I've been reading lots about
people's trials and tribulations and just have a few questions on the Health Anxiety end of things.
I guess from my end of things I can't say I have panic attacks related to this, it is more the 24/7 constant feeling that something isn't right and that I must have something "terminal" illness-wise happening to me. I spend way too much time googling, and visiting sites like this (though sites like this are more therapeutic than anything)
I've had tons of bloodwork(Amylase, Lipase, Bilirubin, CA19, PSA, CEA, Celiac Screen, other specific kidney ones, ...I'm sure you get the drift), it all comes back fine. EKGs, Chest x-rays, thoracic spine x-rays...all fine. Yet I still feel that every pain/twitch/discomfort means something bad.
I do have Ulcerative Proctitis that gives me grief, and yet I don't get as caught up in that as I do for the above.
I always find it hard to put down the computer when I continue to have physical symptoms. I have back discomfort on the left-mid side of my back that never disappears and the docs keep telling me it's nothing. I've had a cough (phlegm producing) for about 8 weeks now, and now I've got head discomfort/pressure in the back of my head for about 10 days. I just want this all to stop!!
So on to my questions:
Is this the Health Anxiety that others speak of? The 24/7 worrying? Or do people usually have "attacks" associated with their HA?
What are people taking/doing to relieve these HA symptoms? Meds, therapy, combination of the two? I'm getting tio the point where I'm truly desperate as I know I am truly affecting my life with my wife and 3 beautiful boys.
I had my first visit with psychiatrist yesterday...not much done there just an intro session I guess.