I guess I'm just confused about health anxiety...

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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
All right, I can break things down simply... starting with... I know I have Crohn's. I know when I'm feeling well... I know when I'm not feeling well...
Anything else beyond that is... confusing. I know when I am not feeling well... not right...whether pertaining to my illness or not... I worry... is my worrying justifiable?
If I am well, but then I suddenly not feel well, is my worrying justifiable?
And whether or not, it's healthy.... That's confusing, too. Because what if something does turn out to be really wrong?
Or maybe it doesn't... but you still seem to have problems... and nobody knows what to do about it really except maybe say that it's all in your head... Like in the cases of fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, etc. Or like they used to say with asthma and diabetes before the medical field advanced enough to recognize these things and treat them...
I am actually feeling pretty well right now... No tummy pain... I am having joint pain (cause unknown), but I'm dealing with it all right... I haven't had a day yet where it feels like my knees are being smashed in (that's happened a few times before)... I guess I'm just in a philosophical kind of mood right now... or maybe I'm just really tired (I have this habit of thinking interesting things when I'm tired... like.... why there are rectangular windows and circular windows.... but you hardly ever see triangular windows)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

IMHO if you have a chronic pain and start to get sx that are the same as caused by your chornic disease I would say that is justifiable concern.  My husband has Crohn's and when he get stomach pains he of course thinks of his Crohn's first but he waits to see how things go.  I would consider that normal anxiety re a known disease.



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   Posted 12/30/2008 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I also consider that a normal anxiety. Everyone on earth experiences anxiety on a daily basis, but there are some of us that are highly sensitive to the effects from various causes. It's how a person deals with this anxiety that can keep them "normal" or wind up in a panic.

Health Anxiety is when many of us have symptoms that we obsess about and eventually freak out when it is unecessary.

Take care and I hope you get to feeling better :)
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks... It'd be great if this joint pain would go away, but... I'm happy not having to deal with the tummy pain. :)... It's a big relief. I can't say I've ever really went into a full-blown panic over health concerns... I think I've freaked out a little bit, though.... and I can get really depressed over it...

I didn't used to have any health concerns at all until I got this disease... I didn't take medicine... I didn't go to the doctor (I didn't have insurance at the time... and I didn't think I needed to bother with it since I was healthy)... When the pains started occurring, I did my best to just ignore it... brush it off... I thought it was only a stomachache......... then they got really bad, and one of my relatives suggested I go to the hospital to make sure it wasn't appendicitis... :|... I think that's when I first started freaking out...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Celey I like you am doing pretty well tummy wise, but the joints and Fibro are in a uproar. I think its just that time of year with the cold and all. I don't really have health anxiety although I have alot of health issues. The times I notice when the anxiety ramps up a little is when the tummy starts. Its more of a frustration, that dang it its coming back. I just try to take one day at a time.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Celey, I think we worry anytime when we don't feel well suddenly and certainly that is justifiable. Having had Crohn's for 13 years, I have experienced a myriad of odd symptoms, some due to the disease, others due to medication, some due to the weather, etc. It is frustrating but taking it a day at a time is the best we can do. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission

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