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November 9, 2011

This is to carolyn n Tammy. I too saw my mother die but I was 25. Every since then I worry about dying and leaving my 3 kids without a mom to take care of them. Every little pain I feel I look it up on d net wish doesn't help. Now I'm feeling tingling on my left ARM n now I fear I'm going to have a stroke or A heart attack.

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December 9, 2010

my over active brain

After the birth of my 2nd child I started experiencing a lot of painful and strange things, from head to toe and all on my left side. I went to the Dr for extreme base of the skull pain, muscle tension and pressure in my shoulder radiating pain down my left arm, chest pain, abdominal pain, barometric pressure in my head, eye tremors and choking when eating. The list goes on but you get the point. After 19 months of being told I was a hypochondriac and stressed they kept sending me home. I had a "drop attack" where my leg stopped working completely and they finally did an MRI believing I had a stroke. I was diagnosed with Chiari Type 1 malformation. This is where your brain has somehow shifted below the skull and the pressure was causing me LOTS of neurological issues, hince the head to toe pain on the left side. I had brain surgery 1 week after my diagnosis and am 85% better. I waNOTOt a hypochondriac then but you better believe I am now! Everything I feel I am convinced that it is something worse than it is. The funny part is I have had pretty much every test run on every functioning organ prior to my MRI of the brain. For most of the Hypos out there we need to remind ourselves of this... We are overly aware of creative with the state of our health and have more tests and visits then the average person putting us in a position to have found something if there was something to find. I am really struggling with understanding that I am healthy and moving past my prior issues. I kind of feel like it is a posposttraumaticic stress syndrome in a different kind of way. I would love any feed from anyone who has developed hypochondia after over coming a serious illness.

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August 17, 2010

Going out of my Mind

I’m writing this for maybe no other reason than to get out all my neuroses onto paper (so to speak) and maybe that will allow me to relieve some of the insanity I’ve been torturing myself with.

I lost my father at the end of 2008 after a 3-year long battle with lymphoma. My sister and mother told me that his cancer was hereditary (his sister passed away from breast cancer in 1989). Since then I’ve felt like some sort of time bomb.

Over the last 2 years I’ve been getting more and more paranoid about my health. I’m 33 years old, overweight, a type 2 diabetic, and have high blood pressure. It’s all due to unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise (I don’t smoke or drink). The insane part is that I know I need to get healthier and for a while, before my Dad passed away, I was on a good track. But I didn’t manage grieving well and it threw me into a tailspin, as I was already dealing with depression at the time. I will not make the excuse that I was “too sad to take care of myself”, but unfortunately, slobbing out is my most frequent avenue of escape.

Compounding the problem is the fact that any unusual symptom throws me into utter panic. Stripe on my nail? It’s got to be melanoma. Lump on my ribs? Liposarcoma. A little wheezy during non-cold season? Lung cancer. Panic attack? Heart attack. In each of the situations described I consulted my physician and he advised me I was fine and that I needed to stop “giving myself diseases”. But I don’t know how to stop panicking

More than anything I’m terrified of cancer. Mainly because it seems there’s no way to really protect yourself against it- even getting healthy doesn’t seem to be a guarantee. You could just GET IT and most of the time if you get it, that’s it. You’ll linger for years as you slowly wither in front of the people you love and all your dreams and the plans you had for your life just became meaningless.

It’s the latter part I think scares me the most. I have so much I want to do. I love my wife and want to have kids, raise a family with her, maybe make a difference while I’m here. The thought of leaving her behind, the thought of leaving her alone and the life we’ve shared together just becoming memories fills me with this echoing sadness that sometimes paralyzes me.

It’s extended beyond me now. Anytime someone close to me tells me they’re seeing a doctor or that they’re worried about something, I start to panic. Any time I get a phone call at an unusual hour I keep freaking out. My family has made it know that they don’t tell me some things now because I keep freaking out.

I don’t know how to stop being this way. I keep thinking one day I’ll just have an epiphany and just snap out of it. But I don’t think that’s realistic. I am going to start seeing a counselor but I don’t know how that’s going to help me.

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May 22, 2010

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October 21, 2009

Don't Make Me Sick

Check out this new medical comedy web series, "Don't Make Me Sick" about a hypochondriac doctor! It was written by an Emmy-winning comedy writer and guest stars a bunch of talented comedians. Plus, it's about a doctor who is also a hypochondriac. Very funny stuff!

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April 21, 2009

This Is What I Do

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April 21, 2009

I worry constantly about getting sick.Bumped (tapped,really)my head the other day and had full blown panic attack that I'd fractured my skull. Had a headache and thought I had an anuerysm. Burned the back of my throat a little with a hot drink,started thinking that my throat was going to close up.A little pimple on my head, thought it might go into my brain.My eyes are a little red so they must be infected. If I lack energy,I think it must be luekaemia.If I get puffed,I worry that I'm going to have a heart attack. Etc.Hypochondria sucks.

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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 riverheadbooks@us.penguingroup.com with the subject line of "Well Enough Alone".

Thanks,
Matt

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March 13, 2007

Hi all,

I recently read this great article on wikipedia about hypochondria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypochondria
It even lists some treatment studies! Not in my area but here's hoping!

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