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Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:40:40 PM »
Hi guys  :action-smiley-065:

My story short. Last summer I got a severe stomach pain later accompanied by dizziness and shortness of breath. I've gone through countless tests and the gastric specialist I ended up with told me he couldn't find anything wrong with me and suggested that it was all in my head. Went to talk to a psychiatric counselor and she believed me to have a mild depression and anxiety of at least moderate level. Apparently my anxiety went from the fear of being abandoned to health anxiety - lucky me! This was just about 3 weeks ago and I'm still having problems wrapping my mind around the fact that I am healthy but feeling sick and that the pain is something my brain made up  :spineyes: I will be starting sessions with a psychologist in two weeks time and I'm looking forward to be getting my life back.

I was told to try out mindfulness and it seems to be working OK for me. The stomach pains are still there ranging from mild to moderate (only had 1 count of severe pain in 3 weeks) but luckily the dizziness has vanished and the shortness of breath has been reduced to a minimum and I only notice it when I got time to think about it, which makes it worse in a few breaths.

I've been trying like crazy to keep my mind on positive thoughts but I eventually fall back into thinking death and chronic illness. Stopped visiting google for symptoms as I know it will just make it worse (probably how it all started). Tried talking to myself in the mirror and keep telling myself that I do NOT have any physical illness, that it is the anxiety monster that wants to be fed by my negative thoughts and worries (sounds dumb but it kinda works for me).

How do you guys work on removing the physical pain, which methods do you use?

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Re: Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 10:17:25 PM »
Hi there and welcome to the AZ.  Physical pain is very common to people with anxiety - mostly because anxiety causes us to tense up (even if we don't think we are feeling physically tense) and muscles become tight.  And usually when high levels of stress and anxiety creep in, we stop doing healthy things like exercising, stretching, and relaxing (which we should be doing) and everything becomes tight.  And muscle tension is not something that goes away overnight - if you do have that night where you don't feel anxious.  Being diligent about stretching and making yourself exercise, even when you don't feel like it, are some of the best things you can do for muscle tension.  I would encourage you to do that.

Most definitely do not google.  That is a health anxious person's worst nightmare.  Google cannot diagnose you with anything (and neither can you, unless you have MD behind your name) so stop trying  - it is one of the best things you can do for your anxiety. 

I get those moments of ruminating over death and chronic illness (and I have been dealing with that alot more recently as it has come up with people I know in my life).  Anyway, I agree with you that positive thoughts are the best way (that I have found) to combat it.  I really like positive self talk (I am healthy, I am positive, I am happy - as much as I can think of) and doing that many times a day.  The more I do that, the more I find it helps with those negative, ruminating thoughts.  When I stop, or am too lazy to do it, the thoughts will return.  Also being social helps me with those thoughts - not just being around people but hanging with people I can really talk to - it's another form of distraction.  I guess that's what it comes down to, distraction - a retraining of the thinking process.

Another thing I have used for physical, muscular pain is a massotherapist.  That has helped alot.  It helped convince my mind that the soreness and weird sensations I had because of the tight muscles was exactly that - tight muscles.  Maybe give that a try.  Hope this helped!
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Re: Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 01:39:20 PM »
Thanks for your reply!

I am really tense and I think my pain is probably muscle cramps. Noticed my abs are actually quite big but I haven't been doing sit ups for ages. I'll be getting some massage as soon as I got the time. I have a lot of air trapped in my system and that is what's causing some of the abdominal pain and I expect cramps to be the other part.
As for exercise I've been riding my bicycle to university for the past month so that's about 100km a week and it's great to keep my mind calm. I could easily do some more exercise and hopefully I can start working out again soon, really miss that.
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Re: Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 07:12:33 AM »
I'm reminded of the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" specifically the scene where Lawrence holds his hand over a lit candle.  Someone says to him "Good Lord Lawrence!  Doesn't that hurt?  Whats the trick?" to which Lawrence replies with a smile "Of course it hurts.  The trick is not minding that it hurts."
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Re: Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 12:07:58 PM »
Nice patmob - that is exactly it!  We all have it, we all get it, and the more we focus on it, the more we feel it.
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Re: Physical pain - How to realize its not real?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 01:52:47 PM »
I believe you guys are right, now I just have to convince my brain. My breathing difficulties has now disappeared completely and only the stomach pain remains.. and it wad really bad today. Being on this forum and helping out others has been such a great tool for me in fighting this  :happy0158:
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