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Offline OTGirl

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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #180 on: May 15, 2014, 04:14:05 PM »
I just joined the site today and this is my first reply.  I wrote an entire intro, but realized I went over my sign-in time..... lost the whole thing!  Will have to write again.  In the meantime, I've been dealing with a horrible period of HA for the last 6 months.  You name it.... I've had it!  Right now, I'm stuck on ALS/MS. If I can get past it, I'm hoping I will be close to ending this.  I seriously think I've run out of diagnoses!  Anyway.... here is what I'm trying:

Accupuncture - Only been to one session.  Not sure what the needles did, but the accupuncturist set me up with a detox program, supplements, herbs and a diet plan.  I went right out and bought a Nutri-Bullet and I've been following the plan for a little over a week.  Feels good to be doing something positive for my health.  My interest in the whole program has also been a great diversion from the negative thoughts, the internet, etc

Have an appointment with a therapist next week.

Will do my best to stop Googling (seriously, I think I've read everything on there by now anyway!)

Just ordered:  "It's Not In Your Head" from Amazon.  Got pretty good reviews.

If you have Christian Beliefs, I recommend "Jesus Calling"... provides short daily devotionals that provide a lot of comfort and encouragement.  Most days I am amazed that it actually feels like it was written just for me!

Good Luck everyone!  This has been hell, but I have to get out of this!
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« Reply #181 on: May 22, 2014, 10:55:48 PM »
Glad to hear from you, mjd83 and OTGirl.  It sounds as if you both have found some positive steps that are leading you to a better place, which is fantastic and commendable.

For me, both exercise and religious devotion/spirituality are very helpful, too. I am Catholic, and the meditative and repetitive aspects of the rosary are really helpful -- quieting the mind and focusing my attention on God and others is always good for me.

I recently bought a bike -- I like to run and walk, but I've always been a reluctant cyclist. However, just taking short trips around town on a decent bike to do my errands has brought me a lot of joy and fun (and distraction). It's hard to feel worried or anxious when you're gliding down a tree-lined street, or dodging cars, or hauling a week's worth of groceries up a hill, figuring out the gas money I'm saving. Every trip is a mini-adventure.
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Offline Caroline1902

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« Reply #182 on: June 02, 2014, 10:51:04 PM »
What a wonderful idea! 

OK.  Like many of you, I am NOT going to Google as Google is not my friend.  Honest to Pete, I never used to be like this, always going to the worst-case scenario.  I have no problem believing there are far more hypochondriacs today than there were at the turn of the last century.

I will visit this site regarding HA but none other - it's a slippery slope.

And I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but I'm also going to try to stay away from the doctor.  I'm tired of going to the doctor and being terrified she'll tell me that "this time, this is it."  I have to learn to accept my body is going to do the odd crazy thing or two, especially when it's having to deal with this overwhelming anxiety.     
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« Reply #183 on: June 17, 2014, 07:07:36 PM »
This is just what I need right now. I'm in the "accepting the diagnosis" stage of things, and know its time to get past the worrying about the what-ifs that were just confirmed negative. I have had severe leukemia fears and what I thought were / are petechiae spots on my legs. Today is +Day 1, and I have decided to start by not doing a body check for spots with a flashlight. I know it sounds crazy, but that's what things had come to.


Day 2 is going to be my removal from all things google health related. I have a busy day tomorrow, so I am hoping that makes it easier to resist!


Thanks for all of the help, everyone. Reading and supporting each other through out battles really helps me a lot!
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« Reply #184 on: August 09, 2014, 07:05:05 PM »
I'd love to take part in this but I just don't even know where to begin

I know doing something like the post above states (Stop googling health issues) would only help my anxiety but I dunno, I guess since I havent had my feelings negated by acceptable proof I still feel like I need more info, as much as it hurts/scares me

I guess I can be proactive in seeking these answers and once I do them I can finally try and let them go

I think my biggest fear is that my hypochondria is not misplaced, and that if I ignore it I'll just be letting somethig potentially life threatening advance :(
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« Reply #185 on: August 18, 2014, 04:14:31 AM »
hello i m s happy finally find others like me, this 3 months was like a hell to me every body made me laugh and think that i was crazy i have so anxious but i dont like to have it any more there was some days in my work i really wnated to give up or just ran out side of the office just to make my self calm any way i know that some thing that is so importent and have most priority now is controlling my feeling and anxious so i have this steps for these days 1.stop googling any thing related to health stop researching im not a researcher!!it s not my role 2.accept my dr diognose they are specialist and saw lot of people like me 3.dont care to sign(this item is so hard to me spcially when i have twitchinf and hands shaking!) 4.start some exercising maybe some dance or walking in future,...friends lets help each other to come back to normal life
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« Reply #186 on: August 30, 2014, 08:16:44 PM »
Just found this thread - for the past 3 days I've been CONVINCED I have either a blood clot or DVP and am going to have my legs amputated. OMG...really?  So for me this fear and yes, it's irrational, comes from seeing 2 family members go thru this. Granted, one was a chain smoker with vascular issues and one was diabetic but as a kid when you witness that kind of debilitating illness I guess it leaves a mark.  I'm in my early 50's and just drive myself crazy with HA symptoms.  I spend so much time worrying about dying and/or losing control of my health that I barely live.
I'm not on any SSRI's - the two I've tried caused the worst ever panic attacks but I do occasionally take 6 mg of xanax (I cut a 25mg into 4 pcs to avoid headache).
I realize this is NO way to live and it's so sad that so many of us suffer.
I was pretty good today until about an hour ago when I hit GOOGLE.  So sorry I did but I like someones idea of allowing themself an alloted time (1pm) or something to google and ONLY google during that period.

I'm willing to try it and I've reached out to a LCSW who I saw some time ago to help me.  Originally dx's with GAD and PTSD I think I sadly will have to ad HA to the pile.  SIGH.
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« Reply #187 on: September 19, 2014, 01:33:48 PM »
I don't google as much as I used to and it really has helped me quite a bit, I hardly even get muscle twitches anymore...

I'll try my best to actually go to some counselling this time instead of wussing out and I'll see if I can muster up what's needed to go walking in the mornings, I miss doing that.
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