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June 25, 2008

Free Book about Hypochondria

Hi everyone-
Riverhead Books is pleased to offer a copy of our upcoming book, WELL ENOUGH ALONE: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria, to anyone interested (we have a very limited quantity, so this is as supplies last). It's the definitive book on being worried well, in all of its gruesome and hysterical detail, from one of our funniest and most distinctive literary voices. If you're interested, send me an email at with the subject line of "Well Enough Alone".


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June 20, 2008


Hi i'm 24 y.o and i think i may have hypochondria. Since last yr i've been having extreme nausea and vomiting, which turned out i had reflux. Ever since then i can't help shake the feeling that there's more goin on in my body that i'm aware of. i constantly search the web about symptoms, even if its just a cough. I am a new nurse and reading those books and seeing patients don't help either. Recently i had severe muscle cramps, but doc says everything is fine. But no one has extreme legs cramps every day. She prolly thinks i'm crazy.It freaks me out and i'm scared there is something wrong with me. But as a nurse it seems like i'm overexaggerating these symptoms, i dunno what to do i'm conflicted. i had an endoscopy recently cuz i thought i had stomach cancer because i would vomit and there would be streaks of blood or i thought maybe really big ulcers. those tests were negative, again i'm relieved, but still scared. Everytime i cough, get a headache or ne thing i think i'm about to die. I hate feeling this way and can't tell my family because i feel ridiculous for feeling this way.

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June 5, 2008

Support Needed

I have suffered from hypochondria and anxiety ever since I was a child. My symptoms and fears seem to go in cycles. In between I feel OK. This is a particularly bad time for me. About seven months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with reflux. I have since suffered all kinds of gastrointestinal symptoms including chronic nausea, abdominal pain, a sour/ metallic taste in my mouth, weight loss (partly due to reduced appetite, but also due to???) and FEAR. All I do is dwell, dwell, dwell on my symptoms. I have had two endoscopies (I did have a Schatzky's ring, which was stretched during the 2nd procedure - my esophagus was too inflamed the first time to treat it), a barium swallow, a gastric emptying test, a CT scan of the abdomen, an MRI of the small intestine and lots of blood work. All normal except for the blood work did reveal an alarmingly low IgA function for which I'm going to a new doctor in two weeks. A couple of weeks ago, I saw the title of an article about burning mouth syndrome. I didn't read it because I didn't want to know the symptoms - afraid I'd get them. Well, guess what? I got them anyway! I'm too scared to find out what the typical symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are but the name sounds bad enough. I even have burning stomach syndrome (my invention perhaps?) to go with it and today the skin on my face was burning. I feel like I'm cracking up. Any help appreciated! Mona Lisa

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