I'm Angelica. I'm 32 and have been dealing with anxiety and hypochondria since age 19. The worst of my anxiety, I believe, stemmed from having cancer when I was a young teenager. I spent a long summer running to doctors with various ailments that I thought were cancer again (and, of course, were not) before starting an SSRI with a backup benzo that controlled the majority of my major panic for a long time.
I lost my mom in September and, in late October, began developing hypochondria again over various symptoms, most of them gastrointestinal (left side pain, nausea, lack of appetite). After visiting five doctors, drawing four rounds of labs, and undergoing an abdominal/pelvic CT, the conclusion is that I am physically fine, though I still have my myriad symptoms and cannot shake my anxiety despite an increase in my SSRI and regular doses of my benzo. I can't focus on anything but my health fears and am afraid that my job and general wellbeing are at risk.
I'm hoping to hear from others who are facing similar mental health issues and perhaps learn some coping skills from those who have been there.