Good post. This, to me, is a thorny question: "Have you accepted that you have anxiety? Or do you still feel your symptoms might be something else?"
Last year, I came down with HA following a genuine medical scare (which turned out to be nothing). Right after that, I thought I had everything from MS to a brain tumor to Leukemia. That was due to a range of symptoms like a foggy-headed feeling, muscle twitches, brain zaps, lack of appetite, etc. That all started in April.
However, by mid-October, following a round of tests like MRIs and CT scans, and numerous work-ups by a neurologist and my doctor, I was given the all clear. I accepted it was anxiety and by mid-November, I was back to my old self. All the symptoms were gone. I was back to exercising, living my life, and when an old symptom showed up, like a foggy head or muscle twitch, I'd dismiss and go about my business. I mean, an MRI and a CT scan showed I had a healthy brain, right? It had to be anxiety.
By mid-December, however, I started experiencing heart palpitations -- a new sensation, one that I'd never felt. And now, I'm strapped to a Holter Monitor, and fearing that I have something terrible (heart disease, impending heart failure, or something equally bad). I have a left-arm ache , a chest ache and shortness of breath. The fear is palpable, the thoughts nearly suffocating.
I have no idea if this is anxiety or something real. Have I accepted that I have, during the past, been someone with HA? Absolutely. I laugh at some of the fears I had back then. Am I susceptible to HA? Absolutely. Did I never actually conquer and get past last year's trauma? Entirely possible. Is this anxiety? Could be.
But, how exactly can you tell when you feel something you've never felt before? The either/or is incredibly difficult to negotiate.