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Hyperchondriac?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 20, 2010
  • 10:45 PM

Hi all,
Just thought Id write as Im at my wits end with everything and wanted some opinions before i go and pester my GP more.
ive always been a constant worrier, mainly with regards to my health, when i was in my young teen years i would get shooting pains in my head and pains in my side and was convinced i was dying of a brain tumour or some kind of cancer. the doctor put it down to stress.
it gradually went away and for the last 6 or 7 years ive been happy and quite carefree. i recently had a dramatic change in some ways from living abroad to back in the uk, going from busy every minute of the day to having a lot of time on my hands. ever since ive had problems with my health. first of all i lost my appetite and i had lost weight, i felt fatigued and tired, i have had pains in my legs, chest pains, shortness of breath, a constant sore throat, abdomninal pains which are still occuring, cramp and bowel problems, a sore tongue and mouth and have basically convinced myself i have several forms of life threatening cancer. i have been to the docs several times and had some blood tests but dont feel like they are taking my very seriously or even bothering to investigate if there is anything wrong with me.i know im probably being irrational but i feel i cant get over it until ive had everything fully checked out but i know this wont happen. i also know a lot of it could be due to stress. what should i do? what could be causign it, is it serious or simply my mind going crazy?

help is definately needed its driving me insane

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  • Hi all, Just thought Id write as Im at my wits end with everything and wanted some opinions before i go and pester my GP more.ive always been a constant worrier, mainly with regards to my health, when i was in my young teen years i would get shooting pains in my head and pains in my side and was convinced i was dying of a brain tumour or some kind of cancer. the doctor put it down to stress.it gradually went away and for the last 6 or 7 years ive been happy and quite carefree. i recently had a dramatic change in some ways from living abroad to back in the uk, going from busy every minute of the day to having a lot of time on my hands. ever since ive had problems with my health. first of all i lost my appetite and i had lost weight, i felt fatigued and tired, i have had pains in my legs, chest pains, shortness of breath, a constant sore throat, abdomninal pains which are still occuring, cramp and bowel problems, a sore tongue and mouth and have basically convinced myself i have several forms of life threatening cancer. i have been to the docs several times and had some blood tests but dont feel like they are taking my very seriously or even bothering to investigate if there is anything wrong with me.i know im probably being irrational but i feel i cant get over it until ive had everything fully checked out but i know this wont happen. i also know a lot of it could be due to stress. what should i do? what could be causign it, is it serious or simply my mind going crazy?help is definately needed its driving me insaneListen my friend, YOU DO NOT HAVE CANCER.I consulted your symptoms with a friend of mine in Internal Medicine, but they are vague symptoms.A CBC w/differential, chest x-ray, CMP is all that needs to be ordered. If these tests come back normal, then you have a condition called GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) due to hypochondria.Hypochondria is a very real condition for many people. It is a mental disorder experienced by both men and women where the sufferer believes that they are experiencing medical illness, whether real or imagined. They also believe that the symptoms they have are attributable to serious medical ailments. Hypochondria can lead to severe anxiety and depression in the sufferer.The symptoms of hypochondria usually follow a familiar pattern. The sufferer will develop an overpowering fear of a particular illness or illnesses. Often the fear is out of proportion with the illness or based on non-existent symptoms. The reasoned opinion of physicians and other medical experts often do not help in controlling the fear.A main symptom of hypochondria is the misdiagnosis of any slight ailment. The fear that hypochondria exerts is so great that any small ache or pain is treated as a major illness. The hypochondriac will think that the smallest pain can be attributed to major illness such as cancer or AIDS. In a sense, the hypochondriac believes the worst and usually cannot be dissuaded by contrary expert opinion.Recurrent visits to the doctor are another sign of hypochondria. The sufferer may also change doctors if the doctor suspects hypochondria. The hypochondriac may begin to fear the doctor due to this diagnosis.The worries of the hypochondriac can have severe ramifications in daily life. The hypochondriac may spend a lot of time away from work worrying about his or her imagined ill health. Anxiety levels increase due to this incessant worry, and can create other illnesses such as panic attacks and depression.Many physical symptoms of illness can be triggered by hypochondria. Psycho-somatic symptoms may also be found in the condition. Many hypochondriacs are seriously concerned with their own death due to the condition, and many begin to make preparations for their death.Another symptom of hypochondria is an obsessive need for information on diseases and illnesses. The hypochondriac will usually not believe the diagnoses of doctors and will try to find his or her own diagnosis of the perceived illness. Hypochondriacs spend a great a deal of the day worrying about and discussing their symptoms.Hypochondria affects at least 6% of people. Many people believe that bad posture is an explanation for hypochondria. The word hypochondria comes from Greek words meaning "below" and "the ribs". Hypochondria is a psychological problem that only professional treatment can cure.If Hypochondria affects 6 percent of the population, realize that there are over 400 Million in the world affected by it. You are not alone.I urge you to seek the proper treatment, as I believe it will help you completely erase these irrational and scary thoughts. It will make you feel better.Good luck to you, feel better.
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    • 11:29 PM
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