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 asked: 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 asked: 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 asked: 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.
Anonymous asked: I've gone through several big life changes recently which has seemed to induce some kind of health anxiety. I have a mole on my back which has been changing and despite the fact my doctor just examined it a few weeks ago and said it was fine, I keep having persevering thoughts that it's cancerous and I need it removed NOW since there has been a new change in it. It scares me that I can't stop these thoughts or reason through them.
If it’s any consolation, skin cancer doesn’t break out or spread very fast. And skin cancer, if treated, has very good chances of being removed completely. However, if you are concerned, you could demand the mole being removed as a preventive measure, maybe at a different doctor.
Anonymous asked: I dunno if this has already been done but am I the only person who doesn't trust the doctor when they say you're fine? I went for a breast exam yesterday and he said they're healthy but I'm still checking them cos I think he didn't look properly.
For me it depends on the doctors. Some I trust, others I don’t.
hiddlesbatchlove asked: Thank you for having this blog. It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one out in the tumblr-verse that suffers from this.
I always felt like I was the only one before making this blog too, so I’m glad I found all of you lovely followers through it!
Anonymous asked: Hi, so a couple of days ago I went on a date and kissed this guys really passionately. But he turned out to be too touchy feely. Now for some reason I think I might have HIV/AIDS from him ever though all we did is kiss. I know it's stupid but he kept biting my tounge and lips and I'm winding myself up. Can you help somehow?
I’m not sure if that information helps, but first of all: the amount of viral load in salvia is really really tiny, so it’s quite unlikely to get infected through kissing. The risk is, of course, higher if you both had wounds in your mouth. Which is also quite unlikely. There is also not that high of a chance of kissing someone who’s infected with HIV, depending on which country you live in of course. So all in all, the cance of getting infected through kissing is very, very little. I hope that helps a little?
But I guess if you’re still worried, there’s nothing wrong with getting tested.
Anonymous asked: what was the previous icon?
a painting of a somewhat anatomically correct heart