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Old 08-31-2007, 07:04 AM   #1
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anxiety with fear of breast cancer

Hi!

Do any of you obsess about getting breast cancer? To me, my breasts feel lumpy, although every doc who's done a breast exam on me (even breast specialists) have said they are perfectly normal - I just feel frustrated, but if they felt perfectly smooth, I know it would be easy to feel anything "out of the ordinary" - (I've also had mammograms and they have been normal) - any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-31-2007, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

SuperMom,

Do you or did you kow of someone close to you that has had or going through breast cancer?

I looked after my Grandad through cancer and he died quite quickly I was only 17. It shocked me to the core, and after that i became cancer phobic. I was really bad for most of my adult life till i had my own child and i seemed to get a little less worried about every twinge i suffered. I know how you feel though, but you could look at getting some therapy as its really just an over active anxious mind. Talk to you Doc, not about another symptom you have regarding cancer, but about your obsession with cancer, and if he/she can steer you towards getting rid of these fears and concentrating on something other than fact you think you have cancer. Good luck.

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Old 08-31-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

Hi worrybucket!

Thanks for your quick reply! I don't think I have cancer, I just think "what if" - actually, I had an aunt who had cancer (died in 1980) , but I think the fact that my mom died almost 2 years ago of leukemia that's made my health anxiety worse - I can go weeks or longer with no problem with the anxiety, and then "boom", something triggers an episode of obsessing - any symptom I have, it's like, "what if I have . . . whatever type of cancer - actually, I have an appt. sept. 19th with a psychologist who specializes in anxiety and OCD -

thanks for your thoughts!

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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

I thought there may be a connection, like i was after my grandad died. Im pleased you are getting some psy. help though. If you work hard im sure you will overcome it. Im fighting to overcome anxiety in a form of Air Hunger. With CBT and prozac im hoping !!

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Old 08-31-2007, 12:12 PM   #5
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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

hi again, worrybucket! I'm sorry, but what is Air Hunger? Also, thanks for your positive words! I'd love to keep in touch! How old are you? What state are you in? Not trying to stalk you or anything!

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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

Air hunger is a feeling that comes over you similiar to a panic attack, and i feel like i cant get a full lung full of air in. Then i do and for about 30 seconds i feel ok, then it comes again, another need for a large intake of breath. Its absolutely awful and is anxiety and not really panic attacks. It is debilitating and was affecting my day to day life so much i have gone onto Prozac and having CBT therapy. Im not sure the Prozac is doing anything, its not stopped these attacks yet, my Doc says be patient.

You can always find me here on the boards someplace.

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Old 09-03-2007, 11:31 AM   #7
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Re: anxiety with fear of breast cancer

Is it any wonder we are in a state of panic with all the overkill of woman and heart disease and breast cancer?? I personnaly get sick of hearing it..just scares the heck out me. I turn the station or donot read the article.

 
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