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Rabies phobia

Arvind

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I've been having this extreme hypochondria about having contracted rabies, let me tell you how all of this started.

I saw a stray dog (noo physical signs of rabies),I caressed her and fed her, I had a open wound while caressing her and I don't recall it licking me....A day later I got a rabies shot and another shot 3 days later (I was previously vaccinated)....
A week after getting my second dose something hit me from a tree while I was riding a bike (not sure if it's a bat, it might be a bat too, I have a scratch without bleeding) I took another shot a day later.
Now I feel extremely consumed by intrusive thoughts of having contracted rabies.... I feel a sore throat (I've been focusing on it way to much to make sure I can drink water,which I am) ..... But I feel a lump in my throat and I am petrified.... I have been previously vaccinated for rabies, I've had 2 booster shot after carresing the dog and yet I'm paying too much attention to my physical sensations and being consumed by it... "I feel a deep lump in my throat"
 

Cuchculan

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I think if you look around this forum you will see other posts from people with the exact same fears. Think you will find them in the health anxiety section. Might be a good thing to swap stories. What we normally see here are people who think too much about rabies. Different ways they could have caught them. None of them ever really had rabies. But the fear to them was always real. Is that side of thing you have to learn to deal with. The whole fear thing. Sort of work out the odds on you actually catching rabies. Probably more chace of winning the lottery. Plus ask yourself how many time in the past did you think the exact thing. Was it real that time? But have a look around the forum. Plenty more posts about rabies on the forum.

Here is one such post. Just click on the link and read the story involved.

https://www.anxietycommunity.com/index.php?threads/afraid-i-might-have-had-a-run-in-with-a-bat.10381/
 
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