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Do you ever worry about having a more serious illness that is posing as anxiety?

Sometimes I feel tension in my head or pain on my back and assume it's a tumor or some sort of serious illness. I made the mistake of google-ing my symptoms and came up with many terrifying results. Many sites say that anxiety symptoms can be the same as heart disease or other serious illnesses. When I start to think about it I panic and fall into an anxiety attack and assume I'm going to find out I have cancer and eventually die. I am only 23, I have so much life to live..
Category: Symptoms 3 years ago
zayo
Asked 3 years ago

I think about this every day, i've been to the Emergency so many times, sometimes even twice a day, I have had chest xrays for my thought of having lung cancer, heart test, had CT scans for fear of aneuysms, and brain tumors, each doctor highly recommended that i go to therapy, it's all the anxiety and being a hypochondriac, I have this more than anything and It ruined my life for the past year, I lost my job for leaving and going straight to the ER because I was dizzy and thought I was going to die from a brain tumor. You have nothing to worry about i am deffinetly with you on this one, i know it sucks but if you need a doctor to tell you that you are ok then you should because it's a great feeling knowing for sure that you're perfectly fine, and most things like tumors and cancer run in the family and the chances of having a serious illness at such a young age is very slim, possible but slim if you are in good shape. I hope that this helps you. i had a hard time going through this because no one else knew what I was going through, I'm sorry that you go through this but It comforts me to know that I'm not the only one :)
ziggychain
Answered 3 years ago
ziggychain

i worry about this all the time. and then i make the very stupid (but what at the time seems comforting) mistake of googling my symptoms.... its very difficult when you feel like you have somehing much worse going on with you, but thats what anxiey does
Anxiousgirl1
Answered 3 years ago
Anxiousgirl1

omg! Ya, I want to run and get every test under the sun done to make sure I am indeed "OKAY". I started seeing a therapist 6 weeks ago and that has been going great. I can honestly say she helped me go from every day anxiety to once in a while. Although my thoughts are still there I can manage them and not fall into an anxiety attack. But i definitely think i might be a little bit of a hypochondriac. Ahh so relieving to know I'm not alone. You described exactly how I feel and have been acting. Thank you :) !!
zayo
Answered 3 years ago
zayo

Google is my best friend- i have a google problem. haha but when it comes to health related topics I have to stay away! I always end up on the most serious possible outcome of my minor symptom
zayo
Answered 3 years ago
zayo

I don't know if it is [i]as[/i] serious, but I do believe that a lot of my anxiety has been caused or is comorbid with Avoidant Personality Disorder. I've brought it up with a couple of Psychiatrists, and they said it may be that, but they only wanted to focus on my anxiety and depression. I do think I'm going to bring it up again at my next appointment (I'm seeing a new Psychiatrist), and we'll see how it goes.
kisschase82
Answered 3 years ago
kisschase82

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