I am not new to healingwell, but new to the anxiety board. I was wanting to tell you my story to seeif any of you can relate or if any of you have some "words from the wise" for me.
Here is my story...
I am a 27 yr. old female. I teach elementary school. I was married in Dec. 2005 and moved about 15 miles away from my hometown.
I am typically a "worry wart" and tend to worry about my health. I have been this way ever since I was little...doctors make me nervous as do hospitals, etc. In fact, I think that I almost obsess over my health at times. I know this is not normal, but I never feel "right", so I worry about what "I might have". It's a neverending circle. Moving on, in mid-March 2006, I had a bout of diarrhea. It has NEVER went away. It is a year & a half later and I still have this diarrhea. My stomach burns/aches, I have acid reflux, and my mouth feels like a dump. (grose I know, but it's the truth). My hair is falling out by the handfulls also.
I've been to Gastro specialists, doctors, etc. All of them tell me that my tests are normal. I have had a colonoscopy, EGD (where they look down your throat & stomach), barium x-rays, gallbladder tests, stool tests, blood tests, you name it, I've had it. There is not 1 doctor that can tell me what is wrong with me and why I have diarrhea EVERYDAY. It effects my appetite. I am sad bacause I am not able to live my life as I once did and not 1 doctor can tell me what is causing all of these digestion problems. I thought that maybe somebody here can relate to my story. I find myself researching the internet, reading books, etc. about what I "might" have and then I just worry more because I start thinking "what if it's cancer and the Dr.'s just missedit...whatif I have a disease that the doctors didn't check for? What if? What if"...."I hate the what ifs". I just need some peace of mind.
I guess what I'm asking is, has anybody else here had chronic diarrhea due to chronic worry/anxiety about health issues?? I feel like I am in a viscious circle that I cannot get out of.
All advice/stories are VERY appreciated. Thank you in advance!