I had a swollen lymphnode a few months ago and got online to try to research. It came up with HIV, lymphoma, hodgkins, and a few other BAD things. I went to the doctor who said it was just an infection, gave me some meds and sent me on my merry way. I took the meds and the swelling went away.
Problem is ... I keep checking for new lumps and bumps and have been basically obsessing about having a serious illness. I get online and look up symptoms, read about the disease, then read the other symptoms associated with it. For example, I read about HIV. Never in my life have I had night sweats, until I read about them. I had them for a few nights, then read about another symptom ... sure enough, I had that one! Its strange. I never have anything until I read about it. I will google any strange symptom. I cannot accept that a headache is just from stress or a runny nose from allergies. I have to look it up for myself and usually jump to the farest out conclusion rather than the most probable.
Am I a hypocondriac? Could this be OCD?
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