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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 swear Google is the devil.

    It preys on hypochondriacs. It may not be the literal devil, but if you are a hypochondriac reading stuff on the Internet is scary. A few months ago, I had really bad cramps and i believed whole heartedly that I had ovarian cancer. I was scared out of my mind. I literally stayed...
    reneeo11314 reneeo11314 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 22

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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 9 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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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, 2014

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    Hi. I'm 20 years old

    and I am going through a really rough patch of hypochondriac. Ive been dealing with this since I was 8, but it had been better for about a year. Suddenly, its close to the worst its ever been. This usually happens when Im stressed or unhappy in other areas of my life, but I have...
    kaylee48sc kaylee48sc 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 22

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    v=3GdbwP57OL0&feature=youtu.be watch please. made the video as promised
    angiebirdflyaway angiebirdflyaway 18-21, F Feb 4

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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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    Hi I’m new here, shy,

    and skeptical of most internet things. I’m also highly caffeinated at the moment so here goes nothing. my mom has been very ill most of my life (with several types of issues) and everyone in my family has lived to a terribly old age and gone completely crazy. I’m terrified...
    csquint csquint 22-25, F Aug 5

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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...
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 22-25 3 Responses Jan 22, 2014

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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 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 1, 2014

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    Okay, I Admit It!

    I am a college student who over-analyzes everything. This past year, my body has been out of whack. I know I have chronic sinusitis that hasn't gotten better with antibiotics. I have low blood pressure that leaves me feeling so drained and weak that I have mild anxiety attacks...
    LiesAreEntertainment LiesAreEntertainment 22-25 3 Responses Nov 29, 2012

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    I've been diagnosing myself

    for years, but I'm just now willing to admit that I'm a hypochondriac. I've had anxiety as long as I can remember and I really do have health problems, which only make everything worse. I honestly can rarely tell if the symptoms I'm experiencing are just anxiety or a more...
    existentialmess existentialmess 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    I'm finally accepting this type of anxiety.

    I have social and general anxiety too. Okay, story time... So I am absolutely indecisive about my trust with doctors. Ever since I had high blood pressure issues while being pregnant (nine years ago), I have had trust issues. After about a few months after the delivery, I had a...
    piscesdame piscesdame 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 20

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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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    im so tired of doing this to myself.

    ive tried so hard to just stop worrying about my health but i cant
    niicolledani niicolledani 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    so. I've completely had enough of this

    insufferable problem and Im going to start a youtube channel addressing the issues that come with hypochondria. to share my own experiences which will hopefully give other people comfort of not being the only ones. I'll keep everyone updated and post the link to this group when...
    angiebirdflyaway angiebirdflyaway 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    KidAnxiety KidAnxiety 18-21, M Jun 8

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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 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 14, 2014

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    So I've been wondering

    if I have narcolepsy without cataplexy. My reasoning 1. I'm tired all the time for no good reason. And by tired I mean seriously minimal energy. Slightly above E. 2. I do get hit with waves of extreme drowsiness. Has happened ever since I was 15. 3. Back when I first started...
    PinkMellow PinkMellow 18-21, F 3 Responses May 22

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    Im new here so hello everyone.

    ....idk really how to do.this but im gonna say that my fears everyday is that I have cancer, brain tumor,brain aneurysm, or im dying and pancrentice or a bleeding stomach....I do have fibromyalgia( so the doctor says and it really does add up but at the same time what if theyre...
    wnwkaw2015 wnwkaw2015 22-25, F Jul 19

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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, 2014

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    Is anyone else an extreme hypochondriac about

    your eyes? My whole life I have been crazy worried about my eyes.
    Happybri123 Happybri123 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    Not severely at all,

    as from what I've read, hypochondriacs are obsessed with finding something wrong with them with no medical basis for their suspicions. I'm not like that. I developed this anxiety after my grandfather nearly died when I was 11 years old. He suffered through 4 strokes and 1 heart...
    dreampaladin dreampaladin 16-17, F Aug 12

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    I'm getting a lot of headaches

    and my vision is acting weird. My anxiety is through the roof because I think it's a brain tumor. I don't wanna die. I keep breaking out in tears randomly cause I can't stop thinking about it. I can't keep doing this to myself.
    Dnasia013 Dnasia013 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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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 5 Responses Jun 12, 2010

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    Do not Google symptoms!

    Worst idea ever when you're a hypochondriac
    Happybri123 Happybri123 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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    When I was 17 I got pregnant with my first

    child. I ended up with preeclampsia, being 17 I really wasn't educated on it. The next thing you know im having a baby 6 weeks early, and im experiencing congestive heart failure and fall into a coma. my hypochondria was existent from that point on. Every ache and pain it was...
    Samanthafawne Samanthafawne 22-25 3 Responses Jan 31

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    I've been dealing with hypochondria

    for over an year and it's taking over my life. I can't focus, I can't do anything right. I pushed everyone away and I cry a lot, I'm feeling hopeless. At first I was worried about breast cancer, then bone cancer and stomach cancer. Right now I'm worried about skin cancer, I have...
    Hachikura Hachikura 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 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, 2014

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    this whole thing started about 8 months ago

    and since it has been an ongoing battle. i freak out abouts stds, cancer, infections. i've had a small ache in the side of my stomach the past week and i convince myself it's something horrible. everyone i tell says it's most likely a pulled muscle, but it just doesn't sink in...
    ml328 ml328 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    A couple weeks ago I went to the doctors

    because I was having problems with my stomach.. My regular doctor was out of town so I had to see some random doctor and he had absolutely zero bed side manner .. I left feeling worse than when I went in.. He was kind of panicky when he talked to me..he asked me if I had any...
    lauraM519 lauraM519 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    when you go to the doctors

    and dont believe them when they tell you youre fine
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 15, 2014

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    hypochondria is really bad right now.

    . Will someone talk to me please ;(
    KidAnxiety KidAnxiety 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 1

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    I started at the age of 10

    when I was at the road trip with my classmates and one of them vomited in the bus. Since than I am an emetophobiac. I couldn't sleep and I needed to sleep with my mother because I had nausea everynight. It was pretty bad. I couldn't go to the road trips anymore. I was too scared...
    mirticak mirticak 16-17 Jul 14

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    I'm scared I have cancer.

    . I was crying earlier :l I mean what if the doctors just threw away my blood when I got my blood test? And said its okay? What if? :(
    Slubberdegullion Slubberdegullion 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 28

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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 51-55, F 9 Responses Jun 9, 2013

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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 6 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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    Everytime there is a 'new' symptom

    or more often, a worseing one, I'm convinced I'm at deaths door. But it tends to disappear after a while, so it's probably psychosomatic. I hope...
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 26

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    I have been an hypochondriac

    for most of my life. when I was 7 my sister was born prematurely which was the probable start to my condition. the first time was when I hugged an houseworker whom we later found out had HIV. even though it is actually quite hard to transmit HIV I was certain that I had it. the...
    Sellsteyn Sellsteyn 18-21, M Aug 9

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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 7 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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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 3 Responses Apr 5, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    KidAnxiety KidAnxiety 18-21, M Jun 18

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    This is how my mind works: I notice a new mole,

    ITS SKIN CANCER! I notice red dots on my body, ITS LEUKEMIA! My breasts hurt, ITS BREAST CANCER! I feel super dizzy, ITS A BRAIN TUMOR! I feel tired and don't have appetite, ITS ALL CANCERS MIXED TOGETHER SPREADING ALL OVER MY BODY!
    Slubberdegullion Slubberdegullion 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 6