Fear of cancer.
This all started for me about 6 months ago when I got a bad strep throat. Now a bit of background. I am a 35 year old male, who smoked till about a week ago. After my strep throat I cant stop thinking I have lung cancer. It was actually throat cancer untill about a month ago. I all of the sudden developed allergies and have had problems with post nasal drip, but for months thought it was throat cancer. I went to 2 ents and nothing. I look at my throat maybe 15 times a day, and cant stop googling about throat and lung cancer. If I sleep wrong and my shoulder hurts, I freak out. If I cough, the same thing. I quit smoking a few months ago, but started again because of the anxiety. Now I am not smoking for about a week, and if I cough, I freak out. I cant believe I have allowed myself to get like this, but no matter what I try to do, I worry. This is taking over my life and I dont know how to stop it.