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    Old 04-02-2017, 05:40 AM   #1
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    Going Crazy Over Symptoms, Help, Severe Hypochondria or Something Else??

    PLEASE HELP. I am a 20 year old male and have obsessed over my health over many years. I have reached an all time low and need reassurance that my symptoms are just anxiety related. I'm starting to reach a dead end with doctors and specialists and I obsess that I have been left to suffer from my conditions without diagnosis or medical treatment or missed diagnosis. I am obsessed with and think I have glaucoma, HIV, Brugada syndrome/heart problem, optic neuritis, keratoconus, retinal tears, impending retinal detachment, ménière's disease, hearing loss. My symptoms/problems are:


    - Slight decrease sensitivity in extreme left peripheral visual field
    - Pain when moving eyes
    - Streaking lights at night
    - Blurry vision, pinhole corrects it
    - Sometimes dim vision
    - Red eyes


    - Night sweats
    - Occasional lump appears in skin (once a month)
    - Fever like feeling
    - Fatigue
    - Abdominal cramps
    - Loose stools
    - A few enlarged lymph nodes
    - Blurry vision
    - Colds that now frequently transform into bacterial infections and ear infection requiring antibiotics/steroidal interventions
    - Twitching eyelid; neuropathy?

    Brugada syndrome/Problem with heart?

    - Palpitations
    - Chest pain
    - Chest tightness
    - Occasional sharp sudden adrenaline surges
    - Skipped/premature beats
    - Tachycardia

    Optic Neuritis?

    - Occasional dimming of vision in left eye with slight loss of red colours
    - Eyepain when moving eyes
    - Red eyes


    - Blurry vision
    - Seeing double of lights at night with streaking coming from lights in each eye
    - Red eyes
    - Pain when moving eyes

    Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    - Tinnitus
    - Fluctuating hearing with sudden tinnitus
    - Tinnitus worse when clenching jaw
    - Conductive hearing loss due to ottis media but certain it is sensorineural

    Ménière's Disease

    - Vertigo
    - Tinnitus
    - Hearing loss that fluctuates especially at low frequencies

    Impending retinal detachment?

    - Floaters (been there my whole life)
    - Minor occasional spots/flashes of light (phosphenes)

    I have thoroughly scoured and searched the internet for my symptoms and the outcomes, complicated associated with my symptoms and have read horror stories with these conditions which push my anxiety right up. There isn't a health forum, health resource and health webpage I have missed online now. I have read all of them often obsessively.

    I have seen multiple cardiologists, electrophysiologists, neurologist for my complaints but nothing was found.

    I will soon be seeing an ophthalmologist if I can convince one of my doctors for my vision related concerns and I am certain I will be diagnosed with a serious eye condition such as retinal tears, glaucoma and keratoconus. I am bracing myself for the diagnosis and this has caused my anxiety to reach an all time high. I constantly test my vision and eyes, research symptoms, treatments and patient stories and the often horrible outcomes people talk about on forums.

    I have tested negative for HIV multiple items but symptoms still remain. I'm afraid I'll also loose my hearing even though doctors shrug off my symptoms.

    I never get long term satisfaction following consultations and tests. Does anyone else experience these eye related symptoms on an occasional basis without anything serious? Are my listed symptoms common even without any serious disorder? Does anyone else experience these symptoms? Is it statistically possible that I have some or all these conditions? What are the chances of a retinal tear and detachment at my age? I have eye floaters and flashes of light. Is this the end of my ability to see now due to associated retinal detachments with PVD? I read a number of forums where people my age with my symptoms went to the retinal specialist/ophthalmologist where the doctor found a retinal tear and had to use a laser to seal the tear. Some of these patients then complained about permanent visual complications following photocoagulation. Anyone here been treated for retinal tears? Has anyone here had a retinal tear sealed with laser photocoagulation or cryotherapy? Has anyone here had a retinal detachment? What where your symptoms of retinal tear if diagnosed? Does anyone here had floaters and flashes?

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    Old 08-24-2017, 07:48 PM   #2
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    Re: Going Crazy Over Symptoms, Help, Severe Hypochondria or Something Else??

    I have to get tested for my thyroid every 3 months and it's coming up next week. Everyday I'm suffering severe anxiety convincing myself I have thyroid cancer to the point I can barely function

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    Old 09-18-2017, 08:23 AM   #3
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    Re: Going Crazy Over Symptoms, Help, Severe Hypochondria or Something Else??

    Hi, I want you to know you aren't alone. I suffer from health anxiety too. My most common are hiv, diabetes, heart attacks, breast cancer. It's exhausting living in constant fear. You say you have been to multiple doctors and gotten tests done. Have you tried therapy and medication? If it's as extreme as you make it seem perhaps a hospital stay could help you. I'm very sorry you are suffering so much.

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