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Offline Sassygirlj

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How to stop checking
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:07:16 PM »
Hi ya-

Anyone have anything helpful tips on how to stop checking various body parts constantly? Right now my fear is breast cancer and I'm constantly checking my breast in every mirror and with every different lighting for dimples and dents. I noticed a slight crease in my left breast and got checked out at the doctor who said everything looks and feels fine. However, I'm having trouble believing him without any actual tests.

Anyways-I'm constantly checking and am in a horrible spiral with it...how do you stop yourself from spending so much time in the bathroom?? Lol
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 05:09:53 PM »
I am going to follow this post simply because I'd like an answer to that too.  If it's something visible I check and check and check until I feel like I'm going crazy.  (it's like "well maybe I didn't look at it at this same angle before and maybe the lighting was a TINY bit different, or what have you!  You can't win)
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 07:08:58 PM »
There is no magic bullet for that. I decided I am going to check my symptoms one time, once a week. Once I check them, I note that down and check only after a week. It requires a lot of conscious effort like stopping Googling but it is doable.

What I find impossible to let go off are symptoms that are constant. For example, I have tingling big toe for a couple of days now. Checking those symptoms requires only to think are they still there and since you can't stop thinking it is pain in the ass...
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 08:33:48 PM »
I have done this checked constantly but I have tried to stop and not do it so often.
I found a lump or a small lymph node in the groin at the end of January. I didn't feel for it for a week but got increasingly anxiety ridden about it. I had blood tests and the dr stated they were in the normal limits. As with most HA people you do not believe the blood tests.
I still have this lump or little swelling of the lymph node and I am trying not to show others that I am stressed out about it.
I am trying not to check it so often.
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 08:40:47 PM »
I used to check my pulse all the time. Eventually though, I did figure out how to stop doing it. And my advice is completely useless. Never the less, it did work, so..

You just have to stop. You have to force yourself to not do it. You have to do anything but that. Its hard. Its scary. And everything about you is screaming to do so. But you can't do it. Once you check, your sympathetic nervous system floods you with adrenaline. Because it doesnt take chances, and if you werent in danger, why would you be checking? So every time you do it, you actually make it worse.

But the other side is that, every time you resist doing it, it gets easier to resist next time, and the time after that, and so on.

Its not easy, it took me a long time to do. But its what must happen
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 08:49:15 PM »

You just have to stop. You have to force yourself to not do it. You have to do anything but that.

It's actually very gopd and practical advice. People can accept it or not, but like I said previously, there is no magic bullet for it. It's very hard but it can be done.
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 09:10:12 PM »
I was the same way. CONVINCED that I had breast cancer. I have a dent on my left breast as well, that's been there for a long time. I'm 22 and went to a breast specialist who said everything seemed fine but I stayed up all night having panic attacks.

It's way easier said than done to just stop. I would always tell myself that, but I simply couldn't. The only thing that really helped honestly? Medication. I was prescribed Sertraline(generic Zoloft) and it turned my life around and I can finally think practical and not obsess over various health issues that I don't have.

If you haven't already, see someone that you can talk to and who is licensed to give you the best treatment that will help you. I know what you're going through. I really do, it isn't easy. But you WILL get through it. I went from rock bottom to a place that I'm content with.

Best wishes xoxo
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 10:42:58 PM »
I used to check my pulse all the time. Eventually though, I did figure out how to stop doing it. And my advice is completely useless. Never the less, it did work, so..

You just have to stop. You have to force yourself to not do it. You have to do anything but that. Its hard. Its scary. And everything about you is screaming to do so. But you can't do it. Once you check, your sympathetic nervous system floods you with adrenaline. Because it doesnt take chances, and if you werent in danger, why would you be checking? So every time you do it, you actually make it worse.

But the other side is that, every time you resist doing it, it gets easier to resist next time, and the time after that, and so on.

Its not easy, it took me a long time to do. But its what must happen

AMEN to that! I've had it so bad to the point where I will start to fall asleep in bed, then quickly jump up because "OH MY GOD WHY AM I FEELING SO WEAK!?" Well duh, because I am relaxing and falling asleep, but no, my anxiety wanted me to jump up and check my heart, move, because ya know, if I don't move then something bad is going to happen! OMG OMG OMG!

It's hard, it sucks, but Panic/Anxiety can get into a routine if you let it, and constantly checking this is your routine, which needs to be broken. You just need to grab life by the scruff of the neck and live for yourself and not for your fear of things that will more than likely not happen in the spur of a moment :)
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Re: How to stop checking
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 02:08:49 PM »
I agree with candaceb816.  The only thing that really helped me was taking Zoloft, 50mg per day. My counselor said that constant checking is a form of OCD and the Zoloft seems to help with that, along with my anxiety in general.
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