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LolaHA

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Hi! I just need some place to vent to people who are going through the same thing as me.
For the last month or so, I have been having chest pain, which I was fine with at first as I thought it would go away. I then had a chest-xray which showed I had Atelectasis in my left lung (a tiny segment which isn't inflating properly). I was given anti-biotics however, they didn't seem to work and since then my health anxiety has gone through the roof. Saw my GP yesterday and they said they think I could have costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage between my ribs). However, my anxiety is still there. I have lost my appetite, my legs are shaky, I feel nauseous and tingly all over. I have seen 4 different Doctors, had 3 blood tests, 2 ECG's and 1 chest x-ray, but I just feel like they have missed something. Something in my mind isn't allowing this diagnosis in and is convincing me that something more serious has been missed. And now I am scared that I am going to die. And what I need is someone who has gone through this to help. Because I don't know what more I can do at this point.
 

Sophiexoxo

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I have no advice as im in pretty much the same
Boat. I was diagnosed with the same abkur a year ago and it was so painful right near my collarbone and my whole pictorial area, it did go away eventually after a few months. But I still manage to convince myself I’m dying every day. Just take each day as it comes. I’m always grateful when I’ve made it through another day. I know how hard and debilitating it is to be constantly anxious. I
Hope you can find some relief soon. But be persistent with your doctors if you feel that something is wrong and get a second opinion.
 

LolaHA

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Its awful! I feel your pain. My pain is now going round my sides and up near my collar bone.
I have a repeat x-ray in 2 weeks time but I think if the pain persists or gets worse, I am going to look into private appointments for a possible CT referral - if anything just for peace of mind.
I also hope you find some relief soon :)
 

sTeaLth

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I can't tell you what is actually wrong but I can tell you that I have had almost every symptom of whatever disease I am fearing for several years now. I can't seem to find rest most of the time because I assume that I am dying and I just don't know what it is yet. The best thing you can do is find a way to accept that you don't know the future and trust what the doctors have told you. Repeat to yourself over and over the truth until your subconscious believes it. I find prayer helps a lot as well.
 

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When I had GAD I had every disease known to man and a few unknown ones. My doctor once suggested I write a book on diseases that he had never heard of! :):) NONE of them ever came to anything! It's all very well to look back and say what an idiot I was, but at the time it all seemed so real. Did I believe the medics? No! But that is what health anxiety is all about. Doubt, which plays on the mind and causes further problems. If we have been checked out and found to be ok, we have to believe them. After all, what is the alternative? Self diagnosis in HA is not wise.
Dr. Google doesn't know you like your doctor. Psychosomatic disorders are so common these days, and is it any wonder? We are treated to medical programmes on TV and soaps. Over informed.
 
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