Health Anxiety someone relate to me please

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Hi all I have had health anxiety for over 3 years now I have tried citalopram but it made me worse and counselling walking listening to music and sometimes it helps but on the whole I constantly obsess that there is something wrong with me. I have the slightest pain I think I have cancer.. head ache is a brain tumour.. tummy ache is bowel cancer you name it I've had it or got it. I can't cope anymore I feel lost and alone and too scared to visit the GP I avoid Dr's with a passion scared they'll diagnose me with a deadly disease and give me a death sentence.. I'm 31 and generally in good health but I constantly think I am going to die. Anyone feel like this or have any advice please I'm going crazy

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    Hi viv I feel the same as you it does my head in I know there's nothing wrong with me but it is constantly on my mind

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    You need to see your GP and explain your Fears. You need help and your GP can give that to you. He will not hurt you, 

    Make a list of your fears and phone your GP and make a double appointment so you feel you are not rushed as you explain your illness.

    You are not going to die, even if you did die you would not be able to do anything about it, when it is your time or my time we go when pushed we have no say in the matter and will not know anything about it

    Stop worrying

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    Hiya, its horrible to have health anxiety, and I can relate about fear of going to the doctor just in case he finds something that proves my thinking right. You can lose so much time worrying about your health. But its not an easy one to beat. I have been going to the gp for many years and my heart rate is always nearly 140-150 BPM, I am always convinced I would collapse in the surgery, he checks my bp each and smiles and tells me I am fine, just anxiety, I have never been able to deal with heath anxiety very well but I know what you are going through.
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    Hello Viv, I truly sympathize with what you are going through. At times anxiety manifests with severe physical symptoms therefore it is very understandable why you feel as if you are dying (because it feels like it at times!) I would recommend to do thorough research and read as much as possible on the different techniques of how you can deal with the more severe symptoms as well as watch videos on YouTube. It is comforting to know there are others who are going through similar experiences as you. But of course, seeking professional help is the most important step to take for anxiety treatment. I also have terrible side effects from medication, that is why I had to learn other ways of dealing with the symptoms. Much love to you and wishing you the best.
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    Hi Viviani85,

    I am exactly the same as you and I've been feeling this way since September and it's driving me mad.

    I've had panic attacks for aslong as I can remember but health anxiety is awful it's really getting me down. I'm seeing a GP on Monday but I don't know what to say to them, I feel that they are laughing at me and won't take how I'm feeling seriously. I want them to arrange for an MRI as I'm convinced something is going on inside my head and the longer it goes undetected the worse it will get.

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    Thank you all for replying

    The anxiety isnt too bad today but I have a constant gut sicky feeling of dread. I never thought in a million years I'd ever think and feel how I do now it's my worst nightmare. It's nice to know I am not alone I just hate that such mental illnesses exist. Has anyone tried sertraline for anxiety? My Dr has prescribed me sertraline but I've not started them because I had severe side effects to citaloptam a few months ago to the point where I couldn't even go to work because I would sit at my desk and sob. Thanks all for replying to me it's a comfort xx

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    I am exactly the same as you. Ive just been through some gynae problems i had to have an op last Friday, i have been almost insane with worry about the results, i just got them back today, no cancer and im on cloud 9 till next time, but i swore to everyone around me that if these results came back ok i was going to sort this health anxiety out, so im going for therapy i have to get past this, its ruining my life.
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