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Wonderer22

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here, and just wanted to find a bit of help/advice about some health anxiety/hypochondria I've been having recently. This isn't the first time I've experienced this, but I'll talk about what I'm experiencing currently:

It started a couple days ago, late one night, I noticed something in the vision of my right eye (like when you stare at a light, and look away, you can see sort of an after image). It isn't intrusive, and I have to try and look for it. And day by day it's been gradually getting better, but i'm constantly trying to search for it, (i.e blinking, so I can see it, doing this in different lights -constantly checking myself) and just generally obsessing about it. It's not very major at all - if I didn't know to look for it, I probably wouldn't notice it.

I obviously consulted Dr Google, after being reassured by friends and family that It's probably something to do with migraines that I have experienced recently, as I do get visual symptoms. Dr Google as you could expect, as I should know, did not help at all, and made me fear a whole host of ailments, and lead me to panic.

After speaking to friends and family, it's likely that I can attribute this visual disturbance/migraine thing to the uncertainty of the current climate with coronavirus, and a large change in my lifestyle (just moved, changed jobs, now working from home etc), which in turn affects stress and anxiety.

In order to try and put my mind at rest, I consulted an eye specialist, and was able to have a consultation over video-link. She wasn't concerned at all, and again, suggested it's likely down to something to do with a migraine, which certainly seems likely, as migraines tend to come on (for me at least) at times of change in lifestyle/eating etc.

However, with my health worry, I start to doubt what the doctor was saying, I start to doubt the reassurance. Whenever I reassure myself, I then look for something to worry about.

The strategy I'm using at the moment, is that if I have an episode of where I look for this visual disturbance, or notice it and start checking it, I ease myself with a number of thoughts, such as 'I have checked this with a professional who was not concerned,' and 'It's probably a migraine, which is likely at this time' etc.

I was just wondering if anyone in the community has had any similar experiences or has any advice? All help is appreciated!
 
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indigo6

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Hi Wonderer. I have burned on images of lights that once they come to my attention (they stand out then I forget and so on) I cant stop seeing them and focus on them.
I too have a tendency to worry about health.. understatement.
I often think these are distractions that appear once very stressed. If you have other issues, maybe this corona thing is doing it and its led you to do this instead as a backward way of taking your mind off it. Mines igniting day by day since this situation.
 
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Wonderer22

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Hey Indigo,
Thanks for your reply - firstly it’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one that experiences this “burned on images” sensation as it certainly sounds like what I have.
That’s really interesting about the mind taking off thing, and perhaps you’re right - as I’ve been preoccupied about this eye thing (and even when I’ve been checked by a trained specialist), corona related worries have really been at the back of my mind!
 

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