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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm pretty convinced as the months wear on that I've got some kind of GAD. I definitely have a diagnosis of BP 2 and take meds for that which are keeping me in pretty good shape.
I've had some sort of urinary tract infection going on for three months or so on and off. I've taken antibiotics, etc. and my doc has finally referred me to a urologist who I see today. Well, I've got all sorts of scenarios worked up in my mind and I'm convinced I've got about 50 different fatal illnesses.
I have had several valid relatively serious physical problems in this last year and I think I am "doctored" out.
My husband and best friend tell me I am not a hypochondriac because my illnesses are real and I do get over them when I get treatment. But it seems like I am hit with one thing after the other. I'm trying to get back to work but I keep getting sick and having to miss. Fortunately I work temporary so I can just pick up work as I want to.
I'm frustrated with my health and frustrated with me. It's always something! Am I ever going to feel good again?
At least I feel fairly good emotionally....not depressed.
Thanks for any advice and support.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 9/3/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Health anxiety is awful! I think some of it comes about because we listen to so much bad news via the media. We hear a story that really makes an impact about someone fighting some rare condition. Even though they may be the only person in a population of 5 million with that condition, the fact that it's on the news makes us think more about it. We lose track of how rare a lot of these things are.

I've also learned that web browsing no longer answers my questions in the way that's best for me (aside from scary me silly about health!). I don't need to know how my symptoms match every disease under the sun; rather, to beat down my HA, I need to know how they DON'T match. Obviously, no public information source will tell people how to recognize that they don't have disease X, because that might be inviting lawsuits from those few who do. Instead, they go to the other extreme and point out every possible symptom or issue, no matter how seldom it occurs in reality. I've learned that my two doctors are very willing to tell me WHY I CANNOT have the disease I fear, and that's been very helpful.


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   Posted 9/3/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad you are seeing a urologist, great idea.  Sweetie you are not alone in the Health Anxiety issue.  I have picked out my own coffin in my head a couple of times but decided I may look better in a jar and my hubby can take me for car  rides............. smhair
I have had some real illness too and your mind can go a little wild until you calm down and talk yourself out of the dreaded disease you think you might have.
I learned in my training that once a physician has told a patient they have cancer the patient  never really hears what is said by the Doctor after that. I know when I was diagnosised with skin cancer in 4 out of 5 positive sites I could not believe it.  I was sure I was doing the worry thing for nothing and I was stunned but then I got a grip and decided to face it head on and just get it taken care of.
You have a right to feel afraid. Just do not let it consume you. Percy is so wise and wonderful.  Her advice was right on.
Your in my prayers and know I am thinking of you.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   

How did your appointment with the urologist go? Do you have any answers for what's going on with you?

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