I suffer from severe hypochondria. I am convienced that i have a heart problem even though i have been told by several doctors and from the test that my heart is fine. My question is, has anyone found a medication that helps to control this problem? I take ativan as needed and have been given several anti-depressants to try but i have not taken them....i am not depressed im just a hypochondriac. Do these meds really help to control this problem?? I worry about every ache or pain i have, no matter how big or small it is and its controlling my life and im sick of it. I have been to anxiety groups and they didnt help. Im scared to try the anti-depressants so that makes it hard to see if they would work, i wish there was a certain pill to make my brain stop thinking about this all the time!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my. I wish there were a pill too. I am so tired of worrying about my health. This evening I have a stomach pain that I have had off and on for almost 2 years. I worry all the time that I have cancer in my stomach or intestines. I remember when I was in the 1st grade (I'm 33 now) my mom had bought a t- shirt for me that said "Hippocondriac" and it was a picture of a cartoon hippo with a thermometer in it's mouth. It was cute at the time...lol Anyway....I worry about my heart also...every single day. I get skipped beats and palpitations. I've had many tests done (all are neg) and I still worry constantly. My dr. has run tests on my stomach pain too and found nothing.
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I too am a hypochondriac. I imagine all sorts of things going wrong with my health even though I seem to be a perfectly healthy 46 year old woman. A couple months ago, my psychiatrist upped my dose for lexapro from 10 mg to 20 mg, and that seemed to help somewhat. I like lexapro because I have had no side effects from it.
I'm also a hypochondriac, pretty much chronic. The only thing that has helped is celexa 20 mg. It's a God-send and has given me my life back. Try the therapy, but don't be frightened of meds....it might help you to feel normal and healthy and if you haven't felt that way in a while.....it feels great!!!!
I have always been semi-hypochondriac but its been REAL bad for about 2 years now. Its really taking a toll on me mentally and physcically. Im going to see about getting into the therapy and then maybe talk myself into trying some medication. I just want to feel normal for once and not worry every time something on my body hurts.
I have always been a hypochondriac, but mine seems to have manifested itself into anxiety attacks. I was dead set against taking any meds, but got so bad last year i felt i just had to. I have been taking 20mg of Prozac daily now for 7 months, the first three months i almost gave up as it didnt seem to help me at all, then one day it started to work and ive been pretty much (about 90%) ok for last few months, its really helped me over the worst. My CBT therapist wants me to come off it, but im scared to incase i get all those feelings back again, but she says with the treatment she is teaching me, i should be able to cope with the tough times without medication in the end. We will see, i really dont feel ready to come off the meds just yet. Do try CBT any of you guys, as it does help a lot. GOOD LUCK
Wow,and my doctor tells me im the only one that feels like this,i cannot go a freaking second without thinking im going to die,i have abnormal heart beats doctor said was anxiety that i am perfectly healthy i do not believe it tho..i do not want to take any medication at all,im scared ill get really sick or die..i was reading on a CBT specialist? can someone please tell me more on what they do? im glad that some people actually understand.since my doctor DOESNT.
Bro I'm the same way. I have had test after test and everything always turns out OK. I have gotten PVC's, stomach aches and all sorts of other weird things for long periods of time and have been hell-bent on the idea that I have a heart disorder or a type of cancer. It got so bad a few days I actually started to have panic attacks where I felt faint and couldn't breath.
Basically I'm convinced I'll always have it. I do take a medication that helps a bit, but at night (more specifically when it's dark), I tend to get really anxious and paranoid about dumb stuff. It drives me nuts.
I have good days and i have bad days. Once i get an ache or pain its all downhill my mind starts going crazy. The last few days its been the left arm pain again and the jaw pain. It comes and goes for a few days then its gone for a few weeks then comes back. Then usually when it leaves the chest pains come along with the SOB. Im sick of it!!!!!!!!! I am going to call tomorrow about some therapy something has to change!!!!
I'm the same way! My mind gets full of all these thoughts, then i concentrate on that "sickness" i "think" i have until i'm told by a doctor that i'm fine! It consumes me, and i'm not able to relax and not think about it, to the point of 'feeling' symptoms! I try to look at it this way, if we think about it how can we 'diagnos' ourselves with all these conditions? LOL did we go to school for it? we think we automatically know what disease sickness we have? Then damn we should all be making tons of money as Pyschic doctors! Eveytime i thought i had something, cancer, brain tumor (all turned out to be nothing) and now a blood clot in my leg OR leg cancer! Thats my new 'disease'! I know i'm feeling pain in there, but i feel perfectly fine, i KNOW it's hurting me though, but the brain is a powerful tool, and only after reading all these "symptoms" do i start feeling them!
I just don't know what i should do. I have had this pain for 3 weeks now, but i have to wait more weeks to go to the doctor cause i'm waiting for a new insurance card since my old doctor stopped taking my insurance. LOL so that means weeks of pulling my hair out of my head worrying about this. I really want to just go the hospital but then i think about people who are in pain and go there and are dying, LOL then i show up with a pain in my leg? and not even excruciating pain at that! Then my hypochondria sets in and I think " well what if it's leg cancer and waiting is going to make it spread? same about a blood clot! i sit for hours a day, what if it's a clot and it dislodges and goes to my heart, or brain or other vital organ? Then i wonder, wouldn't i be in excruciating pain if this was the case since it's been 3 weeks? and why would i feel pain somedays then others it feels better? wouldn't the pain get worse if it's any of these things? The things i worry about!