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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 12/2/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone...I just found this website and hope I'm at the right place.
In short, my problem is that I have a constant fear that there is
something wrong with my health. Here's a quick example. A few weeks
back, I was having difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
Being the internet person that I am, I begain looking at what could
cause those symptoms. I came across lung cancer and immediately
started worrying beyond belief. I had convinced myself that I had
lung cancer. I then made an appointment to see my doctor and was
able to convince him of my need for a chest x-ray. As it turned out,
the radiologist that took my x-ray was someone I knew from a club I
belong to. We weren't very well acquainted, but we did know each
other. I tried to get him to read me the results, but he said he
wasn't really supposed to do that. Immediately, I thought that meant
something was wrong. It was so bad that when I got home, I made some
calls to get his home phone number so I could call him. I ended up
calling him and he said he really didn't see anything on the x-rays.
I still didn't believe him and waited in agony until my doctor's
office called to confirm that there were no findings. This is just
one example of my worry about something being wrong with me.

I've decided to see a mental health specialist and plan on calling
first thing Monday morning to help get to the root of my problem. In
the meantime, I'm hoping I can meet some supportive friends on this
site and hopefully be able to overcome my fears in time.

Thank you for your time.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1052
   Posted 12/2/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   

 It sounds like your in the right place, anxiety can really mess with your mind thinking that you my have this or that and in a constant state of fear. I think that you should really look into a mental health pro. before it gets to far out of control for you.

and wecome to HW

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1449
   Posted 12/2/2006 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   


it sounds like hypochondria, learning new ways of relaxing and calming yourself should help, also read a self help book on overcoming worry

stay with us

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 12/2/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks freezinginAK and harry4. I just made up my mind to make an appointment with a mental health professional and will be doing so on Monday. I've wanted to in the past but would always talk myself out of it. This time I'm convinced it's the right thing to do. Life should be fun right!

Thanks again for taking the time to reply. This is an awesome website.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1745
   Posted 12/2/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -6)

I really hate that term because "hypochondria" has such a negative connotation in society, but the human mind is an extremely powerful thing and there's no shame in that.

I don't know whether or not hypochondria even fits in your case, but I do know that anxiety can take a slight physical problem and magnify it beyond belief. Sometimes it can be difficult to see a psychiatrist if you're a new patient. You may have to wait for an appointment for a long time, so I'd suggest talking with your regular physician about it, too.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
You are in the right place. Welcome to HW.  It sounds to me that you have an anxiety disorder....bummer!! Stay with us and we can answer your Q'ss.  Go see that physician and get back to us
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Elite Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 12/3/2006 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
You have had some great ppl give you input already and welcomed you as well
You will find the ppl here are the best and the support is number one in my opinion
Keep coming back and see for self
Most with A/P have health anxiety so you are not alone for sure in that area and in most someone has or is feeling or going thru what you are
Please continue to post and a warm heartfelt Welcome to you
God Bless
Keep us posted on the doc's appointment
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 12/3/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your kind replies. This may sound strange, but I feel quite a bit better just knowing there are people to talk to about this. I'll keep you updated with my progress.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 12/3/2006 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
just wanted to drop in a give a great big welcome. i am new here too but i can tell you that i have already gotten lots of great advice. the ppl here are just great

god bless you all

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 12/4/2006 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW as you can see you will recive great support from people that are suffering the same thing you go thru.
I am happy to see you have set an appointment to see a dr about this. I see a counsler and take meds to help me with this and other medical probs. Stay truthful to yourself and your dr and we are here to help you. Please keep us posted on how your doing
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 12/24/2006 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all....Just wanted to give a quick update. I finally got up the nerve to make my appointment. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in until January 11th, but I feel better knowing I have the appointment so a few more weeks should be tolerable. I'm curious what to expect out of my sessions. Am I expecting too much to think I can get rid of the anxiety all together? Is a more realistic goal just being able to manage it? Thank you and Merry Christmas to all.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 934
   Posted 12/24/2006 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW Divot... glad to hear you made an appt... sucks that you can't get in til the 11th tho..

I had the same problem when I tried to find a new doc.. .grr... she couldn't get me in for 4 weeks.

I'm not sure what you could expect out of the sessions.. I'm sure others will be able to give you some advice tho...

You're not expecting too much by thinkin you can get rid of your anxiety all together... I suffered with Panic Disorder for years when I was younger and it took 3 years for me to get over it...

unfortunately it came back :(

But with time and patience and therapy I should eventually get over it again (I hope)

You will learn to manage it at first... and then eventually take steps to get over it...

but remember.. all in due time dear.. it takes time *HUGS*

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 1268
   Posted 12/24/2006 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there, im glad you made an appt too, thats a big step, and one im sure you will get relief from, although unfortunately, they make ya wait forever to get a doc appt it seems. I agree with twiggy, its not to much to think you can get over this, its possible. But coping and dealing and lots of baby steps, dont try to fast, it does take some time, but you can do it ;) keep us posted, we are here for ya
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Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 12/24/2006 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Divot Maker, my name on the sight is hypopaniac. I create anxiety and panic attacks and constant worry by worrying about my health. I have been this way since I was 15 and I am now 26. The big joke in my family is I am a total hypochondriac, even though half of my siblings are hypos as well. I noticed your name is DivotMaker. Do you play golf? I play all the time and never have anxiety on the course unless I have a 5 ft putt to win a match.
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