Thought it may be a good idea to share my experiences of health anxiety. I have suffered this on and off for over 40 years. I don't know what the trigger was. I was anxious as a child and I lost my dad when I was 14. If I get a pain or ailment it is always terminal. Recently I got headaches for a few weeks and convinced myself it was a brain tumour. The problem is whenI go to the GP the outcome is normally positive but although initially I am reassured that feeling soon turns to negative thoughts. What if she has missed something, if I had told her about feeling sick or a twitch in my eye would the diagnosis have been different. I do feel sorry for our doctors. It must be a very hard illness to treat. I think they are more aware of it now. Imhave had CBT but although it had helped nothing has taken it away. I do have a very supportive GP but I know some people aren't so lucky. I think the mistake I make is going in with a diagnosis. One of the doctors said I know more about brain tumours than she did. Hope this might help someone
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