I just thought it would be nice to talk about something different. I saw a post like this before from 2011, so I thought a new topic was okay.
What actually started your HA? What are some ailments you have and face everyday, usually without too much worry?
I was thinking about this for me, and I don't remember having health anxiety until I have gotten older, and have had both normal and rare health problems. Like some others have said, the usual symptoms say something wont' happen until you are over 50. But I am over 50.
And I think it is the rarity of two of these that causes me to jump to so many conclusions of everything being terminal.
I started when I was 23 and had a perforated duodenal ulcer. Doctor said that was an "old person's disease" and wondered why I had that. I contribute it to stress of the first years of teaching and a rocky beginning to my marriage--which smoothed out, thank goodness. Funny thing, I had symptoms for about 4 months and just ignored them. I wouldn't do that now but then I seemed to have had a large pain tolerance.
My second real scare was about 4 summers ago when I had a superior mesenteric vein thrombosis. ER doctor said in his 30 years of practice, he'd never seen this, but had read about it. Gee, what luck I have. Why can't I win the lottery, then?
Once I was home from the hospital, I did look this up to find out it was very rare and sometimes fatal. Don't ask me the symptoms, I won't tell you.
In between all of that, I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a blood clotting disorder, hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, neck bone spurs, costochondritis, labyrinthitis, and a blood clot in my leg. No wonder when I say something concerns me that my husband will sometimes roll his eyes.
But even though I have all those problems and have learned what they do to me, it is still something as rare as a brain tumor that always sets me into panic. And I think because of my propensity for rare things makes me believe, yep that could happen to me. Right now, it's the phantom smells. Sure, it could be my sinuses, but that's not what I think. My doctor said that the prednisone I took for my labyrinthitis is probably the culprit and will take 7-10 days to completely bring my nose back to normal. Even my sister who is a speech pathologist agreed. But HA wants to scream...NO. And now I've been breathing through my nose to check smells, I think my nose has become over sensitive to smells, which puts my on the HA merry-go-round.
Well, what is your story? I'd love to find out.