Health Anxiety

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I've been suffering with health anxiety for a while and I'm having CBT. I keep getting this tingling in my head and tightness in my face which is really scaring me, I also constantly feel dizzy and get these stabbing pains in my head and I'm terrified it's something to do with my brain even though it's probably not.  Does anyone get any of these kind of symptoms? I keep going to the doctors just to be told nothing and that I'm fine but I never feel reassured! Being 16 as well I think the doctors just think I'm an emotional teenager. sad 

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    This is just what health anxiety does, reassurance has no effect. Therapy should help, just be sure to bring these things to therapy
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    jmcg is right. If you stop worrying about your head, you will probably just start worrying about your toes or somewhere else where you have funny sensations. It's just the nature of health anxiety, I'm afraid. I get stabbing pains in my head and ringing in my ears but I know that it is nothing. It is just anxiety being a bit of a bitch again. Whatever we worry about it all amounts to the same thing. We all think there is something 'wrong' with us. That's the basic feeling. And that basic feeling is anxiety. Anxiety is always looking for what's wrong with us and it can be pretty endless. Talk to your GP or counsellor. Look on this forum for other people with health anxiety and what they say. There are thousands of people out there with the same thing. The most common thoughts that anxiety gives you are ' I'm dying', 'I'm going mad' or 'there is something wrong with me'. They are all mis-beliefs produced by a tired and anxious mind and are completely false. When the anxiety goes these thoughts will go as well. try not to let them bother you they are only anxious thoughts and cannot harm you in any way.
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    Tingling in the head/scalp/ face is caused by the small blood vessels and capillaries closing due to the anxiety response. Basically the body shuts down non essencial parts such as digestion inc the small blood vessels close to the skin which is the tingling sensation, don't worry nothing will "fall off" it's normal.

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    Nina hunny I'm 17 years old and I've had the exact same feelings as you for the past 6 months almost everyday, I went through a really tough stage during the summer Cus I also have depression aswell as anxiety and the past few weeks I really have noticed a complete change in me and a good one I'm not always freaked about if I have a disease or illness or especially the C word! I'm starting to feel excited and happy about things again! I still get the annoying headaches and dizziness everyday but the more I don't stress or worry the more they fade and before you know it they will fade completely! So don't give up hope babe you will get through this! Hugs..Rachel xxxx
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    Hi Nina..

    Ive had tingling, Pressure, Sharp Pains, Creepers on my face, Twitching mouth , Neck ache for 5 years. Ive been diagnosed with GAD. I feel like im going mad and it sucks the life out of day to day things. I no longer get excited about anything as im constantly worried. Mine just recently started again 4 weeks ago after a sudden panic attack. I stupidly came off my meds by myself 4 months ago as I thought I was OK..Worst thing I could have done..Now im back to square 1. Ive been in Fluoxitine and amitriptiline now for nearly 3 weeks. Ive had no more panic attacks but still have a dreadful feeling all the time. I keep running to the docs, Physio, Chiropractors. I know in my heart its anxietybut its always that 1% chance that stops me from leading a normal happy life.  We will get through this and if u want to message me please feel free as im going through the same thing...xxx

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      I have to keep reminding myself it's anxiety but I still feel it's something more all the time. I'm also constantly at the doctors too, we will get through this xxx
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