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Tim G
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   Posted 11/29/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever since being diagnosed with prostate cancer (the forum where I post messages) 3 1/2 years ago, I have been having trouble with anxiety related to health issues. 
When I was about to be biopsied to check for cancer of the prostate, my urologist said there was about a 10% chance I had cancer. I didn't worry about it, assuming it would be negative.  Much to my shock, it was cancer and I had surgery with no recurrence of the cancer since.
Ever since that time, I have had anxiety about my health.  Little symptoms make me think I have some other disease or another cancer.  Anything related to my health that is slightly out of the ordinary, I worry about it.
Has anyone else struggled with this?  What did you do to help you worry less or worry smarter?  I have tried CBT with some success in the past.

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   Posted 11/30/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning..saw your post at 3 am but lights were off and i could not type in dark ...failed typing 101.....i think there are so many of us now with health anxiety ..i know i worry about everything that happens every lil sx i have.....i did the cbt with good results but got real sick wound up in hospital for a long have gone thru a major event.... illness your life so i think it is probably feeding off of this a constant thing and i know for me it interfered with my quality of life to a very rough stage..i now try to analyze what i am really feeling and if thats just a headache or what ya anxiety imho is becoming more rampant in our world the stressors are out there fast paced that our body tries to let us know to slow down a bit but thats my opinion...i think after that cancer you would be more in tune with your body and worry ..can you maybe see therapist talk this thru that had to have had major impact on your life ...also we are here to talk to as well as u know..i am sorry you are going thru this...keep posting and maybe rehash the cbt...lyn
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   Posted 11/30/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I really agree with Lyn on this one. I have Crohns disease, but sometimes when I am feeling something new I start worrying that it could be something else. I guess that what happens when you have a chronic illness as we do. I think I too will check out the CBT to review and change the stinkin thinkin.

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   Posted 12/22/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)

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