. A hobby helps. Also do not get on the Internet and search symptoms! It's the worst thing you can do.

treacle
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   Posted 2/11/2012 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I defo need to join this club!!!
My 16 yr old nephew was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 he stayed with me during his radiotherapy because I lived near the hospital so during those 6 weeks I lived through the ilness with him after he went back home I started getting the worst head pains ever, doctor put me on amitriptilene anhyway I was going back and forth to the doctor until I persuaded her to let me see a nurosurgeon and of course I was told I was just getting pressure headaches well 2 months later they dissapeared, only for me to start getting stomache problems well then I though I had another serious illness I had scans and ultrasound done to be told nothing wrong now here I am for the past 2 months getting chest pains mainly when I am in bed and the slightest sound wakes me up with a fright I am now on Lansoprazole for a month and no change so yes I am frightened yet again.
Sorry about the long rant but do you think this makes me a Hypocondriac and is it all really in the mind?
PS mynephew had tumour removed and doing well just started uni :)

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/11/2012 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi treacle:)

I think that the lable 'Hypochondriac' is not so appropriate for this issue as saying that we have 'Health Anxiety'.

We are anxious about our health and well being. Everyone has concern about this of course...we just take it to the next level!;p

I recommend CBT (therapy) to everyone, as that helped me tremendously. I still worry about it, but it is not the panic-inducing all consuming type of worry anymore!:)

I am so glad to hear that your nephew is doing well...Great news! What a brave young man. (and he has an awesome aunt/uncle to have gone through his treatment with him!)

Take care,
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Reba1979
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   Posted 2/11/2012 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am the same way! It makes me crazy! I just wish I could be like everyone else. I wish you all the best!

Hibee
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   Posted 2/11/2012 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Me to I have awful health anxiety I think if you have an anxiety disorder you become very in tune with your body. Google is your worst enemy if you have health anxiety and I am guilty of googling my symptoms and convinced myself I have all sorts of things.

Hibee
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Frontlinegrl
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   Posted 2/11/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm actually 19.. I have really bad Hypochondria. It seems like every week I convince I something wrong with me. At the moment I'm actually worried about having tonsil cancer.. Simply because I looked in the mirror and my tonsils don't look correct. Normally I get on the internet and search for hours on things. Just a few weeks ago I spent 4-6 hours on my phone searching about why I had tiny water blisters and dry skin on my lips.. It always seems to go back to cancer. I really don't think that I should be aloud access to internet while I'm going through this. I'm constantly worried.. At the moment I'm trying no to have a panic attack. I stated having these worse when I was 15.. My mother died from a heart condition at 35.. My heart skips beats at times and I guess I'm always afraid of dyeing early like my mother, who was also a hypochondriac. But it's actually controlling my life..

AnxiousGrl26
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   Posted 2/19/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you are definitely not alone I am a major hypochondriac!  Every single day for the past 6 months I have been convinced that I am going to drop dead of a heart attack.  I have the symptoms of a heart attack every day.  And to make matters worse I constantly look up the symptoms of a heart attack or of any kind of heart problem on the internet.  And every new symptom that I read about I eventually have started having that symptom.  The people at the ER are so tired of seeing me (lol).  Recently I started having headaches and feeling dizzy, so now I am convinced that I have a brain anneurysm on top of a heart condition.  I just wish so much that anxiety would leave me alone and that I could be happy again.  I wish everyone here the best of luck and I will pray for each and everyone of yall every night.
 
 
Take care everyone,
Anxiousgrl26

Hibee
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   Posted 2/20/2012 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Hypochondriasis

This is a disorder where people fear that minor symptoms may be due to a serious disease. For example, that a minor headache may be caused by a brain tumour, or a mild rash is the start of skin cancer. Even normal bodily sensations such as 'tummy rumbling' may be thought of as a symptom of serious illness. People with this disorder have many such fears, and spend a lot of time thinking about their symptoms.

This disorder is similar to somatisation disorder. The difference is that people with hypochondriasis may accept the symptoms are minor, but believe or fear they are caused by some serious disease. Reassurance by a doctor does not usually help, as people with hypochondriasis fear that the doctor has just not found the serious disease.

I really get this bad I seem to be so in tune with my body. I have been getting a lot of chronic pain and just had an MRI last week and waiting on results to see if my rheumatologist can make a diagnosis. I still have not ruled out that this pain could be due to anxiety/stress. I find the health anxiety the hardest to deal with.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

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Dri40
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   Posted 4/27/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a huge hypochondriac and have such bad panic attacks and depersonalization. I feel sick all of the time and just scared and out of it 24/7. I've been so bad that I've actually been scared of going to sleep bc I thought I wouldn't wake up. I feel nuts lol

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   Posted 4/28/2012 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dri 40,

No, you're not nuts...or alone in feeling this way. I used to fear going to sleep everynight when my anxiety was at its worst too!

What are you doing now to find help? Have you started looking into some recovery treatment, self-help or otherwise?

There is help. I am a million miles away from where I was in those days, and feel so much better...but I remember those feelings...I just want you to know that there is hope.:)

Keep posting,

S.C.
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mikem11
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   Posted 6/6/2012 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am suffering from anxiety/panic disorder, depression and hypochondria at 19.

Recently I have had lots of trouble sleeping, because i feel that i will have a heart attack in the middle of the night and not wake. Im so scared all the time, recently its been my heart, before it was foodborne dangers, brain stuff. Im not sure how i got this way. A few years back, I wasnt carefree, but i wasnt afraid of much, and in fact i was an officer candidate in the United States Marine Corps. I have since had to drop from that because of these issues.. It has added to my depression, knowing that all of this has gotten in the way of the Marine Corps which id wanted and trained for since i was 7. Ive had to cancel dates from this, leave work. And i feel the only people who i can talk to are my therapist and 2 of my friends who seem to be getting fed up with me. (I havent brought up the hypochondria to my friends, only anxiety and depression). Everyone else will just get angry or make fun of me for this.

Its gotten to the point where im not sure what to do anymore.

x-manic-panic-x
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   Posted 6/6/2012 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi anxiety freak. I know exactly how you feel. I've been very anxious about my health since January and it completely took me over. I spent hours online looking at symptoms and looking at my tongue and mouth. I couldn't eat or sleep and my doctor wouldn't listen and kept telling me I was fine. I can honestly say from experience stay away from dr google,that's what started my anxiety. I've also been put on 40mg prozit and 80mg inderal. And im starting to feel better,im waiting on an appointment for cbt and a physciatrist. I have heard great things about cbt on here so im very enthusiastic about it. Try to keep yourself busy by doing things U enjoy. I've been playing alot of Xbox lately and its helping me alot. Health anxiety is a horrible thing but you are not alone and with the right approach we can keep it under control :)

mikem11
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   Posted 6/6/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
This is all definitely one big cycle I've found for me. One week I will start feeling anxious, the next worry about my health, and after some time start to feel ok again, but then I get very depressed that it is all happening.

I have never been put on any drugs for this and trying to stay away from them. I see a phsycologist frequently (mostly once a week) but I always feel like things are better when I'm in there and not put in much then a few hours after my appointment it all hits again.

I have found that google is definitely not the best thing through all of this but I keep reoffending. But my health anxiety starts just from reading or watching the news. And I see a headline like "some well known person of the area dies of a heart attack with no symptoms" and all I can think is.. How do I know that wont happen to me? And that's where my lack of sleep comes in.

x-manic-panic-x
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   Posted 6/6/2012 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah that's how it is for me. I calm myself down for a few days and then im off again. I know its hard to stay away from dr google but please try. I feel alot better since I stopped it :) If you don't want to take meds,id suggest kalms to help you sleep. I found them good until mine got out of hand.
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