Always been a worrier. Just the way I am. Never had any problems until I had a panic attack about 12 months ago. Think it was brought on with a situation at work. I felt awful afterwards and it took a couple of months to feel reasonably normal but the damage was done. Since then I've developed health anxiety and my GP has diagnosed me with depression to boot. Re the health anxiety, I seem to have all the classic signs in that I will dwell on the slightest pain or ache and turn it into something fatal. I've thought I was having a heart attack, stroke, sure I've got some form of terminal ailment and the latest thing is that I've got a thoracic aortic aneurysm as I've got pain between my shoulder blades - thanks Google. Had some tests done at the GP's. bloods ok, waiting for heart monitor test as I had palpitations for 2 days. The trouble is that I can't get these maddening thoughts out of my head. They are there all the time. So I'm stuck with the tension headaches, pain in upper back between shoulders, nausea, and occasional numbness is my leg. Thought i was going to pass out today whilst out shopping but managed to fight the feeling. Feel exhausted but have started swimming again and bike riding to see if the exercise helps. Waiting to get CBT referral but not on any meds. Trying some online meditation courses to see if they help but just wanted any advice on how to dispel these thoughts. Wife is supportive but I know she's getting frustrated with me. Hope we can all recover.
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