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Offline Caribou

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I seemed to notice that when I am distracted or just don't focus on symptoms that I believe to be caused by something serious, they disappear.

For example, I was having pretty bad abdominal pain, and I for sure thought that it was pancreatic cancer, or stomach cancer, etc.  Well, I have also been concerned about a tooth and now that I'm focusing on it, it is starting to hurt.  Now I know that a tooth is different because I actually know there is a cavity on there, but my abdominal pain has suddenly disappeared.

I keep looking at my tooth, and I see a cavity, but I don't know how deep it is and I'm scared because it will only get better when I see a dentist - but that won't happen until May!  Ugh.   :angry:

But yeah, does that happen to any of you?
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 08:26:18 PM »
Yes, that definitely happens to me.  I've diagnosed myself with breast cancer and ovarian cancer due to pains and was certain I had both.  As soon as I had a mammogram and ultrasounds that came back normal....the pain disappeared. 

Our minds are very powerful.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 08:28:36 PM »
YES!  I had a bad tingling right leg for about a month (on and off, when I'd sit in a hard chair, it would be HORRIBLE at church!)  Then I hurt my arm shoveling snow and I started focusing on my arm (wasn't worried, I was just making sure I didn't twist it a certain way or grab an item a certain way) the tingling in my leg stopped!  On the 3'rd day I thought, "Oh wait!  The leg tingling is gone!"   My arm is no longer sore, but since I got out of the leg obsession the tingle is still gone)

Also from November of 2004 to December of 2005 I had a bad pressure pain in the pit of my stomach - all day long practically, and every day.  I finally went to a gastro doctor and had an endoscopy.   From the moment they told me nothing was wrong, that pain went away, never returned.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 08:30:35 PM »
Sometimes.

When I'm deep into something (like playing games with my brothers) I usually don't even notice or care about my symptoms. But if I'm doing something by myself (maybe reading or just listening to music) than I'll still notice the symptoms.

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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 08:38:58 PM »
Every time!!!!  That's how I know for sure that it's all anxiety. 
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 01:13:28 AM »
Only during my work outs or I'm around friends and family
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 08:02:59 AM »
yep every time
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 08:15:37 AM »
i wish. but i also think that i focus hard on trying to ignore them the best that i know possible -- and then my body tells me, "i know you are trying to ignore me! but guess what, i am going to do THIS now.....so you won't forget!"  LOL
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2014, 11:24:08 PM »
Yep. In my cause its nausea and headaches. As long as I keep my mind busy I'm fine but as soon as I think "I haven't felt nauseous in a while", it comes right back within a few minutes.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2014, 05:50:40 AM »
It's complicated. Some of my eye symptoms have gone (YAY) after a year of therapy and actually relaxing, but the "big" ones are still here. Some are of the kind you can learn to unnotice (for example visual snow), some just happen when they happen.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2014, 09:46:48 AM »
I wish I could say yes, but I am pretty sure my situation is physical and it totally freaks me out; that is why I need an anxiety site to turn to. Regardless of the number of tests I have had everything comes back normal. Go figure.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2014, 12:24:20 PM »
No :(
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2014, 12:30:36 PM »
Kind of, maybe? I don't really know. I get head pressure and aches, ear ringing and general discomfort. Sometimes putting my attention on something and keeping myself from thinking helps.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2014, 01:50:24 PM »
Dépends ... There is "distracted" and then there is distracted. When I am really distracted, not trying to be distracted, my symptoms disappear.
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Re: Poll - Do your symptoms disappear when you forget about them?
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2014, 06:02:13 AM »
this is very interesting because my symptoms seem to be circling around and maybe because i've made a promise to my neuro never to google my symptoms so i currently don't have any new input.

here's a funny story. my HR was racing for 2 consecutive days. Always an average of 98-109BPM so i decided to go to my cardio. when i was there an intern/trainee was doing the preliminary check-up and he told me that yes my pulse is racing but that it doesn't seem to have any irregularities then he said we just wait for my cardio to be there. then my cardio arrived, took my pulse and it was only 70BPM. i told him you must be kidding me & he goes "go check for yourself" and true enough it slowed down. maybe i should marry a doctor??? i don't know haha!
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