Anonymous said: I have a horrible guilt problem. I frequently make doctors appointments and then a few hours later call back and cancel because I'm afraid that I am wasting their time. I think it comes from my family having a strong "walk it off" mentality. They only go of they are dying. Any time I went "running to the doctor" my parents would give me shit for it. Now I'm reluctant to go even if I'm actually very sick. Anyway. Saw that anon and thought of this.
I have a similar problem in my family, since my mum is a nurse, she tends to not take mental health issues seriously (only visible injuries). When I’m worried about symptoms, she brushes it off as minor problems that are of no concern, even though I am very worried.
But we shouldn’t have to feel guilty. It’s not our fault. We did not choose to have hypochondria. And I’m really sick of people assuming that it’s possible to differenciate between “real” and “fake” symptoms.
The anon this ask is refering to: x
Anonymous said: Story: 18 months ago I found a small lump on my testicle, I was 15 at the time. I (finally) went to the doctors last month, A WHOLE 17 MONTHS LATER, after several panic attacks and one suicide attempt, he's given me an ultrasound test just to settle my nerves; but he said I was perfectly fine and the lump was just some cartridge. It's scary what our minds do to us. Remember: if you find something that worries you, tell your doctor. The sooner it is found (if anything) the easier treatable it is!
That’s very good advice! And as I’ve said answering another message, if you can, find a doctor you trust. It’s much easier to tell them things if you get along with them.
Anonymous said: If this makes anyone feel better here: all the diseases i thought i had in the last two months: Black Plague, Septicaemia, Meningitis, Breast Cancer, Brain Lesions, Alzheimers (I'm a teenage girl), Retinal Detachment (I have floaters), ALS , RLS, Rabies, Parasitic Meningitis, MS (once my leg twitched) Oral Cancer, Epilepsy (never had a seizure), low blood pressure, diabetes, melanoma and high blood pressure. So yeah, we've all been through it don't worry we're in this together :D x
Anonymous said: Any suggestions on how to ask my doctor if I can get a CAT scan done on me without him denying my request? I feel that once I get a CAT scan and (hopefully) everything comes back normal, I become one step closer to beating my anxiety.
I suppose it depends on which country you live in and if you have health insurance, and what kind of tests it pays for. If you are really keen on having a CAT scan done, I guess you could pretend to have headaches? I got a CAT scan done when I had migraines and my doctor wanted to make sure they weren’t caused by anything unusual. I’m not sure if that’s a good idea though. It’s an expensive test, and I guess it’s only done when necessary. And you can of course not be sure that it will help you. Maybe one of my followers has a good idea?
I am very sorry that I haven’t been there for you in the last few weeks. There have been a few changes in my personal life that required a lot of my time. Nevertheless, I should have informed all of you about me not being here for a while, which I didn’t do, and for that I am sorry. I’ve got most things sorted out by now though, so normal blogging will continue soon.
Anonymous said: Thanks for having this blog. Being worried about health is one of the most debilitating things. Tomorrow I'm going to check what the warm feeling in my calf is (scared of blood clots). I HAVE to check it, just like I HAD to check the mole, my back pain, my blood sugar, my liver values etc etc. I spend so much money on docs and tests :-( and feel so guilty about it. About not buying my loved ones presents instead, or saving for a trip etc. Do you feel guilty sometimes? How do you deal with it?
I often feel guilty when I bother my friends or family with my problems, like I’m wasting their resources. Or when I see my doctor and it turns out I’m healthy and wasted his time. I know that I shouldn’t feel this way, because doctors are there to help you and it’s better to see a doctor an be healthy than to be sick and not get it checked because you’re afraid of wasting someones time. Luckily, I have the privilege of living in a country where I don’t need to pay tests or doctors directly, and I can imagine that it’s hard for you if you need to pay for everything. After all, you don’t choose to feel that way, and one can’t always distinguish between ‘real’ symptoms and ‘imagined’ ones.
Anonymous said: Hello um I'm not very smart and I don't know lots of things so i have a question about hypochondria, would you say you ever, like project this onto others, like being worried about their symptoms and health? (Sorry if that sounds dumb, I just don't want to sound ignorant ig)
That doesn’t sound dumb at all, it’s a perfectly reasonable question! I’ve had what you described quite often, especially with people who are very dear to me. In fact, I’ve made a post about that before: http://hypochondriathings.tumblr.com/post/25711204253
Don’t be afraid to tell me stuff, even if you think it sounds dumb! And tell me if I ever come across as arrogant, because that is certainly not my intention.
Anonymous said: firstly thanks for having this blog its amazing and secondly i have this small hard lump on my head on my parietal bone and it sometimes clicks if i press to hard and i can't tell if it's growing or not and half of google is saying it's a harmless cyst and the other half is saying its cancer and i'm really scared and i feel like im staring death in the face and 'its real this time' and the lump is like an almond and im really scared
I worried about something like that for a long time as well, until I realised that my skull just seems to have a really weird shape. I guess if you’re worried you might get it checked, just to be on the safe side.