I'm new here. So here's my story. About a month ago, I woke up with a cough. Just like any other irritating, flemmy cough I've ever had in my life - no problem. Thought I'd ride with it and it'll pass eventually. But two weeks later and it was still there, but not quite as bad.
I've had a small mark on my chest for about a year now which scarred after I squeezed a pimple. I was curious about why it was still there and after some late night curious googling (bad decision, I know), I read that it may match the description of a sign of skin cancer. I fully lost my mind and had a panic attack at 3 in the morning thinking that I had skin cancer and maybe it had spread to my lungs or something and that's why I had this cough lasting so long.
I went to the doctors the morning after and they told me it's just a scar and it'll heal in good time and gave me some antibiotics for the cough. One week after that and the tab of antibiotics had finished and the cough was still there, although not at all flemmy anymore. Now just occasional coughs but it's pretty hard and had brought me to tears/made me gag sometimes. Had another panic attack that I had lung cancer because I saw something online saying 'coughing for 3 weeks? you may have lung cancer' so I went to the doctors again. He gave me some cough syrup and said that if it's not flemmy anymore then it's a sign that it's healing and assured me that I'll be fine. Both doctors I saw never had a look at my throat and only checked my breathing, which worries me. Also saw a nurse to have a standard check up as this was a new GP and my urine and pressure checked out OK, which was good to hear.
Now it's been a week since my last visit to the doctors and the cough is still here. And now any little pain or strange feeling and I'm freaking out that's something's seriously wrong with me. Last night I had a headache and couldn't sleep because I thought I might not wake up again. Didn't help that I saw the symptoms of the Ebola virus randomly during the day and sore throat and headache were listed under them.
Just earlier tonight I was lying on one side, a bit uncomfortably on my rib cage, which made me breathe heavily and this forced me into another sudden panic attack. I don't want to waste the doctor's time again but I really want to know that nothing's wrong with me and this cough is still concerning me even though I've been told twice it's nothing. What should I do?
Also the checklist sticky is really calming, to know that a lot of the symptoms I'm having - or at least noticing - are down to my anxiety and not some deadly disease. Especially the feeling like a band is around your head. For a while I thought I had a brain tumor or something.