I'm a 26 year old male. Just last week I started getting a weird pressure feeling in my abdomen. Didn't think too much of it but it bothered me enough to try and make an appointment with my GP. Unfortunately, the closest appointment was 2 weeks out. Naturally, things started to get worse for me. I started feeling nauseous and full before I was even finished eating. My appetite has nearly vanished. I'm nauseous most of the day, especially during and after eating and drinking (including water). I went to the ER on Sunday night and DRs diagnosis was gastritis. Gave me a PPI and some anti-nausea medication.
Since then, I've managed to squeeze in an appointment with a Gastro DR today. He is also convinced that hospital made right call but is offering an endoscopy next Tuesday, just need to tell him tomorrow.
Normally, stomach issues don't frighten me, but feeling full after small meals, immediate nausea, and bloating feeling on the abdomen have me convinced I have cancer. Couple that with a dull pain on my left side and a dull pain occasionally just below my left rib cage on the front of my chest.
I've had health anxiety in the past (~7 yrs ago) but I thought I had beat that. I'm just a wreck right now, and I feel like I've broken down at least 20 times by now.
Sometimes, I feel like if I take my mind off of it long enough, things seem to go away but given past battles with anxiety, I'm having a hard time right now rectifying what is real and what isn't. In fact, having prior knowledge of just how bad anxiety can affect me is almost a weakness in my opinion. I'm constantly second guessing what's real and what isn't and I'm worried I'm going to brush off something serious, this leading me to feel worse.
I'm in my last month of school and I'm worried I'm going to lose it all.