Hi, I haven't been here for a couple of years and have managed to keep my health anxiety pretty control. But a new fear has reared its ugly head.
I was diagnosed with Iritis a few days ago and have been in a complete panic ever since. Not because of the Iritis...which is an eye inflammation...but because 50% of the time there is an underlying disease associated with it. Things such as MS, Lupus, IBD, lymphoma. I am 68 years old and I am now terrified that there is something that caused this. I am being treated and even though I know this can't be cured, I am so fearful now of the things. I have no symptoms of anything else and I have been enjoying great health and have been so relieved to not deal with the health anxiety. My doc said there is no reason to worry about testing after one or two of these inflammations but now I feel I am going to live my days just worrying all the time. I know anxiety is only going to make things worse and bring on symptoms of things I am fearful of.
Is there anyone with experience with this and would have some info to calm down this full-blown anxiety going on?
Thanks for listening.