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Offline itisdel

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Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:24:52 PM »
Obviously you can't "make yourself" get an illness (nor would I think you'd want to), but I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience to what I'm having right now.

So my current fear for the past 6 or so months is of visual symptoms and such. A little while ago, I found out what "Palinopsia" was, which is basically long-lasting afterimages and trails on every moving object. At first, I thought, "Hey, that's interesting." But of course, it didn't stop there. I kept thinking about it, and being the hypochondriac that I am, I kept checking to make sure my afterimages aren't long-lasting. They weren't. But y'know, I kept checking and thinking about it, and now about 2 or 3 weeks later, I somehow managed to make myself see afterimages more frequently. I was watching a movie earlier, and I noticed that if I'd look at a scene and then look away, I'd see a brief (less than half a second) vague positive after image of what I was looking at. A few days ago, I noticed when I was playing some games, I'd see brief positive afterimages (same as before) of things that are in high contrast (especially something white on a dark background, that's when it's the most noticeable). I don't know if that's considered normal, or if I'm just freaking out about it because it's been constantly on my mind for the past 2 or 3 weeks, but wow this blows. And now, of course, I'm worried that I have palinopsia. But hey, at least I don't have trails. Yet.

Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone else had similar experiences to this. Considering that I haven't noticed any afterimages or anything before I looked up palinopsia and found out what it was, I know that logically it's highly unlikely that I actually have this condition. But I'm just wondering; can thinking about a symptom constantly actually make you experience them? It seems that I have "trained" my brain to look for these afterimages, but I don't really know how to "untrain" it. I guess the best way would be to just stop thinking about it, but that's easier said than done, of course.
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Re: Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 02:23:38 AM »
Definitely!   About 5 years ago, an optometrist told me that I had signs of Macular Degeneration on one of my  retinas.  Of course, I googled that when I got home, and over the next few months, convinced myself thatbI was having visual symptoms consistent w MD.  I finally made an appt w a retina specialist and was told my retinas were perfect. Of course I immediately stopped looking for and noticing any symptoms.    I have since been to a different ophthalmologist for a regular check up and everything was still normal.  I hopebthis helps!

Daisy
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Re: Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 06:58:28 PM »
Yeah that's kind of like what I'm going through right now. I think the lesson to be learned from this is that if you're actively looking for symptoms, you're gonna find 'em. The hard part I think now would be to stop thinking about this, and I imagine once I do that the symptoms would go away.
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Re: Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2014, 07:08:37 AM »
Hi. The exact same thing happened to me. Now I constantly see negative afterimages.
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Re: Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2014, 10:35:03 AM »
While you can't make yourself contract an actual viral or bacterial illness, without a doubt your mind can manifest symptoms. If you focus on something long and hard enough you'll physically feel it which is one of the cornerstones of HA. Hypersensitivity along with the OCD tendencies of HA are a nasty combination. Try this experiment. Focus on a body part like your foot or hand and think about getting an ache or shooting pain. My guess is that within a relatively short period of time you'll begin to feel physical sensations that you didn't feel before. The same theory goes for dispelling symptoms. How many times have you heard about distraction? Someone will be having palpitations for instance. Then they get occupied with something else and presto!... the palps are gone until they begin to think about them again. You can focus on the positive aspects as opposed to the negative and get the same results. Focusing on the fact that the symptom is harmless can help you overcome it.

Concerning what you're experiencing? The fact is, we all can see "trails" if we focus on them. We all have visual snow and floaters. It's a matter of the mind filtering them out. Most people aren't affected nor even notice it happening but obviously, you being focused on them, are noticing it. Just know you can "un-train" your brain as well. Look into some CBT techniques as they can be quite effective.

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Re: Can you make yourself "get" an illness?
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2014, 11:22:11 AM »
Please google TMS and Dr. John Sarno.  He has cured many people of mind body symptoms.  See tmswiki.org for more info.
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