Ok, so I've been suffering with anxiety and PTSD for several years as a result of the sudden loss of a parent and all of the flow-on effects which have been ongoing ever since. For the past year or so, I've developed a severe fear of getting sick and having life threatening ailments. I've googled and googled anxiety disorders and never heard of health anxiety until I stumbled upon this forum today... And I believe that is what I'm suffering with as I've been able to relate to every single post, and I finally feel like I'm not crazy and maybe there is hope for me... Over the past year, I've had two MRI's, xrays, been to hospital three times thinking I was having a heart attack, thought I was having a stroke, believed I had cancer, epilepsy, blood clots, brain aneurysm (had an uncle die suddenly of one earlier this year) and so on... My symptoms seem to morph to fit whatever illness I think I have... My most worrying and current one is my belief that I may be suffering from motor neuron disease. I've been suffering symptoms such as tight chest, trouble breathing, numbness and tightness of the throat, yet all tests so far have come back clear. I have had a fresh round of blood tests and an Mri done this week, hoping that the results will help to settle these fears down again. The thing is, test will come back clear and give me reassurance for a few weeks and then, bang, it starts up again. My anxiety is getting very severe, to the point where I'm stressing about it from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. It is exhausting and pushing me to the point of desperation. I have been wanting to see a psychologist but haven't for fear of sounding ridiculous. Now that I know it's a real thing, I have been given a little bit of hope. It's reassuring to know other people are going through the same thing. I'm mostly now just annoyed at the fact that these lesser known types of anxiety don't ever seem to get mentioned in mainstream society, and even on mental health websites?? Leaving people like us feeling hopeless and helpless for far too long... I'm still scared and fearful but it's been reassuring to read other people's experiences and actually have a name to put to this horrible illness I've been dealing with, alone, for so long.