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Health anxiety so overwhelming

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theworriedone Tue 07-Mar-17 17:30:09

I bloody hate it.

I spend my life googling ( I know, I know!!!) and convincing myself I have various illnesses

I do have physical symptoms but I know anxiety can have many physical symptoms so I try desperately to believe its anxiety but I always have this overwhelming "what if?" That I just can't shake off.

It isn't helped that my current worry would potentially require me to have an MRI to rule it out, something that absolutely terrifies me sad

I don't know why I've written this, makes me feel abit better I suppose

TinaMac Wed 08-Mar-17 15:46:22

I know exactly how you feel. My health anxiety is just awful, awful, awful at the moment. It was triggered by a few real health issues last year - involving both me and my youngest daughter. Neither are completely resolved but neither are particularly serious.

I just feel like so constantly full of dread about health issues - I google, worry, search for symptoms constantly. Then symptoms appear and I don't have the resources to cope with the anxiety they induce and the cycle goes on and on. I hate the way it dominates everything. I'm constantly feeling around for lumps and bumps when I'm with my DDs and friends etc and then I start googling things on my phone. The number of illnesses I've convinced myself I have is just outrageous!! But it feels so real - I WISH it would go away!

lovechocolate123 Wed 08-Mar-17 21:54:13

I am exactly the same. Started about 18 months ago. I had to see a counsellor and a had a course of CBT which helped. Have you see a gp about it. My health anxiety was getting so bad I could barely function.

Lonnika123 Wed 08-Mar-17 21:56:28

Me too!!!!! Lump in throat over the past week, which 'I know' is anxiety but can't help but the what if....... All so stressful,

Lucymcr82 Thu 09-Mar-17 11:24:08

I too suffer with this. A couple of years ago, just after having my second child, I convinced myself I had breast cancer. Couldn't function,.crying constantly and went to the Dr 4 times in a week. All fine in the end. Fast forward to now and on birth control but I'm spotting. More so after a poo (tmi sorry) and so back to being anxiety ridden. Doctor says it's the pill, come in next week and they'll have a look but I'm freaking out. Partner doesn't help, mocks me mostly. I feel horrible and like I'm drowning in it...

Flurries Fri 10-Mar-17 19:03:42

This is me. I have convinced myself that I have many different ailments. It gets so bad that the physical symptoms nearly overwhelm me. Just functioning some days is a huge huge battle. I feel like such a fool.

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