I'm relaxing or trying to, & here I am on Google. Then , I get off google & sit ..listening to relaxing music but my thoughts are anxious & are making me frustrated . I'm relieved this bump is freakin healed now . But , I'm still replaying things &/or thinking of a million health issues I think is similar to what I've gone through. I will stub my toe , that's fine , but oddly enough ..if I see bumps on my stomach , I'll think I have a skin condition .
I went on a forum & saw this exercise . l be helpful for others to overcome this anxiety & be more calm ..it could get you anxious even writing it ( trust me , I know how anxiety, health anxiety ..all of that works ) because once you write it, you think about it, it's issues , & think do you have it, did you ..etc,. but let's try to have fun a bit & participate ..share.. then you'll see how annoying anxiety is.
Ok. The exercise is as follows:
I'll say ....hmm maybe 3 scenarios in this order.
A. The symptoms I was having ( yes you can date the time frame in which this occurred)
B. What you thought you had.
C. When you finally saw dr , or went to clinic , what THEY not only said , but found out through exams ..the ACTUAL issue you dealt with
Bonus one D. How it made you feel knowing what was the case vs. what YOU thought ..& how do you deal with your health anxiety since that ordeal , have things gotten better or anxiety still drives you nuts .
**You can write up to three scenarios where your health anxiety was driving you nuts ..doesn't have to be exactly 3 lol
#1 ( this was maybe months ago)
A. I had a definite panic attack in my mom's office . My arm was tingling , hands were shaky, hyperventilating , palps, calves were tense & felt tingly ..sharp pain in my neck ..walking slow purposely , (I was panicky )
All of these issues came after the panic attack & I calmed down , by the way.
B. I was thinking it was MS or something like Parkinson's . Like legit thought this ..on my way to the clinic. I was beyond anxious at the mere thought .
C. The ppl at the clinic, Dr's..did tests all day on me ..whatever exams you could think of & blood & urine tests. Well, everything came back negative & it was looking like anxiety was the answer . My exams were beautiful ( & I quote ) lol I'm fine .." so I sit there like , well I had anxiety before ? I doubted it but it was surely that, I got calm & the issues went away.
D. My health anxiety since that was pretty chill .. It comes in waves ..depending upon what is annoying me . Ex, I bump my elbow , whatever... My temples ache & I run to google lol .
#2 (months ago)
A. Got sore throat, lymph node in neck was acting up .. then later around mom's day weekend..I get nausea ..my appetite is like that of a baby ( I usually eat like a man lol) , my pelvis aches , back ..etc.
B. I thought I had maybe the flu then my sore throat went away , the nausea , diarrhea , pelvic pain , ...well I wasn't sure , I thought food poisoning , or gastritis .
C. I went to one clinic but based on the records of me coming to them for similar issues & it turned out to only be anxiety , they didn't believe my stomach issues & almost refused to take me anywhere , one clinic said I was fine , NEVER gave me thorough exam ..only said I was dehydrated . That was one issue I left out on B. Sry :/ lol anyways , I got discharged , still felt like crap &went to the clinic close to my place ..they did thorough exams & tests & I had colitis :/ . Put on antibiotics & it cleared up ..I did get a couple uti's after , as you know the antibiotics wipe out good bacteria too lol but yeah that was ridiculous . I was anxious ..to infinity ..but glad that someone cared to actually look at me & find the issue & treat it.
D . This scenario is what put my health anxiety on some other platform . I even forget I have general anxiety lol I worry about my health 24/7 , after this incident .
Well, i want you guys to be as expressive as you'd like , not forcing anything lol but this'll maybe assist in bringing some calm to you all & see how anxiety does mess with us . Lol
Oh ( it's the Virgo in me but I made an error on the second paragraph , I meant to say * I think it would be more helpful for others ...." ) lol