Do you constantly worry about your health?

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PugandherPeeps
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   Posted 9/10/2006 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   

 I know I have mentioned here at the board before that I am a hypochondriac but slowly and steadily since May it has become full forced and is driving me to insanity. I am in therapy for it and I just wondered if any of you are experiencing the same thing or have gone through it before. If you can give me ANY advice as to how you made it through or how your therapist is dealing with it I would greatly appreciate it.

Hypochondria

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Hypochondria (or hypochondriasis, sometimes referred to as health anxiety or health phobia) is a somatoform disorder in which one has the unfounded belief that he or she is suffering from a  serious illness. Hypochondria is often characterized by irrational fears of being diseased/dying, obsessions over minor bodily symptoms or imperfections, doubt and disbelief in doctors' diagnosis,constant self-examination and self-diagnosis and preoccupation with one's body.   Hypochondria is often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety and can also be brought on by stress.


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/10/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that most peeps have Health anxiety I do not like to call it Hypochondria but I see you have a definition there lol........I know I was worried about many things going on in my body and now I am dealing with those things in my body ya know ...but I still do worry about other things........as do most I have just decided not to look on the net for every lil thing and I dont read up on everything any more I find that is better for me that way ......


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Post Edited (Lyn (Howlyncat)) : 9/10/2006 12:07:09 PM (GMT-6)


shellyg
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   Posted 9/10/2006 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Most definatly YES!!!...I have terrible health anxiety and it for me anyway is the worst form of the anxiety I currently suffer from...I am always telling my doc that I am a hypochondriac, and she insists that I am not!!...LOL...But she agrees that I am severly worried about my health...go figure...Anyway, I have no really good advive to give you...Its hard living with this...I actaully got so worried at one point that I couldnt handle it anymore.I went to my mom and told her that I was putiing her in charge of my health care!!...I said I can no longer rationalize what is a "real" concern and what is cosidered "no big deal"...I still continue to struggle with it however...I take ativan to get through the really bad days, and lately there are alot of them!!..I am glad you are able to get therapy...I hope you feel relief soon and stop by here as often as you need to...And DO NOT symptom surf...that makes us sooo much worse...Take care
Shelly
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Georgia5
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   Posted 9/10/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes in deed I have horrible health anxiety and worry constantly about my health. I'm always in constant need of reassurance and often wonder if the doctors missed something. I"m not sure I can give you any advice I'm still suffering pretty strongly with the health anxiety at the moment but I can say this I've had health anxiety ever since my anxiety really started in my early twenties and it has passed and I didn't worry so much about my health it will pass. And like shelly said do not symptom search. I had to make myself stop because it would always throw me straight into panic. Hang in there and just keep posting.

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Georgia

PugandherPeeps
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   Posted 9/10/2006 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn (Howlyncat) said...
I think that most peeps have Health anxiety I do not like to call it Hypochondria but I see you have a definition there lol........I know I was worried about many things going on in my body and now I am dealing with those things in my body ya know ...but I still do worry about other things........as do most I have just decided not to look on the net for every lil thing and I dont read up on everything any more I find that is better for me that way ......

Lyn,

 I agree with you 100% and need to clarify a bit for the sake of others who might be reading this thread. You are correct-there are those who suffer general anxiety about their health and it is not uncommon in those who suffer an anxiety disorder. But, as the definition spells it out you can see that there is a VAST difference in health anxiety and hypochondria. I wish my case were that simple and my Xanax (and Calgon  :-)  ) could just take it away.

 I suffer chronic severe depression, severe situational anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and OCDS. I have dealt with the death and grief of a child and a sister (both in traumatic ways within a year of each other)  which left me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have been abandoned and betrayed by family and friends because of my mental health disorders. For 30 years I have been married to a career Army man and have lived 16 of those years hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles away from family and friends and had NO support. I was highly abused sexually, mentally and physically as a child. I have been in mental health hospitals 10 times in the last 5 years and even underwent electro-convulsive therapy. I have been through every type of therapy available, other than hypnosis. I have Borderline Personality Disorder and Multiple Personalities. I live with an alcoholic husband. I had a husband, a son, a son-in-law and a nephew all in Iraq at the same time, right at the beginning and heat of the war. The list goes on and on.....but to be very honest I have never experienced anything like the destruction hypochondria can do to the mind. Some days I honestly believe I am going to go insane because it is something you simply cannot control. There are days I seriously fear that I will end up in a state run hospital for the rest of my life. There is no specific medication that can take it away (although there are those which can help) and therapy takes a long time and is very painful because you have to face the root of the illness and deal with it.

 As a wise medical professional once said, "Hypochondria is the butt of jokes and the bane of the medical community. But hypochondria is no joke. It is a real illness, and people with it suffer real pain. It's a serious disorder that can have debilitating effects."

 I hope I haven't been too personal. I just wanted to explain the living nightmare that hypochondriacs live in and to let others out there who might also suffer this illness to know that I am here to learn and listen.

 As Paul Harvey would say, "And now you know the rest of the story."

Sylvia


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PugandherPeeps
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   Posted 9/10/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone,
 I realized after my lengthy and very personal description of my life that I should let you all know  that I KNOW my pain and past experiences have been no greater than yours. All of our pain is equal because it is real and we each have to deal with it every day of our lives.
 Also, I wasn't seeking pity, just wanting to spell out the torment of hypochondria.
Here's to a better tomorrow,
Sylvia
I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said, "That cannot be true. You haven't met everyone yet!"


PugandherPeeps
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   Posted 9/10/2006 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
shellyg said...
<snip>And DO NOT symptom surf...that makes us sooo much worse<snip>

LOL, yeah, I know. That is called a Cybercondriac. But I will save that for a whole other post.

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nickflex85
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   Posted 9/11/2006 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
one month i went to the docotors like 4 times and twice the next month because i thought i had cancer in the stomach, neck head and testicles. i hate it and its hard to live like that.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/11/2006 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Sylvia .......Thanks for your post I agree it is the hell you are describing .......I feel like that most days to and yes there are meds but dont take everything away do they
Thanks for sharing your very poignant story it hit home believe me
Yes here is to a better day today
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   Posted 9/11/2006 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am always scared that I am going to have a stroke or heart attack.  I am 29 years old but everytime I have a weird feeling in my chest or right arm I freak that I am going to die!  I am a total health anxiety person!  My sister is too?  Maybe it runs in our family?  I have too many anxieties that I dont know which one is worse anymore!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/2/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I rather like it called 'Health Anxiety" myself lol
Bumping for newbies
Thanks PUgs I gotcha and I understand what you are saying
take care
Lyn


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tangerine bear
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   Posted 10/2/2006 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I definitely have this too, and my son (24 years old) has it also. I'm sure he got this from me... which really is not a good thing to realize.

I watched Discovery Health channel yesterday... not such a good idea... I'm sure I have more disorders than have already been diagnosed. It's definitely best to stay away from things like that!

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rm102691
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
i definitely am going thru health anxiety......it has to be the worst kind out there (it is for me, anyways).....i am always second guessing everyone - its like i want them to find something wrong with me....i definitely need some help, thats why i'm going for my 1st counseling session next week......good luck to you - you are NOT alone !

paniccu
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have health anxiety for sure. I wouldn't say it's a contant though. When I feel fine, I don't obsess about my health. It's when I don't feel fine that's the problem, especially if a sympton doesn't do away within a few minutes. For instance, if I have a sharp pain in my stomach, my first thought is it's just gas. If it continues for awhile I start to think "maybe it's something really serious. Mayber I have stomach Cancer or an Ulcer, etc." Then it goes away and I'm fine again!

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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
 
This post is almost 3 years old. If you have not done so already it would be great to see you start a thread of your own about your Health Anxiety issues.  I would hate for the members to miss you post as we are here to help you.
 
Please do feel comfortable posting about you.
 
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