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   Posted 6/25/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
OK so I've got pretty serious health anxiety and have FOREVER... I'm 29.  Anyway my a/p has been pretty bad for the last couple weeks and during this time I've noticed that my aches and pains have increased.  Some pains feel new and some are old but whatever... I feel like I can't breath, I'm dizzy, pressure under my left rib cage, mid/upper back pain, etc... I've been to the Dr. 3 times in the last 2 months  but hadn't really gone down the full list.  Today I decided that I had to go because the back pain and sensation that I can't breath well is consuming me. I've had the same Dr. for 16 years and she knows allllllllll about my anxiety. Sometimes I feel like she may overlook something serious because she attributes almost everything to "my anxiety".  Today I was a sobbing mess and begged her to do some tests, chest x-ray, CT if necessary for the left side pressure, blood work, etc... she said that she wasn't going to do anything... she wants me to go to a behavior health network in my town to have a med eval. and change my current med (Zoloft) to something else and give it a chance to kick in.  She made my next appointment for 4 weeks from today.  In the meantime my health anxiety is nearly debilitating.  Oh yeah this is probably paranoia but when I first got to my appointment the nurse took my temp and it was 99.2 (so she asked me if it was hot out... and it was) then she did the little finger oxygen testing thing and she said hmmm  did you smoke a cigarette on the way over... which I had but it still freaked my out as my latest concern is lung cancer.  When the Dr. came in I asked her what my oxygen level was and she said it was fine... it was 100%.  Tell me why the heck would the nurse have asked me about smoking a cigarette if my oxygen level was 100%... and why didn't the Dr. even listen to my lungs.
Now I'm thinking that she thinks there is really something wrong with my lungs and due to my current state of anxiety she is not willing to tell me that until I get on new meds so I don't completely freak out....  does anyone think I'm right or are there other opinions.... please let me know.
:) Liz
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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Folllow through with the med eval but is there any chance that you could someone else for a 2nd opinion? I believe some doctors do get complacent with anxiety/ depression sufferers yet we deserve to have an equal check up as well.

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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that you should feel relieved that your doctor doesn't feel that you need any of the tests that you are asking for.  If your doctor really feels that you need it, she would run them.  I had the same fear a couple of months ago.  I thought that my doctor was withholding something until I was able to make an appointment too see a psychiatrist.  I eventually learned that I was being irrational.  I don't know how much a finger oxygen testing device could tell a doctor about your current condition.  However, I don't think that she would lie about it being 100%.  If you are concerned about your lungs, you really need to stop smoking.  It is widely known, as you know, that smoking causes lung cancer and many other respiratory diseases.
Your symptoms are very charateristic of anxiety.  I had shortness of breath for several months.  Aches and pains are also common symptoms of stress and anxiety.  However, if you feel that you need these tests for reassurance, you must explain this to your doctor. Perhaps she will eventually give them to you in due time.   Follow her instructions and go to the behavior health network for the med evaluation. In the meantime, try to think postively.  I know that this is hard.  I suffer from health anxiety big time too. I think for now, however, you have nothing to worry about.
Take care  yeah

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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Liz, I am sorry you have such high health anxiety...I know exactly how you feel there! I am dealing with the having a hard time breathing and the ache under my left rib cage as well. I am also having some pains in my back. Right now, I am feeling we are one in the same!!! I willl hopefully find out tomorrow what is going on, and I hope you find out soon too! I think you are probably fine!!! I think your doctor is only doing what is in your best interest, but if YOU aren't feeling comfortable with what she says, I would definately get a 2nd opinion. Although honestly, I think it is anxiety. I know, it is easy for me to say that coming from here, huh? Just relax, I seriously think yoiu are going to be OK. I really do!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
Best Wishes to all...Tammy

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   Posted 6/25/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Liz,

Hi there, well I have some opinions.............can you believe that?  lol

First off, I do not know why the nurse would ask you if you had been smoking unless she smelled the smoke.  An 02 level of 100% is as good as you can be.  When someone is in low 90's then a red flag should go up.

I think the evaluation is a good idea.  However, if I was you and felt my physician was biased and quick to just blow off any of your concerns with it is your anxiety, I would seek a second opinion and perhaps look for a physician that specializes in internal medicine. Then you will have that second opinion.

It is not uncommon for those of us with anxiety to think the worst first and the next thing you know we are going in circles.

So please do not assume from the nurses comment or the Drs. non comment re lung cancer that you have it.  The Dr. would be negligent if she saw any sx pointing toward cancer to not tell you.

The 2nd opinion is to make you feel better knowing that you have a new perspective on your health condition.

Special Hugs to you.  yeah

Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders

Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all of your opinions!!!! I really think that if I could feel good physcially then I would feel good mentally. My Mom is an RN and is always trying to reassure me but even she thinks that my Doc should do something to ease my mind. I know that the circle goes on and on and on unless I fix my broken brain and work through whats causing the anxiety but in the mean time I just NEED to feel good physically. I REALLY need to quit smoking but it seems that when I try the anxiety/panic gets worst and when I fail I feel depressed and guilty. You know in my family there is little history of any major illnesses and everyone lives at least into their 80's with many into their late 90's... why do I think that I'm going to be the exception to that. It probably sounds seriously deranged but sometimes when I look at myself in the mirror when I'm really anxious I try to figure out where in my body a disease might be lurking... dark circles bloating whatever... no one knows it because I look like the picture of health to most but anyway I don't know what I'm trying to say... I really feel kind of like I did when I was 8 months pregnant. When I would sit down the baby would be so big that I would have to arch my back to feel like I could breath... that's exactly the way I feel now but add the back pain... have any of you ever heard of SSRI poop out?? Is this a real thing?
:) Liz
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