Lately I have been thinking about something. Everyone has symptoms here on this thread and everyone has health anxiety. Most people experience nuerological symptoms the most it seems. Mine has been a brain cancer fear off and on for almost 5 months as some of you may know, mine started off with a sinus infection that had me feeling off balance and I ran to google and then I thought I had brain tumor. I think it was the balance symptom that had my mind drawn to the brain cancer fear the most. There's all kinds of ways to feel off balance. There's pure o spinning and falling down, there's just plain spinning, and there's no spinning, in which my case it was just me feeling as if the floor was moving under my feet which is more of a vertigo type feeling. Cause on the inside I was walking straight as I could be, but on the inside I felt really off balance.
So I simply got confused at exactly what the off balance was meaning under the brain cancer symptom. Either way I did have a ct scan without contrast which wasn't enough for me. Contrast would have been nice. But then MRI sounded nicer since they will show lots more.
What gets us confused is, how do we know what is anxiety and what isn't anxiety. How do we know that the anxiety is really lying to us? How do we know if what we are feeling should really be ignored? Now I'm not speaking for those who have had every test in the book. I'm talking about those of us who have not had a ct scan with contrast or MRI to rule out a brain tumor 100%. Or another neurological disease.
I went to read brain cancer stories just to see exactly what patients experience with brain Tumors. Now I do not want people to flip out here especially if you already had a MRI. If you had had a MRI then you are good.
From what I read is that half of these brain tumor survivors were misdiagnosed at first only because their doctors did not do further image testing. Some of them went months with a brain tumor cause their doctors would simply not listen up them. Their symptoms were pretty much red flags. But some were not too severe enough where doctors were too concerned. The balance thing was actual people bumping into walls, the headaches were passed off as sinus headaches, this makes me mad. Some were people having severe memory problems. Cause of these symptoms being related to other common things, doctors did not think of it being a brain tumor. And they knocked it off as stress related and handed the patients nerve pills. And these people were not hypochondriacs like us. Maybe sometimes it is safe for us to ask for a ct scan or MRI since people can be misdiagnosed and have crappy doctors. There is nothing wrong with us wanting to be 100 percent sure. Even if the dr seems sure we are ok. These people that I read about suffered cause they were believed to trust their doctor and did not ask for further testing.
My point here is not to scare anyone at all. What I'm basically saying is, if you have new symptoms that occur, such as a headache, severe dizziness, weakness in one side of the body, ect, you can come here and ask for advice or a second opinion, if you have had a ct scan or MRI and still worry then yes that for sure health anxiety.
If you come here and have not ever had either one, then you should ask for further imaging testing to be on safe side. That does not mean that it will end up giving you horrible news. In order for things to be entirely ruled out, that's how it will be diagnosed as anxiety. And if you still feel like crap even after all the testing then it's for sure anxiety, tests don't lie.
That's why it's important to have a doctor that will listen to you. If you have weird symptoms and think further testing would be more reassuring to you, like if the symptoms are totally new to you, doctors should just do what the patient wants cause things can be misdiagnosed. It's not often but it can happen. The gold standard for anything cancerous to be ruled out is ct scans and MRI's. And other testing if needed. People want to make sure they are healthy and then if all checks out ok, rest assured, it's anxiety.
The body is confusing and there's so many things out there that have related symptoms. And it is sad that doctors refuse to listen to their patients. Even if it's just a bad headache and the dr passing it off as a migraine and sends them home without even ordering a ct scan or MRI. In my opinion, doctors need to cover the bases cause many have been sued due to not listening to their patients.
You have those without hypochondria who go to a doctor and have a new symptom who listen to the doctor and feel no change. And don't freak out but end up behind misdiagnosed cause they didn't want to cover all the bases. And that does not mean they end up with a bad diseAse.
Then you have us hypochondriacs who want testing done right away to make sure the bad stuff is ruled out. And doctors should be ok with that and once we get that testing done, that's when we should relax and blame it all on anxiety if that's the cause. Or if it turns out to be something simple such as migraines.
That's all there is to it. But reading those with brain cancer I see that their symptoms were pretty severe and some weren't and doctors should not have ignored it.
So all I'm saying is, if new symptoms pop up out of this blue and you have not been seen by a doctor, go to one. And ask for testing to be on safe side. Even if your doctor doesn't think it's necessary. It does not hurt! And it's not silly.
What's silly is when we get the testing and yet still think that we have a disease and feel new symptons and then think we have a new disease or again have been misdiagnosed. That's for sure anxiety playing tricks.
The good thing about hypochondria is that we want to make sure things are ruled out.
The bad thing about hypochondria is that even when things are ruled out, we may feel the affects of anxiety itself cause of how stressed our body maybe and then we still believe there's something wrong.
This is just my two cents.