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Offline MariaGrceva

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Scared from appendicitis!
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:56:34 PM »
I haven't been on here for awhile. And now that holidays started I really have nothing to do all day and I got some strange fears.
I haven't left the house in a week now, I'm starting to worry about myself.
My greatest fear right now is appendicitis. I don't know why I thought of this, but I got some strange stomach pain and googled. I'm not scared from it itself I'm scared that I'll have to go to surgery and Im afraid I'll wake up during it, or they wont put the breathing tube quickly enough and all. So I just freaked out in the last few days.
My symptoms were (WARNING MIGHT BE TMI)
- stabbing short lasting not severe pain anywhere around my abdomen
- diarrhoea (not really, its not really lose and I go once a day)
- releasing gases a lot (a lot)
So pretty much this is it for now, but it was enough to scare me. Now generally these are not symptoms of appendicitis but I read on MayoClinic (worst thing I know i thought it will help me) and it said that these can also be symptoms....so everything I thought isnt a symptom...might be.
My father who had his appendix removed a while ago told me they arent symptoms. Also my mother and two friends said they've been experiencing similar symptoms that went away after a day or so. I don't know if I should make some scene to my parents so they can rush me to the ER so I can be safe, or just believe them and know that if i had appendicitis, they would have known (they are both doctors)
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Re: Scared from appendicitis!
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 03:48:04 PM »
Sounds like gas pains to me--which you definitely won't have to have surgery for.  There are always super vague and rare symptoms for things and those will always be a problem for those of us with health anxiety.  But I really do think you're fine. 
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Re: Scared from appendicitis!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 12:02:19 PM »
Thank you for the reply.
Im just so scared from this yesterday I couldn't sleep.
My symptoms seem to improve although I do get mild ache around the appendix still. When I press and release nothing happens so I guess Its not that.
I dont know how to cope with the fear though....
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Re: Scared from appendicitis!
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 04:20:50 PM »
Coping with anxieties is sometimes a minute by minute struggle.  You just have to find a technique that works for you:

1. read a book, watch a movie
2. go for a walk/walk your pet
3. call a family member or friend
4. help other people with their anxious thoughts on this message board (you'll often find yourself giving the same advice to other people that they woudl give to you)
5. do something mentally challenging like studying a new language or (for me) doing any kind of math
6. make lists of all the things in life that you are grateful for or that you find beautiful or that you would like to accomplish

Just some thoughts to get you started: )
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