Hi, I have no idea whether I have Health Anxiety or not, I have had an initial meeting with an advisor at my local Depression and Anxiety clinic and I have been referred to a therapist as they think I may have a case of Health Anxiety but to me it feels totally medical? Guess I'm not alone in that right? Anyway my current problem I have found on top of my constant nausea is my inability to swallow freely, every time I eat I feel like I am just going to gag and choke and I have to take a massive swallow just to get things down, it is really quite scary because every meal is now becoming a chore and one that I feel I could do with out but if I stop eating I will end up in hospital and that's not good for me or my family who would be worried sick about me. Even while I write this I feel very constricted in my swallowing and am even struggling to swallow my saliva. It's very disabling because I feel I have to reject all invitations to eat out because of my lack of hunger and my fear I am gonna make an ass of myself and choke. Has anyone else suffered with this because right now I feel like the loneliest person in the world because of this because I seem to push my family away and especially my girlfriend because I just go into my shell when I have my swallowing worries.
I have had a fair few tests, I had an Endoscopy about 4 months ago and that showed everything was fine but that didn't really reassure me a great deal because I was still getting my bouts of nausea and sickness and my swallowing was okay then but it's just got really bad the last couple of weeks. I have had a few blood tests and they came back fine, I have had countless doctors appointments and my doctors don't seem overly worried as I also had a chest x-ray a few months back which was fine. I was diagnosed with asthma in between all of this but the first question I asked was "Are you sure its asthma, could it be anything else?" I have always suffered with a certain amount of acid reflux for maybe 8-9 years but its the last year really where it gone to the forefront of my mind and it seems to be getting worse.
Sorry if I've gone on a bit but I was just wondering if anyone else has gone through what I've gone through and is there any light at the end of the tunnel because if I'm honest things look very very bleak at the moment
Thanks for taking the time to read this.