Severe health anxiety

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had headaches for about 4 weeks.  Been to see GP twice and she says it's not serious.  She has booked me an MRI for reassurance. My concern because of my issues do they take my health problems seriously or say it's just anxiety.  Also had my eyes checked and paid extra for a camera to see the back of the eye

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    Ha. I feel the same way about my gp. At least yours booked an mri!! I also had my eye checked because i have so many eye floaters now and paid extra for the back of eye picture
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    Ha. I feel the same way about my gp. At least yours booked an mri!! I also had my eye checked because i have so many eye floaters now and paid extra for the back of eye picture
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    Unfortunatly i fear the MRI wont reassure you at all.  No amount of tests will reassure those of use with health anxiety, its just the nature of it.  We must trust doctors, otherwise there is little point in seeing them when we really need to.  The only thing to help with health anxiety is to deal with the root cause of the anxiety - therapy can help, really therapy is the only way to find out why the health issues are obsessive.  Reassurance from tests will last a few minutes, then we move on to something else. its not the doctors fault, they know there is no issue - we dont believe them and so it goes on.  Deal with the anxiety in whatever way is best for you, the health anxiety is a symptom of that, not a cause of it
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      there are other types of therapy, i dont use CBT either, i dont find it very useful. A therapist will help you decide the best type of therapy. be sure to tell them if you dont think its working for you
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      therapists are used to dealing with all kinds of issues and guarenteed they will have dealt with worse issues than you can imagine, they dont judge you on your issues, they are there to help.  you have to want to be there though, therapy wont work if you dont want to be a part of it
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      This is  nto a criticism but if your a mental health nurse I can imagine you are probably a tough customer to help in the sense you understand the principals. I guess its like someone telling how to program and build a database or to fix a windows computer. I know the steps that I expect them to go thru, so become alot less interested ( intrested the wrong word but I can think what I mean ).  I may have it wrong with yourself I dont know.

      Whilst in this forum there are common ways to get thru these with Love, Support , undertstanding of challenges, empathy and people who dont judge, there are seperate stories of how people get into the state and timescales and trigger that relieve and stop these challenges. In essence a counsellor role is not to disimilar to this they listen and guide you.

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      The best one was a counsellor through work but you only get a few sessions.  The rest I have done privately.  My CBT cost me £80 per hour.  There are no perks working for the nhs, apart from job satisfaction
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    Mary you know your body and symptoms best so dont let anyone make you feel that they are of no concern. They concern you and you know they aren't right and thats enough for you . Your GP should respect that and treat you with some dignity.

    When i moved from area to where I am now II adopted this attitude as the previous GP didnt give a dman. So I just muddled on dealing with all the aches and pains and anxiety, to then find I ignored some serious pain that end up being a kidney infection and spesis and I was in real trouble and was admit to hospital.

    My gp ( current ) asked why I ignored it and I explained the treatment I had been given and she totally understood, and was told  never to chance anything again with my compex health history. i can gladly say my GP and I  have  mutual respect, and we dicuss why she want to prescribe and i outline any concerns openly

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      The first doctor was fine and although she said there were no concerns she would give me an MRI anyway for peace of mind.  The second one just looked at me with contempt.  The problem is it is difficult to see my own doctor because she is so popular.  The ones that always have vacancies are the ones on one wants to see
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      So sorry to her that you are getting a level of care thats consistent. With all the positive advertise about supporting Mental health you would have thought the GP's would be better on board
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      I have a friend and a family member who are Mental Health nurse/ward managers dealing with the inpatient level. It must be harder for you as you understand more whats going on with this challenges
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