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I have been health anxous for decades. I am now 50. I don't have a particularly sympathetic GP. Just recently I have noticed some breast changes and have made an appointment to see a female GP in my practice next week. This is incredibly difficult for me to do, as I tend to be very avoidant. When I realised how avoidant I was ten years ago I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't google symptoms, but I would attend the GP with any symptoms I had. I have forced myself to do that since then. But I suffer with terrible, crippling anxiety whilst waiting for tests, so much so it makes me physically unwell. Breast cancer is everwhere; on TV, on the internet, in people I know. Charities appear hysterical about it. Any advice on how to manage this terrible anxiety that has siezed me whilst I go through this assessment? Should I tell this new GP? Please help, any advice is welcome.
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