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I Am a Hypochondriac

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    I've been overly-concerned with my health

    since my dad first got diagnosed with Parkinson's my freshman year of college- that was nearly four years ago. I've always had bodily twitches and spasms since I can remember but my dad's diagnosis really triggered something in my mind. Those twitches and random spasms no longer...
    heyitskoala heyitskoala 22-25, F Feb 5

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    I Am A Hypochondriac.

    It all started about 3 months ago. Out of no where, I don't even understand. I just suddenly thought something was wrong with my heart. So I googled, and my life went downhill fast. I convinced myself that I was on the verge of a heart attack , ( even though I'm 16 and in good...
    GirlWithBigDreams GirlWithBigDreams 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    I'm 24 yrs old and recently had a bunch of

    stress built up from personal deaths occurring. The first started in July when one of my best friends lost her dad, grandpa, and grandma all within two months. Then in October my dog died unexpectedly at the age of 2. During all of this my grandma was diagnosed with leukemia(AML...
    ldh1989 ldh1989 22-25 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I have always had some health anxiety ever

    since it started when I was in the 4th grade, I started fearing throwing up aka (emetophobia) it just started from there. I calmed down a tad bit until my senior year of high school I saw a girl have a seizure and it basically took over my life. I had to finish my senior year...
    Woahitsmeg Woahitsmeg 18-21 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Very Scared And Worried

    I am a 28 yr old female. I have suffered with hypochondria for years now. It started back in 2008 after I watched a tv show and a women found a lump in her neck and it turned out to be Lymphoma, I have never even heard of Lymphoma before but it was a kind of cancer and that is my...
    aries32183 aries32183 26-30 1 Response Sep 9, 2011

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    My parents passed away

    when I was young. My father suffered from health anxiety and it got so bad to the point where he took his own life to rid himself of the thoughts. I am getting scared because I have the same anxious feelings. It started when I felt a pain in my breast. I immediately thought it...
    LindsayAllyse LindsayAllyse 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    False Alarm

    So I have anxiety. Not just the frequent emotion, but the exaggerated physical response to fear. My body decides to pump out epinephrine and other stuff inappropriately. Besides this, I think that parts of me tighten up when I'm stressed out. I'm also a bit of a hypochondriac...
    Neuroticrabbit Neuroticrabbit 18-21 4 Responses Oct 4, 2012

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    The Perfect Morning !

    This morning I woke up feeling cheerful, like I haven`t felt in at least two months. Took care of the morning work I had to do, and went outside, my mind set on having a great day. When I got on the subway, I saw a person with a mask that covered their mouth and nose, and that...
    MEMYSELFANDHYPOCHONDRIAC MEMYSELFANDHYPOCHONDRIAC 41-45 Nov 8, 2010

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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    I'm 14 years old and I have anxiety.

    I have always gotten bronchitis every year since I was about 1. During the end of June 2013, I had a raging fever that got to 104 and I was stuck with it for 2 weeks before I went to the doctor. I stayed there all day and got x-rays to see if anything was in my lungs. I ended...
    stellagirl99 stellagirl99 13-15, F Jan 26

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    Multi Symptoms Checker!

    I love websites like webmd and right diagnosis because they have the multi symptom checker. I love the multi symptoms checker! Those websites aim to please! I get myself all worked up when I have 2 plus symptoms of some overlooked fatal disease. It is especially rewarding if...
    SterlingKickstand SterlingKickstand 36-40, F Nov 9, 2013

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    I really am, haha. Anyways

    when I stand up too fast, I start blacking out, which is normal I guess, but I also start shaking uncontrollably. Like I'm conscious the whole time but it's like my body is having a seizure and a lot of times I have to sit down again so I don't fall over. I've scraped up my...
    PinkMellow PinkMellow 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    I've just recently come to figure out

    that I am a hypochondriac. It's actually been quite a relief. There's a part of my brain that can now be reasonable and think, no you don't have this diagnosis. You have a mental illness because you've chosen to ignore anxiety and push yourself harder and harder. You need to...
    anonygurl anonygurl 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 14

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    Damn you fox! Second attempt:  Having

    panic attacks? Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    I am 22 years old and am unable to love a

    normal life. Im terrified that I have a ton of different problems. Im convinced that I have a brain tumor due to headaches, im convinced I have heart problems and any time I get a little pain in my arm or my chest I instantly think im having a heart attack and am checking my...
    AprilMadeline91 AprilMadeline91 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Tired of Being Scared

    I am tired of being a hypochondriac.  I have always had mild health anxiety, but since last year it has taken control of my life.  I had a swollen lymph node...  the doctor  ordered a cat scan and referred me to an ent....  Everything was perfectly fine...
    alwaysscared alwaysscared 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2008

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    Hypochondriac And Anxiety

    I am 22 years old and last year in October, I was at the local walmart. From one second to the next I was feeling dizzy, faint, and extremely weird. I was rushed to the ER and was told that I had suffered an anxiety attack. I didn't believe them. If I was a mild hypochondriac...
    Lynn3897 Lynn3897 22-25 9 Responses Mar 28, 2011

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    Think I've had every disease in medical history

    :( I just want help, stories of overcoming this wood help me a lot.
    ifilayhere ifilayhere 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    I don't know what is real anymore.

    I used to worry, then go to the doctor, and everything was always fine. I had one scary experience that terrified me, but everything turned out fine also. I have horrible thoughts of death, I have chest pains, night sweats, tense muscles (that are causing most of the pain, so I...
    HanHan09 HanHan09 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hostage

    I'm being held hostage.  It can kill me at any minute, mercilessly, without warning.  And I know it.  It doesn't make any demands or tell me what it wants.  I try to be good to it and that is when it turns on me.  I can't trust it.  It betrays me in my most vulnerable...
    Tsunami3 Tsunami3 36-40, M 10 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    I am struggling. I have told only those

    closest. I don't know what to do to fix myself.... I have suffered from different shapes and forms of anxiety for as long as I can remember. I usually only suffer from one problem at a time. I will not go into all the details. But over the last few years, I have obtained a...
    BUtifulDZaster BUtifulDZaster 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    Does anyone suffer from this

    or have dealt with this
    stjlynn stjlynn 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    I've always been nervous about getting sick

    and dying. When I was in college, I had chest pains and after expensive dr appointments, I was told I was fine. Fast forward 8 years later, I went to the ER twice in 2 weeks and the doctors 4 times in a month. I'm convinced that I have a blood clot and a PE in my lungs. Four...
    park682 park682 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 10

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    I am a hypochondriac

    and I know it. Its been like this for maybe 10 years, I am now 23. I have your typical throat closing up, having a heart attack feeling. But the scariest for me is the fear of my throat closing shut. The fear of my throat closing shut came about when I had an allergic reaction a...
    XanxiousX XanxiousX 22-25, F Jan 8

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    A Kind of Ever-changing Worry

     It all started when I was fourteen and recovering from anorexia. My period had just started up again and the tissues in my breasts began to expand - these normal masses of tissue felt like breast cancer to me. I cried myself to sleep one night when I noticed them, thinking...
    melly23 melly23 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 7, 2008

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    I Suffer From Really Bad Health Anxiety

    I get really bad anxiety almost everyday. I'm always worried about dying. If I have an ache or pain I always think I have cancer. The more I think about it the worse I feel. I also have swallowing anxiety. It happens every time I eat. Sometimes I have to stop eating because it...
    FLGrl FLGrl 46-50, F 7 Responses Jun 9, 2013

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    Sometimes I Think I've Lost My Mind...

    Ok so I'm probably going to sound completely crazy here.  But I really am a hypochondriac. I have really bad asthma and I got a new inhaler recently...The one I had been on for 9 years was recalled because it had CFC's in it.  Now I am paranoid that I have holes in my...
    bountifullove bountifullove 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    So Glad To Have Found This Site

    It's unbelievable how much it helps to read other people's stories.  I'm 48 years old.  My 26 year old son has always called me a hypochondriac but I never admitted it to myself until tonight.  I think it started when I was about 14 and smoked pot.  Immediately, my heart...
    cntrydaze cntrydaze 46-50 3 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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    The Irony Of Knowing You Have Hypochondria

    As I searched through one of my many medical books, I stumbled across the symptoms of hypochondria. Naturally, I ingnored the page, I knew that there was something seriously wrong with me it was NOT hypochondria. I just knew that there was something serious linking these dizzy...
    kawoods kawoods 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 3, 2009

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    I've suffered from anxiety disorders my whole

    life practically. This year has been horrible. Panic attacks daily. Constantly worrying myself sick about every little bodily symptom... Small bumps/cysts I find, muscle twitches, spasms, pains, dizziness- you name it. Have had my heart checked, fine. Have had blood counts, fine...
    Anxiousgirl13 Anxiousgirl13 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    I have experienced a variety of odd symptoms

    over the span of three years. The sensations are real to me, but after numerous visits to the doctor I have chalked it up to being overly sensitive and far too anxious. Anyone else? I'm curious to know what symptoms you experience and whether or not you accept them as...
    hob0xcor3 hob0xcor3 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    I'm not as bad as I used to be

    when I was younger. I was at the doctor constantly. Always thought I was dying. Always thought the worse when I had a regular headache or any other kind of pain in my body. I KNEW that it was just me being "neurotic," but I couldn't help it. I had obsessive thoughts about...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F Feb 4

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    Recently i bought a HIV blood test kit.

    I was so depressed that i can't sleep at night, cold sweat, heart aches and all. That point i was certain (for no reason at all) that i have the virus. The result came out negative of course, because i didn't have sex or anything. But still i am worried. Then i'm worried that i...
    oneiric89 oneiric89 22-25, M Apr 1

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    I have the exact same thing :( I am an

    overweight 19 year old female, not healthy and not fit whatsoever, I have no motivation it's just horrible, I am in constant fear of having a heart attack, every second of every day I am consumed with the "fact" that I am dying, everything just feels in my head unrealistic and...
    Hypoanx Hypoanx 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    Hypochondria Runs My Life

    i have always had some sort of symptoms of anxiety/hypochondria....i can remember when iwas young, i mean like 5,6, or 7 years old, and thinking that i wasnt breathing right and then i would start to yawn and when i couldnt yawn correctly i took it as i was goingto have an asthma...
    cosmogirl4056 cosmogirl4056 18-21, F 7 Responses Jul 1, 2009

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    I've been a hypochondriac

    for as long as I can remember. Even when I was a child I saw an ad for a cancer charity and then immediately went to the bathroom mirror to see if I was going bald likethe poor kids in the picture. Not realizing that the baldness was from treatment. I also have GAD and the first...
    Symptommaker Symptommaker 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 30

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    Im almost sixteen and I have general Anxiety

    as well as Hypochondria, It's one thing after the other, I hate it! I get scared over bumps and pains and everything that everyone else gets but I just can't seem to let it go! Recently I've been to the doctor for Headaches, dizziness, facial pain, fatigue, pressure in head, I...
    abigaillynn123 abigaillynn123 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    When I was a toddler,

    I remember laying awake at night, afraid to sleep incase I would die in my sleep. Why my parents didn't find it odd to have a three year old insomniac I'm not sure, but that's a whole other ballgame. I now find myself a 30 yr old married woman with a beautiful baby girl and...
    jazzyfaye jazzyfaye 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I've been a hypochondriac

    for years now and I don't know how much longer I can live with it! I'm just so tired of thinking that I have cancer or something else.. a couple of months ago I started getting suicide thoughts and I don't know who to talk to.. my parents just thinks I'm silly when it comes to...
    miasl miasl 13-15, F 5 Responses Feb 9

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    Okay, this is my first story

    so let me tell a little about myself. I am a 39 year old male, married with 5 (yes 5) kids. I am the owner of three successful businesses, the producer at my church, and I am a Hypochondriac! You would think that I have enough going on that I wouldn't have time to worry about...
    slatham4696 slatham4696 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 1

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    Cancer Consumed!

    I am a 21 yr old girl and have been suffering hypochondria for at least 6 months or more. My story is as follows:-   My mother and I moved interstate nearly 2 years ago to look after my aunty who fell ill from type 2 diabetes among other things. Moving to a new state was a...
    jenandcurt jenandcurt 18-21 5 Responses Jun 16, 2008

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    I was diagnosed with hypochondria at 9

    or 10 years old. I had dealt with my grandfather dying suddenly and two close friends losing a parent within the span of a year. This is obviously not something a child is prepared to deal with. So I became obsessed with illness, in particular melanoma (because that was what my...
    Miaforeal Miaforeal 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    I Can't Enjoy My Life

    I'm 37 years old. My first "illness" occured when I was 19 and pregnant with my first child.  My left arm kept falling asleep. I looked up what that could be a symptom for and was convinced it was MS.  The doctor told me the baby was probably laying on a nerve. ...
    courtelisa courtelisa 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 12, 2010

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    I Think I'm a Hypochondriac? What Do You Think?

    So from doing some research on the internet, I think I have hypochondria. I find myself always researching different illnesses ranging from types of cancer to aids and other major diseases. I think it's kind of ironic that I think I have "hypochondria". Everytime I...
    Mandilynne Mandilynne 18-21 2 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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    If you are reading this blog,

    you must have typed in "hypochondria" in the search bar. Then maybe, just maybe you are someone who is struggling with this condition as I am. For me, I was diagnosed in college with generalized anxiety disorder. I then only went to the psychologist because my friend said they...
    ash21love ash21love 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Whats Wrong With Me!

    So this past year Ive been constantly torturing myself thinking that every feeling is a problem, ive believed that I might be pregnant numerous times, and even though I get a negative test, its one of those rare instances and I must Be! Or if i have pain in pelvic area, i have...
    thisaintreal22 thisaintreal22 22-25 4 Responses Mar 27, 2008

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    A Joke?

    H ypochondria... I know when people think of this they laugh about the people they know who always think they "have something". Hell, even I laugh about it. But the reality is...IT SUCKS!!! Now sure, I can keep an open mind and joke about it. It really the only...
    brwneyedbeauty brwneyedbeauty 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 26, 2008

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    Always Going To The Doctor

    Doctors are only human...and so are we. I go to the doctor for reassurance, but I am convinced that he is wrong. My heart always skips beats, and I start to panic. So this leads to anxiety. I wish I was like some people that really just don't worry about health issues. It makes...
    lifeonthebeach lifeonthebeach 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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    Here It All Begins Again.....

    About two years ago I was working as a dental assistant. It was my last week so I decided to get a final cleaning and oral cancer screening. As the hygienist did the exam she noticed something and told me to wait and she would get the Dr. The Dr came back in and took a look and...
    minme21 minme21 22-25 1 Response Apr 7, 2009

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    Crazy

    It went away while I was on antidepressants, and now that I quit the meds it's coming back and I want it to GO AWAY!  I can't get any pain without it being a symptom of something very serious; this weird pain in my abdomen must be pancreatic cancer.  This headache must...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 3 Responses Jan 15, 2008

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    I have hypochondria and i hate it.

    .... it drives me crazy... i am 45 years old and i have been like this for about 6 years... i can't do it anymore, it has affected my life, my body, my family....help!
    mariemtl mariemtl 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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