Hi everyone, I kind of introduced myself on the general board, but here goes again:
I'm in my 30s, have a wonderful and tolerant ;) husband and 6 month old daughter. I've had bad health anxiety for about 3 years now. I've always had a severe fear of vomiting (emetophobia) which has required treatment, and now this seems to have morphed into generalized health anxiety. A few years ago, had very weird symptoms and abnormal blood work that started the whole cascade. Also, I was reading lymphoma boards, stupid, I know. I was having numbness, chest pain, fatigue, low grade fevers. I was convinced I had lymphoma which I see is fairly common fear here. I was taking my temperature 20-30 times a day to the point where I asked my husband to hide the thermometer. All tests eventually came back ok. I saw a therapist and did ok for awhile. Then I got pregnant....surprisingly I did well with pregnancy despite having a tough one. However, in the last month, the health anxiety has come back with a roar. I'm back on anxiety meds.
I've been having hip pain for the past 2 weeks and am convinced that its bone cancer or a metastasis to the bone. I just want more and more tests. I want bloodwork because I've been fatigued. I had an MRI a few months ago because of brain tumor fears. This fear is making me really loony and I'd love to get help and treat it. I wish I could tell what symptoms were real and what are not. I'm so glad to have found this board because it helps so much to see that people have the same fears I do and they understand what its like! My family and friends are getting a little tired of reassuring me all the time. Thanks so much!!!!!!!