Health Anxiety is Making Me Worse..........Anyone Else.........??

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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
A couple of days ago I bought a new book called The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook Fourth Edition and it has some good stuff in it. Has anyone heard of it? It's by Edmund J. Bourne,PH.D. The problem is that it doesn't cover all of my symptoms (Like any book could even have room to contain all of my symptoms! LOL!) and it's hard to find comfort when you feel something that is not covered in the book. Another thing...If I know it's anxiety, why does it still bother me so much? A prime example: I just went on a half hour bike ride with my daughter. I noticed after the bike ride that I'm having a muscle spasm on the inside of my right leg. Now, logic would be that it's just that...a muscle spasm from riding on that small bike seat. But "Mike" logic says it's bone cancer or something horrible like that!!! Why do I do this to myself?!

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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have this problem...The logical part of me knows that all of my irrational thinking,tingling feelings,ligh-headedness ,chest tightness,etc.,comes from anxiety. All of my symptoms grow worse when I concentrate on them and diminish when I manage to get my thoughts off of them (which is really hard to do!) And yet I can't help but thinking...If I keep having these symptoms over and over,what if there is really something physically wrong with me? But,on that same note, would I still be able to function normally when I'm not panicking if there was something seriously wrong with me? Furthermore, wouldn't I be in the hospital or dead by now if something was physically wrong with me for so many months? Anybody got any thoughts on this?

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   Posted 11/2/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike

Many many sufferers of a/p have health anxiety so no you are not alone
We tend to always think the worst of what Symptoms pop up.......

You are having major issues with Health anxiety IMHO and you should see a therapist about this or even talk to your doc about it ........

No you are right you would not be around if it was something as serious as your mind is telling you .......

Keep us posted plz on how you are doing

LYN

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   Posted 11/2/2007 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Mike,

I totally agree with Lyn.  You are trying so hard to solve your Health Anxiety but I think you are perhaps making it worse.  No book will cover all and even with therapy you will tackle one thing at a time.  It take a lot of hard work and baby steps to learn to deal with your anxiety.

Your thought processes seem to be fixated on the Health Anxiety as you posted two posts within 12 minutes of each other.

So please my friend, do consider a therapist to help you get to a bettter place in your life.

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   Posted 11/2/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks sis for the input you are right .....Mike this is really getting to you ........

If you posted because no one answered right away.......it may have been due to no title or sometimes we cannot get to the post immediately .............BUT we do get there

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   Posted 11/2/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this too. I have to be real careful when I watch Grey's Anatomy, etc., because I obsess that I have the same ailments.

God bless. You will be in my prayers.
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   Posted 11/2/2007 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for responding. I know I need to talk to a therapist. I'm just trying soo hard to beat this, this time, without a therapist or meds again, but I know GOD gives us doctors and meds to help us, so I'll look into it. I too have to be careful what I watch when I'm panicking. Doctor shows are the worse(LOL!!!) Thanks again everyone and GOD Bless you all. I'm Praying for everyone. Thanks Lyn, for adding the title for me. You guys have all been so helpful. Mike

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   Posted 11/2/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Mike:  I suffer from this as well!  I just started reading a book called, "It's NOT all in your head! How worrying about your health could be making you sick--and what you can do about it"

Author:  Gordon J.G. Asmundson and Steven Taylor

So far--it's right on the money for me!  It's easy to read---I took it out from my library first before I buy it b/c I wanted to make sure it was what I wanted---and i am going to purchase it---either Amazon.com or my local bookstore!

You should check this out---and also contact your doctor about what you are experiencing!  I am seeing a therapist (MSW) currently about this---but, I am going to ask my doctor to refer me to a therapist that has experience with Cognitive Behavioral therapy---b/c I need to change my thoughts about things (health, dying, etc...) before they consume me---and this therapist I currently see doesn't really do that for me! eyes sad

Hang in there---and go get the book!  go to your library----or call them!  Hope this helps a little--and hang in there!  I know how you feel--and you aren't alone!  :-)

 

Laurel


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   Posted 11/2/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Mike,

I too dwell on every feeling in my body....this week I have a tightness around my throat. I think im gonna stop breathing. When im busy though of course i don't notice it. I believe that therapy is the best. I used to go but stopped. I am now trying to find the stregnth to go back. It did help me for awile. I just wish I could relax....as iam sure we all do and can't wait for the day that i feel something in my body and not think im going to die!! Seems so silly. I remember before mine got really bad the Dr I worked for called me his "chicken little" you know the sky is falling...? Told me that I worry too much. If he could only see me now.

 

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   Posted 11/2/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Laurel and mtngrl34 For the support and input. I'll check that book out Laurel. I hope we can all find the peace in our lives that we're looking for.

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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I for one do not accept the term HYPOCHONDRIAC when it comes to A/P or other DD that make you feel like you have everything you see read ect ....NO it is not all in your head .....BUT you do have to check things out and go over what may be triggering the health anxiety ( GA' per) or other things

Chest pains
Heart Palpitations
Sore muscles
Weakness
Fatigue
as well as many other SX are known well to a/p sufferers........

Take care all and great question Mike ......LYN
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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, i agree. Mike, sometimes going to the doctor isnt bad. Especially when your logical mind is tell you its nothing and another part is telling you "but, wait maybe it is". If you have insurance and the tests are covered, I personally would go and get checked out. The fear of going is the worst part, once you are there I think you will be ok. You can always turn around and go home, all that is ok too.

Take care of yourself, and you gave some good advice to yourself... Don't watch those medical shows, or anything that may trigger more anxiety. I hate to say stuff like this, but i think thats what gets ratings on television. The drama, the fear... It keeps people tuned in...

about 10 years ago my dad said, " I cant watch the news anymore...Its only bad things they report, and its started to really make me depressed to watch". He still is in touch with what is going on, he just found ways to recieve information that isnt something that causes him depression. I'm like that too. I cant watch those doctor shows, see scary movies, watch the news, its all too much for me... So i dont, and i seem to be better off. I think if something was really important for me to know, some one will tell me :) Anyways, good luck try and be in the moment. We're our own worse enemy (and best friend) and what you're feeling is felt by many of us... Its really tough!!! so be easy on yourself. Try to embrace what is happening (as bad as that may sound). You seem very in tune with things! If you can channel that same energy into some other thought patterns, you'll feel a lot better. I know thats stating the obvious and i know that saying something or knowing something is the easy part -- Making the change is so very hard, so please dont be hard on yourself...

One step at a time :)

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   Posted 11/2/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic INPUT Dan''

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   Posted 11/2/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree; thanks Dan( And Lyn). I'm going to talk to a client of mine(I'm a Hairstylist). She is a therapist, and I'm going to see if she can recommend a plan of action for me. Also, I'm trying to get insurance right now and hopefully,when I get it, I can get a few test done to ease my mind. When you first get insurance, don't they check your blood and urine, first off, to see if there's anything already wrong with you...to make sure there is nothing pre-existing? Even a small testing like that would help ease my mind. One more thing I've noticed...My fear of dying and being ill has a lot less to do with my actual fear of dying (I'm confident in where I'm going,after death) But more with my fear of what will happen to my little girl(If something happens to me). I'm always worried she'll be left alone in the apartment if something were to happen to me in the middle of the night. I'm also worried she would end up back with her mom (Which wouldn't be a good thing).

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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike........In ALL HONESTY I get that way too but my daughter lost her bio dad a few yrs back and now her step dad who she loves with all her heart ........is no longer here with us ......we seperated over me feeling guilty about being sick all the time
I felt like I was robbing him of any kind of life ya know

You will be fine

So will I ........

Sounds like a great plan to talk to this woman
let us know how it goes will you

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   Posted 11/3/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lyn. You're right...We will be fine. I'm sorry to hear about your separation. I hope you can work things out someday(If it's meant to be), for your daughter, as well as for you. I understand your feelings that you were robbing him of a life, but you seem like a very caring and compassionate person to me, and I don't feel like you could rob anyone of a life. You certainly have helped me with the posts and suggestions you have given me! GOD Love Ya!!!

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   Posted 11/3/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Mike
I do appreciate the kind words .......

God bless ya too my friend ..........

I am so glad you are part of our lil family here.........

My ex was /is 38 I am a young harley riding 53 yr old BUT still have been quite ill .......had to have many treatments and such and I am sure you have read the list of my ailments Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum ( autoimmune disorder which eats my skin from inside out to big ulcerlike sore down to the bones at times ) and anxiety/ panic...so far all else is clear and no more tx for it ......thank God

I felt he needed to be having his young time still and I would have loved to have been able to do that BUT at that time it was not in the cards ..we are however great friends ...........no there will no getting back together.........he finally has found someone and I am TRULY happy for him..........not my ( our) daughter yet ....lol...it will take time .......he is her world next to mommy ya know

Thanks for being here to let me vent I needed that

YES WE WILL BE FINE....believe it ...we have anxiety .......Anxiety and Panic DO NOT have us remember that k

You are an asset to this forum my friend for sure.............Luvs
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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad to be part of this family. I've been on other forums and other sites, but I truly have never felt the love and compassion I feel here. The people on here really do care about each other. On several nights, I've felt the ugly hand of anxiety, and gotten on this sight, and felt better just being on here; writing and reading what others have posted. I believe GOD sent me here to help ease my worries and I appreciate all of the advise everyone has given me. I want everyone to know I'm here for them too!!! GOD bless you all and thanks for making me feel so at home on this site!!! MIKE

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   Posted 11/4/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I too found my way thru Him

I am so happy you have found solace in this site as I have and thats why I have been here and posted as much ........and decided to volunteer as a moderator
To give back some of what I have been given though I could never truly repay all the love and compassion I have gotten from all here and on other forums here

be well my friend and let me know how you are doing
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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   

I just wanted you to know that alot of us here know exactly what you're going thru. I too suffer terrible health anxiety. At times it even has controlled my entire life. I suffered nightmares about the same health related things I worried about during the day. My anxiety focuses on one disease in particular and never leaves. I still battle thoughts about it but I am very lucky in that I have a wonderful regular doctor who knows and is always willing to reassure me. I am waiting for health insurance so I can get into therapy for this problem. My mom is also fantastic about my health anxiety. She is always there to reassure me no matter how many times a day I need it. Having a strong support system is a must and this site is the greatest for that!. Everyone here is so kind. I am glad you found us!

 

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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing your story and input Shelly

As you know it does help to know you are no longer alone ........

Be well and post away .......

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   Posted 11/21/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Shelley...GOD BLESS You and thanks for the encouraging words!
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   Posted 11/23/2007 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike
Just checking in to see how you are........havent figured out the sympatico thing BUT am determined ....I have been really sick last few days with a cluster migraine and dehydrated so I am just getting back on board here and wanted to let you know I have not forgotten you or your issues

God Bless
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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 11/23/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lyn.. I'm doing ok. My psychiatrist has a nurse that has been very helpful. She talked to my psychiatrist right away,when I talked to her about my problems with the Pexeva. I've been on Lexapro for three days now and don't seem to be having the same problems I was having with Pexeva. I'm sure Pexeva works great for lots of people...It just wasn't right for me. I'll PRAY you get to feeling better. Also...I sent you an e-mail...Did you get it?
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