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I have been "suffering" from health anxiety apparently... I'm saying this in inverted commas as I constantly question myself/doctors if this is really anxiety.
This all started last April when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. We are really close so for something to happen to someone so close to you had my head in a mess! I felt terrible as I would try avoid going round etc because I just didn't know how to deal with it.. Even though I'm not the one who's just been diagnosed with cancer!
After a short while, then came the panic attacks.. The migraines.. Heart palpitations etc. There was a time when I went weeks with a constant stabbing pain in the left side of my head (that was it - I was CONVINCED I had a tumour). It got too much I ended up making an emergency appointment with my doctor and I just broke down.
Cut the long story short he thinks I have got anxiety from what happened with my mum... Fast forward a few months I started to get leg cramps/pains. It started in my right calf (so of course I was convinced I had a blood clot) I was reading up that much on the pain I was getting I ended up in A&E convinced I had a blood clot. I had a D-dimer test and it came back negative which told us no blood clots... I still was not convinced!
I was due to fly to go on our holiday and I took every precaution, wore flight socks walked up and down the plane etc because I just had it in the back of my head there was clots there. This obviously amused my partner etc as he just thinks I have lost the plot!
Recently the pains have got worse and spreading up both thighs and really uncomfortable. Twitches are common thing I get aswell, it feels like something under the skin. And also frequent numbing/pins and needles on my hands feet etc. I felt really light headed and ended up in A&E (again) to then have another D-Dimer test and again for it to come back negative, after all this I am still not convinced there isn't some sort of problem with my arteries/clots etc. I am due to start CBT class and have heard they are really good. Can anyone give me advice or share a similar story so I can re assure myself I am ok!!
Thank you so much to anyone taking the time to read this x
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