Hi Jennera...I developed SEVERE health anxiety when my husband and I lost our health insurance after a move to another state...we are in our early 60's and would literally have to win the lottery to be able to afford the premiums in NY. I keep thinking at our age, anything could go wrong and what would we do...sell our house to pay the bill...cash in our retirement account...
Anyway, I became horrified at every little lump, scrape, fever, headache...you know what I mean. I do have some legitimate conditions that cause me pain and discomfort, but I have learned to be able to tell the difference between anxiety and my other disorders.
My advice to you is to NOT Google your symptoms...ever! Doing that put me in such a panic I ended up going to the doc and being put on an anti depressant. I will say it did help with my health anxities and maybe you should consider trying one. They have helped many people. I started out by cutting the pill in tiny pieces and working my way up and I didn't suffer any side effects. I am trying to wean off now, slowly.
I will also say that this forum is kind and gentle...many are not. No one here will scare you with cyber-diagnoses like so many of the other anxiety forums do. (am I allowed to say that...LOL)
My son is deputy director of Mental Health for the tri state area in NC. He has sent me all kinds of info on health anxiety. 94% of those of us who think we have a horrible disease, DO NOT!
It's a struggle, but you can get through it.
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ Meds: Lexapro and valium
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