Hi I’m new here. My anxiety is always health related. If I have a headache I’ll swear it’s a brain tumor, pain in arm, heart attack. I can’t seem to turn off my dreadful thoughts. Lately, heart palpitations so I take my blood pressure, ( on several meds) and it’s very high, but do deep breathing and can bring it to normal range. Now I have fear of taking blood pressure. I also have fear of going to doctor or hospital because I’m afraid they’ll find something wrong.
On the outside I am perfectly calm, but inside fighting a battle. People are always shocked when I confess my anxiety. I currently take sertraline for panic, and lorazepam (very sparingly, as my doc will only prescribe 30 pills per six month period).
I guess the reason I’m here is to just connect with people who have similar experiences.