health anxiety

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I have been diagnosed with health anxiety, started in may this year. I can't help myself, every time I get pain, I go straight to doctors or hospital,  Everytime it turns out to be nothing, just anxiety. Constant chest pain, pain in arm on and off, tension inbetween shoulder blades, anyone else get this? And what else do you experience with anxiety? 

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    With my health anxiety it tends to be i focus all the time on for instance a dry mouth, or a lump in the throat, or feeling dizzy etc. I know all these things are anxiety related, but it still sends my anxiety into overload. And then i focus on them more, which makes them worse - and so it goes. If you now have a diagnosis, then thats a good thing - it means its easier to get help.  Therapy would be more effective, it will help you get to grips with the underlying anxiety - without anxiety there is no health anxiety, it always comes first.  Medication cannot resolve issues, it just masks the symptoms which is typically not helpful for health anxiety.  My advice would be to get into therapy when you can
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      I had my first session with a psychiatrist on Tuesday, having sessions once a week with him. I can't take tablets as any side effects makes my anxiety sky rocket. When I first started having anxiety it felt like my throat was closing up, constant feeling of someone strangling me, tight chest and racing heart. Now I get chest pains, no energy and tension going from shoulder blade to shoulder blade plus a feeling that I can't breathe properly. It's horrible, once I get used to the feelings I'm getting, it changes to something else 
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      I'm the exact same, I don't take meds for the same reason. A psychotherapist may be more suitable than a psychiatrist as a therapist is not as led by medication as a psychiatrist is. I know how it is, I'm the same as you are
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    Hiya I get this all time I go straight to doctors uve been going about a few lymth nodes on neck that havnt gone away can feel them  they said it's okie but I don't trust them.  At the moment my throat and neck feels tight like I cnt swallow all muscle are tense and I hate it lol what do ur doctors r say clx
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