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Anxious of minor health problems

Corzhens

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When my husband was sent to London for work assignment, he suffered extreme melancholia that resulted in the anxiety attacks. Even a simple cough, he would imagine to be catastrophic that he would want a checkup (although he never actually pursued it). When he woke up one night with an itchy skin brought about by the cold weather, he would scratch his legs and thighs until the skin turned red and later on would be sore. In the morning, the red marks of his scratches would scare him. His anxiety would effect difficulty in breathing and the anxiety would successfully emerge. It's a good thing that his companions at work and in the apartment would never fail to give him moral support and advice for they know that my husband had anxiety attacks only.
 

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My son has anxiety over his health, specifically his asthma. He is such a worry wart. He worries about my health, too. For a guy (he is in his early 20s), his perception and sensitivity is strong. He questions me about how I feel the moment he notices a slight change in my voice. Did you drink your medicine? Do you still have your pills? Are you taking them regularly? He is more intensely anxious over his health. His asthma had been factored in with job he has now. He gets frustrated when he remembers how much he enjoyed his previous job as a cook, part of the kitchen crew. He loves the kitchen. He loves to cook. But he had to resign because his asthma attacks were becoming more frequent caused by the fumes, smoke and smell in the kitchen. All we can do is support the choices he makes and show him how proud we are of him and his efforts to develop his resistance, stamina, not to mention his focus on developing his muscles with his work-outs! I just remind him not to overthink his mild attacks and try not to be a worry wart. Take thing one day at a time.
 

sidney

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Your husband must be a hypochondriac, lol he probably though he caught tuberculosis from someone when he caught a cold. Luckily, he was able to get through that phase the whole time he was in London.


As for me, I'm quite far from being a hypochondriac. I don't really get alarmed if I have a cold or cough or even fever.
 

beautifullybree

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It's very common to get anxiety like that. I imagine anyone with major health issues feels that way everyday. Getting support from his coworkers and friends likely made it much easier on him. Sometimes anxiety can stem from feeling alone so them helping with his fear is definitely better than dealing with it alone.
 

Houille

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He's most likely a hypochondriac, I used to be highly aware of my body as well. The slightest cough or the smallest rash gave me terrible, terrible anxiety. You can trick him by telling him to sniff White Flower every now and then (if I'm not mistaken, you live in the Philippines, correct?) - Basically, as a hypochondriac, he just needs assurance that he's fine and that there is nothing wrong with him. Once he's established a coping mechanism to help him with his hypochondria, he'll feel a lot better in future.
 

misszerable

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I don't get overly alarmed by minor problems such as coughs, cold, or rashes. These are very common ailments nowadays and I hardly take medication for them and they just go away. I get anxious, however, if it involves my son because he is quite young and susceptible to weather changes and the dust and smoke in the environment. I think being worried is good in this case because I always make sure that he eats well and takes his supplements regularly to boost his immune system.   
 

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I do get alarmed... but I suffer from both OCD and anxiety.  I might be hypochondriac too, but that is over, because where I live now health care is so expensive.  In my country I had access to free health care, which didn't help my case.  Now I am learning not to go to the doctor for every little thing :)   I must say living life this way is helping me feel less anxious.
 

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Whenever I have a more serious problem I get nervous and this attacks my stomach, so I get stomach pains and disorder. This just proves how being nervous can mess with our health, so nothing like trying to keep our head cool in order to be healthy.
 

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I have some form of this as whenever I feel any small pain especially in areas that I usually don't even think of, my mind automatically goes to the most extreme scenarios and I just try to tell myself not to panic so soon when I don't even know if I'm dealing with anything serious yet. Most of the time the ailment does just go any and that has helped me in calming myself down whenever this happens but I can't help but feel it in the back of my mind most times. 
 

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I sometimes get a severe sinus attack. This may cause my chest to tighten up and I would be wheezing, caughing, and have difficulty breathing. This would have being concerned if I would be contracting bronchitis but it always turned out that it was not so.
 

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It's important that we keep an eye on our health. For example, never in my life I had ear problems, but in the last month I started to have some pains and now I am taking antibiotics. If I didn't give it attention I might have developed something worse.
 

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I don't get extremely anxious over small health events, but I do tend to worry about them a bit. Just recently I had a sore muscle in my neck, which I finally figured out was from twisting my neck to look at the clock. I was worried it was a swollen lymph node or a bacterial infection. I did not want to have to go the doctor, so it bugged me quite a bit. Also, I have had a minor skin irritation at times, that I  somehow decided was cancer, then I remembered I had burned my nose. Most things are not nearly as dire as we make them out to be.
 
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