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Offline Kmj023

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When I battled health anxiety at age 19 after my very first panic attack, I was convinced I had a heart problem. I would concentrate on my heart so much that if something didn't feel right I would get scared. I focused on it so much that my chest would feel tingly. I never knew that anxiety would do something like that.

And here I am at 36 battling HA again. Started off as the floor bouncing which triggered my anxiety and couldn't see dr right away so I turned to dr google who made me fear a lot of things and made me worse. And it was a sinus infection but was convinced I had a brain tumor cause of google. I focused on my head so much I would fe zaps and thought it was gonna be a seizure. Thought my face was gonna droop still working on this, and I was so convinced I had a bt that I was afraid to walk cause I thought it was ataxia and once I grabbed my phone and turned I turned on my camera and talked and realized that when I wasn't thinking about my walking and balance it was more normal than I thought despite the anxiety I have when I walk now. However I'm still nervous walking and being in bed two months makes it more tiring.

So I would like to hear what your fear was and if symptoms were created and how you overcame it.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

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Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Have you actually created symptoms from obsessing about a disease?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 10:40:54 PM »
Yes, I have done this. I have done it more than once, but maybe the worst time was when I was going through a breast cancer scare. The time from when I found a lump and when I got the results of the biopsy was about 5 weeks. At the height of my anxiety, I started developing pain in my ribs and skull. I think the skull was from clenching my teeth and holding my head so tensely. The rib pain was phantom pain, I believe, from imagining that I had cancer that had already metastasized. I remember listening to NPR one day, and the topic was disease, and every time the guests would say "disease" I would get a shot of pain in my bones. Couldn't be clearer that the pain was pure fiction triggered by fear of disease!!
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Re: Have you actually created symptoms from obsessing about a disease?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 10:55:02 PM »
Look into somatoform disorder. A lot of us suffer from this. We truly can create an innumerable amount of physical symptoms. When I think about headaches, I get them. If I think about sneezing or an itchy nose, within a few minutes I'll sneeze. I really could go on and on, and don't think just because the symptoms I used as examples are so general that they're the only ones you can "create". I've "created" an upset stomach, tingling and cold feet, itching, you name it.
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Re: Have you actually created symptoms from obsessing about a disease?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 11:06:27 PM »
Yes. When I was worried about lymphoma, I itched like crazy and woke up in a sweat some mornings.
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Re: Have you actually created symptoms from obsessing about a disease?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 11:07:28 PM »
My friend mentioned today this really interesting phenomenon I believe called, 'phantom pregnancy'. It's similar to (or might be?) a somatoform disorder, however it highlights just how powerful the mind's influence can be physiologically.
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