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Old 08-25-2005, 08:20 AM   #1
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Health Anxiety

I'm a 26 year old female and have been healthy all my life. I've worried about things but never had a panic attack or anything like that. The last 2 months have been difficult. In June I was extremely dizzy all the time and finally saw an Ear/Nose and Throat specialist who confirmed an inner ear infection which was causing it. Then at the end of July I was at work, using the computer and my baby finger and the finger next to it went numb and my palm was in pain. I was finally told that it was a pinched nerve and began physiotherapy. Because of the stretches and excersises, I pulled the muscles in my lower back and now have back pain as well as everything else. Plus I was off work for 3 weeks and rarely left the house. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night with my heart beating fast and cannot fall asleep at all. I know that I'm going to get better but with all this piling on, I'm having a hard time believing it. Today I feel sad and strange. Last night I had a few quick pains under my right arm which is making me nervous too. I saw a therapist at the beginning of the month (she's been on vacation since) and she thought I definetley have some anxiety. I've been reading a lot of stuff on this board and it's helped. I had no idea that worrying could cause so many physical symptoms. What do you guys do to try to stop worrying? I can't seem to shut my brain off. Thanks for reading.

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Old 08-25-2005, 08:27 AM   #2
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Re: Health Anxiety

its tough! the more you try to shut it off the more you obviously will think about it. i get anxiety almost daily but have been able to keep it to a minimum, how? i keep busy... for me, i have the FEAR of anxiety attacks... so i try to say to myself "how many times has something horrible happened when i feel this way?" the answer is never so why believe something horrible WILL happen.

the fact is, whatever causes your anxiety you have to sort of "let go". no matter the trigger. we have ups, we have downs, accept it. dont try to change them or worry about the past, just live in the present. i get so freaked out when i think about the future or dwell on my ex-girlfriend ripping my heart out of my chest and stomping on it, so why do it?

you really need to find the balance of healthy apathy towards all these things causing you stress... do bills suck? do health issues suck? damn right, but none of it is under your control anyway so what will worrying do?

Old 08-25-2005, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: Health Anxiety

kingam, you're right and I tell myself that. This board has been so helpful and as I read it, my heart rate has slowed down considerably. Thanks for your post.

Old 08-25-2005, 08:36 AM   #4
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Re: Health Anxiety

I dont have any really great advice on how to make your anxiety go away. I still deal with mine day by day. But I try to keep busy. Or distracted however you want to look at it. And I will be doing ok, and then a panic attack hits. A day ago it was because we got a letter in the mail saying our medical insurance had been canceled. I lost it. You dont tell a person who has OCD and suffers from health anxiety that they no longer have medical coverage. But I have allot of support from my husband who can usually calm me down.

If you have a good support system use it. And I hope you have a good doctor who will help you with your problems. I have to deal with military docs and they can be difficult. I never see the same one more then once. Keep coming to the boards. It does help to know that there are others that are dealing with some of the same stuff. Feeling like you are alone and weird for having the problems you have is no good. After finding these boards and getting support here, its helped me allot. And just try to stay busy when you start to feel the anxiety come on. Do something that you enjoy doing.

Dont know if this has helped but I thought Id try. Take care!

Old 08-25-2005, 08:50 AM   #5
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Re: Health Anxiety

nickia, thanks for your post. It did help. I just began seeing a doctor who will be my permanent doctor now and she seemed very helpful. She gave a me a prescription for some pills to take when I feel extremely anxious (although I haven't yet) and suggested starting Tai-Chi as well as a recommendation for a book The Feeling Good Handbook. So I do have some things to try.

I think the major problem is that I think very far in advance and we are going to Italy in October and that is worrying me although I'm not sure why! I'll be fine by then, and yet I can't help worrying. Thanks again.

Old 08-25-2005, 01:20 PM   #6
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Re: Health Anxiety

I also find that keeping busy helps. Exercise is great and doing something like writing, crocheting, reading, etc also seems to help. Anything that you need to use your brain for. If you are doing that then it helps keep it from wandering back to the anxiety issues. I also started having problems at age 26. It honestly hit me out of nowhere. I had no warning or indication that it was coming and no cause. Just my brain I guess! But like one of the other posts said you just have to realize that you can't control the world and things are going to happen. As far as I am concerned, I have so many wonderful things to appreciate in my life (from the very minute like a nice day to the amazing like my son) and I know there will always be things that happen and I can't change them so I am better off to just go with the punches and move on!!!

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