I will share my story. I was 19 years old and had my first panic attack. After that, I thought I had a heart condition. I did not have internet during this time. But I constantly worried and felt pains in my chest, my chest was tight and my arm would ache and I would get scared. I checked my heart beats every day with a stethoscope and my chest would even tingle. It finally went away after a few months and so did my health anxiety. I no longer worried about my body having a disease.
Now here I am, at 36 with it all over again. What started this? I will tell you as briefly as possible. I started feeling like the floor was bouncing underneath my feet in feb. I tried not to freak out bit the mind made me start believing it was a seizure coming on from playing too many video games. I could not see my dr for several weeks and that sent me to dr google. I read about inner ear diseases and mdds. Scared me cause I didn't want my eqilibrium to be messed up for life. So I was upset and worried. But I read about sinuses causing the same thing. I was having some other things that were sinus related and then I had a pain over my ear which lead me to thinking it was a brain disease. Then I began to think it was a brain tumor. The kind that most children get that's in the cerebellum since that's what part has to do with balance. And my eyes didn't want to focus and so I really thought I had a brain tumor. Even after my dr did a neurological exam and told me I worried too much.
I was sent to a ent and she said sounded like sinuses and put me on more meds. Predinsone and another strong antibiotic and that made my balance feel normal. But sadly I was already bed bound cause of how it set off my anxiety. But even after that, still thought I had brain tumor. So I told my ent I wanted ct scan of sinuses and she said that it would show my brain. So the ct scan was clear and she explained how sinuses mess up
The ears and ect.
So now cause of being stressed out and mainly google, I have been in bed and now legs are weak a little and still worry. And my cheek will feel weird and I worry about that. So here I am battling this again.
Would love to hear how you all developed health anxiety. :)