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Old 11-25-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Health Anxiety

I am looking for some help on how to overcome my current health anxiety.

On August 20th I woke up with very bad body aches but no other symptoms. My illness had three phases. The body aches lasted about 2 weeks. I then developed very intense burning pain up and down my spine and lower back which lasted 4 weeks. The lower back and spine pain then turned into more of an arthritic pain which lasted 2 weeks.

A few weeks later I developed uveitis which is an eye inflammation. I saw and ophthalmologist who prescribed eye drops to clear the inflammation. Uveitis is very rare and only 8 out of 100,000 develop the condition.

I am now concerned I am losing weight unintentionally. Although my weight has only dipped about 3 pounds. I also sometimes feel weak when exercising or when I wake up in the morning.

I am so scared to step on the scale in the morning for fear I have lost more weight. I then begin to feel weak and I am not sure if the weakness is fear or a real illness.

I am so scared that my 2 illnesses are somehow related to a bigger problem going on in my body such as lymphoma or leukemia or some other cancer.

I am so scared and it is really impacting my life right now. My internist does not think anything is wrong with me since my blood tests are perfect. I also had a chest x ray that was normal.

Any thoughts on whether I should pursue additional testing or whether this might be health anxiety would be appreciated. I did buy some CBT books and health anxiety books which I intend on reading. I am just so scared my doctor is missing a diagnosis of cancer and I am going to miss my window of opportunity for a cure.

Thanks for your help

 
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