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    I have a funny story...

    It's funny because I work in Child Protection for a tech company - I am SO so so familiar with how Search Engine Optimization works. I have 3 degrees. I consider myself a critical thinker. My partner always tells me how smart I am, but that she feels like I have a total blindspot when it comes to health anxiety. And she's 100% right. That's exactly what it is. I'm a lifelong critical thinker, unless it has to do with my health. This is something to work on because I know I have it in me to be more analytical!
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    I have a funny story...

    ...because sometimes, we've got to laugh at ourselves. I want to tell you guys a funny story because I think it may help people who might be struggling with health anxiety today. You may notice I just "revived" an old thread of mine. In it, you'll see that I am worried that because I can feel cold water moving through my esophogus and landing "somewhere", that I have Barrett's Esophagus's. The reason I got scared is because I googled the symptom, and the first thing that popped up was a link for "Barrett's Esophagus". I freaked out. Instead of clicking on the link, I told my partner that I think I have it and that's why I've been so sick lately. She told me to click on the link. We did, and that symptom was in the section "Normal Esophagus Function" - "Many people have felt their esophagus when they swallow something too large, try to eat too quickly, or drink very hot or very cold liquids. They then feel the movement of the food or drink down the esophagus into the stomach, which may be an uncomfortable sensation." I've got to laugh at myself sometimes. We are sometimes so quick to jump to conclusions that we forget that sometimes, our bodies are just weird. Anyone else have an experience like this before?
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    Acid Reflux Threaddd

    I hate to revive this thread but had a question for those suffering from reflux. When I drink cold water, I can literally feel it on my right side when it lands somewhere - upper abdomen, right side. It scares me a lot so I googled it...and the first thing that popped up was that it was a symptom of Barretts. Of course, I'm terrified again so I wanted to see if anyone else had felt that before.
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    Liver fears

    The itching on my back, no one has any idea what it's from. I've had a spinal MRI and a brain MRI/CT. I also have the itching on my right abdomen under my ribs. The only thing my abdominal ultrasounds have ever shown is constipation (unpleasant). I wonder if any of these symptoms could be from that.
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    Liver fears

    My pcp is unfortunately not very helpful. I think I'm going to start looking for a new one who understands health anxiety a little better. I've been with mine for over 10 years so it'll be strange to change! She sometimes makes my anxiety worse. I also know I need to stop googling. I'm feeling a little discouraged. I was doing quite well but sometimes I have trouble once I've convinced myself of something. If you google "itch and pain upper right abdomen and shoulder itch" it all leads to liver and gallbladder. It's hard for me to understand how it wouldn't be even if no one else is worried. I have a good weekend planned and I'm hoping I feel well enough to enjoy it. I want to take my wife to the farmers market tomorrow because she SO deserves a break from my issues and then we have a bridal shower for a friend on Sunday.
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    Liver fears

    Ugh. Worrying horribly about this again. I have an internal itch near my sternum now. It's been there a couple days. It's awful, like it's just under my skin and I can't scratch it. Everything online says this can only be pancreatic or liver cancer. I'm afraid that something is being missed. I'm also getting gurgling every time I eat now and bloating. The tingling and pain in the upper right part of my abdomen has remained.
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    New medication

    Feeling a LOT better today - actually well-rested, not in the same fog! So happy about this. The pain hasn't decreased at all nor has the itching but I hope that this will kick in over time.
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    New medication

    I'm only on day 2 so I'm hoping this is just my body getting used to it but man, this pain is no fun and I literally feel like my brain is in a forever fog. I slept for 3 hours this afternoon.
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    New medication

    I started taking 10mg of Elavil as prescribed by my rheumatologist for Fibromyalgia. It's helping me sleep better for sure but I wake up exhausted and I think it's making my body aches and headaches worse. I've heard the first week on this medication can be rough but this has only increased my worry. My shoulder pain is spanning bigger now, sharp spasms down my shoulder and lower back and I'm having the same feeling in my right abdomen. I also get headaches (sharp prickly) when my body overheats in the right side and now that's happening almost constantly. I'm hoping that the medication will eventually help but I'm increasingly scared someone is missing something serious. Has anyone been on this medication before? It's medical name is Amitriptyline. I'm going to try and stick it out for the week and see how I do but it's been awful so far other than getting better sleeps.
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    Doc / Physical Update

    That's great, Binn! Sounds like an over all good visit with a plan and everything. Thanks for keeping us updated!
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    Liver fears

    I haven't had bloodwork since March but I'm trying not to worry about it. March is good. This is okay. I picked up my prescription for Elavil today - it's a mood and chronic pain treatment so I am hoping I have some success with that and at the very least, get some better sleep!
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    Liver fears

    Now it's a dull pain. Lord, I need a break from symptoms that scare me. 😰
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    Liver fears

    Ugh I wish I was feeling better today but the pain in my left shoulder is still driving me nuts. It alternates between being sort of sharp pains that move around my shoulder and itching. I also have the abdominal pain still. I can't help but connect them. I'm almost positive at this point that I have a liver disease or some kind of cancer even though none of my tests indicate that at all. my bout with constipation also seems to be over and now it's the complete opposite. My tummy is gross and grumbly today. I made a deal with myself to never look in the toilet anymore. Just flush and leave. I think that's overall better for my anxiety. Over the last 3 or so years I've lost a lot of weight. I've seen the evidence of that in pictures. I wish I could just figure this all out.
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    Waking up confused?

    I also have that happen quite a lot and have never worried about it (and I worry about everything)! You'll be just fine. ❤️
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    Liver fears

    You honestly are an angel, @Holls. One of my fav people!!