Hi. my name's Lisa, Im 55 from london. Although I've always been a fairly strong person over the last six months I've been becoming more and more anxious about my health.
Looking back I've always had a tendency to worry, as young as the age of nine I would constantly get stomach aches to the point where I was referred to a specialist. The cure in the end was to change schools as I was being bullied but didn't like to tell my mum and some placebo tablets from the doctor.
I went through another episode after my mother died from a brain tumour, I was convinced the headaches I was getting were caused by a tumour, cue another trip to see a specialist who was very understanding and explained to me that brain tumours weren't heriditary and that I was just suffering from anxiety.
I did have my own health issue twelve years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer but it was treated successfully and I thought I was coping fine but lately I seem to be worrying over every tiny ache and pain convinced it's some form of cancer.
Quite frankly I'm sick of me, I'm guilty of the dreaded Googling, if I have a bout of diahorrea it's bowel cancer, if I get an ache in my bones it's bone cancer, I do suffer from arthritis but then so do hundreds of other people of my age. At the moment my latest worry is a pain under my arm, I'm convinced its swollen lymph nodes and the breast cancer has come back, I can't feel any lumps or swelling and have told myself repeatedly that if I keep prodding it of course it's going to hurt but all the same I can't help worrying. I've also had a pain in my neck that comes and goes, again it's not just a pain it's something more serious in my mind.
It's great to know that there are other people who can understand my fears and can maybe talk some sense into me, I'm sure my doctor would be grateful as well so that he does'nt have to deal with the neurotic woman I'm becoming.