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loveblonde

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I’m really at my worst just now. I have battled my invisible disability for 7 years now and my health anxiety is seriously at the worst it’s ever been. I can’t sleep from worrying and anytime I do eventually doze off, I’m awoken by a panic attack and the feeling of dying.....
 
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Sorry to hear this. I have had health anxiety in the past, so I know what it’s like. Are you having actual health problems, or are you just in fear of them?
 
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Hi, im a really bad sufferer from health anxiety, i tend to worry about everything, i have just referred myself back to therapy. I get all the physical symptoms. It is hard to control the worrying sometimes. So your not alone with health anxiety, my name is margy, only joined last night.
 
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Hi, I’m new. And yes you are not alone. Any small pain or ache I feel, I resort to the worst. At the moment I fear I have something wrong with my spine or brain. Last week I was convinced I had a heart problem. It’s a vicious cycle and debilitating.

Hang in there, we need to fight these demons (as I call them) in our head. I know we can get through it. We just need a little help...:grouphug:
 
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Your right cclg, i am always convinced i have something seriously wrong with me. I am always thinking too what if my GP has missed something as she puts everything down to anxiety. It is a vicious cycle. Has anyone ever tried CBT Therapy.
 
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Hi, Loveblonde,

I would seriously suggest and you live in the UK, make an appointment with your GP, explain that you have severe health anxiety.

Now I have just commenced/started up to take Pregabalin, and for a specific anxiety which i had, this med is marvellous. I haven't become severely anxious at all.


Or alternatively, see the GP and ask for a referral to the community mental health team, and they can assses you and point you forward in the right direction, or if it came to it, contact the crisis team who are attatched within the mental health community team, and they will do an urgent visit call to your home, to assess you , and take things from there.


Take care now.
 
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cclg

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Your right cclg, i am always convinced i have something seriously wrong with me. I am always thinking too what if my GP has missed something as she puts everything down to anxiety. It is a vicious cycle. Has anyone ever tried CBT Therapy.
I actually have an appointment with a psychologist scheduled for this coming Monday. I had a chat with her yesterday and she said she wants to try CBT as she believes it can help. I’ll let you know how that first visit goes!
 
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Hi lovelyblonde

I am going through a period of health anxiety myself at the moment as part of general anxiety and it's tough I can't see to put my phone down for constantly googling a range of symptoms that has me suffering from every ailment under the sun

Deep down I know it's my mind playing tricks and I cling to that I hope things get easier for you
 
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I hope you get better soon,
CBT is actually very helpful for anxiety more so than depression so I would suggest going to that and see if that helps. Its not for everyone but give it your all

Also look for some health anxiety meditations online they can be really helpful. The worst thing about health anxiety is how crazy some of the symptoms that can manifest from it, they're terrible and actually real. Hang in there find a GP who will explore all your symptoms and that you trust.
 
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I’m really at my worst just now. I have battled my invisible disability for 7 years now and my health anxiety is seriously at the worst it’s ever been. I can’t sleep from worrying and anytime I do eventually doze off, I’m awoken by a panic attack and the feeling of dying.....
I'm the same it's happening everyday and it's so draining fighting with ur thoughts trying to tell yourself that everything is fine but ur mind is saying no it's not at same time I've convinced myseld that there's something wrong with my heart even though all scans have come back clear
 
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I also suffer from this massively I hate it. It's like my mind just loves being unhappy. I try to tell myself it's all in my head but I can never win and it always takes over. I don't like to take medication as I fear the side effects so I'm stuck with it
 
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I also suffer from this massively I hate it. It's like my mind just loves being unhappy. I try to tell myself it's all in my head but I can never win and it always takes over. I don't like to take medication as I fear the side effects so I'm stuck with it
Same I don't want to take medication either but I fear I might have to as it's getting to the point can't cope I'm at my wit's end with it it's affecting my work and my partner's work
 
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Hi I also suffer with health anxiety and I’ve just come to terms that this is my issue. Even though I know that this is the problem there is still a part of me that thinks what if there is something wrong with me? Appendicitis, heart problem, cancer etc etc... right now I’m on holiday and the past two days I’ve suffered with chest tightening! I’ve found telling myself that I am strong brave and amazing and that I’ve had this symptoms before helps slightly
 
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Hi I also suffer with health anxiety and I’ve just come to terms that this is my issue. Even though I know that this is the problem there is still a part of me that thinks what if there is something wrong with me? Appendicitis, heart problem, cancer etc etc... right now I’m on holiday and the past two days I’ve suffered with chest tightening! I’ve found telling myself that I am strong brave and amazing and that I’ve had this symptoms before helps slightly
I've tried telling myself everything is fine but doesn't work I dont know how to stop myself from feeling like this
 
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I've tried telling myself everything is fine but doesn't work I dont know how to stop myself from feeling like this
It won’t stop it but working on your mindset will hopefully help. I’m currently trying to work with my doctor to help me. I think the worst thing to do is to isolate yourself and get caught up in it. Reach out and get help from professionals. I am going to be starting CBT and getting an appointment with a therapist too. This is so so shit but it helps slightly know I’m not the only one going through it. We’re so so strong and we don’t even know it!
 
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