Going crazy with my symptoms

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I was having some pain in my arm. I googled my symptoms and found Pamcoast tumor ( lung cancer) Since that day ( 2 weeks) I'm having all the symptoms. Is that possible that anxiety can play my mind like that? I have shoulder blade pain, chest pain. All symptoms I was reading about I have them now. I became paranoid and started to google more to the point that I don't do anything else. And I convinced myself that I'm very sick.

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    Martha

    Stop using Google you will just cause yourself to become unhappy and frightened.

    If you are suffering Anxiety your emotions will run wild and you will imagine many illnesses that you do not have

    At the moment my rhs Shoulder and elbow are acting up, I need to be rational of my health concerns and have a good idea on what is causing my complaint. I visited my GP two weeks ago for tests that I need every six months, God forgive I mentioned my problem and it is related to my health condition. I have accepted that explanation and move on. If you research your condition you will imagine all things nast that is wrong with yourself. Be sensible with your Fears and trust your GP

    BOB

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      Thank you Bob for responding. I'm already unhappy. All I'm thinking about is having a cancer and focus on symptoms. It got that far that I can be somewhere around my friends and I don't even listen what they're saying but focus on symptoms. Everytime I read about new symptoms next day I'll have it. I can't even sleep. The pain seems so real that I can't put it together that anxiety can trick me like that. 

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      Martha

      You MUST STOP reading up regards Health Diagnosis, I do not know your age and am no Doctor so if you are having problems with Your Anxiety talk to your GP, 

      I do not know if you suffer Anxiety or not, your GP will decide on that diagnosis, reading above yes sounds so.

      We are always here to help, have you suffered Anxiety before, let me know how you get on

      BOB

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      I did. Last year had pain under my ribs and in stomach area. Once dr performed all exams and told me I'm ok the pain went away. Same thing was with my throat . I have anxiety for about 10 years. I'll be honest I'm obsessed with my health and the Google got me lost. Since my mom passed away because of cancer I started having these issues . That's why I decided to ask here if people might have similar symptoms. It was hard for me to understand how can u google something and then have all the symptoms that they describe.

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      Marth

      Try and understand your body and accept most problems you have will be minimal and do not require tests every few months.

      Understand your bodies needs and try and control your Fears, Stress and Anxiety.

      Depended on age serious health concerns may be rare, you need to understand your body and how it works.

      Google is not a good idea, you will become reliant on on problems that are at least uncommon at most rare. Read your own systems and consider a visit to a chemist may be cheaper than a GP script.

      In the UK it takes two weeks to get an appointment, by the time you see your GP the health problem may be gone.

      BOB

       

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    The worst thing we can do is self diagnose or self medicate. If we all did that the Doctors and Hospitals

    would be packed. That's why we have trained professionals to relieve are worries. Google will turn us all

    into hypochondriacs. Go to the Doctor and put your mind at ease.

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    Hi Martha, Sorry for the loss of your mum and you are having a difficult time, You defiantly have health anxiety "I have that to" My doctor suggested to Google health anxiety rather than different illnesses. When I did it was a huge weight of my shoulders. I am not as bad now but there has been times where I convinced my self I had ovarian cancer I cried to the doctor demanding blood tests had a ct scan everything came back ok but "I watched my tummy grow every day" obviously it didn't but at the time I honestly thought I could see it and that it was a tumour growing. I had a breakdown and the anxiety during this was so server that when I walked everything in sight was at a angle so if I went to brush my teeth I would miss the sink. Or go down a step I would miss the step etc This was just a couple of the symptoms to show you that yes your mind can play tricks on you . I really think if you haven't already go to your doctor and I think she will advise you go take anti depressants, i held of these for two years as I did not no they were to treat anxiety to but I got to a point where I was ready to give up. They saved my life and although life is still really hard for me since the breakdown I would not be where I am now without them. I also think you need therapy because of your mum's death. CBT is reccomened for anxiety. At the min I am in agony with back pain if I wasn't on the anti depressants I would be glued to my bed because the fear of it being something I was going to die from would terrify me and my anxiety would cause me not to move and would just lie there google"ing" my symptoms the more I read the more my anxiety would increase the longer I would stay in bed. Now I'm on them I am still worried but you can think more rational about it and you have to break the habit of Google. It pointless worry it's only a doctor that can diagnose you. Just say wait untill I see a doctor and don't Google. I am terrified of getting older and getting ill it's really effecting my quality of life so any advice from anyone would be appreciated. Please get help and try and talk about it to people to relieve the pressure. Hope you start to feel better soon xx

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      Thank you for your advice. I'm going to my doctor on Thursday. He's gonna tell me that symptoms I'm having are create by anxiety and of course I'm not gonna  believe him. 

      It always works the same way...Once the symptoms goes away after tons of exams  I'm laughing at myself how could I even think I'm sick and I won't google anything anymore . 

      2 weeks break, symptoms free and again same story...already had 10 cancers in the past year lol 

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    Why do you keep googling if it's making you unhappy and giving you anxiety ?. On top of that now your paranoid which is an illness all by itself. You in fact are making yourself sick.Why live in fear of cancer or anything else in

    the first place, we are all susceptible to major health issue's or car accidents, major heart attacks you name it

    It would be a very non functioning world if we all stayed confined to our homes in fear of the unknown. That's

    like the boy who lived in the plastic bubble for fear of infections. Also hiding underground for fear of the big one

    meaning earthquake. You can't predict the future no one can. But you can make yourself a stress free life by

    not worrying about the things you cannot change. Live each day as it's your last cause you just never do know.

    Don't sweat the small stuff and try not to fight with people close to you. Stop with the google crap and you'll be

    amazed at how much better you'll feel. Enjoy your life while you still can. Don't look for problems that aren't there.

    Life is to short for that stuff.So please Martha start living today.....Cindy

     

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    It's very hard to live for the day, Health anxiety is a real illness. It's not as easy as saying don't Google when your body is in constant fear that every time a new symptom comes up it is as real as the last. I no how hard this is Martha and I just don't no how to ever get over it. But you have got to understand this is not you it's your illness taking over, you are ill with anxiety and you need treatment to help you through or it will only get worse x

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