Am I overreacting?

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This is gonna be really long, brace yourselves.

So basically about a month ago I had gone to the GP to get a health report in order to get a basketball licence and my blood pressure was 14/9 the doctor said this was high but then I panicked even more and this time it got to 16/9. Long story short I was admitted into hospital a few days later because I had a really high blood pressure (16/9) After I took a pill it dropped and I could go home the day after however I think the whole experience triggered something in me. The doctors were experienced and decided to get a general check up. I had an ultrasound of my kidneys and a urine test, my kidney turned out to be healthy. I then had an ECG and a x-ray and there seemed to be no problem too. (Maybe I should mention that I developed a huge phobia of doctors from afterwards)

I seem to be fine (except I'm overweight) but since then i've become hyper aware of everything and i don't know if it's anxiety or something serious, for example especially when I'm stressed I get tingles in my arms, feel my heart beating (although the bpm never goes above average) and have diffuculty breathing. I feel like there's a metaphorical cage where my actual ribcage is and i feel like my heart and lungs can't expand comfortably. I always check my blood pressure and it's generally 10/6 (at the hospital this goes up to 13/8 because I panic there) the thing is I even thought at one point that the doctors were hiding stuff from me.

My blood glocouse levels are fine and yet I'm still worried. Some symptoms I checked say diabetes but I wouldn't have it if my blood glocouse was normal right?

The bottom line is, I've become hyper aware of everything and i'm constantly worried something bad will happen to me. Every single headache or pain makes me check my syptoms online (which we all know never ends well) and i constantly need reassuring that I'm okay and not dying. I get irritated really easily nowadays and i'm also under a lot of stress from school. Anxiety disorder is what it seems like but I'm still worried, what should I do?

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    It seems that you've been experiencing Health anxiety (hypochondria) if you'd like to research it.

    The symptoms you described correspond with the symptoms of a panic attack well, where your body pumps adrenaline around the body because you feel as though you're in a large amount of danger. You don't need to worry about this, if you experience them again in the future breathing exercises might help. 

    It might help to see your GP about this, you can also find a lot of information online to help dealing with your issue. 

    I hope this was useful, good luck!

    Dissclaimer: I am not a qualified professional, I am still in education. 

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     If you had gotten checked out by doctors and they told you you were fine, you need to find ways to relax and stop thinking about it constantly. I highly recommend you visiting a counselor who can help you with tools to overcome this.  My counselor helped me very much and I continue to see him on a regular basis even when I'm feeling better. It really really helps to vent to someone who understands this and can truly help you. All the "what if's …or what if this happens or that "don't get us anywhere. In fact they are very bad for our mental health and physical health.  The mind is a powerful thing and it tends to go to the negative if we let it. We have to fight back.

    don't Google things because that just makes people more scared often for no good reason.

     One really important thing is don't be idle or alone too much because that causes us to think negatively. Stay as active as you can. When I exercise my anxiety just lifts and goes away, my thinking is way more positive and I'm much happier. So stay active!  

     Socialize a little, exercise a little, eat healthy and be determined to beat this! You deserve a peaceful happy life so don't let anxiety overtake you. 

    But we must take action or it will slowly consume us.

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      Thank you very much! I'm glad to see that there are more people like me and it's possible to beat this. I'm going to take your advice and socialise more. I'm also going to see a dietician soon, hopefully my efforts will help me.

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    You are suffering Health Anxiety

    You have suffered all the test and all came back clear so there is nothing serious only your thoughts and fears.

    Regards dying, we all die, it is all a situation we cannot do a thing about it so we just try and be brave and carry on, nothing can stop our fate, When you got to go We go and that is it

    BOB

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