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Old 02-08-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hypochondria

I have been a hypochondriac for as long as i can remember. I have a huge fear of dying. Any little thing that hurts or is ab-normal i search online to what it could be. Everyday i find something possibly wrong with me. It lasts from 1-4 weeks and i am tired of the worry. Tired of staying up all night scared. I need help how do i get rid of it! I've been like this sense i was born. But every year it seems to get worse. Please help!

 
Old 02-08-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Hypochondria

I have the same thing. it's really become a form of OCD for me, especially with my blood pressure. I have been to sooooo many specialists to rule everything out and of course all my tests come back normal! even when i think i "know" something is wrong. Now that i'm on medication my ocd about all that is starting to get better. But like you any little pain sets me off. I noticed i will sometimes find myself reading the other boards in this forum, then check symptoms and think i have whatever disease sickness i'm reading about.


Thats the one good thing about anxious people though! we go to the doctors so damn much that if we ever do have something wrong i'm sure will find it in plenty of time! I'm at that point now though where if anything else does come up i'm just going to ignore it, cause i'm sick of going to so many doctors and waiting weeks stressing over results.


Now whats really scary and gets me anxious, is to actually think of what i'm going to be like in the future if something DOES happen and i get some disease or sickness! I'm lucky cause it's always nothing, but just thinking about that freaks me out. I'd never be able to be happy again lol, cause every time i'm waiting for results i'm so nervous anxious, then when i find out i'm fine i feel like a million bucks! i can't imagine never getting that call that everything is ok and having something for the rest of my life

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: Hypochondria

This is a tough thing to work out.....i am the same exact way though....except my thoughts last much longer <BECAUSE> i cannot go to the doctor <BECAUSE>i have no health insurance. I always think that something is worng with me and i too am afraid of dying. i do know though that talking to people and having them reassure me does help although it does not make me stop thinking about it. I mean at its worst i feel so tired and i never want to leave home....i am now sometimes uncomfortable a my own mothers house, but i have learned what it is. Whenever i get a symptom i look up online what it is. I have now noticed that if i get some kind of symptom and i have no way of checking to make sure that my symptom is not something to worry about i have a panic attack. I have no idea <WHY> i am like this. I have always been like this though....my mom says that i make a mountain out of a mole hill so nobody ever takes me seriously when i say i think i might have something wrong, however, there are some people who will just listen, and yes sometimes laugh, but i know that it sounds crazy and i would laugh too if i heard <SOMEONE> talking like that. My latest craze is that i am not srue if my pupils are dilated or not and i dont <KNOW> how to tell, although i did find out if my pupils are reactive it is better than if theyare not so that helped me. You need to go to your dr though and he can help you out, you may have to go on antidepressants or <SOMETHING>like that but s/he can help.

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Old 02-09-2009, 01:36 PM   #4
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Re: Hypochondria

That's funny, <BECAUSE>ever since I turned 40 I have been the same. I don't go to the dr. either >BECAUSE> I don't have any insurance. I just got my first mamogram and now I am waiting for the results and I'm nervous. My father is in the latter stages of lung cancer and I have been having some chest pains, so I can't decide wheather it is breast cancer or lung cancer. I once was convinced I had ALS and I almost went crazy with worry. (twitching muscles) I went on a low dose of lexapro for 6 months and was much better for a while. This type of anxiety comes and goes. I have found that being busy and helping other people helps me to take the focus off of myself. A glass of wine occasionally doesn't hurt either. I haven't taken any lexapro for about 3 years and I am functioning okay, but it is quite worriesome to constantly be on the alert for deadly diseases. I too worry about what I would do if I actually did get something. I think all of us would handle it better than we think we would. It's the fear of "what if" that constantly nags at us that makes us afraid. I have a friend that has just been diagnosed with 2 different types of cancer and she is handling it so well. We think we would completely fall apart, but when it does happen we find the inner strength that we didn't even know we had. If this is something that is affecting your life to the point that it interferes with everyday normalcy then perhaps you should consider taking a low dose anti-depressant for a few months. They are for anxiety too, not just depression. It won't be a cure all, but you will feel better. Sometimes just talking to someone else helps too. The thing that I notice about depression and anxiety, for me anyway, I tend to spend WAY too much time thinking about myself. That's why I try to find a way to take some of the focus off of me. I don't think I should be thinking that much about me, not when there are so many people I could be helping. I have a goal to try and keep my focus on others and not on me. What is going to happen is going to happen, wheather I drive myself and everyone around me crazy worrying about some horrible disease, or wheather I don't. When I tell myself this it usually works for about 20 minutes <BEFORE> I am thinking about something dreaded again, but if I keep working at it eventually that 20 minutes will hopefully be a lot longer. Good luck.

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