Health anxiety cancer

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Does anyone know if worrying about dying and being ill all of the time can actually cause the symptoms to happen? Im getting pains everywhere muscles, bones, legs, calf and armpit and I dont know what they are. I spend about half my day googling whats wrong with me and i know i need to stop but i am so so worried.

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    Noooo please dont google.

    That was my big mistake a few months back when i had pains... I ended up with terminal diseases you name it, id got it. However this kicked off Health Anxiety. 

    My condition was treated easily... but the anxiety stayed. 

    I know you want the answers but it scares you half to death and makes you worse ,

    But you cannot catch/get somthing just by reading about it. But anxiety manifests itself in soo many horrible ways.. and the symptoms do feel so real.

    Health Anxiety is a condition in itself.

    Look after your self xx

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      Thank you! I know i should stop googling but i need to know whats weong with me all of the time its really taking over my life sad I meant can thinking i have these things wrong with me cause pains that arent real?xx

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      Hi Jos,

      well you won't find out what is wrong with you on Google, that's for sure.

      The only thing you will do is frighten yourself even more, thus enhancing your symptoms

      Only your GP, with knowledge of your medical history, can make a firm diagnosis. Please, do yourself a huge favour, stay off Google where symptoms are concerned

      Anxiety/Panic Disorder are, in my opinion, closely linked with hypochondria. I know people feel insulted by being labelled hypochondric, quite why I don't know. It is an illness, same as any other

      Which came first, the AD/PD or the hypochondria? Who can say. It's like the chicken and the egg

      But if you regulalrly read the posts you see on this Forum, almost everyone suffers from hypochondria to some extent or other. Fixating upon every ache and pain, watching their symptoms with dread and fear. Always seeking reassurance from their GP, from hospitals and test after test, sometimes in desperation for peace of mind, tests are repeated several times

      And no wonder!

      The symptoms of AD/PD are abysmal, too numerous to mention. They morph. One symptom might waxe and wane, another disappear but only for a new symptom to raise it's ugly head

      Little wonder we are fearful. Little wonder there is the niggling belief that the GP/Hospital "missed" something. How can I have this..that..the other? and not be seriously, if not fatally, ill?

      Then  hypochondria strikes us no matter how much we might deny it. That's what I believe anyway.

      It's very difficult to come to terms with AD/PD and to deal with that alone, putting aside fears of brain tumours/cancers/MS/ Heart Disease

      It's very difficult to reassure ourselves

      But that is the starting point

      At the point of being repetative in my responses to posts

      It's not the symptoms we must fear

      It's the fear of the symptoms we must lose

      It can be done.

      Self help methods are there and easily implemented

      Much time and stress is watsed on the scary What if? What if I have....!!!!!!!

      That time and energy could be better spent dealing with the AD/PD.

      Please believe because you CAN do this

      Have faith

      Taking control of your AD/PD is empowering

      Good luck!

      Helen smile


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    I do this and I'm currently ill and on anti biotics, it's a dreadful feeling having anxiety and symptoms but try not to check google and just go see gp, I wish I could practise what i preach their but I'm guilty of googling too, since developing health anxiety I know about every creek in my body I hate it.I think you may do the same ..we all have little aches and pains it's just w notice them so much more when anxious about them.

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    This is a problem Anxiety Sufferers may have, not nessesary dying, just the symptoms of the condition. If you show concern and read about the a diagnosis you could start worrying and concern yourself of that imaginary prognosis.

    The problems associated with this is to get a diagnosis the tests to that prove the condition become extremely invasive, the more invasive the test the more the risks are,  A Colonostrophy where a tube and camera are pushed up your rear end, on rare occasions they warn you of the danger of bursting through the Colon Wall and that can lead to a problem not associated with the possible Cancer diagnosis. This test is also given for other conditions associated with other less dangerous conditions, So there are those informed choices we all need to take.

    One good thing about the test is they can sedate to relax you, and depending on the test they can on occasions operate on found problems. I had this test done in the last six months and I had the sedation, it was an uncomfortable test and I would prefer not to go through it again.

    What I am trying to explain, when you start on invasive testing the problem is there and you need informed choices


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