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Hi, I've been suffering with health anxiety for the past year. It started when I had a trapped nerve in my arm but escalated when I had excruciating lower back pain. Over the christmas period my lower back was very painful but due to my anxiety I started to get breast pain, I went to the doctors and she sent me to the breast clinic, all my tests were clear.
I have this annoying habit of searching the Internet and always stumbling across the worse possible diagnosis! And then I start to panic! I have finally got my doctors to understand what I go through. In the past I have found some doctors brush this off. I am currently taking propranolol which is helping but due to the lower back pain that I have been suffering from for the last 6 months I still struggle to calm my anxiety.
I also referred myself to therapy but I found that they told you the obvious, about being on the hamster wheel! And that you need to stop the worrying to stop the attacks! We all know about that dreaded wheel!
After nagging my doctor about my 'lower level back pain' (as he diagnosed it!) for a referral to the back clinic I finally have an appointment. Fingers crossed, if I can get the pain level down and know what's up with my back I can start to address my anxiety and reduce the tablets!!
i feel sometimes I have to be slightly forceful with the doctors to get my worries across. Sometimes doctors have asked me what I think is wrong with me and I have always replied with where do you want to start?
I am trying so hard to not allow this anxiety to run my life, but feel that if I allow it one second it would take over. I did find that while I was concentrating on my NVQ work my anxiety would disappear but I can do that all day
Does anybody else feel they have to be more insistant with their doctors?
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