Gosh, I love this website. I really, really wish I didn't have reason to love it though! But, I find it just such a comfort/support to know that I am not alone.
I"m 40, male. Always been in good health. I hadn't been to a doctor from early teens (usual kid stuff: chicken pox, overly concerned mother!) until turning 40. Since turning 40, I've been going through (what I suspect) is stereotypical male 40+ health anxiety. A major way it's manifesting itself is through cardiophobia (well, I'm 90% sure that's what it is - but I have my moments when I doubt it - I'm sure you know what I mean).
Anyway, I went through whole days of chest sensations, palpatations, left arm weirdness, bouts of perspiration, shortness of breath, feelings of doom etc etc. All classic heart attack symptoms. I've driven myself to the hospital, only to turn away at the last moment. An added element here is that I'm British but I live and work in SE Asia. Being a Brit, I'm used to turning up at a hospital and paying nothing (thanks the UK"s National Health Service). Here, though, I have to cover my own medical bills. Although I"m covered with private and company medical insurance, it still feels weird using it and slightly scares me. I"m just not used to worrying about medical bills (I think this actually adds to my anxiety/phobia)
Finally, after a lousy weekend suffering last November, I decided to go to the doctor. EKG/blood test/chest x-ray done: nothing. Ultrasound: nothing. EKG/stress test: nothing. For a while after this, I felt a lot, lot better.
I hadn't been exercising for some months because of this and I"ve finally got back to the gym. It's two steps forward, one step back stuff: any pain I feel at the gym freaks me out, even though I know from past hiatuses from the gym that your body does feel different exercising after a break of even a few weeks. Still, I"m going to the gym most days though I admit, I carry aspirin with me all the time (as I do everywhere, to be honest).
As I said, I'm almost certain that I"m fine. I"ve been checked out fine. I'm sure that, if I did have what I fear I may have, I'd have dropped down by now. Still, it's a daily struggle (as I know you all know). I must say that I find this forum and the posters here to be an immense source of support and of strength. Just reading the posts here makes me feel calmer and more rational.
Good luck all.