How Do You Get Over Being A Hypochondriac?


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Jo W. Profile
Jo W. answered
My mom was a hypochondriac, and depressed. Hubby thought I was becoming one when I was having the thyroid issues. It really ticked me off too, because I was truly sick, missing work and all.

It took me 10 years to get a diagnosis for my problem, and I was very tired of feeling sick all the time with no answer in sight. I would go from doctor to doctor because they all seemed to be telling me the same thing – it was in my head, there was nothing wrong with me and then handing me prescriptions for anti-anxiety meds or anti-depressants on the way out the door.

One night after yet another appointment, my husband, who was coming with me to these appointments, became so agitated that he looked me in the face and said, "Are you going to keep running from doctor to doctor until you hear what you want to hear?" I told him "No, I'm going to go from doctor to doctor until I find someone who can help me". Needless to say, he thought I was nuts.

When I went for my annual check-up a few weeks later, and my OB noticed my goiter and the nodes on the sides of my neck (which was as wide as my head by now!) thought I should see an endocrinologist and recommended this really wonderful doctor who took one look at me and told me I had to do something about my thyroid right away because it was a toxic condition that could kill me (resting heart rate was 118 and I was seemingly always out of breath and exhausted). I took pleasure in giving my husband the news that evening. You can bet you bippy that he left work and came to my next appointment with me.

I guess my point is that you should find someone who really can help you, no matter what. Don't let anyone or anything, including that fear that's developing stop you. Your mental health, your family and your life may depend on it!

Please drop me a line to let me know how you are doing.

Prayers and best wishes,

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Anita Goolsby
Anita Goolsby commented
My sister was treated for years for ulcers, and sent to therapy because "it was all in her head". Finally a doctor realized she had LOW acid ulcers...and all the medicines had been making them worse. If you really feel there is something wrong, trust your body and seek an answer. Drs. are people, too, and can be wrong.
Anonymous commented
Why did it take you 10 yrs. to find out what it was? did they test your thyroid levels before or was this the first time that it was checked?
Jo W.
Jo W. commented
Hi Thor,

They had been testing my thyroid level all along and did not think it was necessary that I know my level was low. Of course I was going up and down a flight of 23 stairs at least 25 times a day (my salesmen were on the upper floor) and I was only about 90 pounds at that time.

By the time any of my doctors thought I needed to know about my 'problem' I was given an anti-depressant, which I found out was and is still standard treatment for thyroid problems.

When I REALLY looked at all my lab results and compared them, I found that my thyroid level had been low for quite some years with spikes of overactivity, and it was the overactivity rollercoaster that finally pulled me down.

I was having terrible palpitations and had a resting heart rate of 118. My chest hurt very badly and I was having a terrible time breathing and I felt like I was having a heart attack.

When I finally saw a knowledgeable, reputable doctor I was told that the condition could kill me (because of the heart issues) if I wasn't treated ASAP and it was then that the doctor gave me the diagnosis -- thyrotoxicosis.

Once I had my thyroid removed (6 weeks later) I was perfect! I will now take thyroid replacement hormones every day for the rest of my life, but I feel good now, so it doesn't matter. Thanks for asking, and I'm sorry I was long-winded.

Have a WONDERFUL night!
Katrina Richardson Profile
I started getting this way after I had extreme IBS and had a lot of stomach problems and then it got increasingly worse after I started having fainting spells at random times that scared the heck out of me. I have had tons of medical testing done and everything comes back normal. So now I am scared of every little ache or pain that I have, afraid that it is a sign that something more is wrong with me. I am afraid to drive anywhere far from home for fear that I will have an attack and be in an unfamiliar place, I am afraid of being alone, I can only drive in my camper van that has a toilet for fear of being away from a bathroom at all times. It seems like the list keeps growing.
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Jo W.
Jo W. commented
I'm sorry to hear of your issues, Katrina. Rest assured that once you've had problems like yours it's natural to feel frightened and to not want to go anywhere too far.

It will take time to adjust to feeling better without worry. Pray about it and maybe find an IBS support gorup; those are the folks who can really help you and give you useful suggestions.

Take good care and please drop me a shout to let me know how you are doing.

In my prayers,

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
For what are you scared of? Why are you scared of? Scare is when you feel something will harm you? Like, if I am scared of electricity, because I feel it will harm me thats why I don't go close to any electrical circuits. Every problem has a solution except death. Try to find solutions of the problem, you will succeed. I bet. Have some confidence in yourself. No need to take further medications. Medication is not the answer. Try to figure out, for what are you scared and why ? Why are other people not scared of such things, which you feel scary. Try to be little spiritual.
Eva Brown Profile
Eva Brown answered
Hypocond. Is an anxiety disorder. When do you have your worst attacks? Before leaving the house, or when in public-new people? Nail down when & why these symptoms attack.1 step at a time, and solely. Don't let this disorder take you over. Life is too darn short! Is there a family history of anxiety or depression? This is very easily treated and so many people suffer in silence! I know you can overcome this, you get some knowledge of why the episodes happen and you'll kick butt.

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