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Gooze17

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Anxiety riddled brains are insane. I went hunting yesterday (Saturday) I woke up with a mildly sore back. Probably due to me stapling plastic around our windows for winter. (Old single pane windows). Mild back soreness and feeling ever so slightly sick, like mildest cold ever sick. And we ended up talking about rabies. And now I’m terrified I have it. Either from somehow getting saliva from and infected deer in my mouth (I chew tobacco so hand in mouth often) or maybe from pheasant hunting last month. Maybe a bat in the hotel I stayed at while pheasant hunting. The worst part is I realize how completely irrational this is. But here I am after trying to go to bed an hour ago. No appetite, no desire to drink anything, facial tingling on and off all lasting for days. I had a lack of thirst and appetite before rabies ever crossed my mind. And the worst part is I have insane anxiety right now which is probably have over some other random thing but apparently rabies is the flavor of the month. Those symptoms come and go so that’s a positive. And even being aware of how irrational that fear is I cannot shut my brain off or calm down. Even with rabies incidents being around 2 per year in the US, I can’t shake the chance I have it. However small. I hate this **** so much.
 

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I understand. Many including myself struggle with irrational fears and I have been down the rabies irrational worry road myself. Its good to see on here how many have the same irrational fears you do when you thought you were alone with them
 

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You KNOW you don’t have rabies, but your brain won’t accept it. Typical anxiety. It’s Only Anxiety by Carl James and Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes. James’ book is a condensed version of Dr Weekes’s work on anxiety recovery. Game changers.
 

Gooze17

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The worry is hard to get past. My right arm and side of my face is tingling, my vision is blurry, I’m salivating a lot. And just making a lot of jerky arm movements like they don’t wanna work right :/ anxiety isn’t crazy high
 

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I understand. I have been obsessed of being bitten by I fox I passed by while jogging, except that I don't remember feeling any bite (and I saw the fox staring at me and then moving away, never approaching me, with other people behind me trying to photograph her). Nevertheless the next day I found myself checking for bite marks and finding a few skin pimple.......and panicking......and 2 years ago I got vaccinated for rabies after being bitten by a dog! Oh, and I felt the bite (it was just nip, but it bled and got infected......). But the mind, the mind.....:-(
 

Gooze17

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I just never know what’s anxiety and what’s actual symptoms. Am I just imagining or forcing myself to feel rabies symptoms? Does that happen? I know anxiety has its own symptoms but can it cause more?
 

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yes, definitely. You can develop all symptoms of a disease, if your mind decides so.
 

Sweet T

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I hear you. It’s tough when you can’t trust your own judgements.

But rabies is not at all likely.
 

Sweet T

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You can! Maybe the bigger question is why you would take so much time and energy on something that isn’t real. Maybe you are avoiding something else?

That was the case for me. My worrying was a distraction from my failing marriage. Once my therapist pointed it out, it was kind of obvious.
 

Gooze17

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You can! Maybe the bigger question is why you would take so much time and energy on something that isn’t real. Maybe you are avoiding something else?

That was the case for me. My worrying was a distraction from my failing marriage. Once my therapist pointed it out, it was kind of obvious.
100% not the case for me unfortunately. If anything it might be a symptom of the stress I put on myself and poor self image, but I haven’t worked that out in therapy yet
 
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