Hello - I'm a 56 year old mom and grandma who is realizing that at this age, I'm still obsessing over my health - something I thought I was over years ago. Seems that I've been back in the old pattern that seems to hit me especially after losing a loved one or finding out about a scary diagnosis in someone I am close to....or not even that close to.
The thing I'm pretty excited about is finding this site and finding the health anxiety workbook link. I'm all about trying to improve life stuff, and this is something I'm going to focus on.
I really am quite healthy despite having hypothyroidism and a year long diagnosis of gastroparesis due to a virus which has improved greatly. Of course, when first diagnosed I googled everything about gastroparesis and the anxiety itself put me in the hospital for four days due to weight loss (mostly from the anxiety) and a week of being unable to sleep for more than an hour or two.
Recently I had a little abnormality on a urine test which threw me into a googling frenzy and had me certain that I had bladder cancer. Then followed side and back pain and some pain over an ovary which had me convinced I had ovarian cancer. The past two days I've had thorough examination of both issues, and have been found to be completely fine. So I'm happy today and more relaxed. However, what I'm realizing is that this won't necessarily last. So...very very glad to have found this site after having been this way since I was about 23 when my dad died suddenly. In the years before Google, I was a medical transcriptionist, and I actually used to sneak the doctor's reference books out of their offices, take them home, and look up all my symptoms - then I returned the book after exhausting myself with it all and getting checked out.
Again, glad to have found this place. Looking forward to turning things around.