Help :( health anxiety

Hi, I've always been a hypochondriac and think everything is wrong with me, but over the past few years it's gotten so much worse to the point of severe anxiety. I lie in bed and think that any ache or pain is cancer and imagine having to go to the doctors and then tell everyone I have cancer. I also think I see signs telling me I have it, it's getting to a stage I can't go more than an hour without thinking about it. Is anyone else like this or what would anyone suggest? Thanks :)

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  • Hello hun I haven't experienced it myself well not severlely but my older sister did for a few years she was always in and our of drs and up a&e she started citroblam(?? ) and counselling and that's really helped her are you on any meds or seeing a counseller?? Xx

  • No I'm not, I'm a bit embarrassed about it, whenever I mention it To my family they say I'm a drama queen! I think I may have to see someone though, thank you!

  • I do this to. I get physically sick when I get stuck on a disease or something. It's a tad bit terrifying, but I also suffer from panic disorder and ptsd. Definitely see a therapist and stay off WebMD, it's hard I know I've lost tons of weight from worrying myself to death over my health.

  • Thank you, I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like this, it's horrible! x

  • I can sympathise as I'm much the same and have been off and on for twenty-plus years now.

    Some days I feel fine and others the slightest twinge will set me off on a Dr Google search which frightens me even more.

    It's a vicious circle which I know I have to break.

  • I do the same thing, I really need to stay off google! Thank you, I feel better knowing other people feel the same :)

  • I do this all the time. Right this minute I think I have colon cancer, a brain tumor, Alzheimer's, heart trouble and kidney and liver problems. My doctor told me that people who are hypochondriacs are usually more intelligent and creative than "normal" people. We can turn anything into something!

    I get a physical once a year, including blood tests, just to calm myself down. I've been a hypochondriac all my life, so by now it's more of a habit than anything else. Also, don't read Web MD or Google symptoms.

    I wish you all the best. It's awful to be scared all the time.

  • Thank you so much! Honestly even knowing that other people feel the same as me helps me, it's horrible but I think I'll visit my doctor soon!

  • I'm having this problem nearly every day and night I'm sick of going to the doctors and think they are sick me but I can't help it so I've got a appointment with the mental health nurse in a couple of weeks want to get this sorted out its so depressing feeling like this every day I'm not on any meds just wait and so what the nurse say roll on 2 weeks

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