do I have health anxiety?

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So for years I've had this constant problem where I think that something is wrong with me all the time. I go to the doctors all the time believing that I have problems with my heart or a brain tumour or something, and they've always given me scans and told me that I'm fine, but I never believe them. I always think they've missed something. 

A couple of months ago I got a bit stressed out with uni work and relationship troubles and started getting some symptoms over a few days like blurry eyes and chest pains, and I genuinely thought I was going to die. I think I may have had a panic attack but I've never had one before so I'm not sure. And then over the next few days I started getting numbness in parts of my body like my face and my arm and I thought I was having a stroke, I got an emergency doctors appointment and she said I was probably just stressed. The numbness went after a few days but then I started getting dizzy spells and twitchy muscles and I thought I might have a nerological disorder, the doctor didn't take me seriously really or give me any tests, she said I was just anxious. 

im not really sure where to go from here, I'm just wondering if anyone has had any of these symptoms? And, if anything, they have found some way to deal with it? I'm just a complete mess at the moment. I can't concentrate on any of my work or anything. I don't know what to do. 

Thank you in advance to anyone who has taken the time to read this. Sorry I'm rambling on 

Dx

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    It's a very common offshoot of anxiety known as health anxiety. The symptoms are totally unimportant, it doesnt matter what you think you are suffering from - just the fact your obsessed about it. If you deal with the anxiety in general, the fixation will lessen too. Therapy is a good option to get the the root of the anxiety
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      That's true, I'm obsessed with any ache or pain and I can't help it. I wouldn't mind trying therapy but I'm not really sure how to go about it. Thank you for replying smile
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    Hello Dani,

    I'm a lot like you, I get worried about my heart all the time. I've been to the doctors about 4-5 times over the past 2 months to do with my heart.. Thinking I'm having a heart attack. All tests have come back I'm fine but I don't believe them and feel like they are getting it wrong. I get chest pain, arm numbness, face pain, heart pain, acid reflux. You name it. You're more than likely fine Hun, I'm assuming you're young and heathy. Try not to worry

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    This sounds exactly like me. The physical symptoms of anxiety are in the hundreds. The past few months I have been more stressed and anxious than normal. My symptoms are being constantly shaky, tingly arms, legs, face, hard to breathe, hard to swallow, etc. So bad that I was convinced I had ALS or MS. I spent thousands of Drs and saw 2 neurologists (didn't believe the first one) had EKG, MRI, EMG, nerve conduction study, lots of blood work, all to be told I am normal. My advice would be to see a specialist to ease your mind, but when they tell you that you are fine, believe them. They know what to look for. Good luck. You are not alone.
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      Thanks so much for replying Ashlee, I too thought I had MS, I was so scared! All the symptoms you said you've experienced sound the same as mine too. Doctors tend not to refer me to specialists but in a way I wish they would just to give me peace of mind. Did you try any kind of therapy?
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      I am working on getting therapy now. It's iffy on insurance for me. Most antidepressants/anxiety medications don't work for me at all. I am about to start the lowest dose possible of Zoloft (have been on this before and worked wonders, but only at a tiny dose). I'd rather not be on anything, but right now my anxiety level is about a 12 of 10, so I need to knock it down a bit first. I have heard CBT works wonders for Health Anxiety.
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      CBT works for some, for others its utter garbage. It really depends on the cause of the root anxiety. Health anxiety is just a different presentation of anxiety, you can't treat it per say, only the anxiety which is causing it. CBT is cheap,its often offered first because it's easy to deliver. It can work for sure, but don't be disheartened if it doesn't,just look for a better form of therapy, there are many others
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      From what I've heard CBT sounds like it would be really effective but at the moment I don't think doctors are taking me seriously, and I can't bring myself to tell them that I have an anxiety problem sad
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