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I Am a Hypochondriac

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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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    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 2 Responses Mar 5

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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 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    I am 45 years old. I was diagnosed with OCD

    about a year ago, which has been ongoing. But I think I have a form of OCD/hypochondria mixed. My hypochondria is fixated on my children/ I have spent many, many hours researching everything (childhood cancer mostly). Lately this month it was lead. I was convinced my...
    creed8250 creed8250 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    I'm basically just dreading the day my heart

    stops every day of my life. I'm only 19, but since I was little - way too little to be worrying about death - I have had panic attacks where I just convince myself that the end is near. I know everyone dies but the idea that it could happen at any time to any of us just makes me...
    ac425 ac425 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    KatieM333 KatieM333 36-40, F Dec 11, 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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Mar 22

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    Kinda freaking out about some thing.

    . I have a distant fam member that was diagnosed with some medical issue recently and now im worried i could have that too.It's not comforting how my trust in docs is very low..
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 26

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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 5 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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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

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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 2 Responses Sep 14, 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, 2014

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    I'm a 17 year old female

    who has been battling hypochondria for the past year or so. I was very close to my grandmother, who is also a hypochondriac. My father is also the same way. I assume the worst in every situation and often work myself up so much that i create symptoms. For example, a few days ago...
    JWil1997 JWil1997 18-21, F Dec 13, 2014

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    My GAD is a contributing factor,

    if there's something not right, I panic and think the worst.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 31

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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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    i made the mistake of watching a TV show

    where someone was dying of cancer. sent me into panic attack. fml.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    Today the headache I mentioned previously got a

    little better, unfortunately I awoke with severe dizziness and a feeling of the floor spinning. This worries me to my core as this is another symptoms that "confirms" my suspicions. Everyone in my house is sick with a chest cold but I don't have any chest cold symptoms, I just...
    overlordmisha overlordmisha 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2014

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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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    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 9 Responses Jun 9, 2013

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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 5 Responses Jan 31

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses a week ago

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    I always think I have cancer.

    Like right now for example, for the past week or so I feel like there is something in my throat when I swallow. I feel like I have a lump or polyp or idk something in my throat. No other symptoms exact for the feeling of something when I swallow. But I'm always jumping and...
    Migzy623 Migzy623 26-30, F Dec 10, 2014

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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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    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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    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 an overseas student studying here in one

    of the European country. Last month, I was so shocked to get the news that one of senior who also an overseas student just like me, had an emergency right oophorectomy (remove one of her ovaries) due to haemorrhagic cyst. After I heard that from my friend, I start google about...
    qiznea qiznea 22-25, F Apr 29

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    I used to stay up all night worrying I was

    going to die of everything I had learned about. When I was about 12, I thought I had breast cancer. My mom is a nurse and she told me that 90% of the time you won't have what you think you have. To this day I still remember that and it calms me down. And googling things is your...
    TaylorTiH TaylorTiH 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    Hello, I'm stuck in a comprising position in

    which I believe (and I have successfully tricked) both my body and brain into thinking I am terminally ill and that even with doctor's ressearcance I will not be okay. My largest fear is cancer, the word itself makes me start to panic and I'm afraid I may have it. I had a...
    overlordmisha overlordmisha 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I take a professional medical class

    and I have convinced myself I'm dying. e_e
    thegirlinred thegirlinred 18-21, F Apr 25

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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, 2014

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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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    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 am a hypochondriac.

    I've been scared of doctors as long as I can remember. I hate going. They make me nervous. Every time I go I just know they're going to diagnose me with something that is going to completely shatter my entire existence. Now, like that isn't bad enough, I have started developing...
    Almostalice1437 Almostalice1437 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 21

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