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Health Anxiety

(7 Posts)
Oldmum55 Mon 19-Oct-15 11:22:18

Reading these posts I wonder whether a lot of them are due to a parent's health anxiety rather than a real cause, especially with first or only children as you have no way of comparing symptoms/experiences. It's easy then to go OTT and having a child subjected to various and possibly unpleasant tests. I know it's better to be safe than sorry but when/how do you stop?

Jo4040 Mon 19-Oct-15 11:23:45

I suffer from extream health anxiety. But sorry you have lost me confused

Jo4040 Mon 19-Oct-15 11:24:56

Do you mean its the parents that have the anxieties and they pass it onto theirchild because they are being over cautious?

GloGirl Mon 19-Oct-15 11:25:30

Doctors don't perform unnecessary tests just because the child's mother has a touch of PFB.

Oldmum55 Tue 20-Oct-15 12:14:34

What I meant is maybe we worry too much and maybe unnecessary, or some of us will do, due to our health anxiety problem. I know I did with my PFB, fourth time around it was much easier. But hopefully as GlowGirl says doctors don't perform tests that are not needed, and they perform them when they are needed!

Jo4040 Tue 20-Oct-15 18:40:57

I have been to the Drs with various worries that I have about myaelf. Each time utterly convinced that I had something wrong with me and that I would die.

My brain
Eyes
Ears
Balance
Ulcers
Breasts
Elbows
Tummy
Female reproductive parts (all of them)
Urine problems
Bowel problems
Knees
Skin
And probably more I have forgotten... All in the last 6 years. Last worry I had was 2 weeks ago.

DS1 (4 years) I have taken to the doctors for
Eyes
Heart
Lumps in head
Bowel problems (blood in poo)

DS (11 Months) I have taken to Dr for

Lumps under nipples
Blood in poo/wee

My DS1 now checks his blood for poo every time he has a poo. I don't know if this is good or bad. He says he does it because :he went to the Dr once when we thought he had blood in it'

So with all this info OP, Hope this helps your query a little....

PlayingSolitaire Tue 20-Oct-15 18:52:17

I am not sure whose post you have been reading OP.

I don't think you can say that a lot of these threads are over anxious parents of PFBs. I don't think most people are OVER anxious, I think they just love their child and therefore if they are displaying symptoms it is best to take them to the doctors so that the Medically Trained doctor can decide if they thing the symptom is something and recommend a course of action based on this, which may sometimes involve tests.

Hardly any mother would want to put their child through unnecessary tests and it is the doctor who decides to recommend the tests anyway. Tests on your child are scary and there is no way you would want to put yourself it your child through it if it wasn't necessary.

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