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  1. Hi Jay; Well, everyone is different. When I'm at that point of possibly losing it and starting to get worried, I decide to see my GP. I tell him whatever far fetched HA related disease I'm fearing this represents, and he typically explains why it is not that and what it likely is, easing my mind. When that happens, it's a day of Googling averted. Others are just fine waiting and seeing where their symptoms take their mind. I for one don't trust my mind so I go to the doc. Bob
  2. I'm thinking it may be time to give another anti-depressant a try. In the past I've been on Lexapro (long ago) and more recently Cymbalta. From my reading, it seems that an old school A-D, amyitriptylene works well. Of the medications you have tried, which ones have worked, at least some if not perfectly, to keep the HA at bay to some extent? I know we're all different, but we all similarly suffer from the same subset of anxiety, so I value your experiences, both good and bad. Bob
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    Colonoscopy Question

    Agreed. You can relax, no need to check. If you do see red at any point, you'll know it's either a hemmoroid or a fissure (cut).
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    This is hell

    Hello Sigh, i of course can't speak for you, but whenever I start spiralling, the only thing that can usually calm me down is seeing my doctor. I know, it's Saturday and I don't know what wait time there is for you to get an appointment. So, only because you don't want to have to endure another second of this sickening fear that comes with an episode of HA, if it were me, only for peace of mind I would go to a walk in or if necessary, the ER. In the ER, the doc who sees you can likely ease your mind. If that doc has any concern, most ERs have specialists on call, so they would call a derm to stop off to see you. Peace of mind is EVERYTHING to me when I'm in a bad episode, and it sounds like you're there at this time. If someone at the ER comments that ERs are only for emergencies, then F them. This is an emergency to you. Again, only to soothe your fears. Just my 2 cents. Bob
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    Son's ct scan

    Jae, The other day I read about my areas protocol/best practices as regard imaging. When a scan is done, the radiologist looks at it before the patient leaves. If it is very serious, the patient is advised to contact his doctor ASAP. If the scan is serious, a call to the doctor is required same day and a faxed report in 24 hours. Even moderately concerning findings have a 2 day protocol. These serious scans move right to the top and the rest just sit. This is similar to all areas in North America. If he hasn't been contacted in 6 weeks it's clearly nothing of concern. If they had tried to reach him and he wasn't contacting them, they would have asked you to have him call them ASAP when you called.
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    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    Angela, Anxiety doesn't quit as soon as we are relieved by a doctors visit. I'm a perfect example of this. I've been worried about some symptoms and (again) visited my GP earlier this week. To try to calm me, he (again) did some neurological testing and says he is certain I'm, as usual dealing with muscle issues that are referring pain. So finally my HA is significantly less but not perfect. The following day I began feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Sort of like a mini depression. I understand that this is the high anxiety ending, and the mind and body are literally exhausted from being on high alert for so long. Its the body's way of saying stop this and leave me be; you've really ticked us off.
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    Canker sore worries!

    I used to get canker sores frequently as did my dad. They act like a supernova. They start small, unnoticed and quickly grow and hurt like hell. The really bad pain can last 2, 3, 4 or even 5 days and then it s l o w l y hurts less until it flames out and is gone. Deep breaths and wait it out.
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    Bruising on legs- worried about Leukemia

    Hi Mn, Please trust me, you can relax about your fear. While of course health anxiety is never ever anything you'd want to have, at least when it comes to certain feared ailments, it is simple to get peace of mind. Leukemia is the first thing that comes to mind in this regard. This is because all one needs is a simple blood test. That's the CBC (complete blood count) you've had. If you had leukemia, those numbers would be wild, all over the place. Your doc wasn't concerned and a slight high or low number means absolutely nothing, and your doc told you that. You are correct, being fair skinned makes bruising more likely and easier to see than in a dark skinned person. We bump into things, even slightly every day but never notice it. So often I've seen bruising, some pretty nasty looking that I can't for the life of me figure out why I got it. It doesn't matter. As a final note, please take this from a person who has suffered from HA for over 20 years. Get a handle on this anxiety now, at your age. If you let this fester, it may only get worse. You may find yourself unnecessarily agonizing over your health several times a year, and the fear is so real, and it can totally take over your life. Consider having a few sessions with a psychologist and try to nip this in the bud. But for now, you can relax. Bob
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    Esophageal Cancer Fear

    Angela, SEER Cancer Fast Stats show that a female at 40-44 years of age...and note you're 10 years younger..shows the incidence is ~ 0.3 per 100,000 which is less than 1 case in 300,000. With you much younger the numbers are certainly like 1,000,000 to 1. It does sound like GERD. Bob
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    Caved and went to the Dr today

    Good for you Kindra! I'm seeing my GP tomorrow mainly for reassurance. I'm dragging my wife with me so she can testify to how stressed and anxious I have been about my symptoms.
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    Hip pain- bone tumor?

    Sounds like what's called I believe a hip-pointer. It's easy to irritate that part of the hip. Or a bruise that you keep irritating. I've had that before. Bone tumors are way more likely as a spread of an existing cancer, rather than primary. Especially at your age. You'll be fine.
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    Brain Issues & Nighttime Anxiety

    Hi Day, Sorry to read you're having issues. While this could easily be anxiety and the "viscous cycle" of symptom-fear-more symptoms is likely at play, the fact you suffered a concussion needs to be assessed to see if there is any relation there. Should be simple enough. See your doc, preferably the one who you saw re your concussion and have the doc evaluate. Or even a walk in if that doc is unavailable, or has an unacceptable wait time. Bob
  13. Hi everyone. For those of you who have figured this out, what has worked for you? As you know, the what ifs are one of the hallmarks of HA and terribly difficult to deal with. Thanks for sharing any tips! Bob
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    Scared after ultrasound...

    Per SEER Cancer stats, gallbladder cancer is extremely rare. in fact if you're under 40 it's so rare that it doesn't even generate a statistic. Once you're about 60 it becomes about 1 person in ~ 75,000 per year.
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    Age 19, localized twitching, ALS

    Wow jssv, where do I start? how about this; you do not have ALS. Period, end of sentence. So many reasons why not i may omit some. First, you are 19. Unless you have a family history of ALS (and even then at 19 it would be beyond rare), getting this at 19 would be one for the medical journals. Importantly, ALS is not about twitching. Twitching in ALS means the muscle cells are dying which by definition means you can't use the muscles. In a hand, you wouldn't be able to hold a cup, turn a key in a door lock. In a leg, you'd be falling down..some dramatic events would occur that would scream at you something is really wrong. You are still going to the gym and doing all the exercises you mention. The vast majority of the time, twitching is caused by anxiety. As long as you ruminate about them, they'll likely keep up. Also, one thing about anxiety is that it doesn't leave your body as soon as your mind calms down. The chemicals (like cortisol) that anxiety generates take a long while to leave the system; so, you may feel mentally calm but have anxiety-related symptoms. If you really want to, why not go see your family doc or a walk-in? They will humor you possibly by doing a neurologic exam (2-3 minutes in office) and send you on your way. You will likely never get a doctor to give you a neuro referral. Sorry if i sound harsh, but I want to educate you and relieve your stress here because it is so totally unfounded. Bob