Health anxiety

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i have suffered from this for many years. I thought I had it controlled as I haven't had an episode in over a yea. Now, for some reason, I have the fear I have pancreatic cancer. I just had a full ct scan about 15 months ago and a full blood work up z5 months ago and all was great. I got lower pains in pelvic abdomen area and then I freaked out. My back hurts as well but always have had some disc fort. I known ts a rarer cancer and I am not at high risk for it nor do I have any cancer in my immediate family. I have the stupid gift of being able to give myself pain where I think I am sick at. My mom mentioned cancer to m months back, then a friend of mines dad is suffernt Frm it so I have the fear . I am 49 and my physical was excellent besides need g to lose a bit of weight. No negative comments please. Thank you 

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    Ive only just begun having anxiety for a year now but have gone to the ER countless times, for a number of different things, end up getting full body scans, and everything is in "perfect" condition as they say. They then diagnose me with anxiety disorder and im too scared to go back with another complaint, ive recently been getting head pains, and now think im gonna drop dead from some tumor or brain hemmorage. Although its always better to be safe then sorry, i would honestly disregard any mild pains, as anxiety can cause many phyisical symptoms and muscle spams EVERYWHERE. so try not to worry too much, much suppprt <3

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    I suffer from health anxiety too. I take Venlafaxine to control it. In October I found out I was pregnant and so I went down from 150mg to 75mg and only took it every other day or when I would start to feel withdrawals. Even though my doctor told me I could take my full dose I still decided to lower it and take it every so often. I lost the baby on November 28th and had a D&C on Dec 1st. I'm very sad about loosing the baby but also my anxiety and health anxiety sky rocketed when my hormones dropped. I am overly In tune with my body and have a fear of internally bleeding and hemorrhaging at the moment because of the d&c. Any little pain I feel down there I call the dr office and each time they tell me I'm fine and it's normal. I've even expressed my fears to them and they said I would know it if it happened. I went back on 150mg of my medicine and now patiently waiting for it to kick back in. I'm having surgery on this coming Tuesday to remove a cyst from my ovary and that isn't helping either and making my health anxiety worse. I'm still here though a week after the d&c haven't bled to death like I thought I would this whole week. But now I'm terrified of the surgery coming up. Your not alone in your health anxiety and it's a horrible thing. I would rather have panic attacks and anxiety about walking into a store then worrying over my health and wellbeing. But your not alone in this and your mind is powerful and can play many tricks and make you feel the symptoms over a condition you obsess over.

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    I hate gallbladders.  Have you had a HIDA scan?  My daughter had to have her gallbladder removed because she developed Biliary Dyskinesia (gallbladder just decided to stop working right), never had any stones and an ultrasound and bloodwork was normal, but her HIDA turned out to be a horrible 7%.  Had weird pains throughout her abdomen and back, all the way up to the shoulder blades, but now all that's gone.  I mention this because something physical can be triggering the Autonomic Nervous System into "fight or flight mode" which can cause anxiety when the conscious brain can't figure out what the ANS is trying to tell it.  And the gallbladder is notorious for flare-ups and weird vague pains.  Aside from that, food allergies can cause histamine reactions which can cause inflammation and vague pains in weird places.

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      I though gull bladder is on right hand side only and only causes pain on that side. I can't googke anything to check face as it makes it worse for me. I feel like I have tugging and pulling sometimes as well. Maybe it's my IBS and my anxiety making it worse. 

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      Upper right abdominal pain is just more familiar to many, biliary duct is connected to the liver, and snakes around and connects to pancreas on left side, and connects to digestive system too, so there are a lot of places along the route that inflammation can cause pain and it can even radiate into the shoulders.  A good gastroenterologist should consider all possible problems with the gallbladder system, not just stones, and a HIDA scan is probably one of the better tests for non-stone type problems.  Good luck.
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    Thank you everyone. I appreciate the support. 
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