I started this thread because I was curious as to what people saw as their own "final hurdle" when it comes to HA. What test, procedure or Doc appointment is the one in your mind that (assuming the test/procedure/doc appointment, came out healthy) would finally make you say "I'm healthy and don't have to worry about [insert HA worry here] ever again." I fear however, that it looks like it will NEVER end. No test is enough, or some other ache or pain will replace the current HA worry.
We spend our time thinking our symptoms are going to bury us but what we really need to be doing is spending time thinking how to bury our symptoms.
Patmob, I totally agree with you. Anxiety, even health anxiety, is a mental disorder, so to think that ANY one medical test, or combination of tests, will ease our fears is a fallacy. It's counterintuitive, but the answer is in RESISTING medical tests, or trips to the doctor, or a "quick" google search, or that one final self-check. Learning how to sit, however uncomfortably, with our symptoms, and not react to them out of fear, is a true step in the right direction. So often, it's our own anxious-overthinking that keeps us in the anxiety cycle. It's essential to short out that circuit, and we do that by letting our overly-reactive bodies act out however they want until such time as our stress levels reduce enough to where we're no longer symptomatic.
We cannot expect our symptoms to go away and only then will we feel better. Real recovery occurs when we allow ourselves to feel better DESPITE the presence of symptoms. As Marc said, it's a lot about learning to accept uncertainty. I'm pretty much over my HA, but I still HATE uncertainty, and it's still a fight to learn how to live in that tension—and yes, it's a life robber, let me tell you.