Do you think that health anxiety for only contagious diseases is actually health anxiety?
I had severe anxiety three years ago that started because of some dizzy spells, ear and jaw pain, achy armpits, then itchy skin, mostly private areas, but no visible symptoms. I assumed it was some sort of fungal infection spread to my brain due too late diagnosis of hiv.
It wasn't that. It wasn't even a fungal infection...bacterial anything. Doctor eventually gave me SSRI and symptoms disappeared within a few weeks.
I took them for a year and a half and eventually weaned off them.
the last 2 months have been tough..I started getting dizzy again not as severe..and then that itching..mild ear pain..tried to ignore it as that was why I freaked out before..but it the itching went to my armpits and I got a rash there...
so I am now a mess.
walkin doc said I prob have a fungus and prescribed me cream, it worked for armpits but not down there. I cant see my dr until tomorrow finally.. got tiny little itchy bumps on my forarms too. they are getting better...I think...
sometimes i think its scabies?? but not itchy enough and no new bumps just the same ones that wont go away
so whatever..having bad and not as bad days as I am better equipped to deal then before
so now Im freaking out I have scabies, not exactly life threatening...but I would have to tell my friends and family and work how embarrassing...I felt the same way as i did before about hiv..i feel would be shunned and given it to my husband.
fungal infections are also symptoms of diabetes.. I would be upset if I had diabetes...but I wouldn't feel this awful anxiety, Id just find a way to deal with the disease.
So could this actually be a health anxiety issue or a social one??