It has been quite awhile since Iíve posted here. My hypochondria always flares up again when I have a stressful event in my life. A month ago my dog, who is my boyfriend and my life was diagnosed with cancer. She is still with us and hopefully we can keep her going for awhile but it was so traumatic so here I am back with anxiety.
Right now I am on the cervical cancer train. Iím 29, and have had few sex partners in my lifetime, maybe 3. I havenít had a pap in a little over 2 years, last one was April 2012. The guidelines keep changing and it is confusing but from what I understand it is 3 years now for my age group. Another thing I think that precipitated this anxiety is my friend is also 29 and she had an abnormal pap come back a few weeks ago and she goes every year. She has been with her husband for 13 years! They told her to come back in 3 months and retest.
Ever since then Iíve been googling stuff trying to figure out the recommendations. I keep seeing how people saying these guidelines are terrible and that women are getting cervical cancer now. Iíve read people commenting and saying how they went from a normal smear to cervical cancer in a year. Now I am freaking out that Iíve waited too long.
I havenít been taking the best care of myself lately b/c of school and the stress of my dog. Yesterday I got sick to my stomach and it feels like pelvic pain. Iíve had it today too, and it feels like pressure. But this is all freaking me out. I have an appointment on Wednesday and Iím scared to sit and wait for results b/c the next day I canít come in. If they tell me I have to come in to hear the results I will die. I hope it takes longer than that.
Anybody who has been on the cervical cancer worry train have any insight?