Hypochondria...always thinking about health (new member)
First off, I'm a new member. I graduated from high school this june and turned 18 this summer.
Anyway, at the end of this September I had gone up in my attic and then I was not feeling well. I remembered hearing about Hantavirus a long time ago, and since I live in an old house, I immediately thought I had Hantavirus because of shortness of breath and a few flu-like symptoms; ended up being an upper respiratory infection. Not too long after I started getting headaches (and I still am) that are short and somewhat sharp, but don't stop me from doing daily activities. I'm also feeling kind of weak and I've been having random pains. I keep "googling" my symptoms and I can't help I have things like a brain tumor, brain aneurysm, I thought I had meningitis for a while (which I didn't), etc.... Now I am stuck on it being either lupus or ALS because of my symptoms. I made a doctors appt. that I'm going to in a week, and I should have no reason to be concerned since I'm perfectly healthy every time I go in, but I can't help but think every little thing is a sign of some serious disease or disorder.
Anyone have suggestions on how to help myself get through this?
Just as a side note, my dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes this summer and I had a classmate die in a motor cycle accident 2 months after graduation..hit everyone pretty hard. I never thought these two things would have such a huge impact on me, but could my hypochondria/anxiety be caused by these things? (Since I've had never gone through this until after these things happened.)
Last edited by njnd; 12-01-2010 at 08:04 PM.