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SCARED OF EVERYTHING :(

MarthaJane19

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Hi all. I hope everyone is safe and surviving.

My name is Martha and the reason why I decided posting here is because I'm suffering really bad from my health anxiety.

It has been almost a month since my first bad attack after years of managing it well.I guess the pandemic triggered it so bad brcause It was never this severe before.

It started with the fear of getting the virus. Crying spells that I have it and feeling the symptoms. Constantly checking my temperature. Then the 2nd wave came... with some minor stomach cramping. Not really painful but intermittent small cramps that feels like theres something crawling there. Consulted a doctor online and said its hyoeracidity so i was told to take antacids. That helped for a while. Then new stomach symptom arrived - stomach tightness in the upper abdomen. Started on the left side. It feels as if it's being constricted. I feel the tightness ubder my ribs and back . that sent me to a spiralling fear of Stomach Cancer. My bestfriend died of that 3 years ago. No symptom but just hyoeracidity and back pain. He died 2 months after his diagnosis. I called my doctor again and she said it can be excess gas in my stomach.

One morning i woke up with fast heart rate 122bpm my chest was tight and my left arm was tingling. I was sure i was having some heart thing so even with the fear of getting the virus i went to the ER. They did an EKG and blood test to see if i did have a heart attack or there's any heart problems and it came back normal... They sent me home with prscription for omeprazole for 2 weeks. Im on my 10th pill now. During the time i was taking this i developed extreme bloating and stomach tightness. There were mornings I wake up nauseous and dry heaving. The fear was intense.

I called my doctor and she ordered full abdominal ultrasound so i can have peace of mind. Everything was normal. Except they foubd a small uterine myoma/fibroid in my uterus. My gyne said no need to worry its small and no need to operate. Afterthe result came back i felt better.. with occassional bloating and chest discomfort but i was feeling better. I was eating normally again - but this morning... I woke up with super tight stomach that i can feel up to my ribs especially on my left side. It extends to my chest and the left arm pain again. I was crying hard. Is this my heart? Is this my stomach? I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE! It went away after 30mins. But the tightness in my stomach is still there... I am very new to these symptoms because i never had digestive issues before. My symtoms from my anxiety were usually head pressure and arm and leg weakness.. Sometimes palpitation but never stomach issues! Im scared i might have cancer..

Does anyone here felt these stomach issues connected to their anxiety? Please help :(

Martha 37yrs old
 

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Hi all. I hope everyone is safe and surviving.

My name is Martha and the reason why I decided posting here is because I'm suffering really bad from my health anxiety.

It has been almost a month since my first bad attack after years of managing it well.I guess the pandemic triggered it so bad brcause It was never this severe before.

It started with the fear of getting the virus. Crying spells that I have it and feeling the symptoms. Constantly checking my temperature. Then the 2nd wave came... with some minor stomach cramping. Not really painful but intermittent small cramps that feels like theres something crawling there. Consulted a doctor online and said its hyoeracidity so i was told to take antacids. That helped for a while. Then new stomach symptom arrived - stomach tightness in the upper abdomen. Started on the left side. It feels as if it's being constricted. I feel the tightness ubder my ribs and back . that sent me to a spiralling fear of Stomach Cancer. My bestfriend died of that 3 years ago. No symptom but just hyoeracidity and back pain. He died 2 months after his diagnosis. I called my doctor again and she said it can be excess gas in my stomach.

One morning i woke up with fast heart rate 122bpm my chest was tight and my left arm was tingling. I was sure i was having some heart thing so even with the fear of getting the virus i went to the ER. They did an EKG and blood test to see if i did have a heart attack or there's any heart problems and it came back normal... They sent me home with prscription for omeprazole for 2 weeks. Im on my 10th pill now. During the time i was taking this i developed extreme bloating and stomach tightness. There were mornings I wake up nauseous and dry heaving. The fear was intense.

I called my doctor and she ordered full abdominal ultrasound so i can have peace of mind. Everything was normal. Except they foubd a small uterine myoma/fibroid in my uterus. My gyne said no need to worry its small and no need to operate. Afterthe result came back i felt better.. with occassional bloating and chest discomfort but i was feeling better. I was eating normally again - but this morning... I woke up with super tight stomach that i can feel up to my ribs especially on my left side. It extends to my chest and the left arm pain again. I was crying hard. Is this my heart? Is this my stomach? I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE! It went away after 30mins. But the tightness in my stomach is still there... I am very new to these symptoms because i never had digestive issues before. My symtoms from my anxiety were usually head pressure and arm and leg weakness.. Sometimes palpitation but never stomach issues! Im scared i might have cancer..

Does anyone here felt these stomach issues connected to their anxiety? Please help :(

Martha 37yrs old
Hello Martha!!! Welcome! I always have stomach movement, tightness, odd sensations etc.....first of all your hyper aware of these symptoms. Your mind is focusing on it. I'm willing to bet if you had another issue begin today you'd focus on that and notice stomach issues would subside. So I see your age as 37. I am 40. So I get terrible stomach issues ans gut issues surrounding ovulation and right before my period. Then of course on your period you do. As far as some tightness you may be tensing your entire body with your anxiety. I get tight chest due to that.
 

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Hi Martha! My stomach hurts when my anxiety is high. Not in just one spot either. It can be my right side, left side, around my gallbladder. Anxiety can mess with any part of your body. I think the fact that you had an ultrasound that was pretty much clear is a safe bet that you don’t have much going on in there. Maybe try calling your doctor and let them know your Omeprazole may not be working. Last year I was having issues with it feeling like something was under my ribs on the right side. I started taking a stomach pill, I can’t remember the name of it and I must have thrown them away because I can’t find the bottle either. Anyways, they made my stomach cramp up and hurt a lot, so I quit taking them. That may be some of your problem.
 

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Hello Martha!!! Welcome! I always have stomach movement, tightness, odd sensations etc.....first of all your hyper aware of these symptoms. Your mind is focusing on it. I'm willing to bet if you had another issue begin today you'd focus on that and notice stomach issues would subside. So I see your age as 37. I am 40. So I get terrible stomach issues ans gut issues surrounding ovulation and right before my period. Then of course on your period you do. As far as some tightness you may be tensing your entire body with your anxiety. I get tight chest due to that.
Hi! Thank you for replying to me :) I appreciate it a lot

What odd sensations do you feel? It's crazy how are body reacts to anxiety. Sometimes i feel like something is crawling in my belly.

Also i get brain zaps once in a while. I feel 2-3 secs of electric shock or earthquake feels in my brain. Then it will go away leaving me in panic most of the time. Have you felt this before?
 

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Hi! Thank you for replying to me :) I appreciate it a lot

What odd sensations do you feel? It's crazy how are body reacts to anxiety. Sometimes i feel like something is crawling in my belly.

Also i get brain zaps once in a while. I feel 2-3 secs of electric shock or earthquake feels in my brain. Then it will go away leaving me in panic most of the time. Have you felt this before?
I got those brain zaps a year ago. It's so weird because I'll get anxiety symptoms of a specific kind and then it will switch and be something else like shortness of breathe. Then that'll go away and be something else in a few months. The list is really endless
 

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I got those brain zaps a year ago. It's so weird because I'll get anxiety symptoms of a specific kind and then it will switch and be something else like shortness of breathe. Then that'll go away and be something else in a few months. The list is really endless
I knowww!! Sometimes new symptom will show up and derails me so much :( I hate it when symptoms manifest together and makes you really really scared.
 

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I knowww!! Sometimes new symptom will show up and derails me so much :( I hate it when symptoms manifest together and makes you really really scared.
It's always something. Either things piece together and form something bad or just when something goes away something something else is always behind it.
 

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It's always something. Either things piece together and form something bad or just when something goes away something something else is always behind it.
What symptoms do you feel right now?
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Hi Martha! My stomach hurts when my anxiety is high. Not in just one spot either. It can be my right side, left side, around my gallbladder. Anxiety can mess with any part of your body. I think the fact that you had an ultrasound that was pretty much clear is a safe bet that you don’t have much going on in there. Maybe try calling your doctor and let them know your Omeprazole may not be working. Last year I was having issues with it feeling like something was under my ribs on the right side. I started taking a stomach pill, I can’t remember the name of it and I must have thrown them away because I can’t find the bottle either. Anyways, they made my stomach cramp up and hurt a lot, so I quit taking them. That may be some of your problem.
Hi Mandy! Thank you for replying :)

Thats what i feel now! Like something is under my left rib. So weird! Havent felt this before. When i press of my ribs it tightens.

I dnt know if this is still heartburn or just plain anxiety. Hard to tell and that i think is what's making it scary
 

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Martha, I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this. These are such difficult times. My psychologist told me that he has been really busy these days.

If you've been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, did you tell the doctors about it?

It would be a good idea to talk to a psychologist. Governments are making mental health resources available, so you could start with a hotline if you aren't already in touch with a psychologist. If you have access to an employee assistance program, they could help you get started too.
 

MarthaJane19

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Martha, I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this. These are such difficult times. My psychologist told me that he has been really busy these days.

If you've been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, did you tell the doctors about it?

It would be a good idea to talk to a psychologist. Governments are making mental health resources available, so you could start with a hotline if you aren't already in touch with a psychologist. If you have access to an employee assistance program, they could help you get started too.
Hi Vincent! Yes My doctor is aware i have been diagnosed..

I want to schedule a therapy session with a psycholgist it's just so hard to do it nowadays with the pandemic :( I have been trying to schedule an online session but it's hard to find one
 
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