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ellycat
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   Posted 9/25/2006 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Health Anxiety - Please help... I'm so scared

I've suffered with health anxiety since I was about 10 years old. My first 'illness' was HIV. I was convinced that I had somehow contracted it and that I was dying. Thirteen years on and my anxiety had become manageable... episodes that came and went with the negative test results. Recently due to a HUGE amount of stress i've become really unwell again but this time it's all about my teeth. I'm petrified that my teeth are falling out. I went to the dentist a few weeks ago with unusual feelings in my mouth. He told me that there was nothing wrong and that I should forget about it. The feeling got worse and worse until I convinced myself that all my teeth were going to fall out. I poked them with my tongue and constantly checked in the mirror every hour or so to make sure they weren't even more wobbly. I stopped believing that there was nothing wrong and went to get a second opinion from a better dentist who told me that i'd been grinding my teeth so badly that i'd loosened them but that they were definitely not going to fall out and that I needed to reduce my stress. I accepted that and felt better for a day. Then I must have had a really good grind in my sleep because I woke up and they were sore and a little looser than the day before... of course I kept poking to make sure they weren't falling out and they seemed to get worse. I'm petrified that my anxiety is going to make my teeth fall out... and oddly, i'm more petrified of that than I ever have been about cancer, HIV or kidney failure. I think because the symptoms are so obvious and they're getting worse (because i'm making them worse) and there is no test result that can tell me that i'm okay, i'm just feeding it and feeding it.

I have a doctors appointment tonight and another dentists appointment on Wednesday. This is getting so rediculous... i'm so petrified all the time. I feel like i'm trapped in my worst nightmare 24/7 and i'm really starting to scare my fiance who has just been so very wonderful. I haven't eaten in four days because i'm so scared of the feeling of pressure against my teeth. I'm not sleeping because i'm petrified that i'll grind my teeth. I'm wearing a mouth guard to bed but it doesn't seem to help... unless it is helping but all the 'checking' i'm doing is making it worse...

Please just tell me that i'm not alone and that it does get better...

Just a minor edit see rule 1 on the guidelines. Any questions please contact me.
-Michelle

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panicky
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   Posted 9/25/2006 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
omg elly it is as i was typing alot of stuff that you said especially about the hiv, im goin nuts about that right now im so scared i have it too i tested positive for mono but im scared about the false positive of monospot, that was may 1st and still my nodes are a lil swollen on neck my muscles ache i hace light sensitivity, pressure in my head, numbness and tingling, but truthfully i know that anxiety can cause lots of symptoms, i was just having a panic attack about 1 hour ago and took my xanax and has helped but now feels like my nodes are getting hot, the 1 side of my neck, and i think that is a sign of lymphoma :-( i cannot take this, as i was typin the beginning i was ok but startin to freak a bit now, but i think you will be ok 2 words that cause anxiety...what if? if your on here let me know i had anxiety since age 14 and im 27 now

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/25/2006 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well you have found a great support system with fantastic peeps
Health Anxiety is very prevalent here within the A/P peeps and it is real and needs
to be addressed to calm your fears .......I know there are a few on here that do grind teeth at night and they will post I am sure. I am hoping this next dental appointment you will get some better POSITIVE feedback and start to work with that in the meantime CBT might be good for you as well as other relaxation techniques .MoodGyms.Training Program is the frronline one I use n for me iit is helping quite alot and I do feel much beter about self and health anxiety..........Take care and know you are no longer alone with this
Lyn
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/25/2006 2:03 AM (GMT -7)   
panicky I am hoping you are working thru the panic attack and will be feeling better real soon .......you know the support and peeps are always here for you ........take care and be well
Lyn
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harry4
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   Posted 9/25/2006 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   

tooth grinding is common for anxiety sufferers, and a frequent cause of tooth damage. a dentist can make you a splint to wear at night that keeps the teeth apart ( expensive) or you can wear a football mouthguard that lets them slide over eachother without doing damage ( cheap) the dentists you saw should have suggested these to you, IMO sad

hypochondria is also common, there may be some self help hints on the net

an antidepressant med may help to calm and relax you such as prozac
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional


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   Posted 9/25/2006 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You will be in my prayers.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/25/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping you are feeling somewhat better with the input you have been given
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shell67
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   Posted 9/25/2006 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellycat, im sorry this is happening, i know that alot of ppl with a/p think there is always a medical problem. I have gone through the same type of thing, and im sure alot of us have. Recently i was in the hospital for diverticulitis, (or something similar to that spelling lol) and i am having such a long time of recovery that ive pretty much convinced myself i have a tumor, one of the docs was dumb enough to put that in my head and ive been obsessing over it. Your teeth i hope are just fine, and with two dentists id say you are probably pretty safe, but i know how scarey things can become when you think to much. You are NOT alone in thinking there are problems that arent really there......i wish you the best, keep us posted, and i hope you feel better real soon.
shell
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   Posted 9/26/2006 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
elly have you tried looking in the drug store for a bite splint? they sell nice flexible plastic ones that mold to your teeth. as a fellow teeth grinder i sure know what you're going through, and i also know that a bite splint helped me tremendously!! i hope you're doing ok. i went through something similar to you about a year ago... with meds and counseling i was able to get better. i definlty remember the numerous pointless dr appointments i made! i felt like i was going crazy... anyways... once i got a grip and started counseling, it started to get better. i hope you can find a way to get better too!
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panicky
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   Posted 9/26/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks alot guys, i was freaking that night i was kinda fine then felt like my node was gettin hot checked my temp it was 98.4 just felt like my node was heatin up cause it has been swelled since the mono, but not very big at all barely noticeable, but i been worrying over hiv or lymphoma, but i feel good then bad you know back and forth but lots of great people on here so i feel kinda safe here, thanks alot everyone, and we appreciate the prayers, the good lord is here with us to help us all, god bless
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