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GAD and Hypochondria. - July 2nd 2010, 04:59 PM

Hi guys,
As of late my anxiety has been back full force. It's usually triggered by an illness, since I'm a hypochondriac, once the illness goes away all I can think about is that I will suffer from any of the possible complications (i.e. I recently had a UTI and after recovering from that for the last 4 weeks I've been concerned with having a kidney infection, which I obviously do not have). So for the last month or month and a half, I've been having all kinds of physical symptoms (which is not uncommon with my anxiety) such as back pain, nausea and the most annoying thing this feverish feeling (my face gets extremely hot - I liken it to when someone gets flushed and hot after being embarrassed) which I experience everyday on and off several times.
I've already gotten a referral to C.B.T which I start in September, and I have medication for my panic attacks. All I was really wondering is if anyone experiences similar physical symptoms, specifically the feverish feeling as it is the most annoying one!
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Re: GAD and Hypochondria. - July 3rd 2010, 03:01 AM

Hi Stacey, I don't have the exact symptoms that you're describing but I'm also a hypochondriac because of my anxiety. For me it's mostly that I worry about having a heart attack or that I'm going to faint. It's really hard to deal with at times because I can become so obsessed with what I think my symptoms are when really it's the anxiety itself causing the aches or pains. The biggest thing I've found to help me is calling my doctor or going in to see her because usually once she reassures me that things are okay, I feel a lot better. Also, I just try to remind myself that I'm fine.. I just repeat it in my mind, the more I say it the more I believe it. I know it's hard to deal with and I really hope things get better for you. Remember you're not alone, and don't be afraid to talk to your therapist about this specific issue. Good luck :]
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