Hi all! I am new here, just registered. I seemed to have developed a pretty decent anxiety disorder as a result of a recent illness. The illness turned out to be chronic sinusitis which has been treated and now under control but I had also been told I may have had a salivary gland tumor at the time and a head and neck CT scan was ordered. The scan only showed the sinus issue (obviously relieved!) and the ENT / Surgeon said"unequivocally no other issues". Ever since then however I am preoccupied with illnesses I most likely do not have ranging from from liver disease and pancreatic issues etc etc etc . These thoughts consume me and I have been pretty anxious over the past two months. I've been seen by my GP as well as his partner multiple times and my physical and all blood test are completely normal. They also felt my liver specifically and concluded I am a pretty healthy 50 year old guy but do need to lose about 25lbs. I do drink on occssion but have not recently. My BP is always pretty good 128 / 78, pulse 65 (and this is in Dr office). My BP was quite high during anxiety bouts. I run 3-4 miles, 3-4 days a week at a good pace and despite my anxiety feel pretty good. So what the H*LL is my issue??? My GP wants to put me on Lexapro but so far I have refused and have treated the severe panic attacks with small doses of Xanax (meant to be a bridge while starting Lexapro). BTW - I now think I am addicted to Xanax even thought I have only taken a dozen .5mg pills over a 2 1/2 week period because I read on the internet how additive they are.
Deep down I do believe there is nothing seriously wrong with me except my inability to shake my anxiety as a result of being a hypochondriac. I also started some CBT therapy sessions. Looking for advice from experience... Thanks!