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I Am a Hypochondriac

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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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    My health anxiety has gotten

    so much worse, heartbeat awareness three trips to the er because of the heartbeat awareness because I'm afraid if I don't go my heart will stop. I've had two ekgs both clean no history what so ever of heart problems I am over weight but so is most of America honestly and most...
    Woahitsmeg Woahitsmeg 18-21 Jul 1

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    I have episodes where I feel extremely hot,

    nauseous and dizzy. I slowly become more confused and lose my ability to read and speak. It ends after a brief fainting episode followed by vomiting. My blood tests are perfect, but I am effected by the fear that I will have another one of these occurrences. My doctor seems to...
    hob0xcor3 hob0xcor3 22-25, F 1 Response May 6

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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 1 Response Feb 14

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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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    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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    Cancer. Everyday I investigate

    and research cancer that I think I have. I haven't always been like this. Infact, I remember the exact time when it started. I was smoking a cigarette at work with my partner when we got on the whole lung cancer subject. I remember thinking to myself, "I'm probably full of...
    worriedryan worriedryan 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 8

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    I have always been a worrier,

    my dad is one too. However mine has mainly been about my health. A month ago I was in the hospital because I had a lot of lower right stomach pain. It turned out not to be my appendix but the whole experience without my parents was a little traumatic. Anyway since then I have...
    collegegirl21 collegegirl21 18-21, F 1 Response May 14

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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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    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 feel like I'm going crazy.

    I'm afraid I have all kinds of diseases like diabetes or cancer sometimes. I keep it all to myself except my mum.(even then I try not to show how bad it is because I don't want her to worry) I try to act normal and try to distract myself but I don't know if I can do this anymore...
    brenda285xD brenda285xD 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 13

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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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    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 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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    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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    This has been going on

    for years. I feel like I may die of a horrible disease. I never get sick. But, that means nothing now days. You can seem to be healthy and have a terminal illness. I think of everything from all types of cancers, HIV, heart problems... It's ruining my life. I can't focus on...
    shayex3 shayex3 26-30, F Jul 3

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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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    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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    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 look at the news on the regular to see what's

    going on in the world and that worries me. I see stories on people dying of breast cancer and the pink ribbons everywhere on food bags, t-shirts pepsi cans and young people getting disagnosed. if i feel a pain in my chest area or redness i get paranoid. just because i smoke...
    strawberry38 strawberry38 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 23

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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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    Think I've had every disease in medical history

    :( I just want help, stories of overcoming this wood help me a lot.
    Ifilayhere Ifilayhere 70+, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    It started when I lived in a shop

    where I worked as a fabricator in California for four months straight. I was exposed to many chemicals that were relatively safe to work with, but my worries consumed me and I always thought worst case scenario, "cancer" . I also I have an ultimate fear of blindness, so I...
    ConnorTheo ConnorTheo 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 8

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    Every little thing that happens to my body.

    Every little tingle or ache or pain that I feel, I'll freak out. I start googling symptoms, and convince myself that I'm dying. The worst part is that I'll never know if I'm dying or not because I'm HORRIFIED of going to the doctor and finding out the answer. I live in fear of...
    cocopuffnation cocopuffnation 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Hi, I am new to this website

    so I don't really know how this works. Basically I often read the daily mail (probably not the best idea, i know) and regularly they have real life stories etc and there was this one where a man had a mole on his back, and the doctor kept saying it was fine, yet he turned out to...
    hollythepegasus hollythepegasus 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 21

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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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    I'm going to try and get tested

    for a list of diseases tomorrow. I hope the dr doesn't prescribe me psych meds instead.
    ArtemisAncestor ArtemisAncestor 26-30, F 1 Response May 9

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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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    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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    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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    Honestly, I constantly think I'm dying from

    everything. Allergies, bug bites, sinuses, headaches, accelerated/decelerated heart rate, etc. It's become a huge burden really, but it mostly stems from my fear of death and my loneliness due to the fact that I just can't find a good guy. It really sucks. :/
    kaleidoscopekay kaleidoscopekay 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 19

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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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    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 4 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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    Yeahhhh. I know I am.

    There's been times when I think I have diseases. And I "self diagnose" myself cause I felt like I had the same syptoms on webmd... But at least I realize it cx
    Rasberrysweetness Rasberrysweetness 18-21, F 2 Responses May 6

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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 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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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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    I have severe hypochondria ,

    my fear is heart attacks I always have pains in my chest or back and it scares the **** out of me.. I've told my doctor and within 1 month I had 3 ekgs, a 10 page blood test for everything and a chest X-ray . And everything came back clear not even high blood pressure or...
    wrxlife wrxlife 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 19

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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 a 21 year-old female,

    and ever since my periods started getting REAAALLY irregular and random I'm worried that my body is unawarely being invaded by some form of tumor. It stared in the summer, but I initially thought nothing of it because it's actually not that weird to have wonky periods from time...
    PaladinGirl PaladinGirl 22-25, F May 11

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    So I'm new to this...

    ....I'm a 17 year old female living in Miami. I've been a hypochondriac pretty much since middle school (6th grade)I started having stomach pain everyday and I was constantly online googling my symptoms and a number of things showed up (ulcers, cancer, etc) and i became worried...
    allyy1121 allyy1121 16-17, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    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 1 Response Jan 22

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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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    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 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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    is there a way to stop hypochondria at a young

    age? i'm 14 & yes, i'm 100% sure i'm a hypochondriac. i get the icy cold feelings when i hear diabetes rates go up. i stay up at night thinking there is NO possible way for all of this to be "anxiety". i imagine bumps on my head thinking it's cancer tumors. i do it all...
    kelseyfoster kelseyfoster 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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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 Apr 14

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    I'm obsessed with things being wrong with me

    like my tonsils or my knees and I think I have throat cancer or digestive issues and the list goes on. I need to stop freaking myself out. I'll spend an hour on google googling symptoms tht I have and idk it won't leave my mind. I need peaceful suggestions that will calm me down...
    isabellamancini isabellamancini 13-15, F Jul 11

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    I'm so paranoid. I know it's probably nothing.

    . But I've been having very annoying back and leg pain. Lately, I have been having this tickling sensation my ovary area, lower back and legs. It's just a very annoying feeling. It doesn't necessarily hurt. It's makes it difficult to focus on sleep. Not only has my that started...
    Mtlawren Mtlawren 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 24

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    Hello, this is the first time I am writing

    about this anywhere. Over the last two months my health anxiety has taken over my life entirely. I literally feel as though I am on the verge of insanity. I can not take it anymore. Every single day I deal with the same symptoms that I can not go five minutes without thinking of...
    gabbi0x gabbi0x 18-21, M Jul 14

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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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    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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    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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