Cancer scare

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I'm a 52 year old white male. Two years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  This past February I was urinating more than I thought I should. So I went to my Doctor. She did a urinalysis.  They found blood in my urine and sent me to a urologist.  The urologist did another urinalysis and a rectal check. There was no blood this time and the rectal check was normal. They had me come back for a CT Scan of my abdominal and pelvic area, a PSA blood draw and a cystoscopy.  They said everything came back normal.  I accepted this for awhile but fear over took me and I began doubting my Doctor.  Since this time I've had 2 CT Scans of my head, 3 chest xrays,  and several blood test. They say they all are normal. Every time I have anything that I think is a symptom I run in thinking I have cancer. My Doctor thinks I'm suffering from "Health Anxiety." She put me on the antidepressant Effexor Xr 37.5 mg. Which I think makes me spaced out. Do you think I should trust the urologist and my normal Doctor? That its all in my head? Are they obligated to tell me the truth? And do you think they've done enough test?

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    Hi. I'm absolutely sure that you've probably had more than enough tests and that your doctor is spot on when he told you that you have health anxiety. And yes, he would have to tell you everything and you should trust him. Health anxiety is a medical condition in itself. But if the medication is interfering with your day to day life tell your doctor, there are many different types of medications that can help you and it's trial and error to find the right one sometimes. Good luck.

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      Thanks JOY! I have talked to her this week about the medication. It started giving me bad thoughts and feelings. I'm weaning off of it. I'm not going to try another antidepressant. Every one I've tried has been bad for me. Thanks again for comments. It's been a rough 6 month patch but I'll make it through it.

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      Of course you will. I was diagnosed with lymphoma and then a few months later an unrelated brain tumour and you'd be surprised how well you can cope with things when you have to. Two years on and I'm still smiling! Take care.

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