5 months ago my anxiety turned into hypochondria due to an indigestion (Dublin food is amazing but too fat for my stomach) that got me into ER due to panicking that it might be something worse. It was pretty much the start of countless trips to the ER due to chest pains (I was rolling on the floor due to those), back pain, stomach pain, headaches and so on.
Went to countless doctors... just to sum it up:
- visited a cardiologist 3 months ago who went full sherlock with Doppler ecography, 24 hours ECG, stress test, everything is normal.
- visited a neurologist, again, the only thing that was weird was an arachnoid cyst that I got at birth. No cause of headaches
- visited a gastroenterologist - again full investigation, the only thing is acid reflux, changed my lifestyle a bit
- visited a endocrinologist - only Vitamin D deficiency, otherwise all good under the sun.
Lastly, visited my doctor again and she went with the general anxiety disorder diagnostic and referred me to a therapist.
I know it's only that, my analysis prove it so, however I'm still scared that I might get a heart attack (even though I'm only 24 and my only risk factor is smoking) or another... heavy disease let's say. How do you guys manage to find a solid ground to help you overcome hypochondria?
I'm trying to use CBT, started exercising (still scared because of those chest pains), planning to stop smoking (only 10 cigs/day now, compared to the 2 packs I used to smoke before) but for now I feel even worse than before and... scared. The only thing that got me happy today is that I didn't call an ambulance because of my chest and abdominal pain.