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    Is there anyone....

    Hello

    Is there anyone here who suffers with health anxiety but is petrified of being referred for tests or scans etc?

    I can just about cope with a blood test but ringing for the results and the week waiting for them is a nightmare I am beside myself with worry

    I find myself reading peopleís posts on here and feeling almost jealous that they have had these tests and majority are fine Iím 48 now my need for tests for one thing or another is going to get more probable as I get older

    How can I sort this out? Itís like a nightmare I canít wake up from 😥.

    Thanks guys

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Quote Originally Posted by ScaredCaz View Post
    Is there anyone here who suffers with health anxiety but is petrified of being referred for tests or scans etc?
    How long have you been on the boards?

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    That's the one thing that we all have in common here - we suffer from health anxiety and we're terrified of tests, and even more terrified of the results.
    But we go through the motions of it because we have to.
    And yes, the majority of the test results are good, and we're delighted and relieved when we get the results.
    But from the moment we find the symptom to the moment we get the results we're a living mess (most of us anyway)

    We're all trying to sort it out, but meds and/or therapy is a good starting point if the fear is starting to get out of control

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    Hi there. Waiting for medical test results is probably a little agonising for everybody, but of course it's going to be worse for us HA sufferers. It’s odd though because if you didn’t put too much thought to a random medical condition/illness, you would go about your day normally, have no symptoms- feel fine. But if you then (completely hypothetically speaking) had to go for a test for something you’d never heard of before, you would likely convince yourself you had it! And that would be the case for the large majority of us. It’s the psychology of a “test”. A test usually indicates some kind of negativity, like a test you have to pass at school or to get a job and you immediately think “What if it’s bad?” It’s just not a very cheery word and immediately puts you on edge. Statistically most tests turn out to be fine and we all know that at the end of the day we put far too much energy and effort into worrying and often it’s for nothing. I’m sure you can relate to that too? Like the previous poster said, you go through the motions because you have to, but it doesn’t always have to be bad news. At least if you’re going for recommended tests then you’re being responsible and even if (and I emphasise if) there were something not quite right, it could then be put right, which is important to remember. Worrying about these things is totally normal, but just don’t let it consume you and remember to be rational (easier said than done I do know). Often things seem so much worse than the actual reality, because we give ourselves too hard a time, so it’s about time we were kind to ourselves. Give it a go. Be surprised. �� And at 48, my dad would have said “That’s still a kid in our family.” �� It is true that I have always had a very “old” family, as a result of my parents being quite old when I was born and I’m used to seeing people well into their 90s, even 100s and still being pretty upbeat. �� Wishing you well and I hope you find a way to relax a little more about these things and give yourself a break from worrying. Take care.

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Totally feel like this.

    Getting a test and waiting for the results is like the grand finale of awfulness for whatever worry we have.

    And then when you get good results itís the best feeling.

    Unless you somehow fall back into the worry and convince yourself you need more tests. Then it sucks again.

    I hope we both can find a way out of this.

    I hear you with the getting older thingóI have been this way since my late teens and am now mid 30s. Even thinking of all the standard screenings and increased likelihood of something bad with age makes my head hurt. One silver lining is that if god forbid something ever was wrong, people like us are definitely on the ball and would likely catch it quickly. Iíve heard stories of people just brushing off crazy red flags for months and Iím like ďwell I know that will never be me.Ē

    Take care and Happy Thanksgiving.

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    There’s also the increased likelihood of something benign. Incidental findings increase and for a person with HA, the overactive mind dwells on them even though they are benign or common. Scans are a rabbit hole.

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Very true!

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Thank you guys

    Iíve not had the best day but abbot better than yday

    All you people on here help me so much

    I hope we all find peace

    Thanks again x

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Hi all

    Just a follow on to this thread

    I asked if anyone with HA dreads the thought of any kind of test I know some people feel comforted by having tests obviously if the results are good

    I feel like Iím a little different if I was referred to hospital for anything I honestly donít know what I would do the thought of it just as I am typing it now makes my chest tighten and my jaw tense up that in turn makes me think my heart is dodgy and the anxiety starts

    Everytime I get a bout of anxiety even if itís exactly the same as I have had before my mind starts with ďthis is it this is the one thatís going to see you in hospitalĒ as a panic attack is happening Iím picturing paramedics being called coming to the house strapping me up to monitors and taking me hospital I canít even put into words how much that scares me 😟

    In all the 12 years I have battled with this HA Iíve only ever had blood tests aside from blood pressure which also makes me crazy the pulse thing on your finger and generally checking me over

    I love my doctor I am lucky she is as good as she is she has never suggested I go and have my heart checked or anything she always suggests we do bloods thatís bad enough waiting the week for results stomach turning every time my phone rings in case itís them

    My daughter keeps trying to convince me they can tell a lot about your body from a blood test (she used to work in a hospital) she tells me if anything was off they would look further I am scared to death that I have got myself to a stage where the only thing that will help me now would be a heart check

    The people who do that at the hospital do it every day so they arenít going to be scared of the process I feel like I would need almost a chaperone for the whole visit to get me through it with how anxious I would be and what effect would that have on the results?

    Iím sorry to blather on like a fool I just need to get it out my head itís driving me crazy

    Thanks guys x

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    Re: Is there anyone....

    Hi all

    Seriously struggling today already been in tears on my husband I bet he is proper fed up with it

    I read through my old NMP posts last night and I noticed everything I am saying now I said in the summer when I last went through this I was really hoping I would wake up this morning and feel much better for it but I didnít

    I am really beginning to wonder if my new bed has set my fibromyalgia off I am going to ring my doctor again tomorrow I have work tomorrow afternoon as well and Tuesday donít feel like I can face it but with redundancy hanging over my head wouldnít be a good idea to have time off would it?

    I think if I was on the verge of a heart attack I would have had one by now surely but I do worry what kind of stress all this is putting on my vital organs

    I feel so sad right now just want to feel better

    😔

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