Health anxiety one thing after another

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Will it ever end? I've been on citalopram for 5 weeks now and on and off I've felt more positive and normal I guess but every now and again a new obsession starts. I'm sick of it, I'm sick of being scared, I'm sick of constantly checking my body, I'm sick of it all!! Right now my obsession is my stomach, after eating, if I push put my stomach, the left hand side sticks out slightly more, I already underweight so not sure if I notice more because of that, I don't really have any other symptoms but I'm scared of pancreatic cancer or ovarian cancer. I'm still breastfeeding my nearly 2 year old, I've heard it can reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer but there's still thathe chance. I don't want to die, I want to be a mum to my babies I am so fed up of this. I'm waiting for an appointment with a psychiatrist so I hope they can help me, it's wearing me out its just a constant fear and I can't look towards the future as I'm scared I'll not be here or I'll be fighting a terminal illness. Thanks for reading if you got this far. X

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     First of all know that you are not alone with your concerns. Literally millions of people have health anxiety. Definitely keep your appointment with the psychiatrist who can help you overcome this. I see a counselor on a regular basis which has been a lifeline for me! This is  hard to overcome on your own. I'd like to share something with you and I hope it helps because you deserve to live with peace of mind. 

    I had that same fear back when I was in my 20s.  Plus all the anxiety symptoms you could possibly think of 

    I thought I had Terrible fatal diseases, including ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer like you fear. When I was in my 20s I thought for sure I was going to get a MS because my aunt had it. That thinking was based solely on non-reality. I never developed MS but I TORTURED myself by thinking so negatively! All my test came out perfectly.   It sounds like you are  doing the same thing with your fears of Something happening to you 

    PLEASE don't do this to yourself.! I WASTED 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE with the "what if "thinking and nothing bad ever happened! If you continue worrying all the time, you'll regret it when you're older because you will have wasted all those years when you could've been enjoying life!

    As long as you get checked out by your doctor and the tests come out good, you really need to put that out of your mind. . As we all know anxiety can produce so many and such scary symptoms.

    Yes, if you are on the thin side you will definitely notice when your stomach is full or even uneven looking after you eat. That is perfectly normal and I have noticed that on myself also.

     it doesn't pay to read too much online, all we do is scare ourselves more.  

     we can't let anxiety run our lives and our minds. We are better than that and we deserve to feel healthy and enjoy life. We need to be relentless in the pursuit of our health including healthy minds.  I once heard the saying "don't believe everything you think "which is so very true.   Our minds  are  SO POWERFUL and  go to the negative if we let it.  I have battled anxiety since my 20s and I am now in my 50s

    . You need to stay active so you're mind isn't focused on the negative.  I have found meditative audios online that deal with stress and anxiety to be very helpful, also regular exercise, eating healthy and socializing. Doingsomething for someone else can make you feel great and it takes the focus off of yourself and your worries.

    The WORST thing we can do is isolate ourselves which causes us to think more and more negatively. You are thinking so much about it and convincing yourself something is wrong that it leads to panic.. 

    have you had a visit with your doctor? As long as  we follow up with our doctors and if the tests come out normal we really have to work hard at thinking more positively. You can find  great books at the bookstore on the power of the mind and stress, depression anxiety. It discusses how to turn it around.

    ALL THE "WHAT IFS" ARE VERY HARMFUL TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH". What if's are NOT based in reality. It is our mind going to the negative. 

     Another reason to get help such as a counselor is that chronic negative thinking Can actually make negative changes in the brain. .     

    KEEP THIS IN MIND.....FEAR STANDS FOR.   False Evidence Appearing Real.    Fear is based out of non-reality

    Stay Active, exercises dramatically reduces my anxiety!

    I decided I needed to fight this or the rest of my life will be ruined.  

      GET ACTIVE! Switch your mind to life, look at the beauty of a sunset, the birds in the sky, etc. get a hobby you enjoy and Laugh!  Have great times with your baby! Remember, you are also doing this for your child who deserves to have a mother who is positive it is a fighter for her And your life together

    You don't want your child to grow up seeing her mother negative, depressed, anxious when you were most likely perfectly healthy. I actually made my own daughter anxious because she saw how I handled the life in that way and I really regret that! be a great example for your child!

    You have two choices......live for the next 60 or 70 years in fear and worry being miserable like I was, . OR LIVE your life with a positive attitude, enjoying family, friends, activities, and taking control of your happiness….

    And I started exercising, the anxiety just lifted because the endorphins in the brain are released which makes you feel really good!

    .  and eating very healthy and started socializing more, taking  healthy supplements,  and keep listening to the meditation audios. I keep going to my counselor even though I start feeling better.

    Stay active! Stay active! Stay active!   biggrin

     

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      Hi Jan, what a lovely helpful reply, Thankyou so much for taking the time to write it!

      I am quite active I walk with my 3 year old and nearly two year old every day, I find that when I'm not busy or I'm trying to wind down my mind starts running away with itself. It drives me mad. I have had persistent indigestion since March last year, never having had it before in my life. After numerous visits in tears to the doctors because nothing they gave me worked, they eventually sent me for an endoscopy in October just gone, they said there was nothing there to concern them and biopsy came back normal, but it's all triggered something in my head. I've had anxiety in the past on and off since I was 17 (I'm 26 now) but health anxiety is on a whole new level, my gp has told me time and time again that I'm ok and they're not worried, but why can't I stop thinking that they may have missed something? Would something have shown up on blood tests if there was anything wrong? I'm just so scared to look into the future incase I jinx it or I might not be here. Sounds crazy I know.

      I'm glad you have managed to think positively, I hope I can learn to do the same. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Thankyou Jan x

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      Girl after my own heart..... I had to do exactly the same... i was so ill with worrying that i would become ill.

      That i took the bull by the horns and made myself get motivated eat healthy , walk more, plenty of fluids, 

      Still get moments ... but i remind my self its a feeling not a fact and move on.. not easy but it works xx well done to you 

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     I'm sorry for the lengthy  response I wrote but I really wanted you to read it and understand how important it is to be a fighter for yourself and your child! Anytime a negative thought comes to your mind immediately say NO! And switch right away to a positive happy and thought.  Once you get into the routine the negative thoughts become fewer and fewer. Also remember YOU  Control your mind, don't let your mind control you!  You have many many many more years to live, make them happy. 

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