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Hello All!! :)
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:31:18 PM »
Hello everyone,

Thanks for the great forum!

I have been looking all over the internet to share what I'm going though without being negatively judged or branded a Hypochondriac, and hopefully someone can help me alleviate some concerns. First of all, I am 23 years old and I am starting to accept that I do suffer with Health Anxiety.

It all started at the age of 14, I woke up one morning and had intense stomach pains. Like I had been stabbed and had a small amount of blood during the scheduled morning bathroom routine - I went to the doctors and the GP kept telling me to go home, go home, go home theres nothing wrong. It wasn't until I saw an out of hours doctor on a Sunday, I was referred to a specialist and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis after a series of checks and tests.

Moving on.... Since then, I have had 4 life changing operations to have my colon completely removed due to the severity of the Coltitis. A Professor at Oxford in the UK carried out a surgery to make an internal pouch, which removes the need to wear an external appliance (Colostomy Bag) which I had for 6 years.

My poor mother also suffered with Thyroid cancer and has had 2 operations and treatment, she is fine now though :)

Based on these medical experiences, I find it difficult to trust GP's and also find it difficult to believe any type of test result. I always have in my mind that its always going to be worse, than it might actually be.

Now, I noticed at the age of 18/19 (4/5 years ago) that I had a lump under my left hand side jaw. After seeing the GP, I forgot about it as I felt like an idiot again. Now it feels like it has become bigger and bigger and can feel tender at times. When seeing the GP again, she said it was the Carotid artery and nothing to worry about (which I didn't believe)... I didn't think the artery grew, was movable and felt like a lump.

I don't really know what it is, from what I have read I think it may be a lymph node as there are plenty under the jaw.
Has anyone else experienced anything similar?

Can anyone please advise any techniques, activities, etc that helps with overcoming Health Anxiety?

Many thanks all!
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Re: Hello All!! :)
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
Hello Firth and welcome to Anxiety Zone!  :action-smiley-065:

I believe you have come to the right place. Our community is all about sharing experience and mutual support.
By now you might've already browsed different AZ sections/ forums and found the ones you have interested in. Although 'Introduce yourself' forum is a good place for new members to start posting, your answers would probably get more response in the 'Health Anxiety' Forum.

You are most welcome to explore other features that AZ offers, such as Chat, which is open for all members over age 18 or AZ Wire, a social network for our members.

I found CBT quite helpful for my health related anxiety but other members will tell you their own ways. Good luck on your path to recovery!
And once again, welcome on board.


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