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i went for a little walk today, maybe 5-10 minutes at normal speed, no brisk walk, and my heart started beating fast, felt heaviness in chest and like i need to burp. it subsided after some time. it has happened thrice now and i am because if it. been to cardiologist who assured me several time after listening to my heart and my symptoms that i am fine. ecg came clear, but yeah i am underweight. does it happen to anyone else too?
I’m worried I have colon cancer. I’ve had gut issues for years now, but 3 months after my second daughter I suddenly had a bout of urgent liquid ass, as well as stomach cramps. It lasted for 2 days and then would come and go, it has got more and more frequent. I did have a break from it for a month or two and now it’s back again. Nausea, lower left pain, stomach cramping, bad gas and liquid ass/ loose stools :( so scared it’s something really serious. I’ve had blood tests two ultrasounds and waiting to see gastro :( it’s been 10 months of this. My anxiety makes it really bad too, as well as spicy food.
Hi, idk where to start but I’m just going to tell you guys what’s going on. I’m about to be 18. Very lost in some senses, just don’t know where I’m going in life. About a year ago at this point which seems crazy to say Bcus that year went by fast as ever but my mom kicked me out. I was sneaking out every night to smoke with my friends and she couldn’t take it anymore. I have a dog who is my life and she said I wasn’t taking care of him good enough among a plethora of other things like not going to school. I would go to school and then leave everyday I just simply couldn’t sit in the building that whole time. Everything was fine until thanksgiving break. My mom had been cheated on the day after organizing the whole thanksgiving for her now ex bf who I had previously fought in the past but she rekindled and gave him a second chance, but after she found that out she sadly tried to take her own life. I don’t understand that. I just couldn’t, I know it’s selfish of me but how could you just leave your kids behind like that. (That was the backstory behind me moving out of my moms house/getting kicked out) after that I moved into my dads house and it was the same thing all over again. I got kicked out of there and broke up with my gf at the time. Moved back into my moms house and switched schools to an alternative school I went for all of one day and then never went back. It was on the other side of town and I only had to go twice a week but I still just never went I didn’t have a way to get there and I never wanted to go yet I still told my mom I did. And she believed me until the school told her I haven’t been going and unenrolled me. She then gave me an ultimatum move with her and her new bf to a new house who I don’t like or move to my dads house. I’m back at my dads now and it’s a week before my birthday. I’m always depressed Around this time of year and it’s no different this time. I’m about to be 18 w no hs diploma a shit job and a dog that’s keeping me alive. I just don’t know what to do at this point. Should I try and get a ged so I can get a better job? I find myself thinking about the way things used to be a lot. The same girl that started all the problems with my mother to begin with is pregnant now, i can’t ever see myself w her again yet I miss her. It’s just crazy how life goes on and you see how everyone life pans out. Idk how mine is going to I’m just scared of the future I can always work with my dad but who just wants to do that. Idk my true passion. I question myself with every decision I make I just don’t know. I wish I could go to the military but I’m scared I’ll come back and my dog won’t remember me or worse then that. I can’t truly love a women for some reason I feel like that has to do w my relationship with my mom. I love my friends tho I just can’t trust them. I can’t trust anybody (literally) I feel like I’m in a world by myself constantly thinking of my own demise and it’s self deprecating. I feel a deeper sense in me tho. Like I’m meant for something more but the older and older I get the farther and farther that feeling seems to get away from me. I don’t wanna be one of those people who just work another job. I want people to remember my name and to inspire the youth to do better like people I look up to (juice wrld, bob marley)
But at the same time doing that’s hard cuz idk where to start.
Recently went down an ovarian cancer and brain tumor spiral. Had a ultrasound … ovaries are fine. Had a CT with contrast. Came back normal. I felt fine and happy for about two days and then the worry of what if they missed something came back . Now i’m convinced I need MRIs as well.
Im stuoid and started searching of gum disease and now my teeth and gums hurt. Apparently you can die from gum disease and theres no going back one it starts. I also know i have at least 1 cavity so this isnt helping. I cant go to the dentist any time soon and I’m freaking out now
I’ve been struggling so much with HA about breast cancer lately,, I’m a nursing student and I palpate my breast unconsciously and now it hurts because of too much checking and now I’m thinking what if it hurts because (well the worse case scenario)… and I’m just letting it go. What if this is not HA? I don’t have much access to medical help but this is eating me alive every time. I’m always having a panic attack,, my school nurse assured me that there’s nothing, no fam history and I’m too young, no other symptoms present, but it’s impossible to believe her and I really don’t know what to do, my parents hate me when I ask for support for medical check ups and saying I’m just overreacting everything.
Seeing trails in vision help!!
About a month ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and moved my arm to turn over and noticed a very obvious ghostly trail following my arm. Of course after this I continued moving it over and over and in different directions and the trail continued to follow my arm/hand. Once I went into the light it stopped. I stressed about it for the day, tried to ignore it and go on with life.
4 days ago it happened again. Every time I woke up during the night and moved my arm and hand I saw the trialing again. And now every night and morning since. Every time I wake up and move my hands or even my phone I get a very obvious trail behind it. Once my eyes adjust to the light it stops. (Might I add, if I focus on my arm moving, I don’t see it. But if I focus on the wall or ceiling behind my arm, that is where I see it)
When googling this all that seems to come up is something called illusory Palinopsia. When I see other people describe this after a drug trip or taking hallucinogens and posting videos of what it looks like, it looks the same as what I’m seeing (I’ve never done a drug in my life, but it looks like what people describe as “tracers”). Does anyone else experience this? I’ve been making myself sick over it and can’t get an appointment with my doctor for 4 weeks. I’m so afraid that something is wrong with my brain
Need a breast biopsy 🙃 freaking tf out
How did it go op? Sending u love ❤️
It was benign!!! Thank you 💓
I have really been struggling recently. A month ago I noticed my heartrate was extremely high and not going down I went to the ER. I told them what was going on and they said my thyroid levels were elevated. I didn't know what that meant at the time so I immediately began to panic. They prescribed 2 medications. One for the heart rate and one for my thyroid and I went to see my doctor. I got an ultrasound on my thyroid and they didn't find anything and the antibodies came back negative so I have no clue what has caused all of this. They also did 2 EKGs and an XRay on my heart. All of which came back normal. They said my heart wasn't beating abnormally or anything it was just fast. I have a follow up appointment with my doctor in a few weeks and sometimes I feel okay, but other times like tonight I panic a lot about everything and my heartrate stays pretty high. It has been so difficult to calm down about all of this and try to keep myself distracted and i have just been struggling a lot more than I was before.
EVERY SINGLE PHYSICAL SYMPTOM I GET RESEMBLES THE CONDITION IM AFRAID OF. MY LORD.
>! Sepsis causes disorientation and slurred speech!< Hey! Ive been dealing it for MoOoOnThs.
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I LOVE anxiety. L-O-V-E It.
For fevers, how long does your temp need to stay above average for it to be considered a fever. Today, I measured 100.3 degrees but for some reason, I remeasured 5 minutes later and it went down to the 98.7-99.2 range and stayed this temp for the rest of the afternoon This was also done in the afternoon so body temperature is naturally higher, but am still a little concerned something like lymphoma is causing this…
you may find different answers in different places, but in general most medical texts don’t classify it as fever until 100.4. and with a temp like that, you’d need to be showing some other symptoms for it to be any real concern. your temp will fluctuate for various reasons. also if you were to take your temp repeatedly (as it sounds like you’ve done) you’ll probably get a different temp every time. over the counter thermometers aren’t exact scientific instruments.
Thank you, that’s very helpful! Yes, I also left my thermometers in the Sun which is why it read high, but went to the doctors and had no fever luckily
Hey all I have quite a few sensations that I’m worried abt. Since May I have been struggling with constant vertigo, visual snow syndrome, and brain fog. I finally got a referral to see an ENT and I’m waiting patiently for them to call me. But as of abt a week ago i started feeling what i can only describe as internal tremors. I feel like the inside of my body is shaking and it’s both uncomfortable and worrying me. Anyone else going through anything similar?
Also worried abt my blood pressure and heart. Heart feels like it beats so hard my body moves, and my blood pressure- idk what it is most the time bcs my cuff keeps fluctuating everytime i take it
Hi, I’m really struggling at the moment. I’m only 19, but my brain has me convinced I’m dying with melanoma. To explain, I’ve had two moles on my neck for YEARS. I mean, I don’t mind them at all, they just sit there. However today when I was on my way to work, I felt along the upper one and the underside of it felt a little dry. While I shouldn’t have, I kind of kept poking and prodding at it, peeled off the dry skin, and it started to bleed at one point. The bleeding has set my brain into anxiety mode and I can’t stop messing with it. It doesn’t hurt, and the bleeding didn’t last long at all. I noticed AFTER the fact and there was hardly any. So I don’t understand why I can’t drop it. I can’t get it checked, my mom practically hates it when I hyperfixate on something new health wise. Please help:( I don’t know what to do. My doctor is booked into October. I’ve never had this happen before, and I think she’s getting tired of hearing from me whenever something is wrong.
I had a concerning mole my derm removed recently that I had for years and checked off all the characteristics of cancer; however it was benign luckily. The odds are in your favor you don’t have melanoma because as other commenters said, if you had the moles for years then it’s likely benign. I would just monitor the moles for any changes in the meantime
Thank you so much, that’s honestly so scary and I’m glad to hear yours turned out okay. I’m sure it’s my anxiety trying to fixate on whatever weird thing my body is deciding to do now, and it’ll move on soon. But I’ll 100% be keeping an eye on it as much as i possibly can without worrying myself. I appreciate your response so much. That gives me hope that it’s likely okay and just in my head this time around.
A mole you've had for years that hasn't changed dramatically is very unlikely to be problematic. Book with your doctor in October or whenever and say you'd like to start getting annual skin checks (this is normal preventative care). You don't need to panic about this but I'm a big advocate for people getting dermatological care regularly.
I’m booked to see someone in a different part of healthcare (OBGYN, some other small updates to talk about from a previous visit) in October. Do you think she would generally know if it’s bad at all? I can’t message her, otherwise I would. Since I haven’t seen her yet personally, the app I use for my insurance doesn’t register her as someone on my care team.
No I don't think an OBGYN would be the right doctor for a mole (unless maybe it was on the labia) but she might be able to give you a general referral to a dermatologist if you need one. For me at least, an annual skin check at my dermatologist is considered preventative care under my health insurance and is covered 100% (but again, I wouldn't be concerned about a mole that has been there for years)
Okay, yeah. Thank you. It’s likely okay. It’s just hard to shake that anxiety, you know? The moles I have never bothered me before. To a point they still don’t. But the bleeding caught me off guard. I’ll have to ask and see if she can give me a referral for a dermatologist. Which.. hopefully my insurance covers. They’re weird about some things.
I seem to have gone out of the cancer fear phase, and developed an annoying fear of blood clots and aneurysms.
Unlike my cancer fears, these don't send me into a spiral of health anxiety for a couple days where I'm completely disfunctional; no instead it is this ever present fear that just sort of started, I don't even know what the trigger was, that I'll drop dead and someone in my family will have to find my corpse. Quite morbit I know, but with cancer at least you know months/years in advance, and everyone else does too. But with a heart attack of brain aneurysm you're just dead like that and someone will have to discover you eventually, that thought is really depressing.
It's not extreme as my cancer fear, I think because when you fear a sudden death every second it doesn't happen you're more relieved. With cancer it's this fear that it's been growing for months and that maybe this small symptom is my only chance to save myself, and if I ignore it it will keep growing and I'll be none the wiser. However when I fear randomly dropping dead of a brain aneurysm, it's like: well shit, guess I'll die now. Not much I can do about it, so it's more similar to the fear of death (in my opinion) than the fear of disease. It doesn't make me impulsive (yet) or terrified for my life, but it's always in the back of my mind. Like: what if I go to sleep tonight and never wake up?
It's more annoying than anything.
I'm paranoid about having lung cancer. I don't know what to say really...I don't even have any symptoms except for when I cough I sound like a dumb horse but I've had that all my life. I've been doing DARE which usually helps but today the lung cancer worry has swept in. Feeling kind of defeated, you know?
Ok y’all… I really really thought I had leukemia and I’m still not convinced I don’t. I have been bruising super easily and have dropped 10 pounds in the last few months for no reason. I also have pain in my stomach that could be a swollen spleen…. Or just phantom symptoms from anxiety. I also have occasional night sweats. I am a 26 year old male in otherwise good physical health. I had a CBC done and they said everything looked perfect. Just goes to show there are a million reasons why symptoms can occur and to not immediately land on the scariest option. However, I am still worried that the tests were wrong somehow or mixed up. Or maybe I still have leukemia even with my good tests? How do I stop worrying even with the assurance of medical professionals?
I think the bruising and night sweats are coming from the Zoloft I’m taking. I started 100mg 5 months ago and that’s when those symptoms started. However, I have no idea how I dropped all that weight. I don’t eat breakfast and eat a light lunch usually so it’s possible I’m underestimating what I’m eating. I also eat terribly and have a lot of digestive issues so maybe I’m not absorbing all of the nutrients. Anyone have any ideas why I might be losing weight for “no” reason?? Can extreme stress and anxiety raise your metabolism?
Also I’m 23 years old and bruise every day my doctor told me I had a vitamin c deficiency, which makes sense because I barely eat and when I do it’s definitely not very nutritious food but once I started taking vitamin c everyday the bruising stopped.
100% positive u don’t have leukemia. It would show up in ur blood work my grandmother was diagnosed with it a couple weeks ago. Her white blood cell count was 0, red blood cell count was less than 10 as well as platelets. Normal range is supposed to be in the thousands, ur doctor said everything looked perfect so you have nothing to worry about
If you're skipping meals and eating lightly, losing 10 lbs over the course of multiple months doesn't sound surprising.
Hey TLDR: phantom? symptoms when anxious. Any tips?
I have generalised anxiety disorder but recently I’ve been experiencing quite extreme health anxiety, to the point where symptoms are now manifesting for (hopefully no reason). I’m currently doing CBT for my anxiety. I researched something about my bloating, urgency of peeing and a few other symptoms. Ovarian cancer came up and for a few weeks I was obsessed, for lack of a better word, with the possibility that I may have it. I really don’t think I have it, it’s really rare.
I have carpal tunnel syndrome though but recently I’ve been anxious about the possibility of having MS. I think this is a typical one for people with health anxiety to worry about. My right arm is currently tingling it’s warm. My right leg is currently tingling. My balance isn’t very good either and combined with my bladder issues(which have been slowly getting worse for years) I’ve got this huge fear that I have MS. It’s so difficult getting doctors appointments at the moment too, so I sit for weeks before I can get my symptoms checked. I also feel like a time waster because if my symptoms are a result of my anxiety then I’m wasting NHS time. I hope that it’s nothing because I didn’t have these new symptoms before reading about MS. So weird what our brains do when stressed
Does anyone else experience anything similar to this? And if so, any tips on getting through (other than stopping Googling my symptoms which I’m trying to stop!) ?Thanks in advance!
About a week ago I started to feel this soreness and tightness on my lower left side, just a little bit above my belly button all the way on the left side of my stomach. I believe it's right under my left rib but I'm not entirely sure. It isn't terribly painful but it's definitely sore and tight. It feels kinda like when you hit your stomach against something and have some soreness for a little bit, but this has been going on for almost a week and I don't remember hitting it against anything + I don't have any bruising. It feels especially tight when I suck my stomach in and also when I cough.
I've been sick with a cold and cough for a couple of weeks and am wondering if that has to do with it. I'm also wondering if anyone has dealt with anything similar as I'm starting to get a little bit worried that it hasn't gone away after almost a week. I would say the pain has gone down a little bit compared to when I first noticed it but it's definitely still there and I'm not too sure as to what it could be. Any thoughts?
Muscle pain from coughing is what it sounds like to me. Can take some time to heal especially if you’re still coughing.
Thanks for the reply :) is it normal to have that pain just on one side? I have had a pretty nasty cough so it would make sense if it were that. I've been trying to feel for any type of lumpiness/abnormality in the area but I don't think I've felt anything but obviously idk.
On one side can definitely happen, our bodies do strange things.
Help, I think I have PE. So, for 5 days I have been getting these weird chest pains that would spread to my arm, jaw discomfort and shortness of breath. This happens to me often and every time I go the doctors everything is okay. For the past 3 days I have been getting this weird pain when I breathe. First, it was kind of dull, then it turned into sharp pain. It's almost always felt in my left shoulder blade, but doesn't happen everytime I inhale. Also, I have been feeling very lightheaded and my legs and palm would go numb at times. I woke up yesterday with a sharp pain in my chest and was coughing a lot(I caught a cold prior to this whole thing) and I can't really pinpoint if I was actually short of breath. My sister heard me gasping for air and when she asked me what was wrong, I couldn't take it anymore and I started sobbing. She called my mom and my mom was asking me what the pain felt like on a scale from 1 to 10. I answered 4. So, we went upstairs and she gave me ibuprofen that kind of lessened the pain. I fell asleep shortly after that cuz it was already 4am. I noticed that my pain almost always appears at noon and gets worse at night. I had leg cramps few weeks ago(prior to that I was at a wedding, wearing 5inch heels) and with a bit of stretching it went away. I had no swelling or redness, not a burning but a dull pain. Today, I went on a walk and felt like fainting at every step I took. So I hurried home, I felt like I was burning up, measured my temp and it was 36.6°C. Since a similar situation happened to me few years ago, I got ECG and Chest X-Ray then, as well as a CBC. The only thing that was wrong was that they found scoliosis which they told me caused me to get short of breath. I am 18F, underweight but working on it and 178cms tall. When I was younger I would frequently go to a cardiologist for a checkup(mostly echos and ECGs), because I had a heart murmur that turned out to be harmless and I was free to stop going after some time, my murmur was gone. I have GERD. I also suffer from anxiety. I am planning to get blood work done tomorrow, as well as a X-Ray and a ECG. I am just really scared, although I am young, it doesn't mean I can't be a victim of such thing. I heard it can happen to anyone really. I have no pre-existing diseases that would put me at a higher risk for it. My BP was always normal when I went to the docs. I am so damn scared and I feel like it's impacting my relationships. I cannot bring myself to go and hang out with my friends, I feel like I am jeopardizing my relationship with my gf cuz I can barely answer her videocalls. She tells me she understands but still I cannot help but to feel super guilty, we are in a LDR. Is anyone else going through this?
18M Debilitating anxiety now about colon cancer. Feels like I need to do a poo all the time. Thin poos. Occasionally have abdominal discomfort. This lasts about 4 days at a time then I’m fine for a week or two then it comes back. What is wrong with me
This strongly sounds like IBS. Whenever I get anxious, I also feel a frequent urge to poop and have discomfort. You also don’t mention blood in stool which is a good sign it’s likely not cancer. It’s extremely unlikely at your age this is colon cancer, but I would talk to your doctor about it
NEED HELP WITH A THERAPIST
Hello everyone. I live in NY and am looking for a
therapist or psychologist who specializes in
health anxiety for virtual treatment. I have had
really bad luck w therapists in the past (mostly
social workers). My case is very severe and none
of them can seem to help me. Medications are
making my condition worse so I really need some
Thanks in advance!!
i'm so scared i know it's probably just a cold or flu because i work outside a lot and also slept with the window open the other night and it was kind of chilly but fuck i'm so scared it's covid again or even just a flu that will somehow kill me. i will need to go to bed soon but i can't calm down. i'm so scared of dying. i'm near tears and i don't know what to do. i feel so bad. please someone help
Why not just take a Covid test? That always helps to calm me down.
Feel like I’m going to die still. I woke up at 3 this morning and had a good workout. Went to work and my stomach problems started again. The only thing going through my brain is bowel obstruction. Currently sitting in line to get my kids from school. I don’t want to die like this.
I do have a therapy seesion tomorrow. Hoping to make it until then.
Welcome to September
Still in pain dog.
Still alive dog
I’m in so much pain still. Might go back to the dr. I am headed to my first therapy appointment now.
Did it help?
Well it was the first one. Just asked a bunch of questions and will develop a strategy I will go back in 2 weeks
How can you have a bowel obstruction AND diarrhea?
Haven’t passed a bowel movement in a few days now.
Last year I(24M) got my blood pressure measured by a friend at home(not medically trained at all but we followed instructions) and i got an incredibly low 93/43. Now i wonder if it's possible to have such a low reading without ever having symptoms other than some lightheadedness when quickly getting up after bending down for a long time or stuff like that.
Were the measurements incorrect? Tomorrow i have a medical exam for my new job and I'm scared shitless they're gonna find something
Low blood pressure is normal in young adults. I’m 35 and my BP is 100/60. I’m sure that reading wasn’t perfectly correct especially by someone not medically trained. I’ve been working as a PA for 15 years and it took me a while to get good at reading BP. If you are not fainting or severely dizzy you’re fine. Also low BP is much better than high BP!
Thanks for your reply, appreciate it!
It's just that i fear i won't be able to get the job(that i really hope i get) due to low blood pressure or something else even tho I feel fine
I do health medicals all the time and I’ve never in 15 years had someone not get a job due to low blood pressure 😂 really don’t worry about it unless you’re applying to NASA or secret service 😂😂😂
That really helps, thank you very much!
Yeah i sound insane i know, but anxiety am i right?😅
Oh yea! Trust me I get it 😭😭😭
I did blood and urine testing and no medical lol so i was worrying about nothing lmao
Everything is ok but they forgot to make the urine exam the one that looks for drugs so i have to take it again tomorrow 😅 but at least i got a free blood and urine exam so I'll be at peace for a while
Nice!! Congrats. Worrying about nothing seems to be the theme of my life 😂
For one I would just like to say I fucking hate this sun for making this stupid mega thread because no one ever fucking replies.
I’ve had literally like a 1 inch long lymph node that it somewhat hard in my groin for *at least* 7 years. When I was a kid I got UTIs all the time or at least I think I did, they were never diagnosed. I’m 20 now and I only noticed this lymph node at 13. This thing is huge and occasionally it aches, like it does now around my period. You can see it protrude when I lay back. I fucking hate this thing but I don’t have the money to go to the doctors. I’m falling apart. I was the boy who cried wolf a couple of months ago. I went to the derm when I didn’t need it, I went to the ent to get shitty useless advice. Now my throat is worst than ever, I think I need a surgery. I literally have some random fucking new skin growth on my arm and now this lymph node is scaring the shit out of me. I’m so goddamn annoyed, I have decent insurance but it’s my parents.
If it's been there for that long without any ill effects I don't think you need to worry about it.
Haven’t posted in a while and have been doing good but today is feeling really hard. I have to fast/all liquid diet for a colonoscopy and endoscopy tomorrow. I know I’m anxious about that. It’s feeling hard to breathe and like there’s something stuck in my throat and I’m my chest. It feels heavy and is making me feel like I can’t get a good breath. Im feeling panicky and am not sure how to get over it. Im listening to the DARE app and it’s helping because im 99% sure these feelings are anxiety, but it’s such a physical presence that im having a hard time moving on. Every time I swallow im aware of my throat and my chest. Im hoping someone has felt this before and can offer some wisdom. 😔😩
All of those symptoms seem VERY much like anxiety. Try to breathe and do what you can to feel calm.
Thank you 🤗
For most of my life, I feel like colds/flus and especially sinus infections knock me down more than most. Right now I'm on my 7th day of symptoms and my 5th day of missing work. I've taken two COVID rapid tests that have come back negative (PCR test results are expected back today), but even before COVID I usually get something like this about twice a year. Is it uncommon to be sick this long? I asked my doctor about it a couple of days ago and he said there wasn't really anything to do. I'm 36, don't smoke, and don't have any underlying health conditions. Just wondering how long everyone is down for when they get a respiratory infection, and how often they get them.
When I had covid i had to quarantine for 10 days and I was sick all the way up until the 10th day and even after that I wasn’t feeling 100% like myself for a couple weeks after that. It’s very common to be sick for that long. Covid is a nasty virus and it takes time for our bodies to heal itself from it
Anxiety following me everywhere!
I’ve been so health anxious lately. I don’t know why, really. Just today I was at the mechanic shop getting an inspection and I noticed my car running in the garage while I was in the connecting office. I asked the front desk woman about it and she very nonchalantly told me that they have to run the engine to do an inspection. The garage doors were closed so I’m sure they have some sort of ventilation system, but it’s so hard to put trust in random people when I have this illness telling me that I’m going to get sick at any minute from anything. Now I’m worried about carbon monoxide. It’s tiring. I was only in the office for like 5 minutes and I have no idea how long my car was running for anyway.
Just think about the lady who sits there all day long. She’s alive and well and spend at least 8 hours there a day as do the mechanics and they are fine. How would 5 minutes harm you if they are all ok?
Does anyone else feel extreme shame for your HA?
I had a huge weeks long paranoia about an issue I had that turned out to be nothing.
My partner was so unbelievably supportive through the whole thing.
Through all my fear and paranoia I realized how shameful I feel feeling and acting this way. As well as being so powerless to it.
I get that too and find myself thanking/apologizing to my partner for "putting up" with me. You're definitely not alone.
I have a headache. I don't know why but all I'm thinking about is that I have an aneurysm or a brain abcess 😭
I am a neurology PA for 15 years. I specialize in migraines. I’ve sent over 10000 people for brain MRI in my life. Literally ONE of them came back abnormal and that person had severe symptoms where they couldn’t even walk straight.
That being said, I also suffer from severe health anxiety so when I started to have migraines I went for MRI and guess what… it was NORMAL😁 stop stressing. Brain tumors cause a lot more symptoms than just headaches
Just wanted to say I found this really helpful. My mom had brain cancer so it's hard to remember just how legitimately rare it is vs. how common headaches are.
Sorry about your mom 😭 but glad it helped. Every single patient came in convinced they have a tumor and literally none of them ever did.
Sounds like you're having some anxiety. Heart issues are extremely uncommon in people your age. If these physical symptoms persist, remind yourself that your anxiety is just playing tricks on you. It's not going to kill you.
Also, for anxiety related to heart health, this post might calm your nerves: https://old.reddit.com/r/HealthAnxiety/comments/bimyyl/for_people_with_heart_health_anxiety/
For sure. And if these symptoms persist, see your doctor. My doctor pointed me towards a great therapist who is helping me work through my own mental health problems.
By that I meant that you should see your doctor. Your heart will be absolutely fine. Your doctor can point you towards some good therapists. They might also want to do blood work to make sure you're not deficient in anything.
And just a reminder, you're going to be perfectly fine. None of this stuff is fatal. Anxiety can't kill you.
Highly unlikely. Please have a look at that post I linked you. It can help ease some of your worries. If your worries persist then your doctor can put your mind at ease. In the meantime, try to do a few things you enjoy. Take your mind off it. You'll be okay.
Hey 16(m) here for the past 8 weeks I've been having such bad anxiety and panic attacks when it comes to things like the big c or just anything in general.
About 5 weeks ago I started having symptoms like shortness of breath (like I couldn't get a good deep breath at all) then I started to have these random chest and back pains and they would be dull and sharp sometimes then I started to have stool problems they would be loose and broken apart and come out fast or they would be normal at times. Then i started to feel around my body for lumps i found what i think is a swollen lymph node under my jawline. So, obviously, I've been freaking out about all these things for the past 4 to 5 weeks non stop to the point where I've diagnosed myself with brain c, leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic c, lung c, colon c, sarcoma, stomach c, etc etc. But man I just really want this to stop I feel like I'm not real at times I'm constantly monitoring myself from the point to where i wake up and up to the point till i sleep. I sleep but I don't feel like I've had enough, I'm starting to notice bags under my eyes, and hair loss. Now the thing is I don't know if these things I'm experiencing are anxiety/stress or something else.
scared about taking zoloft
i didn't start my dosage yet. my doctor prescribed me 50mg, and to start off with 25mg for a week, then do the 50mg. im a small person. im about 105~ lbs and im only 4'11". im terrified that since im a small person it might affect me badly and that i'll have to go to the emergency room or something or that i'll die. im scared. my health anxiety has been severe i've been feeling sick all day about taking the pill tomorrow morning. idk what to do. im also worried that my anxiety will affect how the pill affects me when i take it. i have so many worries, idk i'm scared because of the horror stories that i've heard too. i've been on citalopram before but i stopped due to anxiety from the medication. i wanted to try to start again with zoloft since i also suffer with bad ocd, anxiety, and depression.
can someone please help reassure me i feel like i'm gonna be putting poison in my body or something
i'm also on buspirone so i'm scared about serotonin syndrome also happening. doc said to keep taking buspar but i still obviously have my doubts from my severe health anxiety. i'm so stressed out.
I miss my grandma. More like a mom to me than a grandma. She raised me and showed me affection. She was my best friend. She got diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, from fatty liver disease and for 8 years i watched her pass away slowly. Its a very scary disease to have. I took care of her as best as I could. And when she would have a panic attack about her state of health i would calm her down as best as i could. I literally watched her get weaker and weaker and when she died I was holding her hand.
Im terrified of dying that way. I’m so worried about my health everyday that its ruining my life.
I’m so sorry about your grandma, I know how precious they are. My granny who raised me and love very dearly was recently diagnosed with leukemia and this is the hardest thing I ever endured in my life, all the blood work shows that the treatment is working but seeing the toll the chemo is taking on her body and mind is too much for me to handle. I hate seeing her sick or be in pain. Doesn’t help that I worry myself sick about my own health. I wish I had something encouraging to say, all I can do is empathize with you.
head is pulsing after covid booster + meningitis shot? is this normal? it’s not constant but every time i move my head throbs. no pain. just feel woozy. should i be worried? i also started an anti anxiety medication today as well
Hello everyone. So I've been having heartburn for two days now. Causing severe pain in my center near the right of my chest. I'm worried it's a heart attack. I take acid reflux medication. Pantoprazole. It helped in the morning but happened again later tonight. The pain subsided on its own so just Incase i took some antacids and that seemed to make me feel better for a few hours. But now I feel weird again. Am I overthinking??
TW: Cancer, blood clots
Hey, so I just broke down with my mom because I think I have advanced skin cancer. I've been a hypochondriac for a few months and one of the things I actually did to improve it, after freaking out over blood clots, was start going for regular walks. But in my tunnel vision, I never really wore sunscreen. Well, things got better and my health anxiety was pretty much gone for a couple months. I visited Texas -and didn't wear sunscreen again- and so on.
Flash forward to this month. My grandfather just passed and that precipitated a return of my health anxiety. Starting with lymphoma cause I had an ache in the shoulder one night drinking alcohol. I've not reproduced it, so I think I'm fine. But then I worried about every other kind of cancer. Recently I've noticed a bunch of red spots on my arms and chest. Cherry angioma? Simultaneously, I started noticing chest aches -which actually started way back several months back so maybe no connection, but they've been more noticeable since. And it's felt like my throat has been closed up, mucusy. Maybe allergies? I had daily panic attacks, but none of that compares to today's terror.
I found a weird blotch on the bottom of my foot. My other foot already had one which I didn't worry to much about, but this new one is orangish. I've talked to my aunt who's a nurse and my grandma who is a podiatrist, and the latter isn't really worried, but thinks I should keep an eye on it.
But tonight, just about an hour ago, I found lymph nodes in my left armpit and left leg. Maybe in misfelt? Maybe those were muscles? Maybe it is allergies or covid causing them to swell, or they've been swollen a while? Who knows ... all I know is I'm scared, and I know what I think.
Update: there is a free skin cancer screening in my area next Saturday. I'm going, so at least I will get as accurate help as possible for the two feet blotches and every other spot or speck on my skin! Suggestion for those worried about skin cancer, check your area for free screenings. I'd even recommend that for those who aren't health anxious, as it's a good and easy way to stay healthy in that department.
This absolutely does not sound like skin cancer to me. But also everyone should be seeing a dermatologist annually for skin checkups! So schedule that and get back in the habit of wearing sunscreen. But I don't think you have anything to feel panicked about. (BTW you can make your lymph nodes swell by poking at them! I've done it and totally flipped out about it. And then when I stopped "checking them" 100 times a day they stopped being swollen)
Thank you for the response. I've been doing a bit better. My aunt who is a nurse isn't worried about the nodes or this weird feeling in my neck that might he swollen. The latter isn't obvious and I might just be feeling extra fat or muscle.
Everyone has swollen lymph nodes sometimes, don’t worry about it, don’t google what makes a cancerous lymph node as you are probably gonna have some symptom matching, for example hard or not painful lymph nodes.
You can have hard and non painful lymph nodes that aren’t movable and it’s still not cancer that was the case for me the doctor told me that because the lymph node was on top of some kind of bone stuff they felt hard and non movable.
The main thing to look out to is size, i know google says 1.5cm but in reality cancerous lymphnodes are bigger than that.
Maybe the size of a golfball or like 4cm and in combination with not movable, don’t trust me 100% here.
Lymph nodes doesn’t always go down in size, and if you felt them in your groin chances are you are gonna find more there.
I’m not a doctor but google really doesn’t help here as everyone has swollen lymph nodes, they are a sign of a working immune defense.
Fellow HA suferrers, put some sense into my head
So firstly, since past trauma, I have been suffering with HA related to cancer, every time there is the tiniest possibility of it I stop functioning and am a nervous wreck. Right now it is about my 1 year old who has un unexplained white patch on his tongue. His dentist said it might be caused by trauma and to wait 2 weeks. If it does not clear in 2 weeks we will be referred to a specialist and possibly a biopsy.
Of course, I have lost my mind upon hearing this and Googled like crazy for possibilities of oral cancer in very young children. Although I couldn't find anywhere on the Internet not even one case, I am still incredibly anxious, can't work, can't eat etc. Please help :(
Could it just be thrush?
No, it is not thrush :(
TW: cancer, tonsils
>Hi, first time caller.
Ever since I can remember, my left tonsil has been larger than my right. Any time I get a viral infection, my right tonsil blows up like a balloon and I get lymph node swelling below the ear on that side.
I have not thought anything of it in my life, really, but about two weeks ago I got a minor cold that resolved quickly and mildly. Fast forward two weeks, and I have the same again.
It could be coincidence, but I’m stressed that it isn’t. To go from getting sick maybe once a year to twice in the span of 4 weeks seems…odd. And the swelling seems worse than usually. I ruled out lymphoma in my mind (lol), but I’m concerned I might have to have a tonsillectomy. I have heard that this is one of the most painful of the “common” surgeries, and I’m a wimp when it comes to any sort of throat pain. Felt good to write that down.<
No advice but dealing with the same thing, right has always been bigger than left. I've had tonsillitis 4 times this year going to see the ENT this afternoon. Really will do everything I can to avoid having them removed if possible.. but having this happen every couple of months is a real bummer.
I had gone through extreme health anxiety about 2 years ago now at this point. I went to therapy and got on medication and felt better, but it was never completely gone. For about a month now, I’ve been having a major relapse. I am a recently turned 18 male, and I am convinced I have some sort of problem with my heart. I think it’s either artery blockages or an AAA. This is due to a constant pressure feeling in my upper stomach and limb pain. I’m sore all the time for seemingly no reason. My heart seems to beat way too fast for the level of activity I am engaging in, and I can feel it so much of the time. It feels like it shakes my body. For context, I went to the cardiologist about a year ago, and they did an EKG, Echo, and halter monitor, and everything came out okay. I’m convinced that it’s possible for these things to change within a year, but those around me say otherwise. I’m sick of tired of feeling sick and tired, and I can’t seem to convince myself I am okay. I get frustrated when I do the things that are supposed to help (exercising, eating better, etc.) and I feel the same. It convinces me that this is a real physical problem. Please help.
Anyone have horrible health anxiety while pregnant? I'm terrified that something will happen to the baby that will cause a birth defect. I think about it every day.
For example, yesterday I went to the beach with my kids. There was a tractor raking sand all around the beach for an hour behind us. It was pretty dusty but we managed since we were having fun building sand castles and didn't think much of it Now here I am thinking about all of the nasty things that were in the sand, like the tons of seagull poop and maybe even mouse or bat poop (there's a forest with bats houses near the beach).
Here I am wondering if I caught a virus or inhaled bacteria that could cause deformities. 😭 Help.
I had health anxiety a few times while pregnant (I was convinced the baby had a neural tube defect once, and towards the end got really in my head about reduced movement). But he's here now and he's healthy and it was just anxiety without any basis.
Thanks for replying. I know I shouldn't worry about everything.
I have a hard time because the things I'm afraid of are real risks. Animal poop can cause birth defects. So my fears aren't completely unjustified. It's just hard because I won't know for another 7.5 more months or longer if my baby is ok. ☹️
You were just being out in nature. I think the risks you're thinking of would be like... cleaning out an animal enclosure/litter box or interacting directly with animal feces. I hear what you're saying that there is animal feces in sand but there's also animal feces like... everywhere else outdoors and the concentrations have to be tiny. Pregnant women garden and interact with animals (and use leaf blowers!) all the time without ill effect. Anyway just my two cents in case it helps.
I didn't think about the leaf blowers. Yes that definitely helps reassure me. I'm a very fact-based person so that's really helpful.
I imagine the amount I would breathe in would be relevant. I wasn't right next to the tractor, but it was behind us and the wind was blowing towards us and we were there for an hour. So who knows how much I breathed in, but maybe it's not so bad. I wonder how far a virus can travel through the air...
Hopefully it's like COVID - you need to be exposed to a certain amount before you get sick.
im suffering from health anxiety, since im still in school i've been on summer break but I haven't left my home in quite some times (maybe 2 weeks or more, i cant recall.) I sometimes go out with my friends but its not often, can staying at home alone trigger/worsen health anxiety and if so what should I do to reduce this? im honestly so tired of being paranoid about this all day, everyday.
Does anyone else worry about dying in their sleep? Like yah i know it’s a peaceful way to die and you wouldnt know. But the thing is. Not knowing that i died is scary to me and this is the second time I haven’t slept within 24 hours. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to overcome this?
Hi! I also deal with this and it's making the process of going to bed incredibly hard lately... I don't want to go into details about the stuff I think or do in case it triggers more anxiety for you :c but the only thing that helps (even if it sometimes takes hours) is just closing my eyes and try to think about things that distract me, like: imagining what I would do if I won the lottery, what I would do if I travelled, or just imagine a reality in which anxiety doesn't control 99% of my life. Or it can also be about other things!! like your favorite tv show, book characters, etc. Just about anything that could potentially distract you enough to trick your brain into sleeping and dreaming..
Wow thank you so much for these suggestions, I find them really creative ! I hope you’re also able to overcome ur anxiety with this as well!:)
I can't tell if my cold feet are due to poor circulation, anxiety, or just them being cold (even if it's +30 Celsius outside lol)
I have this at times and it's usually my anxiety being weird. It'll go away.
Been feeling this for months now. It’s a feeling of nausea, but felt in my throat (between collar bone). It’s like my throat is constantly tight. This “nausea” feeling is worse shortly after waking up, but can come in waves throughout the day. I can swallow just fine, so no difficulty swallowing. Idk if this would also cause my shortness of breath too, but it’s driving me nuts. Anyone have an explanation for this?
This sounds like GERD or acid reflux. NAD but I had this exact same thing happen to me and it got bad to the point where I rushed to urgent care. Only to find out I have acid reflux which then was later diagnosed as GERD. Try a PPI medication, you can get them at a local drugstore, Walmart, etc. I take Omeprazole and it has helped me drastically.
I’ll look into that. Thank you so much
Of course! I hope this helps and you get some peace of mind! Let me know if it ends up helping you :)
Will do thank you so much!
This sounds a lot like acid reflux. It's your stomach overproducing acid if you eat certain foods.
I’m not a doctor but this is exactly what it sounds like.
I feel this everyday. Sometimes lasting the whole day. Could reflux really last that long? It also comes in waves throughout the day. I notice I tense up my throat a lot. Like I constantly tense my Adam’s apple and notice my throat feeling tight from this. Then the nausea feeling comes as well. So i don’t know if that tension could contribute to feeling this. But I will definitely bring up the possibility of reflux in my next appointment coming up next month. Thank you
Reflux comes and goes but for some, it can be chronic. It can be remedied with diet changes.
Try not to tense your throat too much. It's likely making that whole area more sore and making you more aware of the discomfort. It's not going to kill you. Just be aware, anxiety can make reflux worse. If it keeps bothering you then maybe talk to your doctor.
I appreciate your time to respond! Thank you!
Ive had my health anxiety pretty under control for a long time. Recently I started having chronic migraine which has triggered my health anxiety again.. yesterday I found out about a thing called SADS unintentionally and have been so so anxious about it ever since cause I have heart arrhythmias. Now I can’t stop worrying that every little thing is going to cause me to pass because of SADS. I know it’s unlikely and I need to not worry and haven’t even been diagnosed with it but I can’t help it and I am just spiralling. I don’t know how to calm myself or just forget about it
I am angry with myself … again.
Visited the doctor’s practice for some legitimate issue. Getting tests and remaining optimistic, symptoms are fading away, possibly something very mild and non lasting, great! The visit gave me peace of mind until I found a new “symptom” to fixate myself on— say I jumped from “having one disease to an unrelated one” in the span of 6 hours… why I am like this? I just wanna enjoy my time here, address any symptoms responsibly and if there are any issues face them head on, why is that I am consumed in fear, so coward, so time wasting when there is too much to be thankful for…
Why am I like this? :’-(
Scared of pancreatic cancer, I’ve had back pain now for like a week and it feels like it’s not getting any better.
I've been anxious about this before too (and was fine)
Yeah I’ve had this scare before but I’ve just had the back pain for longer now so I’m kinda freaking out.
Don't stop taking the medicine. If it's freaking you out that much that you're considering stopping I'm the middle of the course, see the doctor again. But if you wouldn't have noticed anything serious without reading the side effects, I think you're probably just anxious.
lingering chest pain after panic attack
Hi everyone my health anxiety has bought me to Reddit. One week ago I had the worst panic attack ever I convinced myself I had a blood clot and took myself to the hospital (how embarrassing). They told me my ECG was fine and that I was having a heart attack. It was the worst thing I have ever experienced, my heart rate was 147 and they gave me a paper bag to breathe in after my heart rate came down my ECG came back normal.
However this is a week later and I am having trouble swallowing (food and drink is fine) like something is stuck in my chest (like when you swallow a tablet and it doesn't go down properly) and still have chest pain like my chest is stuck especially when breathing in I sometimes get a sharp hollow feeling in the centre of my chest and my shoulder. I just need some reassurance because I just don't know what to do anymore. I am so scared to do anything and when I feel the chest pain it really sends me into a horrible spiral. When I take a deep deep breath in it feels fine but sometimes when I am breathing normally and not thinking about anything that makes me anxious I can feel it. I just don't want to feel like this anymore.
You might have acid reflux. I do get pretty weird pains after a bad panic attack or when I have anxiety bad. I too get scared and nervous just like you whenever I feel any little pain in my chest. I would see a doctor and just have them give you a check up for some peace of mind. I know it’s nerve wracking going to the doctor but trust me it will be a huge relief to know your okay and if your not you will get the help you need. Hope you feel better and figure out what’s bothering you!
Throat issues like that can definitely be an anxiety symptom — I get that a lot when my anxiety is higher than usual.
I'm on this online system where the lab sends any tests as they become available. Sometimes my doctor has seen them and sometimes not. Also, if I have multiple tests, they don't all come at once. They just appear randomly one at a time. This puts me on edge for days as I could get a message to see results at any time. If I see anything off, I end up Googling possible scenarios for 3 hours and am completely derailed from my work/day/family.
How do you handle this situation? Do you ask the doctor to call you with results instead of releasing them? I keep panicking.
At this point I can't even look at them. I delete the emails right away and wait until my actual follow up appt to hear the results. It has helped for me.
I was once like this but i recovered from it .the best thing helped me was the book the power of now u must consider it 😊🙏 hoping for best of all of u and i m back no more health anxiety.
I saw on the news Someone in my town had an AVM rupture yesterday and I've convinced myself I'm going to have one 😭
Currently panicking as I had a pain in the upper right side of my back, leading to thoughts of >! Blood clots !< which I am worried about after flying long haul last week. That’s triggered me to think I can’t breath, which triggered a full blown panic attack. When does it end 😞😩
Help… in 2 weeks I’ve had stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and now I’m afraid of lymphoma…
I’m sorry, I understand that spiral of thinking I have many different cancers. I wish I had advice but know you’re not alone
Heh, I’m trying to see the good part of it. i work as a teacher and everyone is stressed with the beginning of the new year - they are mad that the timetable is like this and like that, that they didn’t get that one class and got the other one instead. Here I am super chill like: dudes I’ve had colon, stomach, breasts, womb cancer, melanoma and lymphoma all in one week. When you are checking your lymph nodes every 3 hours thinking you might have lymphoma and how are you gonna fix that, a messed up timetable is a very minor problem.
Does anyone struggle with the fear of choking?
A few months ago, before my HA was even a thing. I choked on my lunch in the office, in front of my boss. It was a truly terrifying and quite embarrassing experience. But I really thought I was going to die that day.
Now having HA, I get panic attacks while I eat lunch but ONLY when I am at the office in the week. It gets so bad that no matter how hungry I am, I cannot continue eating after a few bites because my throat feels so tight. I feel like every bite I take might make me choke. It has become so hard to eat at work that I often just avoid it. I tend to physically be unable to swallow my food sometimes which makes me freak out, spikes my heart rate and makes me overall have some kind of panic attack.
Has anyone ever experienced this sensation before? And if so, how have you overcome it?
And just accept that some days will be harder than others. And that’s ok x
All the time! I struggle more in restaurants.
It’s one of these that you have to train your brain to forget about. Maybe try eating softer foods and distract your mind At meal times with tv, books, conversation. Chop your food really small if it helps. You’ve got to try and help your brain in to thinking this is and will be ok xx
hey everyone, does anyone know if getting diagnosed with HA will stay on a record which other doctors can see? Heard of people getting bias treatment once doctors knew they had HA
Mine was noted as anxiety (although it’s always been health anxiety) since I was 13/14 and I’ve never noticed a difference in treatment. I’m now 28.
I have to wait 2 months before I can see my PCP so I can ask for a referral to a cardiologist, and then I'll probably have to wait even longer after to see the cardiologist. I don't think I can make it.
Every single day the only thing on my mind is my heart, I'm terrified to even move as it increases my heart rate. I've stopped doing anything fun and I barely eat.
Is there any way I can get to a cardiologist more quickly?
i banged my head lightly and now i’m convinced i have a concussion that’s gonna kill me in my sleep. or give me a sizeure later. please help me i am so fucking sick of this disease im exhausted, i feel dizzy and did the balance test in my room and took pics to try to check the size of my pupils. i’m all alone now in an apartment in a new city so i’m scared of dying and nobody finding me. please please please pray for me
Sounds similar to what I went through a while back. New city, hypochondria overdrive, scared of sleeping due to possibly dying.
If you need someone to talk to, I am free to chat on discord. Yochannan#7389
Haven’t been through that myself, but I believe that if you had a brain tumor able to cause vision problems, your head would had hurt by now…
Been dealing with what I think is a sinus infection the past 2 weeks. I’m mostly all better but now I’m waking up with a slightly swollen-feeling cheek on one side with low pain around my jaw and cheek. I know it’s probably due to the sinus infection but it’s been almost two weeks and my mind is yelling “tooth abscess” even though my teeth themselves don’t hurt and it’s more like TMJ. When I press against my cheek I can feel pain shoot up my temple, but when I press against my gums I don’t feel anything…just need to keep telling myself it’s sinus/tmj related and nothing more…
Yes I have this now. I think it's just the anxiety itself causing it. I don't get them when I'm really occupied/busy/distracted.
I originally asked this question in r/Anxietyhelp but only one person replied with a solution, and it only helped for around 5 minutes.
For context, I have a 13-year-old daughter, and she suffers from Anxiety. Yesterday around 3am she started having an anxiety attack, so I gave her some of her anxiety medication which did not help at all. She was complaining about extreme chest pain, nausea, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, and more of the like. (These aren't any new symptoms, pretty average for her anxiety attacks). But most of the things I tried doing that usually calm her down weren't working, and she said that she'd just lay in bed and let me know if it gets worse.I went to the kitchen because I assumed she needed some time alone, and around 30 minutes later she came to me telling me she threw up, and as she was telling me about it she threw up again. I cleaned it up and told her that I’d take her to a doctor as soon as her brother went off to school and the maid arrived, (I manage a guesthouse and am not allowed to leave until we have someone to supervise). The maid would only arrive around 8 am and at this point it was around 6am, my daughter sat on one of the kitchen stools and kept groaning from the pain.As soon as the maid arrived I took my daughter to the doctor none of the doctors were in yet, so I took her to the only pharmacy in town that also had a doctor, at this point it was around 9am. The doctor didn’t get to see us because the optometrist who worked there got confused and thought we were there to see her, but she ended up giving us over-the-counter medication for nausea and anxiety.
We went home and tried the medication but it didn't work, my daughter kept complaining about the pain and eventually fell asleep around 11am, she slept the whole day and would only wake up for small periods of time (less than 5 minutes), but when she finally woke up around 8pm she was still tired as ever, I made dinner so I could give her medication again but she said she wasn’t hungry and had no appetite. I told her that she had to try to eat so I could help her, she took a few bites and complained about being so full she felt nauseous. (this was also the first time she was eating that day)I gave her cold/flu medicine and told her that if she didn’t feel better by today I’d either take her to a doctor or psychiatrist when they opened (which would be around 10am).It's currently 04:35 and she still doesn't feel better, breathing exercises and the 333 method have only worsened the anxiety and melting ice in her hand only worked for a short period of time. She hasn't gone to sleep yet because she's scared she's going to die in her sleep. Is there anything I can do until I can get her to a doctor or psychiatrist?
Edit to add: The reason she's so scared of dying in her sleep is because she thinks her body is shutting down, I have no idea on how she came to this conclusion but it's worsening the problem at the moment
I have had a headache that comes and goes in the same spot for 4 days now. Over the counter meds aren’t helping. I’ve had migraines before but not like this. I have an appointment tomorrow morning but I’ve just been spiraling and i can’t get myself out of the worst case scenario.
Same. A full month of headaches. I see my GP today.
A full month is terrible and I hope you get relief soon. My dr. said possibly musculoskeletal and I got a prescription for a muscle relaxer.
Yeah it sucks. Because sometimes it feels like sinus pressure, and sometimes tension, and sometimes just like pain I can't identify other than "ouch".
Been feeling bloated and burping all day. My mindfulness exercises aren't calming me down. I'm afraid I'm going to be stuck this way forever. Can anyone help? This is super uncomfortable.
Does anyone find that there anxiety is worse first thing in the morning and improves as the day goes on? I find I wake up shaky and anxious and my hands and feet sweat like crazy, then by mid afternoon I’m relatively fine. I’m considering trying some magnesium before bed.
for me it’s the opposite, i wake up okay and slowly get worse until night when it’s at its peak
I’m sorry to hear that. Do you experience the same symptoms?
not exactly, my anxiety lately has been mostly health anxiety so for example whatever i’m having health anxiety about at the time, is the symptoms i will start to notice. if that makes sense. as well as typical anxiety symptoms
That makes total sense. I also have health anxiety. I will get random muscle twitch’s and it freaks me out.
Mine is horrible in the morning. Shaking, tense, high strung… I hate it.
Thanks for sharing that. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. I hope it improves for you.
I really need someone's advice. So I came down sick almost 3 weeks ago. I didn't start feeling better until about a week ago. I just had a cold or something. But about 3 days ago I noticed I have two swollen lymph nodes in my neck. But I don't have any sign of a sinus infection or pneumonia or any other infection. I feel fine and I have zero symptoms. Although 3 days ago when I first noticed the swollen lymph node it was really painful and it hurt to swallow (the lymph node is the one by my throat) but it doesn't hurt anymore. I have a feeling if I go to the doctor all they're going to do is give me an antibiotic and I can't stand taking them because I'm taken them so many times before and I'm allergic to SO many of them 😩. It's kind of hard to tell if the lymph node is hard or not because I can't tell if it's the skin moving or the lymph node. Obviously I've been thinking about cancer but I really don't know if I should be worried or not. But I also don't want an antibiotic because surely I'd have symptoms if I had an infection 😭 I don't know what to do
Highly unlikely to be cancer. You would likely have other symptoms - weight loss, night sweats, poor appetite, etc.
Extremely, extremely unlikely to be cancer. The lymph nodes in my neck flare up from time to time too, and for no apparent reason.
Worried because last night after a long gaming session, my left side above my abdomen starting hurting but it was dull. My legs have also felt like I've pulled a muscle? No swelling or anything but I just feel ridiculous thinking it's a pulmonary embolism. I feel like I would know if I did?
Could a migraine medication also make stroke pain go away????
So I have massive health anxiety about strokes and having a stroke and also get chronic migraines, which is a terrible combination to have. I got head pain, nausea, and aphasia about an hour/hour and a half ago, typical for some of my migraines, and some clumsiness/trouble typing on my phone keyboard and trouble focusing. Since then have been worrying its a stroke or TIA, and my anxiety is running rampant. I took a migraine abortive for the pain, but I'm worried that it'll take out stroke pain as well and make me not get help I might need.
Would taking pain or migraine meds (Nurtec) would work on stroke pain??? I'm worried I should go to the ER or something but I don't want to keep jumping the gun w emergency care and end up a boy who cried wolf 😭
Anyone here who can help? For the past like 6 to 7 years I've dealt with frequent urination, about once every 2 hours. Like 10 times a day ish. Over the years I've had a few urine and blood/glucose tests but it always says I'm good and not diabetic, and I don't have a thirst problem, I don't get up and pee in the middle of the night although I sometimes wake up early from it. I've wondered if it's anxiety but is it even possibly anxiety if it's been every day of my life for years? I've always been a heavy soda drinker so maybe that contributes. 28M btw.
I pee about every 2 hours and have never thought anything of it or had it mentioned by a doctor. Weirdly when I was pregnant I peed LESS frequently. For me I think it's just awareness of the bladder sensation more than anything.
I had that as a teen and still sometimes as an adult when I'm really stressed. It's anxiety in my opinion.
I've been anxious about my blood pressure for a while, but having my blood pressure taken gives me anxiety. So the readings at the doctor usually come back between 130/80 and 140/90, but idk if those are really reflective of my baseline blood pressure. That makes it kind of tough because I'm not sure if I need to find some kind of treatment for high blood pressure, or if it's just my anxiety being a bitch. Has anybody else experienced this before?
Yeah white coat hypertension. It's cheap to buy a home blood pressure cuff and take your measurements in a calmer environment.
Also I have a fucking lump or some form of hard thing inside by boob under my nipple it both feels like a lump and some hard uneven surface. Great. I'm fucking dying. LOVE my life 🙄. Too scared to go to a fucking doctor because past trauma. Fuck this bullshit. FUCK MY LIFE
Hey y’all. I hope this resonates with someone who either feels the same way or has felt the same way and made it through with a good story to tell.
I’m 33/f and lived alone very briefly when I was 24, and that’s when my death anxiety and panic disorder started. I lived alone for 6 months (albeit in a glorified office room attached to a garage used for coffee roasting) and it was absolutely terrifying and I can’t fathom living alone since. I’ve lived with 2 other people in a home with each bedroom on a different floor, but the nights that neither of them happen to be home are particularly awful anxiety wise. And even sometimes when they are home. Anxiety knows no bounds.
I look at people I know and don’t know who live alone, or travel alone, and it scares the shit out of me to think about myself doing so. I’ve tried therapy, medication, spiritual shit. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be cured, and can’t rely on the dream of finding a partner to share my life and home with.
Anyone have the same or similar experience? :(