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Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 12th, 2011, 4:53 pm
by RandyR
I read this and thought it was interesting. I was the first to say that I'm not a Hypochondriac, and I guess it was true, I'm a cyberchondriac....

I find it funny that so many Hypochondriac's try to porve themseves not to be one. Guess it's like being a drug addict, one must admit to the problem before it can be fixed...

I enjoyed reading it, and I understand why most doc's get tired of us now. Makes since


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/artic ... -1,00.html

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 12th, 2011, 5:55 pm
by bobajojo
Interesting article, thanks for sharing Randy! It's funny though because for me, when I look back at how I've acted the last few years, there is no doubt that I'm a hypochondriac. I've been to way too many doctors appointments... abdominal pain, headaches, throat pain.. etc. It has been something different every couple months. But when it comes to chronic twitching, it's hard for me to think that "normal" people would get this and NOT be concerned. What do you all think? Do you think that most people who notice widespread twitching (including constant leg, back, abdomen, and tongue twitching) every day for 4 months would just shrug it all off as muscle twitches and not be concerned? If so, I want to be normal so bad!

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 12th, 2011, 6:19 pm
by RandyR
bobajojo wrote:Interesting article, thanks for sharing Randy! It's funny though because for me, when I look back at how I've acted the last few years, there is no doubt that I'm a hypochondriac. I've been to way too many doctors appointments... abdominal pain, headaches, throat pain.. etc. It has been something different every couple months. But when it comes to chronic twitching, it's hard for me to think that "normal" people would get this and NOT be concerned. What do you all think? Do you think that most people who notice widespread twitching (including constant leg, back, abdomen, and tongue twitching) every day for 4 months would just shrug it all off as muscle twitches and not be concerned? If so, I want to be normal so bad!



It is hard to beleive that somebody could walk around with twitches and not wonder if something is wrong. When I first started twitching in my calves I thought it was related to a back injury that I had a few weeks before. I went on a couple of days, if not a week or so with them. Then one night I thought maybe I should google this, that was like a baseball bat to the head...

My Doc also said he has seen a few people with them, and when he asked how long they had been having them they just shrugged there shoulders.

I have had fasiculations on and off in my eye, temple, foot, and side of my face near the nose for years. But they would stay in the one place and be gone for long periods of time. I never thought about them at all, untill they exploded on my calves. No way to ignore them when there everywhere and constant.

But like you, I remember going to the doc for several things that I beleived were cancer. I used to chew tobacco and my Doc scared me to death saying I had pre cancer cells in my mouth, I went home and obcessed about it. I would not quit looking in my mouth, I found all kinds of scary looking stuff and ran back to him in fear. He sent me to a oral surgeon for a biopsy on a bump in my lip. When I got there for the biopsy, the doc looked at me and said it was nothing and no need for a biopsy. I stopped chewing tobacco and changed Doc's.

I've been having alot of headaches too, and everytime my mind trys to go to the worst place. But I am getting better at changing my thinking after reading Mario's post.

What Physical stuff BFS brings about can't be ignored. But not beleiving our doctor/doctors is a sign that were the ones in the wrong and not them....

Thanks for the reply

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 12th, 2011, 7:20 pm
by Shanny63
Great article Randy, I am a hypochondriac, I was also a cyberchondriac..one of the worst My dr has ever seen....in the past six months I have visited the dr over 70 times for reassurance, tests, I've had a MRI, 2 Cat Scans, normal X-rays, every cardiac test known to man, over 30 blood tests....whew no wonder my dr probably hates me.....at my worst with my health anxiety I used to ring my gp every day to discuss my new symptoms...no joke....now I see her every 2 weeks and I'm doing cbt with a therapist..

I still won't take any medication besides Valium, because I fear side effects....maybe that's why I'm slow at accepting this bfs diagnosis.....at the local hospital they have hypochondriac written on my file....in big red writing....no bull...so yes I can totally relate to that article I can see myself in it, it's true....I remember when I saw the neuro and demanded the EMG.....once he said everything was Ok he said "have you got a good psychiatrist"....he also told me that health anxiety is a form of OCD like the article said...it's the doubting disease..we doubt everything that were told.....

Anyway rambling now, again thanks Randy very interesting read......Shannon

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 12th, 2011, 11:17 pm
by RandyR
Thanks for the reply Shannon....

It's scary not to beleive in your Doctor, but it is hard sometimes. I'm supposed to go back to the neauro in a few months but I'm not going. I used to fear the Doc, I would dread my DOT physical every two years so bad that I could not sleep for two or three nights before. Then I would keep putting off my reg md appts. I had went for years without a blood test.

Then when BFS hit I found myself making new appts everytime I had a new symptom, guess I bought my doc a new car this year, or paid off his mortgage.

But I'm going to force myself to quit, My anxiety has been way down so I just want to move on. I think it makes us worse to go anyway.

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 13th, 2011, 6:34 am
by Shanny63
Hey Randy...can totally agree with you about running to the dr all the time..that's what I'm working in with my therapist at the moment..she said it's really bad and anxiety provoking to run to the dr for every twinge and twitch....so after my appt this week with my dr I'm going to try and not see her for a month and see how I go...wish me luck...

And when my health anxiety was at my worst I used to see three drs in one day...first I used to go to the free clinic, then the local hospital, then my local dr...exhausting business I tell you...hope your anxiety stays down...best wishes Shannon...xxxx

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 13th, 2011, 9:00 am
by chrissi
Uuuh, do your doctors let you get in that often ????? Here you need an appointment with your PD and most of the time it's 2-3 weeks.For Specialists like Neuros you sometimeshave to wait 2-3 months. You can come in as an emergency, but that means having something really bad like very high fever or vomiting all the time or bleeding somewhere. They will let you come in quickly for that, but not for twitching or head pain or back pain.
I avoid seeing doctors actually. They make me feel even more sick!

Re: Interesting artical on Hypochondria...

PostPosted: September 13th, 2011, 6:04 pm
by Shanny63
Hi Chrissi, I used to go in a basket case that's why they saw me... :lol: ...they really did think I was a nutter....I was actually...I stopped eating once for 3 weeks lost 8 kilos just because I thought I had pancreatic cancer....I was a mess even before I got the twitches....that's why I'm working on my health anxiety .....ifi don't I will spend the rest of my life battling this...and that isnt a good life I tell you.....