Afraid I’m dying of something serious!

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I went to the ER recently with some tightness in my chest, he said my ECG was good, tested me for a blood clot, negative for that. I’m only 18 so ruled out heart attack. While there, got an ultrasound and he said he wanted to get another ultrasound( the machines in the Er aren’t that great) anyways, got a call to make an appointment for one and they got me in the next day. During the ultrasound the tech looked concerned, but of course they can’t say anything. That was 3 days ago now and what freaked me out was the tech who did it came into my work(fast food) the next day(it came up in conversation where I worked) just as a customer but now I’m convinced that I’m dying of something like cancer, and those thoughts are just ruining through my mind constantly. They had said they wanted to do an ultrasound of my gallbladder but they did one of my whole abdomen. Worried they may have seen something on my blood work and wanted to confirm something before telling me.

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    Hey Grace honey. I would have thought that as you had an ultrasound, the sonographer or whatever they're call, can actually see if there are any problems. And tell you there and then. I could be wrong. What did he actually say and how did he look concerned?

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      Hi, 

      The girl who was taking my ultrasound looked worried, I thought I could see it in her facial expressions. It takes 5 days for my doctor to see the ultrasound.

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      I have to say that if she had seen something that concerned her she would have fetched someone superior to take a look, also if your UK based then ring your surgery and ask for test results and they will tell you your blood test results, if they say Dr wants to see you then you can pick appointment their and then to put your mind at rest
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    Hi Grace I think your fear is allowing you to be a little paranoid, health anxiety is an awful thing to suffer with and I'm sure that you will find all sonographers have a look of concentration on their faces as they are doing the test.

    If it was anything major they would have contacted you by now to call you back in and as for it being cancer then your bloods would have red flagged something up when you had those done.

    The sonographers in UK are not allowed to tell you good or bad results, I don't know about your country but no matter what the results show its not going to help or change it by making yourself ill by worrying, they will contact you soon anyway one way or the other

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    How long do you have to wait for the results?

    I feel for you and I know how horrible healthy anxiety can be - I experience it when my loved ones are ill.

    I hope this can help: something either IS or ISN'T. You won't know until you get the results. So you have a choice:

    1. Think that it's something horrible and worry yourself sick

    2. Think that it's okay (or at least remind yourself that you don't know anything yet)

    Both are JUST thoughts not facts. It's your choice (it really is) which ones you chose to give space to.

    Whenever bad ones come, remind yourself that they are thoughts NOT facts. You still do not know anything yet.

    Try meditating - it's not difficult at all. You just sit, breathe and observe yourself, the goal is not to empty your mind, but to calm it. Whenever a thought appears, just let it be do not give it more space by developing it. Just say to yourself "it's just a thought". Even short meditations are beneficial. Try Youtube videos for guided meditations and/or visualizations.

    Being proactive can also help relieve the anxiety, but only if you're using your energy in a constructive manner which DOESN'T include reading up horrible stories on the internet wink

     If you can afford it pay for another check up which will give you immediate answers.

    If not, ask for help and support  - like you're doing here, from your friends and family. Distraction is the key. 

    You said you worked in a fast food restaurant? How often do you eat there? I hope not often - ideally not at all. 

    Fast food (processed, greasy, salty, sugary food in general) can cause minor problems that really feel like to a person likes he or she is dying. They're putting so much pressure on our bodies ( including stomach, gallbladder, intestines, colon, liver...).

    I'm speaking from experience.

     

    When I was about your age, I spent a couple of months doing some fieldwork where our cook was preparing mostly greasy, salty, sugary, "carbo-hydraty" food which landed me in the ER. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't move. My colleagues carried me in and out of the car. Given my state and family history (a looooot of cardiac and vascular problems) they did a bunch of tests and imagining. The result - the head doctor asked me for how long have my parents had been away. Well, here's his reasoning: only unsupervised teenager would gorge on unhealthy food long enough to find herself in the state I was in. 

    Hang in there and eat fresh vegetables, fruit... well you know what's good for you wink

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