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Hi...first post - health anxiety sufferer

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dc86uk

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Hi all,

Here to share my experience and hopefully help anyone in need and be helped.

Currently suffering from health anxiety pretty bad. At the moment, focused on my heart. There is always something if I am honest. But last Saturday I was sat at my computer and had an almighty crash, I had a twinge in my chest and I went straight into fight or flight mode. I haven't been in that sort of situation for over 5 years and panicked. Thought I was going to have a heart attack, went to hospital, the full works. I had an ECG and bloods taken, both coming back fine and I started to calm down. I have even been to the gym 4 times since. But I cannot shake this feeling of doom. I may have a random shooting pain in my chest, could be anything, and I lose my head. Sweating, back tenses up, dizziness, headaches, more chest pains and I become aware of every little complaint!

To be honest, I am getting bored of it now. Does anyone suffer from the same type of thing. Usually it is cancer I worry about seeing as my dad passed away from it 10 years ago. But this episode has really knocked me for six.

Any and all information greatly received and....hello btw :)

Dave
 
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Hi Dave and welcome to the forum x
You are not alone here plenty of members here who understand x
Hugs
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Hi dave defo not alone my flight and fight mode is defo broken always fighting panic attacks. Have a different anxiety to yours and mixed with depression it's a uphill struggle. That's why I joined this forum see what I can find out. And see if there's anything that helps. Can't hurt to have a nosey about.
 
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Hi all,

Here to share my experience and hopefully help anyone in need and be helped.

Currently suffering from health anxiety pretty bad. At the moment, focused on my heart. There is always something if I am honest. But last Saturday I was sat at my computer and had an almighty crash, I had a twinge in my chest and I went straight into fight or flight mode. I haven't been in that sort of situation for over 5 years and panicked. Thought I was going to have a heart attack, went to hospital, the full works. I had an ECG and bloods taken, both coming back fine and I started to calm down. I have even been to the gym 4 times since. But I cannot shake this feeling of doom. I may have a random shooting pain in my chest, could be anything, and I lose my head. Sweating, back tenses up, dizziness, headaches, more chest pains and I become aware of every little complaint!

To be honest, I am getting bored of it now. Does anyone suffer from the same type of thing. Usually it is cancer I worry about seeing as my dad passed away from it 10 years ago. But this episode has really knocked me for six.

Any and all information greatly received and....hello btw :)

Dave
Im sufferering qith this at minute its awful how you cope because iv had enough
 
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Maybe the chest pain is anxiety, GERD or heartburn? I understand a heart attack is normally a crushing feeling that spreads down your arms. I went to A&E twice this year because of chest pains, but they found nothing. Did they take your troponins?
 
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Hi all,

Many thanks for your responses. Despite these issues it is still comforting to speak to others in the same boat, even though I wish you all weren't!

Foxyjo hi! Thank you for the kind welcome, much appreciated :)

Albs74 - I totally get where you are coming from. My fight or flight response for the last 5 years has been cool, but when it went last week, it went big time and it is hard to reign it back in! Keep fighting the fight though! You are definitely not alone in this, always available to help if I can!

Joanne44 - I am up and down, some moments I am totally frozen with it, like it completely dominates me. Other moments my mindfulness kicks in and I can just let it flow over me and away. I recommend mindfulness and the headspace app if you have not tried. Very good at giving your mind a breather!

Laudanum - Deep down I think it is anxiety, but I think part of the trick of anxiety is making you believe it is real. I am not sure what they tested but they took 3 vials of blood and did a blood pressure and ECG so maybe? Whatever they did it all came back clear.
 
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Hi all,

Many thanks for your responses. Despite these issues it is still comforting to speak to others in the same boat, even though I wish you all weren't!

Foxyjo hi! Thank you for the kind welcome, much appreciated :)

Albs74 - I totally get where you are coming from. My fight or flight response for the last 5 years has been cool, but when it went last week, it went big time and it is hard to reign it back in! Keep fighting the fight though! You are definitely not alone in this, always available to help if I can!

Joanne44 - I am up and down, some moments I am totally frozen with it, like it completely dominates me. Other moments my mindfulness kicks in and I can just let it flow over me and away. I recommend mindfulness and the headspace app if you have not tried. Very good at giving your mind a breather!

Laudanum - Deep down I think it is anxiety, but I think part of the trick of anxiety is making you believe it is real. I am not sure what they tested but they took 3 vials of blood and did a blood pressure and ECG so maybe? Whatever they did it all came back clear.
I will have a look and try the app thanks i hooe all goes well for you xx
 
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Hi Dave! Yeah health anxiety is the worst. You’ve done the tests and everything has come back fine so that is the information I would cling too. The sense of doom, chest pain, dizziness is all classic anxiety or panic attacks. Another big thing to remember is that anxiety can’t hurt you even though it feels awful the symptoms are very real and you feel like something is really wrong with you. These symptoms are caused by fear and then you notice them and feel more afraid so they get worse. I used to have this really bad and went to the hospital so many times thinking I was having heart attacks. The key is to ignore them and not be afraid because the fear is what is making them worse. Accept the feelings as anxiety and that it can’t hurt you and there is nothing wrong with you remembering that you have been to the hospital and everything came back fine. The more you can not be afraid the quicker the feelings will go away. I used to feel like I couldn’t breathe all the time but I had my oxygen checked so many times and it was always at 100% when I felt like that so I just accepted it, like cool guess I just don’t breathe and told myself it couldn’t hurt me and ignored it the best I could. After a while I forgot to worry about it so there was no increase in fear and it went away. You stop focusing on your body so much and being afraid of it, so the feelings go away because there’s no increase in fear. Read the book The mean reds it explains it way better! :)
 
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This is me too. Every word! I found keeping a sympton diary each day helps then i look back and think i had that symptom a few weeks ago and didnt die. It helps me anyways. Also all my chest pain seems to be related to gerd as your stomach messes up when your anxious. Try some acid relief. Hugs xxx
 
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Hi Rosieameira,

Many thanks for your message, very comforting. Although I wish we weren't in this position!!
I have had a decent day, a good morning followed by a sharp pain in the chest which caused my anxiety to go through the roof - now I cannot stop noticing a twinge in my chest. Need to just realise it is nothing, anxiety playing it's games. And move on. Hoping this evening get's better again.

Worriedgirl88, I will look at doing this too! Just noting down what happened and how I am doing now. It really does annoy me because I have had a great morning only for it all to feel ruined by this afternoons episode!

Dave
 
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Hey,

First time poster here too, I also suffer from health anxiety,
When i was 27, i was prescribed Viagra because my brain and its negative thoughts made me suffer ED even though physically everything worked! Fast forward a year and one night, with a (lucky?) lady my anxiety was at a high, so...i take a little blue helper just to make sure everything worked.

What happened? i started to shake, violent shivers, i worried so much i threw up bile and had to go to hospital thinking i was a goner. A million tests later, no doctor could tell me what had happened apart from they thought excess adrenaline had entered the party.

Ever since then I've been a health anxiety sufferer, and I've had the same symptoms without the Viagra (as you can imagine, i didn't touch the stuff after that). I hyper focus on anything that's wrong, it started with small sensations in my left pek, so me being me thought breast cancer (my mam passed away from breast cancer almost 10 years ago, which compounded the feeling). Now it can be anything from pain in my chest to a pain in my stomach...I alway fear the worst.

I'll be fine and i'll start to think "oh that was a weird feeling" and that starts me down the path, usually, its sweating palms or feet, then a little dizzy, then a dry mouth and then violent shakes until i worry so much i'll throw up. It all passes after about 30 mins. I can control it with some mega concentration but it still worries me.

I'm both glad and sad that I've found this forum, I've always thought i was the only one, or i was the one the doctors could never diagnose etc..
Just knowing that i'm not alone really helps and if anyone wants to chat i'm here! it sad that there are so many of us, but at least then we have a lot of people to support each other

Chris
 
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Hi Chris

Sounds like you've had a rough deal there pal! Definitely not alone though.

I am suffering pretty bad this evening. Had a real pronounced dull ache in the centre of my back earlier, right between my shoulder blades. Common sense says its nothing, muscle tension pain from anxiety or a muscle injury from gym. But immediately my fight or flight kicked in, adrenaline flooding the system and heart pounding out my chest and that was it, I was convinced I was having a heart attack.

Just need to accept the feeling and let it go.

Dave
 
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Hi Dave

Totally know where you’re coming from? I’m suffering badly with it at the minute. All your tests came back clear though, so that is a massive positive! Have you been to see your GP?
 
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Hi Dave,

Another health anxiety sufferer here, also heart related. I'm pretty much in the exact same boat as you, so I'm not sure how much wisdom I can give you. I know that most of the time, what the doctors say doesn't really help much in the long term. We probably all know that most of our thoughts regarding our health is unhelpful but our sensations and symptoms are what make them real. It's why most of us can really only get peace when we go to sleep, because the brain "switches off". I've tried everything from therapy to meds and exercise - nothing helps even when it's all combined into a healthy lifestyle - and I'm only 25. Maybe it'll work for you though, so I recommend doing whatever you can and maintaining it for at least a month to see if a new kind of structure can better support your condition.

best of luck,
Pale
 
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