Better off not knowing?!

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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a problem. Whats new right?

Anyway I'm better off not knowing things. I'm a gotta know everything type person. But when it comes to medical problems I'm just better off not knowing. Example: My dad has a bone spur in is left foot. My mom told me about it and what he is going through to get it fixed. Now I have pain in my left foot if I'm on it for to long without shoes.
ex sister in law told me about a cop who got a blood clot in his leg. I now have pains in my legs and think I have a blood clot. Or will get one. This was 4 years ago and I still freak out about any pain in my legs.
I did not know about having a major vein in your jaw. Now everytime I have jaw pain.. its a heart attack. I didn't know this until 2 years ago when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and the dentist did an x-ray to see if it was safe to remove my teeth. I only knew to keep an eye on left arm pain. Which when I found that out I have had pain in my left arm ever since. And this has been going on now for 6 years if not more. Watched a show about pets who have saved there owners from death... one was about a dog who helped his owner into the house. The doggie owner was having sever back pain because of a heart attack. So any and all back pain = heart attack

Thats just an example of some of the werid things my body does to me. Does anyone else have this problem?
I can't watch E.R, House, CSI, Bones etc. Some of my favorite t.v shows because something new comes up and guess what... I have that or will worry I will get it. Last House I watched... (stupid me) was about a cat who slept near people who were about to die. Well I have cats. And now I worry about them sleeping with me or being around me.

Its one of the reasons I hate going to the doctor. I just don't wanna know.

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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have some serious health anxiety. Are you seeing a therapist at all? You might want to check in seeing someone.

Good luck,
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   Posted 3/27/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Nanners on this one.  You do apppear to have Health Anxiety and the best treatment for this is therapy.

You differ a bit form most people with Health Anxiety as they usually frequent their physician's office as they are convinced they have a dreaded disorder and you don't want to know.  You do however have the sx and worry about what you don't want to know. :)

Please do follow up with your Doctor as it is better to know then to be in a constant state of anxiety.

Take care,



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   Posted 3/27/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
you're not alone! I get so anxious that i think i have things when im not even showing the symptoms. I sounds to me like you would be better off knowing because im almost positive you're not on the brink of death and it's very reassuring to have a doctor make sure. What freaks me out is the games your mind can play on you...but you have to remember that you are in control. Im pretty sure these are called psychosomatic's like you think you have something so you think you have the symptoms when you really don't.....everybody has little aches and pains, its just normal and most people just shake them off....try this...think about what your left hand feels like right now. does it feel tingly? weird? does it hurt? is it hot or cold? what did your hand feel like 5 minutes ago? if you dont know it's because you weren't thinking about have to focus on other things because your brain can trick your jaw into feeling like it hurts, but luckily it cant trick you heart into having a heartattack :). you should see your doc about anxiety there are some resources (psychologists and meds) out there that can really do wonders
dont worry allestaria

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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I do see the Doc. When I can handle the "bad" kinda strange I know. I haven't understood how come I can't go all the time. It bothers me. I would rather know but yet I don't. Its strange and I don't understand it. Probably some underlying problem I had as a kid with doctors. The fear of needles and such is unreal for me. When it comes time for my kids to get their shots. I don't go. When my dog had breast cancer surgery and my mom had me go to sit with her when we picked her up from the vet. I almost passed out. I was weak, white as a ghost, and could hardly move or keep my eyes open. I had sweat so much my clothes were soaked. And that was in the 10 minute ride home. Mom ended up keeping my poor baby until she was better.

I don't work which means I don't have insurance. I'm not "married" but have a fiance I've lived with now for 12 years. Therapist is not in our budget. So its a mind battle I have to fight with all the time.
I have lexapro but am worried about the side effects. I have read and seen they are minor and not much to worry about. But I always get something. Even if I make it up. I have it.

Thanks for the support. I was supposed to make a doc. appt today but chickened out. Need to find out if I can take 1/2 or even 1/4 of the 10mgs of lexapro he put me on. And let him know about my stress levels and the pains in my jaw and head.

I'M Just a BIG CHICKEN! I laugh at myself sometimes. Which is a good thing. Then hate myself for being so stupid.
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