Constant worry about specific illness

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Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone else dealt with being worried about a specific illness constantly. I have been constantly worried about having Pulmonary embolism, I had a DVT 2 years ago that was caused by knee surgery. I never dealt with anxiety until the last 3 months, since then I have been freaking out that I have an undiagnosed PE from a DVT.

I went and had ultra sounds done on both calves and a d-dimer on my blood, also had a chest xray. No evidence of clots and no clotting in my blood, yet I still get freaked out that I might have something going on. I get chest pains then I start thinking it's from a PR and then I start analyzing my legs and breathing deep and seeing if I feel any pain from it which then gIves me real chest pain from trying to breath deep and thus the cycle continues.

Anyways, the chances of a recurring DVT are very minimal when they were brought on by a surgery but I just keep getting stuck on this specific problem. Does anyone have any helpful tips on getting through this and how to keep my mind at ease. I'm sure I'll find something new to freak out about later on but this has been getting to me and won't leave!

Thanks for responses

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    I can see how you are scared. Im glad the tests are all good now. That was a scary experience. Maybe as time goes on and tests are proof its all good it will fade. It happened from a surgery so it didnt just pop up out the blue if that helps. It wont pop up out of the blue.
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    Perfectly normal. Everyone gets some type of anxiety in their lifetime. It's just when it becomes crippling or interferes in your life seek treatment.

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    Yes it can be a problem if you are sensitised after a DVT and if your concerns  are causing anxiety at the fear of a reoccurance only the GP can actually arrange treatments to desensitise your concerns, some CBT may help you control your concerns. When it comes to concerns after surgery it is very real to you and your worries are counterproductive and unpleasent and need addressing

    Explain to your GP again 


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    Yes...I have been convinced of having something for nine months now due to reoccurring symptoms and despite many visits to the doctor I still can't get past it. Like now when the symptoms are bad again I begin to panick and I can feel myself spiralling out of control, convinced I'm going to die or at least become very ill.

    Once something enters your mind when you have anxiety, especially if you have trouble with obsessional behaviour as I do it is very hard to break the loop...its debilitating and you feel like your life has been stolen.

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