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Old 10-08-2005, 08:33 PM   #1
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Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

I realize that I am a hypochondriac. No matter what the symptom is- it's terminal! I take the smallest of symptoms and blow them up to be some deadly form of cancer. Some days I am convinced I have heart problems. Other days it is an undetected anyerusim. Other times it is cancer. It is horrible being like this. I realize that if you live your life worried about dying- you can't really be living. But--wow, I just can't seem to stop myself. I try to rationalize, yet, there is always that persisent doubt in the back of my mind that ends up taking over. Not only do I worry about my health- but I worry about everything else on top of it! Anyone else suffering from this? Anyone been through this and found something that helps??


 
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Old 10-08-2005, 08:37 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

oh yesssss. i don't get headaches, i get brain tumors. i don't get a stomach ache, i get stomach cancer. if my leg hurts it's not a cramp it's a blood clot. believe me, i have done so much research on web md i think i'm qualified to perform surgery! i take anxiety meds and it's helping..good luck
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:54 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

Me too, ive apparently survived that many brain tumors, strokes, cancers that im thinking of donating my body to medical science (lol).
Every morning i wake up and think 'what have i got today', its crazy, honestly if i went to my doc with every physical symptom ive had id be living in his room.
Ive just started seeing a therapist/counsellor to try to overcome this horrible mental torture i put myself through daily, im hoping it will help.
Good luck, your not alone.
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Old 10-09-2005, 06:40 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

I can relate to both of you for sure. I can blow up any symptom. A scratch can set me off into thinking I am going die of a blood poisoning infection. How silly is that. I find it is really helpful to talk about it with someone I trust and I swear by keeping a diary. I know that living this ways can really drain you. I hope you get some comfort in knowing that you are not alone in this!

 
Old 10-09-2005, 07:34 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

Anyone know of an online support group for people like us? I think it would be easier to talk to people who are going through the same thing. I have started feeling like the "boy who cried wolf" with my friends and family.

 
Old 10-09-2005, 11:55 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

Yes, yes, yes! I am totally a hypochondriac. As a matter of fact, just now I broke out in a silly little rash and I am convinced I am going to die of some strange allergic reaction. I just posted a thread on my hives. lol. I am in total panic attack mode right now. On here to try to distract myself. I too constantly blow all my symptoms into some terminal, deadly illness. Cancer, blood clots, stroke, you name it! I hate this. My medical bills are through the roof. I just recently read one of my recent ultrasound reports that my doctor said was "normal" ( I got it for right side abdominal pain). Well I didn't trust him and wanted to see for myself. Big Mistake! There was some apparent atrophy of my Left kidney that my doc failed to mention and thinks is not worth worrying about. But I on the other hand am now convinced that I am going to lose my kidney or go into complete renal failure. haha. Oh well, I guess this was just the card I was delt this time around.

 
Old 10-10-2005, 08:35 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

I can totally relate to every one of you. You all have described what happens to me on a daily basis. I have a symptom book that puts me into a tailspin every time that I have a little twinge. I have been on "death's door" on a daily basis. None of the things ever is serious.

I hate living like this, if you can call it living. I hope that we can start a support system and reassure everyone on a daily basis that they are fine and we can live, finally.

 
Old 10-10-2005, 10:51 AM   #8
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

Hi everybody - I, too, have had real tough bouts of hypochondriac problems! I take every little feeling and overexamine it until it's practically an obsession! YUK! I know this doesn't help all the time, but my latest "disease" has been liver problems. (My dad has terminal liver disease and I am so scared of it, I think everytime I feel anything on the right side of my body, I am positive it is liver related...even though I have no risk factors for liver disease, nor any symptoms of it!) Anyway, when I tell my husband about it, he always says, "If you had liver disease (or whatever the problem is) for the last year (or however long I have been obsessing about something), you would know it by now! I guess what I am trying to say is, sometimes if you stop and think about how long you have lived with your "disease", it can ease your mind. Hope this helps alittle, Marirose

 
Old 10-10-2005, 12:22 PM   #9
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

To All of You!

I can totally relate! I thought I had ovarian cancer earlier this year which sent my blood pressure soaring to 200/105!!! Doctor got that down and then I got cellulitis (twice) and then palpitations (went to ER and Doctor said they are benign and that I have a strong heart). Went to my Internist/Cardilogist when he got back from vacation and he assured me they are harmless. Well, here I have had them everyday for the past 5 weeks! These are caused from anxiety, stress and perhaps some hormonal inbalances. I have been in Cognitive Therapy for 3 months and that really seemed to help. Obsessing about ones health ONLY brings more anxiety and more fear and it is the fear that causes all the anxiety symptoms. I fought taking an anti-depressant for months but I finally relented and I've been on Lexapro for 3 weeks and it has really helped with the obsessing. Being anxious for a long period of time can lead to depression so be careful because then you find yourself spiraling down and in a black hole that is hell to get out of. I do suffer from "Health Anxiety"{REMOVED} For all you who suffer with anxiety a great book (my second bible to read) is "Hope and Cure for Your Nerves" by Claire Weekes. Doesn't address "Health Anxiety" but what it did do for me was help in all the symptoms that comes with the territory.

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Hope this has helped and let's try to be there for one another.

Hugs,

Kathy

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Old 10-10-2005, 12:45 PM   #10
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

I am right there with you. Man, there are alot of us out there..yet our own family and friends have no clue...

I am extremly sensitive to everything and anything. If my BP drops one point, I feel it. I feel erything that most ppl would never notice. So I freak out about physical discomforts, pains, what have you..all the time. I am getting better tho. My biggest fears are usally sudden death related..not so much illnesses. I have a huge fear of clots, embolis, annurysms, heart attacks...

I have had anxiety/panic for a long long time. I also had an undiagnosed heart condition (a benign form of tachycardia) for years that was blown off as panic attacks by ERs and Doctors. This is what helped deveoped the anxiety disorder. Finally I was treated (with a beta blocker) for the heart thing and things got SO much better.

THen I had my daughter (1 year ago) and after that I became obsessive about my healthand fear of death. Before I would just get panic attacks out of nowhere..didnt really have obsessions. But now, it has become very OCD like but without the C part lol.

I am in talk therapy. Looking into doing CBT on my own. ANd I take Klonopin .50mg at bedtime everynight. ANd sometimes .25mg during the day.

It is a constant struggle. I am not living life to the fullest. I am missing out on alot of happiness. And it makes me very angry. My Doc says this is a physical, wiring problem all linked with the heart thing and it probably is for most anxiety sufferers. Either way...it pees me off. I so want to be normal.

I have found that distraction is hugely important. Here is a list of different ways to distract from yourself and get your mind off of your health:

Volunteer - helping people with THEIR problems is very theraputic

Crossword puzzles

Painting...a picture or an entire room

Refinish old furniture

Sewing

Gardening

Building a fire

Mowing the lawn

Counting pennies in the change jar

Cooking

These are just a few of course...

We are only here for a very short time in the whole span of things. We - NONE of us - knows how much time we have. All we can do is live as healthy as is reasonable, leave a legacy to be proud of, have a plan for the what ifs (living will, custody of children, etc)...and that is about it. Live life well..that is the best way to deal with a fear of death. You are here right this moment..so do your best to live it..really LIVE it. Realize that perhaps death isnt a bad thing. Try to come up with some reasons it could be positive (maybe we get to see past relatives, get to travel dimensions, no more fear, no more pain). Maybe give yourself 15 mins a day to think about death. And then thats it. If it enters your head..wash it away and tell yourself, I will think about it tomorrow.

These are the things I am working on anyway. Hopefully, they can help someone else.

 
Old 10-10-2005, 03:23 PM   #11
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

yeah i know what you mean. I get heart burn all the time and always thought I must be having some sort of heart attack. (which is silly since Im an athletic 16 year old) I get really bad stomach aches if I eat spicy food- so much so that on numerous occasions I have thought I had food poising that I would die of. I get headaches sometimes 3 times a week and always think it must be brain cancer. ( I was really freaking out last week because I had a headache/ dizzyness for about 4 or 5 days straight) I often feel a twinge in my wrist that I suspect to be a blood clot. (I assumed this because I used to be a cutter and I wondered if somehow haveing so many cuts there could cause issues with the circulation. I can almost always feel my heart beating and I then think its beating too hard or fast or to slow, depending on the day.

But even more that being a hypocondriac about physical conditions I tend to be a mental health hypocondrac. If Im spacy in class, Im convinced I have ADD. If I have a moodswing I start to think Im bi-polar. If I get really focused on doing something just right I think I have OCD. Other times I think Im Borderline. Im almost certain I have SADs, but my brother thinks he has that so that one might be real. I also think I might have major depression. Does anyone else do this?

 
Old 11-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #12
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Re: Anyone Else A Hypochondriac?

I just posted on another hypochondrias thread here, but let me summarize that I have the exact same issues. I hardly ever have a minor problem. A headache or wierd pains there are brain cancer. A twinge inside is either cancer or a heart problem. It's very difficult to let go of these things when they start. I usually have to go to the Dr or a specialist to find out for sure if I have a real problem or not. The current thing is prostate or bladder or testicles. I can't deal with new symptoms. They scare the heck out of me. I'm usually convinced that once something starts it'll never go away on it's own, which annnoys the heck out of me too.

I had a blister in my mouth - the back of my mouth - to the left side of the uvula. It was a blocked tiny salivary gland and would grow over 1-2 days then spontaneously pop after about 3 days. This started in Feb or this year and I continued on a weekly basis for 6 months and then stopped. So, this was truly amazing!! It actually went away on it's own!! I was convinced that I would need minor surgery, but of course, this was a major event in my mind.

So I guess good things do happen once in a while.

I guess we hypochondriacs have a tough time being optimistic, huh?

Have a good day! At least we should try...

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