Extreme hypochondria

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   Posted 9/20/2017 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 27. I'm not a particularly healthy person. I workout a couple times a week and just cut back on the amount of fast food i eat. I've always had hypochondria but this year has been the worst by far. Last year my twin sister died of an overdose. Didn't even know she was doing drugs. I think this plays a part in my health anxiety, realizing my mortality. That being said, I've been having chest discomfort for a few months. Last week i finally went to the ER and they did the whole workup; blood, chest xray, ekg. They said all is fine and they think i have GERD. That day i start having this annoying nerve pain in the left side of my neck and this weird tingly feeling going into my left cheek. So now, a week later, my face isn't tingly anymore but my neck is still and my entire left arm is also. It feels like the circulation is cut off. It doesn't seem to be swollen or discolored and i think I'm lightheaded. I say think because maybe I'm just really tired? I know I'm a hypochondriac so i don't know if it is just in my head. I don't have health insurance until November so i don't have many options. Does this just sound like anxiety or something serious?

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   Posted 9/20/2017 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm so sorry about your loss. And yes your symptoms sound very much like anxiety. You are probably tense all over from stress.

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   Posted 9/20/2017 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Deborah. It's a lot harder because my husband is a traveling medical worker so he, myself, our dog, and our toddler move around often. I don't like to make new friends because I'm super awkward. I'm also a stay at home mom so I have a lot of time to get trapped in my head.

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   Posted 9/20/2017 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome.

Let me also offer my condolences on your shocking and tragic loss of your sister. I can't imagine how devastating that must have been for you.

Losing someone so close is of course a trigger for anxiety...and helath anxiety is especially common, due to the remider of our own mortality as you mentioned.

Considering that you just recently were given a clean bill of health from your ER visit...

...I think it is safe to say that you can now focus on treating your anxiety for relief from your symptoms.

In our Resources at the top of the main forum page here, you'll find great material to work with. There are even links and book recommendations specifically for health anxiety challenges. Check them out, and practice the suggested exercises daily. It will make a big difference with time and effort!

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We care, understand and support is key!

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 9/21/2017 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the forum.

I to am sorry to hear of the loss of your sister.

If you have been given the all clear from the ER then you can assume that these symptoms are down to anxiety. Have a look at our resources for some good links to self help sites on the web and keep posting here so we can help support you.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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