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Hi there :) New to anxiety zone- health anxiety suferer :(
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:14:38 PM »
Just thought I'd introduce myself!

I'm 20 years old and for the last couple months I have had health anxiety that is out of control. Prior to this I never gave my health a second thought and assumed, as I probably should, that i'm young and have a long life ahead of me and as long as I take good care of myself and the doctor says I'm ok, all's good.
I've had everything from stomach problems/indigestion to headaches, muscle pain, chest pain/heart palps, abdominal pain, pins and needles, etc.
I've had TONS of tests done and visited various specialists and of course, doctors can find nothing wrong with me. Yet I spend most of my days sitting around convincing myself that I'm going to die soon. It's really making my life very miserable at the moment.

I've been prescribed Klonopin but I'm hesitant to take it. I took it a few times- like when i had my MRI and knew it would bring on a panic attack- but for the most part I stay away because i'm afraid i'll get hooked. I'm a student so I can't afford counselling- there are counselling services on campus that I've used a couple of times but of course they're not really as thorough and personal as I need right now.

Just want to reach out and share experiences with others :) I feel so much better already now that I'm here.

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Re: Hi there :) New to anxiety zone- health anxiety suferer :(
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 03:33:40 PM »
Hi Halesy,

I'm new here myself. I've gone through very similar things, and I've learned that anxiety produces a huge range of physical symptoms, including every single one you've mentioned. I also know how frustrating it is being a broke college student with little access to care - I was one myself when most of my anxiety problems really started hitting high gear. I don't have all the answers (if I did, I wouldn't be here), but I do know how you feel. I've had Klonopin a few times myself, and while I've found that it kept me from having a full-blown panic attack, it doesn't really fight the underlying anxiety. I can mostly hold down the panic attacks myself, so I don't really bother with the Klonopin. I can't really speak to whether it's addictive, because I think that depends on a lot of factors - usually people are given a very small dose for anxiety, and some people are more prone physiologically to addiction than others. But if the idea of the drug itself is giving you anxiety, it's kind of counterproductive to take it.

A question for you about your healthcare coverage, though - I know that when I was in college, I could still be covered under my parents' health insurance up to a certain age. Is that an option for you? If your parents/guardians have health coverage, check with them to see if you could be covered. The way I see it, anxiety sufferers can use every possible resource we can get.

I'm glad you feel a bit better after being able to share, at least - I think having a community of people who understand what you're going through can sometimes be the most helpful thing for a person when they're feeling afraid.
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Re: Hi there :) New to anxiety zone- health anxiety suferer :(
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 04:39:31 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Good to have you as a member. Here you are with like minded people. People who understand. As we all suffer from something or other. So feel free to ask any questions. Our members are always willing to help others out. Good chatroom too. 3 posts to enter the room.

Find the correct section of the forum that suits your condition and create a new topic on it. This is just a welcome section. Never really get the same amount of help in this section as you would on the other sections of the forums. So whatever one suits the questions you are asking. Get much better answers.
All users of the chatroom must be 18 years old or over. The room is off limits to anybody under the age of 18.
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Re: Hi there :) New to anxiety zone- health anxiety suferer :(
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 07:59:54 PM »
Hi Halesy!
I read your post and wanted to say hi and let you know that you aren't alone! I have health anxiety too and I know how debilitating it can be. This site has been really helpful for me. There's a ton of interesting posts under the health anxiety section, so you may want to check that out if you have a minute!
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