Despite the high prevalence of mental health and substance use problems, too many people go without treatment — in part because their disorders go undiagnosed. Regular screenings in primary care and other healthcare settings enables earlier identification of mental health and substance use disorders, which translates into earlier care. Screenings should be provided to people of all ages, even the young and the elderly. Take these screenings and talk to your medical provider with the findings.
Acceptance of uncertainty is the key to overcoming health anxiety. It’s one of the most difficult concepts we as sufferers ever face. Unfortunately the world is full of what ifs. I once read something that sticks with me. How are you going to feel on your 90th birthday, looking back over your life? What a shame if you had to realize all the time, energy and lack of happiness spent over so many years, over things that either never happened, or were far less difficult to deal with than you imagined.
As for the stress test, anxiety easily could play a role, but maybe it’s a good time to slowly start to improve your conditioning, with the help and guidance of a doctor or trainer?
@Bobnnat My boyfriend was at the appt with me and thought the results were great and the doctor clearly said I don’t need surgery. I was feeling a little better until just a minute ago when I got the results of my exercise stress test... abnormal. However, they said it wasn’t abnormal due to the Pectus but due to deconditioning. Basically, I weak and out of shape. I can’t help thinking about the “what-if’s” though. What if it’s wrong? What if I have something wrong with my heart? She also said anxiety could have played a role in the results. I started off with an already high heart rate and hyperventilation.
Last Bump for this post Chest tightness, chest pain, heart hiccups, heart palpitations, dizziness, tensed head, neck, shoulder, back, chest muscles . These have been symptoms ive had either throughout the day or at night. I have had ekgs done (about 3 in the past 2 months with nothing out of the ordinary to worry about but my mind is telling me my heart is going in a bad direction with these pains and tightness i have in the area.
Hi KG. I had a relatively similar situation many years ago. I had been dx with Barrett's Esophagus by a local gastroenterologist. I decided to be seen at Johns Hopkin and met with one of their gastro doctors. Bottom line, he told me I do not have BE and despite my insistence, recommended strongly against having yearly scopes. My fiance accompanied me to my Hopkin visits. She read me the riot act when I questioned what a doctor from this prestigious facility was telling me. That doctor ended our conversation by saying to me "Have a good life". over the years on rare occasion I think about it, and mention it to my wife. She gets angry and repeats the doctor's parting words.
You have the same situation. A doctor at a prestigious facility told you in essence, to go and have a good life. You, like me at the time, wouldn't accept it. Thank God for my wife, who is much more level headed then i am. She would have nothing to do with my hypochondria over that issue.
KG, you need to get to the point where you can move on. It's the only answer. Google doesn't have a clue about you as a person, as a patient. The MC doctor now knows you as a person and patient and has given you all the appropriate tests. Regardless of what you might have read, obviously the MC knows your specific situation 1000x better than Dr. Google, and if they aren't concerned about your test results, then you should be happy as a lark. I've never really studied a lark, so i don't know if in fact they're actually happy creatures, but you need to be. 🙂
Yesterday I had a full day at the Mayo Clinic, having tests done regarding my Pectus Excavatum. I had horrible anxiety for the 2 weeks leading up to this appt. Even having panic attacks, which I don’t generally have with my anxiety. I had a pulmonary function test, exercise stress test, ct scan and finally a consultation with the surgeon to go over my results. My lung capacity is 84% which he said was very good and better than about 90% of people he sees. My Haller Index is 4.5 which is worse than I was expecting but the Dr. said it was good. The results of my stress test were unfortunately not ready yet. He and his assistant told me about how extremely painful the corrective surgery is and when I finally asked him if he thought I needed to have the surgery, he said no. He said my results are good and living with it won’t affect my lifespan. He said they generally only treat people who are having significant pain or shortness of breath. I should be so relieved, right?? Unfortunately, I feel just as anxious about the condition as I did before I got my “good” results. I’ve spent 3 years researching the condition online and reading about how a Haller Index of 3.5 or more is considered severe and needs correction and for some awful reason, I’m placing more weight on that information than on what the thoracic surgeon at the MAYO CLINIC said to me. I’m feeling really stuck right now. If those results weren’t enough to take my focus off of my chest how will I ever move forward from this?
Hey, it's been a long while since I've posted but I'm back. I wish I could report that I'd been better but that's not necessarily the case. I've been ok but now my battle is tapering off Klonopin. I dont know what happened to the site but I'm glad it's back up I cant tell you how much I value this.
Hi Gilly.... I think I have discussed this with you before. So worried about this burning skin which I have had for a few years. With me it all over.... my arms, legs, face, some areas of my back. Drives me crazy and again it freaks me out about diseases. Dear God how long can so many symptoms persist. Been over 40 yrs. Can you help me!!!!