I keep developing splinter hemorrhages under my fingernails (off and on), and, even though I should know better, they always make me worry.
My anxiety issues surfaced about 6 months ago when I started having chest pain and, even after being cleared through several EKGs and an echocardiogram (nothing found but a simple flow murmur), the pains come back from time to time and still make me nervous. And, of course, when the spots show up under my nails, I couple that with the chest pain and worry about the possibility of endocarditis!
Logically, I know this is very unlikely. I have a rheumatology appointment next month (high rheumatoid factor and a family history of RA), and I know these are also associated with RA or other autoimmune diseases - so it makes MUCH more sense that something like that would be the cause. I also don't have any fever, and even ran a half-marathon this past weekend, which I assume would be nearly impossible with endocarditis or other heart issues. I just struggle with getting the logical part of my brain and the anxious part of my brain to agree!
I know there's not really any question here - I guess I really just looking for reassurance that my logical brain is the right part, and my anxious brain is just being an idiot :)