Health anxiety

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Hey, Iv been Having quite a few ( what the doctors tell me ) anxiety issues. I just want to share my story and see what other people think. I'm a 24 year old male and I think Iv always suffered from very mild anxiety, but lately I'm starting to question whether this is anxiety or a real medical issue .. Since my dad had a heart attack Iv always been worried I was going to have one. Over the years Iv ended up at a few hospitals at gps thinking I was heading or having one, but testing has said otherwise .. But a few weeks ago I had some pain in my lower right leg come out of nowhere, and after getting on google and reading story's of blood clots I right away become very worried , so off to the gp I went .. So long story short after 3 weeks and 4 full leg Doppler ultrasounds and d dimmer blood test I had to start believing that it was just anxiety .. But still in my mind I was not 100% sure after reading people's story's about how young people have had them and they where missed and died as a result.. So as the weeks went on I got more and more symptoms ( dizzy, lightheaded , thinking I was going pass out, headaches , fast heart rate, slower heart rate, arm pain , chest discomfort , bm problems, stomach pain , muscles twitches , numbness in limbs, body shakes, nightmares, brain vibrating, cough , always tired ect.) .. Iv had all types of blood tests. Sometimes twice, after 6 or more trips to hospital, had ekg , blood pressure standing and sitting, 24 hour heart monitor, ct scan of head and ultrasound of stomach .. All came back fine. Nothing to report at all. How ever Iv now come to believe ( if I have had a blood clot and they missed it) it's traveled to my lungs as Iv stared having these random breathing problems, I can take full breaths but I feel like I'm not getting enough oxygen and suffocating, it's mild but very scary, but my doctor /s ( seen a total of 6 different gps over the course of 2 months ) tell me it's just anxiety .. Do you really think this can be the cause? Or should I be pushing for more real answers?

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    Hi Ryan and welcome,

    I'm new here but I to thought I had a blood clot in my leg, as my calf was swollen and itchy. But after blood tests it was ruled out, I suffer with anxiety and have a whole range of symptoms, like hyperventilating, fast heart rate and hot and warm tingly sensations. If you've had bloods test it'll tell them if you have a clot, Bloods can rule a numerous of things, and this is probably the root of your anxiety, I have yet to find the root mine, there are people who are more medically minded than me on here. And they're a great bunch with support ??

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      Thanks for your reply smile .. My commonsense is telling me I don't have one, no swelling or redness , no long travel or anything... It is just very concerning to me I'm having all these symptoms start after leg pain. Just concerned something dangerous has been missed, having so many symptoms that Iv never had before

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      I to am experiencing strange and not so wonderful things, and always thought it was my heart. But the tests were all fine, so I went to the Doctor and told him of my weird and not so wonderful experiences. And he said it has the traits of anxiety, even though like you with your blood clot, I feel the same about my heart even though there is nothing wrong. And I'm still trying to except it is anxiety, it's a long road, but on here your not journeying alone.

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    Hi Ryan, I'm relatively new to this but I too think I have some sort of disease or condition ( health anxiety ). From my experience you should NEVER GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS!! That's the worst thing you could do, and it is never right. If you have a problem. Go to your GP, they know YOU better than Dr.Google. All the symptoms you said are all that of anxiety. I mainly have a weird sensation in my head. There are certain things you can do to help these symptoms. I found exercise helps mine greatly, also, I also found watching funny tv shows and movies help as well. I know the symptoms are scary, but you just have to tell yourself that it's your anxiety! And remember....NEVER USE DR.GOOGLE!!! 

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      Thank you for responding.. I keep telling myself that it's just anxiety ... Most of it Iv been pretty good at dealing with symptoms.. But this new one ( breathing problems) is so horrible and frightening.. Never had it before..

      It seams to be worse at night a few hours before bed..

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      It's great to hear that you are trying to deal with your symptoms!! There are breathing exercises that can help. The symptoms can be frightening, but they are just your anxiety!

      Hope your symptoms improve, Jack

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    Hi

    Just some experience on my part. Ive had 6 deep vein thrombosis episodes and one clot in the ling, trust me you will KNOW if you have a blood clot anywhere. I too am a health anxiety sufferer any little chnage in my body and im off to the dr several times to find the cause. I suffer everyday from health anxiety.

    But to put your mind at rest from experience blood clots cause severe redness, swelling and itchiness, GP's and emergency dept dont take any red flag symptoms lightly if they thought it was a clot they would have done extensive tests like i think they have done with you.

    I google everything too and i have been mis-diagnosed on several accounts and this is the root of my anxiety, its a terrible disease to have, in my opinion.

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      Thanks for replying, yes I do agree I didn't really have any of the symptoms besides mild discomfort,... Just this breathing issue is starting to get the better of me

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      I have breathing issues too like wheeezing and a feeling of a tight throat but the dr says i am fine. Its anxiety as if its not one things its another. Vicious circle!
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      Also like other prople have responded NEVER USE GOOGLE FOR SYMPTOMS!

      I do this all the time but i should start practising what i preach. A couple of months ago i was convinced i has esophageal and stomach cancer i googled every site possible and ALL my symptoms was that of stomach cancer, did a scope and it was normal so...... Just shows you. If you type in sore toe for months it will come up with toe cancer or gangrene.........google should be banned for health anxiety sufferers as it fuels anxiety ten fold

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    Hey Ryan! I thought I had a blood clot in my leg as well a few months ago. I had this really weird feeling in my calf (turned out to be muscle spasms) and I'm on a medication that increases the chance that I can have a clot so I thought it was def happening to me. I ran to the doctor and he took my pulse in each foot and basically told me to come back if my leg hurt or turned red. After that I was at the doctor every week with something new. Ear ringing that I was convinced meant I was going deaf, joint pain which made me think I have arthritis, muscle weakness that I thought was MS, breathlessness, heart palpitations, slower heart rate, etc. I finally realized that I was feeding into my health anxiety so I'm now trying to stop googling my symptoms, stop checking my heart rate constantly, and just trust what my doctors are saying. It's really hard to do but it's necessary.

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    Hiya! Please just listen to me! This is just anxiety! Something similar started off my anxiety.basically my husband came

    Home one day and told me his friends father in law had passed away due to a brain stroke and since he told me that my head went all blank and i thought i was having or gona have a brain stroke!!! Since then ive had my anxiety i jus hate this feeling arghhh

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    Thank you all for your replying , it does make me feel a bit better hearing that. Anxiety has definitely been getting the better of me and it's comforting finally talking to someone who is going through the same stuff. I am in a small way kinda glad it does exist as I am now super aware of danger signs of something I didn't even know existed! I had to drive for a two hour trip the other day and the who way there and back I was moving my legs in the car making sure I had good blood flow as I could hahah smile as well as stopping half way for food and a bottle of water .. What are people's opinions on taking medication for this? I have about 7 different anxiety meds scripts waiting to be filled from different doctors but Iv been to scared to take them worried I was going to mask a problem... Like a band aid on a broken arm kinda deal

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      I'm considering medication myself. I'm trying to get a new therapist right now since I stopped going in the spring because my anxiety therapy group was disbanded for the summer. So I'm going to talk to someone about that. I'm an avid yogi and I excercise everyday and that used to really help me but since I've been so worried about my heart, it's hard to workout without checking my heart rate constantly and worrying about how I feel. So I'm thinking of starting meds to see if it'll calm me down so I can sort things out. Sort of a temporary solution as I don't like the idea of relying on medication.

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