Can I Be Suffering From Anxiety And Not Even Know It?

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Can I Be Suffering From Anxiety And Not Even Know It?

I have found myself thinking about my mortality often lately and worried about my health. Eariler this year, I had a series of illnesses that started in late January with the flu, then a cold (Feb) a relapse of the flu (Feb-March) then recurring bronchitis (March-June) which made my chest hurt a lot for a long time! In fact, I think it was in mid-June when I finally felt little or no pain at all in my chest area! Anyhow, this year has been rough because of all I mentioned and to make it worse, every time I get sick, I start to worry about my mortality! I wonder if my being worried means I have anxiety without even knowing that I do!

I'm in my early 50's, don't smoke (gave it up in 2007), don't drink much anymore (I used to have drinking problem a few years back) the occasional beer here and there - no more than 2 bottles a time -  I'm on hypertension maintenance meds and am pretty active with sports and exercise. I try to watch my diet - I hardly eat out - and try to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water. I'm sure my BMI will say I'm "obese" but I don't think I'm fat or too overweight so I do watch my weight. 

I'm just concerned that maybe I'm becoming a hypochondriac of sorts and it's getting to me? Appreciate any feedback you can give!!!

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    Perimenapause?
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    I think happens to us all I was like that up til about 1 months ago never suffered from illnesses,quite good in health and always on the go I have never smoked but did like a drink in the past I was a social drinker then I hit 52 and BANG I realised I have less time on earth and ive had years iit does hit you like a thunderbolt. Where as, if I got a knock or a strange bump on my body i brushed it off I've had a couple of nasty cold viruses in the last six months and pains and aches i didn't even know about!! I think its nature telling us yes we are get older and our bodys are wearing out and then we start to think about our mortality. It scares the life out of me (forgive the pun) not the dying but the leaving of my family. also if you are going through any anxiety and in my case the menopause too these feelings are definately heightened. I hope I have helped a little, my view is now to make the most of every single moment where as before I took every thing for granted 

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      Thank you for the advice Sue, it's reassuring to get words from someone who might be experiencing something similar to what I'm feeling! 

      I'm 53 and just like you said, never worried about aches and pains but just recently, my body seems to be making my mind think of things it never bothered with in the past!

      And yes, you have helped indeed! I will take your advice and make the most of what I do and appreciate it and enjoy it more!

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    i'm in my 70's. The whole mortality thing hit me hard at about 72, I have since become quite okay with it all. I do indeed remember the feeling of heading for a cliff with no brakes.eek It took awhile, but I decided there is always only today. Looking back...often regret, looking forward only anxiety. At my age now, looking back...wonderful memories, looking forward...wow, what an adventure coming up. In the meantime, I get all the flavor I can out of the only day there is...today, you, my love are part of today's flavor. Hugs

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    worry about death is normal we all have that inbuilt in us. so no I don't think that you are necessarily anxious.

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