health anxiety flair up.

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   Posted 10/1/2013 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going through a lot of stress right now, which tends to make my health anxiety flair up a lot. It's really annoying that I still can't figure out how to deal with stress in a better way.

For the past day or so my calf muscle has felt tight and cramped, and I'm extremely worried that it's a blood clot. I keep expecting it to break free at any moment and kill me. It's horrifying living like this. The only risk factor I have is living a pretty sedentary life, but I know realistically if it was that easy to get a blood clot from sitting around, I think it would be more common.
Still, this doesn't help! No amount of rationalization will convince my mind any different :/ I'm so tired of health anxiety.

Can anyone tell me if it's at all normal to have a slight cramp that won't go away? It feels tight when I walk, and when I try to stretch it out.. but other than that, it's more anxiety-provoking than actually painful..

I just want this stupid cramp to go away so I can move on with my life. I'm too embarrassed to call the doctor about this, even though I know I shouldn't be.

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   Posted 10/1/2013 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
If it helps, I get that ALL the time. For me, it's usually a combination of dehydration and lack of potassium. I try to keep on top of both, but I still have trouble. And when it does happen, it's ALWAYS my calves.

Try to relax, breathe, and drink a lot of water. It helps me after a while! Hopefully you can find some relief soon, too. :)
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   Posted 10/1/2013 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I just went through this mine has even been going on 3 weeks. went to the doc mentioned it once didnt really think much of it the 2nd time he had me checked for a bloodclot (negative) now that was 2 weeks or so ago and still having it as well. dk what it could be still kinda worried about it but its probably nothing

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   Posted 10/1/2013 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep using that good rational thinking, and remember that your test for a blood clot was negative...and the doctor is not finding any reason for worry about your symptoms.

Sometimes we just have random aches and pains...then, as anxious people tend to do, we focus on them, which just magnifies the issue.

Keep distracted and try not to give it too much thought, and it will most likely fade away.

If not, then you can pursue seeking more diagnostics, but for now, see if it doesn't get better in the next week from ignoring it as much as possible.:)


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