Hi all, this is my first post in this section of the forum.
Basically, I have been a two-three year sufferer of health anxiety and all the nasty symptoms that come along with it. Skipping all that to recently, I managed to start up some medication and life style changes, and that worked great for 12-14 weeks. Symptomless and the best I had felt since 2012... But within seconds last Saturday night, I completely took a turn for the worst with one minor pain.
It was in my right lower stomach, and the alarm bells in my mind immediately sounded and I began thinking "appendicitis". Now before that, I was easily able to dismiss such thoughts, but a few things had happened recently in my life, not so much stressors, but potential triggers and it sent me backwards.
For the last week or so, I have had stomach cramps on and off, pain around my navel and upper abdomen, pain on the right side of my lower abdomen etc. Making a short appointment with my doctor (as us sufferers do), he poked, prodded and examined my stomach and told me that I was not showing any signs/symptoms of appendicitis and then proceeded to say, assuming he blew the diagnosis and got it wrong, every bump, movement, cough etc. would cause me significant pain if my appendix was actually inflamed. That was all well and good, he prescribes me Nexium for stomach acid (as I have issues with this) and told me to see him at the end of the week (today actually).
During that week, I waxed and waned with negative and fearsome thoughts of "what if" and the pains in my stomach, not so much crippling me or ailing me to the extent of mass worry, but enough to take time away from my day to day activities.
I should also mention that it has been extremely hot where I live and I do not do well in the heat, there is currently a heat wave of 40+ degrees Celsius and the air conditioner had been broken until today in my house as well.
The other thing is, I have had a stomach ultrasound within the last few months that came back perfectly normal and my kidneys had been done not so long before that (reoccuring urine infections for a male, Doctor wanted to be sure everything was good in there).
So my question is, above all the pains and aches in my stomach and the thoughts of "omg appendix, death knocking at my door, something has been missed by my doctor, something is wrong with my stomach" should I really be concerned about my stomach aches, cramps and the pains after an ultrasound that came back negative for any illness or ailment in any part of my stomach entirely?
Just thought I'd hear some comments from people who can relate to the predicament that is health anxiety.