Hello, welcome to the forum! I am also a newcomer to the site.
I too have cripplingly bad health anxiety, every single foreign feeling I get in my body I perceive to be a threat to my life or health, every little lump I perceive to be cancer, every strange head-rush I think is a stroke and so on and so forth!
For me, what I find is that the most important to remember with anxiety and in particular health anxiety, is that anxiety causes very real physical symptoms which to the anxious mind immediately are perceived to be a threat. When in actual fact, they are just a result of anxiety, for example I get very bad vertigo and dizziness when I am feeling anxious and immediately I think "I'M GOING TO COLLAPSE AND DIE OH GOD OH NO OH HELP ME!"
The most important thing to note is that these symptoms only occur for me and probably for most people when anxiety is on your mind, when you are in a good, clear head-space they are not there at all! The trick is that when you feel a strange physical symptom and start to worry or freak out, remember that it is almost certainly down to your anxiety, rather than an underlying health problem. However, having suffered with the condition for a while now, I know that pretty much 0% of thoughts going through your head mid panic attack are rational ones, so when you are feeling on top of your anxiety, try to train your brain to think logically in those stressful situations, so when you are faced with them you are prepared to go "NO, THIS IS JUST ANXIETY I AM NOT DYING!"
Unfortunately it is very hard to explain how to do that over an internet forum and even if I tried it would be incredibly inaccurate and probably a massive waste of time...SO:
- I would recommend you read a book called "The Chimp Paradox" for brain training
- Get plenty of exercise (I find cycling very very helpful)
- Perhaps try some holistic therapy such as acupuncture or reflexology to help ease the mental side effects of anxiety
- Eat a healthy diet, the better you feel about yourself, the less you will brood over anxiety
- Most importantly in my opinion....STAY OFF GOOGLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, DR. GOOGLE IS A VERY VERY MEAN MAN!
I hope that I could have been of at least some help to you, if you have any questions about my anxiety experiences or anything at all, please ask!