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Offline Joey407

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Please help me!
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:31:36 PM »
I am struggling massively with health anxiety.  I am 26 years old and since I turned 26 in February this year I have had an overwhelming fear of becoming ill and dying young.  It was as if a light bulb just switched in my brain and I cant turn it off.

I am constantly worried that I have a serious illness, usually cancer and I can turn any sensation, feeling, pain in my body into that disease.

I am due to get married next July and all I can think of at the moment is 'what if I don't make it' what if I die before I get married'

These thoughts are massive and taking up nearly all of my day being preoccupied with them.    I lost my dad when he was 43 from a stomach ulcer that ruptured and my nan has recently undergone major surgery for an ovarian tumour (non-cancerous thank god).

I feel these may be my triggers - but I don't know for sure.

I have avoidance behaviour - I will not go to the doctors at all for anything, as I fear I will be told the worse (I had an ear infection, but had to be dragged to the docs by my partner to get anti-biotics as I just wouldn't go) and I avoid checking/looking at my body in case I find anything else to worry about more.    I am now struggling to sleep and switch off.

I am studying for exams - that has gone to pot, my wedding plans are now a distant thought and only do anything when someone else brings it up. 

As I am writing this I have a pain in my left armpit/breast which im convinced is cancer.  I need help PLEASE! xx
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Offline vardnas

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Re: Please help me!
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014, 05:46:44 PM »
Hey Joey,

So sorry you're not doing well!

You sound like you're going through a lot, between your relatives, your wedding planning, and your exams—that would be a lot for anyone to handle! Never mind someone who perhaps has a more anxious temperament.

Remember, it is VERY rare for people your age to just get sick and die without the presence of some other major illness, which you don't have. I know it's almost impossible to just "feel better" when you're suffering from anxiety. Have you considered finding someone to talk to about it?
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Offline Lars Thorwald

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Re: Please help me!
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 06:22:36 PM »
If I were you I would go to the doc just for a routine checkup and go at least once a year. He/she will tell you that you're fine and that should give you some reassurance. I hate going to the doc also for check ups, tests, etc but I go. You owe it to yourself and your fiancé. Take care.
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