Hi everyone, just a post as I'm a newbie. I've always been a worrier and a bit highly strung and there's a family history of depressions etc. I do tend to worry about things too much and need things to be organised and controlled but my real problems are medical related. As soon as I get anything that the doctors need to look into I convince myself its serious and i start to get serious anxiety over it. I had my second child 8months ago and since then I've been having problems with getting my periods back to normal. I've always been all over the place with that (and had a million tests) so I should have expected it. I've also had the common aches and pains and bad back that often comes after childbirth and then spending all day looking after a 3year old and an 8month old. The doctors have checked me for so much and all come up clear but as the problems haven't gone away (general bad back and spotting on and off but i've had the spotting on and off for donkeys years). The problem is that as soon as I read about another illness that could explain what I have I latch on to symptoms and almost convince myself that I have them. Its driving me mad and i know its crazy but I obsess over it! Just recently when I've been having a bad day worrying I've even been getting short of breath and dizzy. At first I put it down as another symptom that something was wrong but now I'm starting to think its a reaction to the anxiety like a panic attack because when it starts the more I think about it the worse it gets. I think it makes it worse because i'm still on maternity leave so although i'm manically busy my brain isnt as active as it normally is when i'm at work so I have more time to obsess and search the internet for answers only to stress myself out more. I've only just really admitted that i have anxiety issues so I find that in itself is helping but I really want to try and cope with this myself before I resort to a doctors visit. I know from experience that my local doctors are the type to just throw medication at it rather than try and solve the underlying issues. I'm not too sure there's a point to this post but I just needed to get it out! Xx
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