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  1. 8 points
    I don't really think it's reassurance folks are seeking here. It cannot be, because after doctors have failed to provide reassurance, how on earth could we achieve what the experts in the field couldn't? I believe people who come to post and rant about their health fears, just want to feel and experience that they are not alone in this horrible state of mind, that there are peeps out there willing enough to spend time listening to them, peeps who KNOW exactly what they are going through. How I see it, it's more about brotherhood than it is about informational relief regarding their very symptoms.
  2. 6 points
    Every time I see the amount of posts on the Health Anxiety forum vs. ALL the other forums combined, I can see that health anxiety is at epidemic proportions. There are 45k posts on this forum. The next closest runner up is GAD forum with a mere 8k TOTAL. This is a forum for helping us all get through the rough days. Coming here to talk about a symptom and seeking constant reassurance does not help anyone. What it does is lead to a dependency of sorts. If 3 or 5 or 11 people say that I'm ok, maybe I'm ok until the next sensation comes. We are not doctors. When in doubt, go to a doctor to know why that headache , that rash, that tingling in the throat , ear, chest or eye is happening. We cannot tell you. I would recommend re reading every single morning the ' 100 symptoms of anxiety' post at the top of the forum. It's posted several places so it can be easily found. When someone tells me daily the same symptom and what if it's XYZ disease ( that they've been cleared for by doctors numerous times) , my response is ' what are you doing ABOUT it? ' If the only thing you are doing is rehashing google ' facts' and in a constant mode of needing daily or hourly reassurances that you don't have XYZ disease, then you, my friend, are not getting better and in fact may be getting worse. This is not a HEALTH forum. This is a MENTAL HEALTH forum. The very reason you're posting on this particular site is because you must KNOW your problems are mental and not physical. So that being said, what are you doing about it? Are you seeking HELP for your thinking problem ? Or are you merely seeking assurance that you don't have a physical problem? You cannot make positive steps to improve your mental health while constantly focusing on the physical body. And if you want to debate me and say ' if I only had this mri or that blood test or this one thing would go away or one doctor would tell me I don't have xyz disease', I have news for you. That will never happen. I have seen time and time again the long awaited Test results come back fine and the very next DAY the person then moves on to a new disease with a different body part and starts to focus on that one instead OR they don't believe the test is accurate or the doctor is knowledgeable. It's a loop. It's a never ending loop. You cannot have enough clear tests to relieve your mind. Another thing is the fear of afterlife may be where the problem is. If you fear a big , gloomy, scary afterlife then figure out WHY you fear that. What in your belief system makes you think that after life , we have a worse fate awaiting? Coming to terms with the circle of life and all it entails may bring you more peace than that MRI, colonoscopy, ekg, etc.
  3. 5 points
    Hello all-- I went to the oncologist yesterday to get blood work done, and everything came back normal! Thank you for your support.
  4. 4 points
    When my first wife left me I was very upset and cried a bit. We had just got back from vacation in Toronto and as she was handing me my dinner plate, she said, by the way, I am leaving you. Talk about a bolt out of the blue. She stayed a while and I finally said, you have to leave. So on a Sunday I left our apartment while she moved. When I came home, the whole apartment was cleaned out except for the kitchen set and the living room sofa, which money was still owed on. The first thing I did was to get a roll a way bed to sleep on from a rent-a-center, then I went to buy a TV and then I bought a bedroom set. Like I said earlier, it will be bothersome at first, but time will heal all wounds and you will meet someone new and better for you. Try to remember, if I can do it, so can you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. 4 points
    Well you can't block it, you accept it. Anxiety takes full advantage of that fear you feel when you hear of someone else's misfortune. It uses it to throw fearful thoughts your way. Anxiety creates a fictitious link between the celebrity and yourself, like their illness will somehow transfer itself to you. It's anticipatory and catasrophising, anxieties favourite flavours. So you hear about the illness and superimpose their symptoms onto you then calculate how you would feel, then go in to analysis about the likelihoods etc. Normal anxious response right? The fear response comes from reaction to the initial "oh no, i may get the same condition".. That's the point the roller-coaster starts so it's also the point in which you throw in some rationality like "I'm reacting to fearful thoughts and they mean nothing". At the same time, visualise the thought and let it move on WITHOUT your reaction. You don't need to react to it, your reaction is a choice, not a necessity. So that is the area that you can work on is to simply accept that yes, this person has been taken ill and it's horrible but no, it cannot link to you in some way.
  6. 4 points
    Pancreatic cancer hallmark is not pain. It's jaundice, sudden diabetes, very fast weight loss. At your age the odds you winning the lottery are higher than you coming down with p. cancer.
  7. 3 points
    Ok, well, looking at the facts as i understand them. So far, there has been no evidence whatsoever of MS with only one test left to do to entirely rule it out. This test is only ever performed to patients with more progressive symptoms and positive evidence gathered from other tests. So then input the probability of this being MS against other back issues and inflammatory causes and you're looking at really really low probability. I doubt your anxiety is going to let go of the spinal chord scan as that is where all the fear is pointing at the moment and you're mindset is locked on to it. Having MS throughout my family and through the experiences i have seen and what i've learnt, i highly doubt that your symptoms are MS causal.
  8. 3 points
    I am not sure if this is related, but I will mention it anyway. In 1998, I was driving back from a client in Frederick Maryland back to my house in Pikesville Maryland. The weather was clear and the roads were dry. I was driving a 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix. A car suddenly stopped in front of me on Route 70 East and I swerved to the left to avoid hitting him and I went onto the grassy area which seperated the interstate. I was going at a high rate of speed and lost control of my car. There was a pickup truck parked in the turnaround area and I headed toward him at around I guess 50 MPH or so. I tried to stop but could not. Before the impact, I saw my life as a child up to the then present time pass in front of me and I thought this was the end of my life. The impact was severe and my car was totalled, but I got out with just an aching neck and back and I was OK. The truck I hit was also OK and so was the person in it. I really don't know what kind of experience to call this, but it sure was weird to see my life pass before my eyes and I was fully cognizant of my surroundings.
  9. 3 points
    QUICK UPDATED - EVERYTHING WENT WELL... SUPER AMAZING DOCTOR.... Told me headaches come from neck issues and gave trigger point injections. I passed neuro test 100% told me I don't have a brain tumor. Thank you all for your support. I need to move on with my life and actually start enjoying it!!!! I AM SO WORRIED ABOUT DYIENG THAT I'M NOT LIVING
  10. 3 points
    Absolute sense, what you're feeling is automated introspective scanning coming from the subconscious. Your fearful of the feeling so you're asking for a 'status report' as your mind was away from the fear whilst you were preoccupied. You felt nothing whilst occupied which is as much evidence as you can possibly get that proves that what you have is anxiety.
  11. 3 points
    @Mark G and @BrightPhoenix thanks guys! It’s such a hard thing to come out of! And since therapy I’ve learned some techniques but it’s totally a work in progress to get my mind right- anxiety is a hell of a thing to deal with! I have completely stopped googling and have for a few months now since I know nothing good ever comes of it! But this site has always calmed me down and knowing others have the same feelings makes me feel less alone like it really is just anxiety but at the same time maybe i should step away until I can really get ontop it dealing with it all. Thanks so much to all! Hope everyone stays well ☺️
  12. 3 points
    I am new to this forum and I am in your exact boat. I have been worried about ALS for 6 months ever since I had a brother in law diagnosed with it and started having twitches. I posted my story in my intro here. Today was my neurological appointment, and the Dr told me I was the 4th person this week that had presented with severe twitching all over the body and not a single one had ALS. She gave me a complete neurological exam and was told I passed with flying colors. I could have an MRI if I needed for peace of mind but in her professional opinion it was not necessary. She then told me I had something I had never heard of and explained my symptoms (muscle twitching, perceived weakness, trouble finding words (not slurring), fatigue, numbness, etc). Functional Neurological Disorder/Disease - FND. Often brought on by trauma, chronic stress/anxiety, panic attach, or even infection. In short, it is when you have no problem with the hardware in your brain (no tumor, cancer, stroke or structural disease such as MS or ALS) but there is a software problem in the way the brain is sending signals. I have scanned the document I was given below and the website it references. I did a search on this forum and only found 2 posts under FND so not sure how often it is mentioned or known. The big thing is it gave me a real explanation for my symptoms and something to believe in other than all the worse case scenarios I had been imagining in my head. It explains why the twitches don't stop even when I feel calm and why the jerkiness and trouble walking are not just in my head. And the great news is it is very reversible with therapies and other treatment. I encourage research on this and even googling it (yes, finally something positive to google). Having this knowledge helped my symptoms immediately. I hope this helps. Links to the websites in the document: http://www.neurosymptoms.org and http://www.fndhope.org
  13. 3 points
    About 4 years ago just before i found this site, i was absolutely convinced i had MS... completely convinced. My mum has it so when my right leg started to buzz and i couldn't feel the carpet with my bare feet i thought "thats it, this is MS" and the symptoms got worse and worse. I would find myself analysing every footstep for buzzing and numbness and every footstep gave me exactly those symptoms. I went down the rabbit hole to dark places, i contemplated how i would live, what i would do, how long i had left. It was absolutely terrifying. My fear was at an all time high and so were the symptoms. Once on this site and the wonderful advice Jon and others imparted to me, realisations and understanding came in to play and then my eureka moment happened. My fear dissipated and guess what?, my symptoms faded to nothing and even when they appeared every now and then, i couldn't care less about them. Those symptoms were created by my fearful narrative and feedback. When you felt better, the symptoms abated. When your not thinking of the symptoms, they abate also. It's not so much idiopathic as there is an explanation and that explanation is anxiety (exactly as BrightPheonix has said). It's easy to create MS symptoms if your anxiety. You certainly do not have MS
  14. 3 points
    Bejewled; You are deep, deep into the HA rabbit hole. You need to concentrate on treating your anxiety by seeing a mental health expert. Look at all the diseases you've "had" over just the past 1-2 months. You have none of them. As Molly says, like the rest of us you have anxiety. I'd say go get a CBC which would rule out leukemia, but once that happened, you'd be back on to another ailment. Besides, it does no good to rule out by testing/physicians every thing you worry about. My doctor called me a "frequent flyer" a couple of months ago when I was stuck in the muck. Then he got mad at me. Now you it seems are the opposite: avoid doctors. The key (which I also need to master) is to NOT go all the time BUT do go when it's necessary. Then, trust the doctor's diagnosis or lack of same. Bob
  15. 3 points
    Overthinking can be a real curse in anxiety. We hardly ever take things and life at its face value, but have to 'go into it' and find out what happens if the 'What Ifs' are real. If you are intellectual and have an enquiring mind the situation can get worse, because you are even more inclined to overthink. Intellectual people can and do focus their minds on very productive enterprises, and that's how it should be. But they can also focus on the negative and that's when the suffering begins. Under 'Articles' there is a essay on Mindfulness. It's a difficult thing for the Western mind to grasp but it can be of great value if we can practise it. Concentrating on the NOW and not letting our minds wander into speculative projections can help anxiety. Anticipation is a real problem in HA!! Sensitivity also comes into the picture. The vast majority of people with anxiety are kind and caring people. NO? Well look round the site and also ask yourself what you are doing here. It's not just to help yourself, because if you look at it carefully you will realise there is a desire to help others. It's by sharing experiences with those who have been there that we realise we are not alone.
  16. 3 points
    Have you ever noticed that there are some 'favourite' diseases that those with HA come up with. MS. ALS. Heart problems. Blood pressure and, of course, cancer. It's mainly because these complaints are thrust under our noses all the time. Joy made some interesting posts about that recently. When I go to the doctors I am confronted with posters asking if I have certain symptoms. If so get it checked out etc. etc. Years ago there were no such posters so no one got the thought in their minds about possible disease. Now we get it on TV, in newspapers and all over other media outlets. We have become a nation (UK) of health anxiety sufferers. Once we are told we are OK we still don't believe them. This is the difference between those who do not have anxiety and those that do. Once told it's all OK then we should accept that it is so. But that's the nature of the beast. To be doubtful and apprehensive about everything. After a time it becomes a habit which is difficult to break. Our minds have got in a negative mode so all we see is the negative. Someone posted recently that they were alright now because they had the relief of being told they were healthy. Good; fine!! But what happens the next time they feel unwell? The cause of the original problem has not been removed so it could happen all over again. Many have left this site only to return after months or even years having fallen back into the old 'What Ifs'. They have been in a kind of mental remission. The only real answer is ACCEPTANCE. I know!! I flog this one a lot, but it does work given time. It also means that any future disturbance can be dealt with in the same way. Calm acceptance. But, you might say, how can I be calm when I feel so awful? You can if when you feel a symptom or a panic take deep breaths and realise you are being bluffed by feelings that are of no importance. I assume you have been checked out and told you are OK. Nothing will happen at once. It takes time and perseverance. But what's the alternative? While prescribed drugs help they don't cure or show you how to manage your anxiety. If only you could realise that your body is acting in the way it should when confronted by danger; danger you have drummed up and believe in. Short term use of medication and acceptance can work wonders.
  17. 3 points
    I’ve ordered hemp oil from Charlotte’s Web. The wellness shop nearby carries it as well, it’s part of the integrative medicine group for the health care system my doc belongs to, and that’s enough for me to trust it.
  18. 3 points
    Hello Hanna, welcome to AC. I hear you, i've been there myself. I've always been distant socially and at times felt awkward when in a social situations and it's ok to be like that, no one is judging i promise you. Social anxiety stems from the fear of not being accepted (which in turn branches off into other fears ie fear of not being liked etc). Anxiety has it's roots in fear and it's the fear that feeds the anxiety. Insecurity and second guessing 'block' your natural ability to just 'be' because when we relax and let whatever happen, happen, no fear is present and we can talk and socialise normally and freely. The major issues comes from preoccupation and consistent self analysis and your then reaction to the self analysis, this fuels a cycle of "event, analysis, reaction to analysis, fear, introspection, attempt to socialise, event, analysis...." and so on. In all of that time, you spend 99% of it in your own mind. Anxiety can only hold back someone who reacts to the thought of being held back, fearfully. Anxiety needs that fear to thrive. Yes, this can be an issue but don't worry, your in good safe hands here. We will help you through it. Yes and this is being done fearful of the result. This is fighting anxiety and one thing we must not do is fight it (no matter how odd that sounds). Anxiety will always win a pitched battle and will resist back whatever mental energy you put in. The first thing? Deep breath and the drop of the shoulders. I would suspect that usually when you find yourself in a social situation, you follow the same mental patterns of fear. You preplan what your going to say then stumble and trip over your words etc. The thing to practice is to not get involved with the introspective, fearful thought. To let the thought go and instead engage with what is being said. You fluff a word? so what, everyone does that. You fear that they are judging you? Well that's their issue, that says more about them than you. If you feel awkward just repeat a mantra to yourself like "i'm just reacting to thoughts" and let go of said thought. Thoughts are not sticky, they only cling to you if you hold on. Open up the metaphorical palm and let it float away like a balloon. The more you start to practice this, the better it gets. Accept that anxiety will try to catch you out and go with it. Laugh at it, anxiety really hates it when you don't take it seriously, it drains it's energy.
  19. 3 points
    The cure will come when you no longer care if you are anxious or care if you have a fearful thought. Not caring means you will stop searching for a reason why you are anxious or why you have weird thoughts and just let it be and accept it. It will pass. It always does.
  20. 3 points
    You may want to find another PCP if they treated you like this. Get a second opinion - always good to ask.
  21. 2 points
    Stress can cause havoc on both the mind and body. There is a large list of possibly symptoms. Mentally, you can experience everything from restlessness, inability to sleep / stay asleep, brain fog, inability to focus, intrusive thoughts, and much more. And the physical effects are just as vast - twitching, numbness/tingling, aches, pains, increased BP and/or heart rate, heart palpitations, weakness, sweating, and so on.
  22. 2 points
    I can't count the number of times I've injured myself in some form or another and didn't even realize it. Likewise, I can't count the number of times those unknown injuries caused me to have a health anxiety meltdown. So I totally understand... 😂
  23. 2 points
    People with anxiety are easy to influence. We have a vivid imagination, unfortunately for us that imagination tends to be on the negative side of things. It's our responsibility to not fall prey to google or the media when in the middle of it. Think of it like an addiction, your exacerbated anxiety wants it's fuel, fooling you into thinking once you know you will have relief. But it's the opposite. Take the fuel away from your anxiety!
  24. 2 points
    Idk. My friend passed 5 years ago and we were very close. Our classmates called us peanut butter and jelly. We we're friends for 15 years. I felt her after her passing a few times.. I've asked for signs and have gotten some pretty crazy things. Like when I asked her if I'd see her again then got in my car not a sec later to hear lunatic fringe my fav song play so I cranked it and it said I'll see you in the other side. It's way in the back ground and I've never heard that part I quickly googled it still at the cemetery and sure enough it's the first line of the song. And it's exactly something she would say . See you on the other side...or see ya on the flip side lol. I've had other things but this one was eery and it made me think if we were close in life why can't we be close in death as well. I believe in something.. just not sure what . I'm not religious at all but like I said I ask my friend for signs and she never fails. That's something.
  25. 2 points
    I appreciate it! Thank you. I thought I had read it was pancreatic cancer. But there you go. I do this thing where I hear negative information and twist it and make it worse. I was doing it with my doctors until I got their permission to audio record our visits. My doctor would say "You need to do this to get healthy" and I would later twist it in my mind into him/her having "said" : "You need to do this, or you will die". This may be another example of my having shaped Luke Perrys death to something that truly frightens me. Cancer. But all the same. The original intent of the message held true in that often triggers give me symptoms I later become fearful of - as being something health related and wrong with me. Thus you get stuck in this vicious mental cycle that loops into itself. CBT has been helping me. And rationalizing everything out.
  26. 2 points
    You are so right Mark! I believe it's all about perception, how we, as individuals, see things. It's bit like being colour blind. The person who has no sense of colour could argue that nothing has colour, but all the persuasion in the world may not convince them that colour exists. All around us every day there are things happening of which we have no awareness because our senses are so limited. We have the five senses, but many seem to have a sixth sense. An awareness that most of us can't feel. I am very subject to atmospheres. If I go into a house that I have not been in before I sense if it has good or bad 'vibes'. (I dislike that word but it does describe it). I just feel uncomfortable and want to leave. Some homes feel good, comfortable and warm. I think it's down to the attitude of the occupants and any love that may be present or otherwise. I find some churches have a powerful energy in that respect. What it is I know not, but the feelings do exist. Psychic energy has been known for some time. Poltergeist activity, which seems to be present when children are about, has a factual record. It has yet to be properly explained, but it's there. Is it all about energy? Is a lot of it about uncontrolled energy? Anxiety is misplaced energy. We all know how tiring it can become in HA even if we know nothing is wrong. The visible spectrum is very narrow, to our eyes at least, but the insect world, especially bees, use a far wider spectrum to distinguish one flower from another. But the spectrum is infinite either end. We have only the infra red at one end and ultra violet at the other, but what is beyond that very narrow view? Is that where the 'spirit' world exists?
  27. 2 points
    I was on the fence about supernatural things/afterlife until my dad died. We were very close. He was also very close to my son who is developmentally disabled. When my dad got sick and was going through treatment, my son said to him one day, "papa, if you die you have to promise to always be with us." My dad promised him he would. After he died, weird things started happening. Mostly with lights. Not just one light flickering here and there. All different lights throughout the house and two of the outside lights. I had lived in that house for almost ten years and never had a light flicker until then. And it wasn't that suddenly all of these light bulbs were burning out...none of them did. And I wasn't imagining it. Two of my sisters saw it too. Other things have happened over the past five years since he passed away as well. I believe there is more going on than we can imagine.
  28. 2 points
    Or perhaps the "supernatural" is just what science can't explain yet. A scientific mind doesn't mean only believing in what's already known or proven. There would've been a time where if you'd argued that UV and infrared rays existed, you'd have been laughed out of a room. After all, you can't see them. There weren't always instruments to measure them. There's literally no need for a divide between science and spirituality except for what people insist on creating for the sake of their own comfort. If you don't like religion or spirituality, you get nothing from it, I get it. But the only need to put a gap between physical science and spirituality is a misguided sense of superiority from either side. Neuroscience hasn't disproved that the soul exists. Nothing in the Bible contradicts evolution (also, Jesus literally says he's cool with transgender people and to leave them alone - some people really need to actually read the book they claim to live by, but I digress). I can't help but think we'd progress faster as a species if everyone would work together. I think when we die, we cease to exist. No more consciousness, no more "us." But no one's proven that yet, and since energy can't be destroyed, there will always be a little part of what was once "us" in the world in some form. But I'm still going to take every ghost tour I can when my friend moves to New Orleans. Because on the chance that I'm wrong, I'm not going to miss out on the chance to meet a ghost. I didn't watch all that Scooby Doo for nothing.
  29. 2 points
    Clear MRI. I read the report - nothing. Everything is normal. In fact, the report confirmed the sinus issues I've been having, as it said I had inflammation around my sinuses and mucosal buildup - i.e. it confirms what my ENT found. Neuro is suggesting both a psychologist and a doctor of orthopedics to address my legs and the twitching and nerve pains. He thinks it may be a nerve somewhere that's pinched, but he says there's nothing up in my brain causing issues. I'm relieved. I think I'll start concentrating on finding the source of the twitches for my legs. My health anxiety has gone back into 'remission" but I'm taking this as a sign to start taking care of my body more. I lost a whopping 10 lbs over this but I expect that to come back if I don't follow that momentum. I hope you find a cause for your leg issues, PA. I learned way too much about this disease for my own comfort. My anxiety is still giving me random weird symptoms (my throat gets tired if I eat big things/drink big things and my back is still hurting), but yeah, I think I have to figure out how to prevent this feedback loop from happening. The health anxiety beast must be tamed!
  30. 2 points
    I am going through those as we speak. I am married. No one has said divorce yet but I am not dumb. I can tell she wants to leave or me leave her. Alot of health anxitey probably has some to with it but I really think people change sometimes. All I can really tell you is at least it is up front and open and not being dragged on like my marriage is. Dont get me wrong I love my wife but sometimes people just can't see eye to eye. I wish you the best in these hard times.
  31. 2 points
    Edit: After reading the below post I'm going to make, I urge everyone to to take this with a giant grain of salt, but this is just from what I looked up from various health anxiety forums for people who went to their neuro to get this checked out. I don't want to give food to anxiety, but this is to try to get you to not worry about it, because as others have pointed out, even scary things like nerve pain is not automatic MS - our anxiety thinks it is. Also from what I read, if they go the "nerve" route they'll diagnose you with something that may sound scary but is basically them saying "It's not something major" - idiopathic neuropathy. Means basically you get those nerve pains from no real discernable source. Meaning it's not MS, they don't know where it's coming from, but they ruled out all the "bad things". Someone else posted the other diagnosis as "functional neuropathy disorder" or something along those lines. This is extremely relevant to those of us with health anxiety because it's basically saying our anxiety and our way of thinking has completely reprogrammed the way our brain works and that yes, it IS something going on with our nervous system, but it's our psyche that is causing our ailments (imagine that!). Essentially your brain needs to be "rebooted" or "reprogrammed" through CBT and psychotherapy to not automatically start sending zaps your way when you go into anxiety. It's a psychosomatic disorder but it can be undone. It's kinda interesting because I haven't seen this term be used a lot in my Googling (before I stopped googling nerve pain). I suspect some neurologists accept it but others don't or some neurologist simply don't know about it.
  32. 2 points
    Not hypochondria in particular, but mental illness in general has caused serious relationship issues for me. Like you, I ended up so focused on my own crap that it wasn't really a relationship anymore. It became all about me, all the time. We're still together, but I had to take a serious reality check more than once. And there are still problems from it that sometimes feel like nothing will ever change or get better. Luckily I'm with a very forgiving person, but it's hard. It's hard to be like this, it's hard to live with someone like this. It does suck that he just seemingly sprung this on you out of nowhere and I would still bring up the idea of counseling together before calling it quits, though.
  33. 2 points
    I don't know if this is your situation but when I was at the height of my anxiety journey, I would google day and night because I was so sure the doctor's overlooked something. Surely, they had to be a medical (physical) reason why I felt so bad! Well, no one overlooked anything, I just had to come to terms with it, that yes, anxiety can do all this to us. People told me to stay away from google but I just couldn't at the time. Now I can google any disease without correlating it to me. You will get there, I know you can!
  34. 2 points
    A few years ago my wife had chest discomfort and threw up a couple of times. She got nervous and is the opposite of me as she has very little HA. She called me and we went to the ER together. They gave her a bunch of bloodwork, an EKG and a CT scan of her chest and all was negative, but the chest discomfort continued, until she was given some strong antacids, which helped her a bit. The ER physician thought it may be GI related and recommended she see a GI. She was then released. She saw our regular physician who recommended a GI physician visit. Our internal medicine physician went to school with the GI and she got in to see him and get an EGD the next week. The EGD uncovered a stomach polyp which got tangled with some tissue, causing the pain. She had the polyp removed and she was fine.
  35. 2 points
    @Jlavoie I can say with high probability that anxiety is at work there. Sensitivity on it's own and the fact that it comes and goes signifies agitated nerves. Don't forget that the feelings you get from your nerves are interpreted and don't exist psychically. If you're worrying about that part of your body intensely and have always got a conscious, scanning lock on it, you're going to get odd symptoms and the number one symptoms are buzzing, sensitive and burning skin. JUst to highlight also that there is a difference between full nerve pain (physical source) and nerve ending misfire (non-physical source). Nerve endings can misfire and create symptoms even if the nerve branch is perfectly healthy, especially at the skins surface.
  36. 2 points
    One time I too went to the ER with chest discomfort. The ER told me that they would not release me until they felt I had no serious issues. The ER would not release you unless you were OK. If you had a heart attack a certain enzyme would show up in your blood work, so when it did not, you were deemed in the clear.
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  38. 2 points
    Omeprozole could take a few days to get out of your system. Do you have any tums, pepto bismol or anything like that for faster relief? Otherwise, as I said before, talk to your doctor about ranitidine. I’d also cut back on spicy and greasy foods for awhile I promise you you do not have any sort of cancer, though. Cancer of any kind would be causing so much more and much worse issues than what you’re dealing with.
  39. 2 points
    Yes, as I said, ALS would be causing you a lot of issues. If it was ALS, you wouldn’t have been able to perform the activities that caused your injuries :)
  40. 2 points
    Yep, Bella has some good suggestions, but when all else fails try visit the doctor on campus or a sports medicine doctor, provided you have the insurance for it. Why live in pain when you don't have to, right?
  41. 2 points
    Oh come on Nutmeg, you know better than that!! These long medical words again! You really must stop Googling. It's not only misleading but dangerous in HA to self diagnose. Oh yes, I do know. Been there, done that!!! It's exasperating and tiring to be wondering all the time. Apprehension goes with fear which goes with anxiety. To anticipate problems all the time can wear you out, not just mentally but physically. I’m afraid of dying but I’m also afraid of help? What is wrong with me? Simple! You have health anxiety. If you had the flu or some such thing you would expect certain symptoms, so with HA you get the symptoms of HA! I have said before, your body is behaving in the only way possible when attacked by fear and anxiety. The two are synonymous. One can't exist without the other. Once the mind senses danger, and you sense danger all the time, the brain is prompted to send a message to the adrenal glands which then secrete the hormone adrenaline into your body. The result? Fight or flight!! Now this is perfectly normal but, unfortunately, while caveman could fight or run, we can't, so the energy turns inward and cause all the symptoms of fear and anxiety. Caveman would have been a fool to fight with a Sabre Toothed Tiger so he ran like hell. He dissipated the energy in his haste to get away. Once the danger had passed he went about his business as animals do. But we sufferers hang on to the fear and feelings. They frighten us which creates more fear and so perpetuates anxiety. The old vicious circle of fear/adrenaline/symptoms/fear! Now take it easy. You know the answer. Stop flogging yourself and creating a battle ground in your mind. ACCEPT it all no matter how bad you feel. You are being bluffed by feelings that have no credence whatsoever. They are painful but meaningless. They are you know. Mr. Anxiety is good at this. He piles one fear on another knowing it will cause more problems. Don't let him keep fooling you! Deep down in you is the voice that says it's all OK. But lifting that voice up and living it is very difficult, but can be done if you stop fighting yourself.
  42. 2 points
    Yes, that is the result of high intensity focus. The nerve endings in the area are misfiring due to introspection so a feeling of perceived numbness results. That is something that resolves once your focus subsides.
  43. 2 points
    Bejeweled, you have described every worry each of us has had on here over years and years and years. Sensations lasting weeks and could be attributed to a serious disease. It IS hard to reconcile that they could be anxiety because of the “what if’s”. But there are what if’s every single day and if we worried about all of the what if’s we wouldn’t have much of a life. What if I get hit by a car when I go to pick my son up from school? What if there is an electrical fire in our house and it burns to the ground? What if the plane we are on crashes and everybody dies? We have to live with the fact that we can not control everything. You are afraid to go to the doc but are also so worried about something being wrong. If you have new symptoms get them checked out. Once the doc says you’re fine then believe them and move on. How are you helping yourself by not seeing someone but worrying every single day, all day long? How is it going to get better? You aren’t going to feel any better until you work on your anxiety. Find another therapist that will actually try to help you if the person you’re seeing isn’t.
  44. 2 points
    No no, dear friend, leukemia unveils itself with other signs than a supposedly enlarged spleen (which not being a doctor you can't assess by your own). You'll need fever, weight loss, multiple infections, dramatic fatigue, bruises all over, bleeding gums (and I don't mean the usuall toothbrush bleed) before you get me concerned about you having leukemia. Just note how you hopped from pancreatic cancer to leukemia in a matter of days. It should tell you something about how your mind is working, looking for life threatening diseases. You have to get your mind out of that spiral. You're way too young to waste your life with this.
  45. 2 points
    Hello Help, welcome to AC I'm really sorry to read of the real fear you're going through and how this is affecting your life. The first thing i will say is, everyone on this forum has been just where you are right now. That feeling of being alone, distanced from reality and simply petrified. The second thing i will say is.. you do not have MS or ALS!. Reading through your post was like reading through an instruction manual of how to be anxious. It is absolute textbook. The onset of symptoms to being cleared by a doctor only to create new symptoms. Anxiety works like this, it shows up new symptoms as soon as old ones are proven to be false by a professional (and through testing). Anxiety feeds of the fear each of these new symptoms creates. You have has pretty intensive checks which came back completely clear, that rules out every major issue. I assume you had lots of blood work done also. There is very very little chance of any condition hiding from such intensive testing. This is where anxiety grabs you and reels you in. The heartburn and palpitations created an initial fear and it was your reaction to this fear that starts and then cements the anxiety cycle. Anxiety needs fearful reaction, the symptoms are entirely the result of this reaction. The heartburn came from an increase in acid production from the earlier heartburn and the palpitations highly likely came from them also. Your fear starts the pattern. Your doctors are correct, this was a panic attack This is likely the result of the panic attack and your focus on that area. Anxiety and panic can do strange things to the body. Ok this is where an issue has been identified and that is research. You would not have known about the blood clot if you hadn't read about it and that pain would have gone away on it's own. Researching symptoms is the very worst possible thing you can do when you have health anxiety. Your suggestible mind powered by anxiety can and will create the symptoms and have you place your belief in them as soon as you deem them possible. Anxiety can create any symptom to any condition providing you fear it. My strong advice to you is switch off Google and do not go back to it. This is the very first and one of the most important steps you can take and your road to recovery. The more you search, the deeper the rabbit hole goes. NO good answers ever come from DR Google, i can assure you of that. This is called de-realisation and is the product of a tired and fearful mind. Your interpretation of reality is skewed by anxiety. This is completely normal and totally harmless. Anxiety latched on to another normal bodily anomaly and spun it up placing you in the position to go searching for answers. As soon as you researched ALS, anxiety took what you leaned and created ALS for you. It really is that powerful. It needed your knowledge of it though and that is why it is so important not to give it any information. The ALS fear, exactly. Your fear of ALS has created a sandbox of ALS Anxiety has full hold on you currently but this will not last, i promise you that. Your self diagnosis is normal under these circumstances but know that these diagnosis come from an anxious mindset so from something that is not medically trained. Every symptom mentioned are the result of the fight or flight response triggered by a switch in your nervous system to 'sympathetic'. None of these symptoms are anything other than anxiety created. Another thing to note. ALS does not present with twitches first. Twitches appear only AFTER your muscles have severely degraded, not before. This is 100% NOT ALS. Please have a good read of this forum where you will find a whole host of very helpful and important information from decent, caring people. You're not alone and you will be ok.
  46. 2 points
    It's not just where you are Joy. We get the same thing. All over the walls of doctors surgeries are posters like " have you got this and that". But here there's no profit for them because they all get paid whatever they do. I think it's a general kind of health anxiety that affects the whole world. Of course, and we know from Google, that there are big bucks to be made out of sick people. I couldn't agree more about what you say in regard to Google. There should be a poster on Google. " Googling symptoms is bad for your heath". But those who run the show have no idea of the panic and upset they can cause. But I think sites like this are so useful. We can't judge why so many come on here because although reassurance is almost always the case, there can be many other reasons. I agree that once having got the fundamentals of some sort of management or even recovery, then everyone should take steps to do something about it. It's hard but unless some action like therapy of some such thing is undertaken, then posting can go on for ever with the temporary relief it gives.
  47. 2 points
    Hey Nastasia, Like what has already been said, don't prescribe to labels and what you "should" be feeling to match the label. That's not how it works. Cured? How many of us are cured of anything? The secrets is to not look for the cure but to not care about the symptom. That way the "cure" is irrelevant.
  48. 2 points
    We don't. No one does. GAD is just a blanket term really. Don't get caught up in the labels. They are literally just human created guide lines for people to help put us in groups. I don't mean that in a negative way, I just mean they are more for our health care professionals to help guide them in treating us then something that defines who each of us are. They have no idea what goes on in our heads other than what we tell them so they needed the labels, we don't. Everyone's anxieties are different as far as what we worry about and which physical parts of our bodies are effected. So I might have more things in common with someone who is bipolar than a person who only has anxiety, but I myself might not be bipolar. I used to worry a lot that I was actually bipolar. Because my anxiety comes and goes in cycles. But really everyone is bipolar in some sense as you can't be happy all the time or even sad constantly. I don't believe I am bipolar because usually my cycles arent drastically different. But if I am bipolar nothing about me immediately changes based on that diagnosis. My problem is the same, I still have the same up and downs to cope with and learn to accept. One day I just realize it doesn't really matter. Either way I have to figure out what works for me. Most of the same strategies are used across the board for all mental disorders. So if I am bipolar so what? ACT still works great for me when I implement it properly. Try to think less of your label and more of the strategies that are helping you "cure" yourself. In the end it won't matter if you "cured" GAD or Health Anxiety what will matter is that you "cured" yourself. Its all about the way we think, if you can change that you can "fix" anything and live a good life with purpose.
  49. 2 points
    @Jgriffin, I’m sorry you had such a bad reaction to medication! Too high of a dose maybe?? My ENT said muscle tension around the ear/jaw is very common with stress and focusing on it really does make it a million times worse. Mine got significantly better as soon as I stopped thinking about it all day and night. Of course now my anxiety has chosen a new body part to focus on. It really is a vicious cycle.
  50. 2 points
    It sounds like you might have post nasal drip and/or GERD. If you get it in the morning and after you eat that can be reflux. Do you have allergies? That can also cause post nasal drip.