Hello everyone -- first post, but certainly not new to this board.
I guess you could say I've dealt with health anxiety for awhile now. I'm 23, female, and I like to think I take pretty good care of myself. My worries have been all over the place: ovarian cancer, brain tumor, leukemia, etc. Normally I can get over these worries within a month or so, but this time around it's a little more difficult.
It started with a bit of shortness of breath (I felt like I needed to keep yawning just for a deep breath), and some occasional chest, back and arm pain. Rather than thinking of a heart problem, my initial thought was, "This HAS to be a lymphoma tumor growing in my chest." So I went to the doctor -- they did an EKG and my GP took the time to carefully listen to my heart and gave me an Oximeter read on my index finger. She didn't seem concerned. Although the the EKG read slightly abormal due to my fast heart rate at the time, she said it wasn't cause for concern. To ease my mind, she ordered a chest X-ray (which came out fine), and suggested ways to calm my tension and anxiety.
So the crazy lymphoma fear went away. I felt better for a day, but the second I felt a slight heart palpitation (like a weird flip-flopping), my mind started racing and I kept thinking "slightly abnormal EKG...now is there something wrong with my heart?!"
So that's where I stand now. I'm worried my heart's just going to give out at any minute, though I know that's quite irrational given the doctor's reassurance. I have even been to the gym several times after, and I'm still here to write this. I guess my concern is: can this arm pain, back tension, and weird twinges of pain on the left and right side of my chest really be stress related as the doctor suggested? It's infrequent, lasts only a few seconds, but freaks me out when it happens. Consequently, that causes my heart rate to climb, which of course sends me in a spiraling freak out mode.
Whew. Sorry for the lengthy post. Though it does feel better to get that off my chest (eh, no pun intended).