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   Posted 5/22/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
im so scared im having an aneurysm. i didnt sleep last night - i was afraid of dyingin my sleep. now my head is throbbing on the back right side. my drs said i have no neurological symptoms but im so scared. please help me.

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   Posted 5/22/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry you're in such pain. It's good that you saw a doctor to evaluate you from a physiological perspective.

Lot's of us here have been through similar experiences...anxiety, depression, disease, loneliness, dispair. You name it, someone here's probably been through it.

But you'll also find the joy of hope and recovery - we're all at different places - but we share much in common. There is much good that can come from suffering.

Can you give us some background? I suspect there's a lot to be said.

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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, am sorry that you are having such a hard time right now.  I've been right where you are, terrified that any pain in my head was an aneurysm or a brain tumor.  I've had panic/anxiety for 17+ years and all the things I've been so afraid of, illness, disease, something that will make me drop dead, have never come to pass!  None of it has ever happened.  It's still so hard when you are right in the midst of it, I know, but you've been to the doctor and show no signs of any neurological problem, you've just gotten yourself obsessed with the pain and the scary thoughts of what it might be.  My bet would be tension in the muscles which is causing it.  Hang in there, you are going to get through this!!  It might help to try some relaxation and cbt too.

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   Posted 5/23/2007 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   

hypochondria is a serious problem that docs seldom are able to help much

part of it is too much worry, self help books on overcoming worry have useful advice

do try to ignore your body, dont listen in or monitor it

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   Posted 6/2/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from hypochondria. I read an article in the May/June 2007 issue of Webmd magazine on hypochondria when I was at the doc's office. It was so funny, I thought they wrote the article about me. Anyway, the article indicated that hypchondria is hard to treat but experts have made progress. Several studies show that using antidepressants such as Prozac and Luvox, can help as well as antianxiety medications. CBT has also been shown to be effective. The article also suggested that the patient be honest with the docs and agree on a regular check up every few months, instead of making emergency appointments every time they get freaked out.

On a personal note, hypochondria sucks, it has made my life miserable. I wish I could just live and be happy without worrying all the time. Whether I worry or not, I can't control what's gonna happen to me but I can't control my worrying!

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   Posted 6/2/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel for you. Having been there myself, I can sympathize with you.

Do you ever try aromatherapy? When my head hurts real bad, I dab a bit of lavender oil on my temples and rub it in. It helps alot and will relax you too.

God bless. You will be in my prayers.
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   Posted 6/2/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   


I liked all the comments the members offered you but Greyhound hit on one I used when I could not sleep, the aromatherapy.  I used an orange citrus oil that I massaged into the muscles of my neck and a little on my face.

I don't know all your history but a new form of CBT has been developed that specifically targets the thoughts and behaviors that lead to the misinterpretation of harmless physical symptoms that fuels the cycle of hypochondria. Patients are assisted in restructuring their beliefs.

Your pains are real, so you need to see a team of physicians, one to handle physicial concerns and others to work with the therapy.

You are okay and we are here for you.................gentle hugs.


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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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