Health Anxiety madness

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Mine has only just developed. I was sick last year and for 4 months they couldn't tell me what was wrong. Drs were telling me that it was anxiety. Although I acknowledged that I was anxious, I expressed it was because they didn't know what was wrong with me. I eventually agreed to take anti anxiety medication - unfortunately I had a bad reaction and had to go to hospital. So then I changed Drs!! I was referred to an ENT specialist who actually found the cause of my illness (Labrynthitis). After 4 months of Drs telling me there was nothing wrong, THEY were wrong!

So now I have this issue of health anxiety. I've become so hyper aware of my body that as soon as my heart beats a fraction faster or my body aches in a new place, I get scared there is something terribly wrong. When a dr tells me I'm okay - I believe them to start with then that little voice reminds me that Drs have previously told me I was okay when I absolutely was not!

After months of therapy i have again agreed to start taking anti anxiety medication (from a different ingredient list) but again that little voice inside me reminds me of the last time I tried it I had to go to hospital.

So not only am I struggling to trust Drs, I'm now also paranoid about medication. (It took me ages to convince myself vitamin tablets are okay!)

So to summarise... Drs failed to discover my illness until it was too late and tried to convince me I was just anxious. I was right, there was something wrong. Now I'm just about recovered but now have anxiety because I lost trust in Drs...

How have other people come out the other side of this health anxiety?

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    hey,

    what is your condition, labrynthis? can you cure it?

    well for antidepressant, Im the same, ended up in AE with palpitations and dizziness with Sertraline.. I am extremely reluctant to try again, it is way too strong..

    I have massive digestive issues but still scared of going the other side, like I'm a mental patient? I dont think so.. just stressed..

    there miust be other medications and way to relieve that?

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    You have legit concerns it is hard.... I've never actually had a dr be wrong with me but I know so many people who have had serious problems and took years and many dr to actually take them serious and do some digging and find what is really wrong and that is why every time I go to the dr o said well what if they're wrong what if that is my situation like the other people and it drives my husband crazy cause he keeps saying why do u keep making all these dr apointmet when u don't trust them in the first place and are never satisfied with their answers lol

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      I'm healthy now, but my mind isn't.

      I'm in the stage of not over exerting myself "incase I do too much and give myself a heart attack".

      It's hard, isn't it, to keep making those dr appointments, even though you feel reassured at first when they tell you you're okay... After an hour it all comes back and you don't believe them again.

      I know and trust that I am health anxious and that my symptoms are anxiety related. But every now and then it gets so intense and all that rational thought goes out the window. And then I make another Drs appointment... And so the cycle begins again...

      I'm sure if I could convince myself to take this new medication, I will start to recover. It's just a shame that I'm paranoid about it!

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    I had a symptom of my Labrynthitis come back tonight - waves came over me. This used to happen right before vertigo would start.

    The vertigo didn't come on - but just having those waves rush through my body was enough to scare me. Scared I was going to have all the craziness of the virus again.

    Just when I was having a great couple of days without any health anxiety.... Now I have to start again sad

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      The virus can last uo to a year and a half, only have it once in ur lifetime. Thats what the vestibular rehab told me. It changed my life. My friends got it one month after me it changed her life too. Another neighbor had it shes fine now. Actually know a few people who have jad it. Some used anxiety meds along the way to help it, some didnt.  It left me with all weird tinnitus. I tried all alternative meds to kill the virus i guess it didnt work. My doc told me bery possible to be blamed for issues i got with my eye. Who knows whats true. But you arent relapsing its just it has to run its course. You can get dizzy spells. I had it in 2007. 
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