That's the thing. Progress is always slow with it. I mean there'll never be an overnight cure to this. I guess some people might think anxiety became physical overnight. But when you dig deeper you often notice that anxiety was bringing about symptoms before you were even really noticing it.
For me it was one panic attack. Freaked me out but I didn't panic constantly after. Then a second panic attack where, from then on I worried 24/7 about health issues. I thought inbetween the 2 there was no issues. When in reality there was - chest tightness, feelings of overwhelming fear etc etc.
I've done CBT once. I'm going on a waiting list for another go at it. Personally I think if Dr's do give physical conditions that it could be your mind fixates on the notion that there is something physically wrong with you and you can in turn make the symptoms last longer.
I did the same with Epididymitis. had 6 courses of antibiotics and saw countless Dr's. Finally, after seeing a consultant urologist he said that anxiety can cause pains, inflammation etc. He said pain isn't fully udnerstood and some people can remain o nedge. The body can perceive pain there more frequently and you can feel like you've never fully healed.
Me convincing myself that I had chronic epididymitis - which is when it doesn't respond to antibiotics and the pain can last a lifetime. So this fear of having an incurable disease drove my pain, daily for a year. After the consultant explaining what was causing this, and how my stress was adding to it I finally realized that this was yet another issue caused by my anxiety. So I finally stopped getting the pains 2 weeks after speaking to him.
Mind over matter - anxiety is living proof of this. Living in fear so much you hurt, then you fear the pain, then you get more pain, etc etc. I'll admit though that it can be hard to not respond emotionally to a pain. I've had all sorts of chest pains for 4+ years and still when I get them I initially fret. but I have to remind myself to not consider it a threat, a disease or anything else.
It's certainly difficult living with this.