• Hi. It’s great to see you. Welcome!

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life. Amongst our membership there is a wealth of expertise that has been developed through having to deal with mental health issues.

    We are an actively moderated forum with a team of experienced moderators. We also have a specialist safety team that works extra hard to keep the forum safe for visitors and members.

    Register now to access many more features and forums!

Health Anxiety- Long Post

C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
Does anyone else here have health/illness anxiety? I've had generalized anxiety, and at times, panic disorder for the past 12 years (I'm in my early 30's). Most of my anxiety was more related to social situations, academics, and big crowds. After having my first child about 2 years ago, it seems the health anxiety started. I had complications after the birth, including a severe infection and preeclampsia (let me add that I absolutely hate hospitals and they give me anxiety). After everything resolved, I began paying attention to my heart rate constantly. For a little while I was repeatedly taking my blood pressure and heart rate, even though both were great. It was almost if I was looking for something to be wrong. At times, I would also get the chest tightness/breathing issues that I know are associated with anxiety (had a chest x-ray, EKG). At the beginning of last month I ended up with the flu. I got pretty sick with fevers of up to 102.5, rapid heart rate at times, terrible cough. Went to the ER twice and they took chest x-ray, EKG, listened to lungs, ran blood work, everything looked fine. After recovering for a few days, I caught a gastro virus which came with a low fever. I went back to the ER, panicked that I had pneumonia or something. Everything checked out fine. A week later, my head was hurting, I had chest tightness, heart palpitations, and a stuffy, burning nose. I went back to the ER in a panic and they told me that it was a sinus infection and started me on antibiotics. I was sick for a good 3 weeks. After everything resolved, I began to have panic attacks and general anxiety throughout the day, convincing myself that I wasn't better and something must be wrong. Anxiety is a vicious cycle for me, it turns into faster heart rate, crying, nausea/stomach tightness and chest tightness. I have lost about 5 pounds and most recently convinced myself that something is seriously wrong because I'm not intentionally trying to lose weight (thanks, Google). I started tracking my calorie intake and realized I wasn't eating enough. So now I'm obsessively checking my weight and heart rate and forcing myself to eat more (its tough because of the nauseousness from anxiety). Most recently, bloodwork showed slight anemia, but the next week I took another test and it said it resolved. I think it was from not eating. My doctor ordered a final blood test before the last one, that I only went in for a few days ago (to check on the anemia, which has resolved, per the last test). I'm waiting for those results and having severe anxiety about it. I'm convincing myself that there is something else seriously wrong. I'm at witt's end here. Has anyone dealt with anything similar?
 
X

Xxsarahl88xc

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
Grimsby
OMG. I could of write this exact post word for word. I started exactly the same as you in november with the flu and its basically spiralled from there. Although i really have no helpful answers just know you ARE NOT alone. Ive just had abit of a panic on just now. (When i do i read forums) helps calm me down a little. :( its awful feeling. Have you tried CBT? X
 
C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
I haven't tried CBT. I'm from the States and it seems that they push the pills on before CBT. My GP gave me an RX for Escitalopram. I took it for a few months while I was in college. I remember it gave me a few bad panic attacks before my body got used to it. I have a cardiology appointment tomorrow. So long as everything checks out fine (praying it will), I'm going to start the pills ASAP and follow up with a psychologist. I can't deal with this anymore.
 
X

Xxsarahl88xc

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
Grimsby
My doctor gave me some pills which i googled and it said something about lowering your heart rate. I didnt take them because i dont feel that my heart races enough for me to take them i feel like everything slows down already if that makes sense.
What sets me off the most is im just im pain or ache most of the time mainly left arm under armpit and across the leftside of my chest boob area. Basically expecting a heart attack or something. Lightheaded nausea and legs turn to jelly and basically just feel like im gunna pass out.
I know how you feel about dealing with it it really get me down. Here in the uk we can refer ourself for CBT is that something you maybe could look into online. X
 
C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
Beta blockers. I use them and they're actually great for physical symptoms in my case (fast heart rate, sweating). However, the won't work on your mind, if that makes sense. So now I won't go into a full panic attack, I just end up miserable and anxious. I will look into CBT for sure.
 
X

Xxsarahl88xc

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
Grimsby
Good luck let us no how you get on tomorrow x
 
Mayflower7

Mayflower7

Well-known member
Moderator
Joined
Jan 4, 2013
Messages
9,865
Location
England
Welcome to the forum both of you.
 
P

poohgrl

New member
Joined
Mar 11, 2019
Messages
1
Location
US
Your post is exactly what I am struggling with. I too had preeclampsia with my first child and my severe health anxiety started with constantly taking my blood pressure. I have been in the ER about 5 times since then. This bout of anxiety started when I got the flu in January and I’ve been in and out of doctor’s office first with a cough, chest X-ray which they saw a nudule in my lung and then CT scan which turned out to be nothing. Then I had horrible sinus pain, went on three rounds of antibiotics, nasal endoscopy. All of the health issues have now cleared but I ended up with severe anxiety... and I get so nauseous and cannot eat. I finally had enough and went to see my GP and got on medication last week. I still was terrified that I had some horrible illness so then had all the blood work done and it’s all fine. I am sure your results will come back fine as well. I just wanted to drop you a note because I know how hard this is, I am still struggling and worries and anxious all the time. But you are not alone, others have same issues. Maybe you can see GP for anxiety medication, I am hoping this medication starts working soon...
 
C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
Well, good news is that they said bloodwork came back normal! So relieved.
 
X

Xxsarahl88xc

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
Grimsby
Thats brilliant :) fantastic news. Had my blood pressure and that done today. And bloods. Last time i came back slightly high iron so having it repeated everything else came back ok....
Although i am forcing myself not to google i keep going lightheaded back pain and have a lump in my throat. Guessing it really is anxiety. X
 
C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
I read one of those medical studies that stated there is a margin of error and some labs will set slightly different standards as to what is normal range. Usually, it doesn’t raise any red flags. That is my logical thinking, even though I worried myself about being slightly anemic. Anyway, the lump in throat thing and lightheaded feeling, I’ve had both, along with feeling like I wasn’t Getting enough oxygen, seeing little stars, ab cramps, stomach fullness, sternum pain... it all happens during stressful times so I have learned it’s just in my head. The fast heart rate has started bothering me again, but praying the echo will be normal so I can move on from that as well.
 
G

gam9147

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 18, 2019
Messages
369
Location
Delaware, USA
Advice everyone else has already gave, but I'll add my 'yup that's me' here as well. Your medical issues were more serious than mine, I just got a jolt scare that messed me up. I became type 2 diabetic and then had a weird few episodes that in hindsight were probably just panic attacks, but since my generalized anxiety had been in remission so long I hadn't even realized it. I worried too much about low blood sugar, overthought it, got a monitor, over scanned it, and short version even after realizing it was completely non-medical and just anxiety induced it took me a good 3 months to come out of it all.

Its hard to break the habit and the chain of overthinking, you need to give yourself some time. Anxiety can manifest as really almost any symptom and so you don't want to not go to a doctor in case it is something but you also have to mentally prepare yourself for the.. what I'll call 90% chance its really just anxiety and nothing more and so try to deal with that on its own even if you do have a medical issue.

In the meantime while you're waiting for results, you have to try to remind yourself that you can handle the situation if you do have something medically wrong, it will be OK either way. distract and stay in the present in the meantime until you can get results.
 
C

CPO06

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
19
Location
New Mexico
Echo is scheduled but the earliest they could squeeze me in is April 4th! Now I’m having major anxiety about whether my heart is functioning properly. I felt good after the cardiologist listened to my heart/neck, reviewed the ekg and told me everything was normal. I was reading about heart failure a few days ago and now panicking, thinking all of the “what if’s” because I had high blood pressure for 3-4 months after baby. I keep telling myself if there was any real indication of a heart issue, the echo would be done immediately :( any reassurance would be appreciated.
 
Top