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Topic: Severe Health Anxiety

  1. Misshy
    Misshy avatar
    1 posts
    19 March 2019

    Gotta say as a chronic googler, googling health anxiety support and finding this forum is possibly the best experience with google I’ve had.

    like many previous posters I’m both happy and sad that there are so many people like me out there.

    Ive had anxiety for a long time but it became health anxiety after having kids. Suddenly my mortality seems so important. I’ve worried over the past 3-4 years about all kinds of things- MND was a big one followed by brain tumours but mostly it’s cancer. Anywhere and everywhere. Currently experiencing lots of upper digestive pain and issues swallowing and despite having abdo CTs done 8 months ago I’m still panicking about pancreas/thyroid/Esophagus or stomach cancer. And wondering if it can true now 8 months post scan. It’s consuming! I can go for months or weeks feeling ok but then I fall off the edge of the cliff and spiral quickly into believing I’m dying.

    Sometimes the worry and fear of something going wrong (health or freak accidents) can get overwhelming. I hear a siren and my blood runs cold wondering if everyone is ok so it’s not just limited to my health. This can be debilitating and means I struggle to be the best version of me :(

    Anyway thank you to all the posters for offering your own insight into how how health anxiety feels. I’m going to try my hardest to realise I’m not alone and to change my thoughts... to stop catastrophising everything and to expect the best outcome always. It’s great to know I’m not alone even though I wouldn’t wish this on anyone!

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  2. Fenerbahce
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    4 posts
    24 March 2019 in reply to Misshy

    I can definitely relate.

    Mine start as real symptoms reflux etc.

    then I start to worry about it so much , I start looking for the pain everyday and guess what I have it every day.

    I don’t know what to do anymore. I always have to have 1000s of tests each time and then when I believe it, it’s gone. I am currently seeing docs again about this upper abdo pain. Only gets relieved when I lay down or so I think it does.

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  3. charlottesometimes14
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    1 posts
    24 April 2019
    Hello everyone! I'm grateful to have discovered this forum finally and with so many people who are struggling like I am. I have so much life ahead of me- I'm a long way away from my twenties yet but I'm struggling with major health anxiety. Lately, following an infected ear lobe, I've been stressed about septicemia. The infection is all treated now but I'm still anxious. I have also started on an SRI following a couple of major negative events. So serotonin syndrome has been freaking me out as well. I've been feeling the side effects of the infection and from the SRI. I've been feeling awful with physical symptoms like difficulty swallowing, difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, panic attacks, negative thoughts, loss in appetite, mental fatigue, sore stomach, and tightness around the chest especially. I've been down in the blues worrying. I have a good psychologist, psychiatrist, and GP but whatever reassurance or whatever they try isn't working. I've been like this for months. I can't stop googling and getting myself worked up over nothing. I'm mainly posting to find support from other younger people who are up against the same sort of anxiety. Talk soon hopefully- Charlotte.
  4. Erstress
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    1 posts
    19 May 2019
    Hi, I’m doing a reply but i don’t know how to post because I’m new but. I am quite a young age and i suffer from a very Severe health anxiety everyday i feel like i have something wrong or like diabetes due to symptoms. I usually look up symptoms on google i cant help stop it even makes me feel a whole lot worse i feel like I’m gonna die soon. People say to go to the doctors and confirm that I don’t have any bad thing wrong with me but I’m way to scared every time people say i will take you to the doctor i start to cry and have an anxiety attack I want to get better and I need to. I try and stay healthy i really do but what can i do to get better without seeing a doctor and having fear of dying or getting sick please i really need a solution to this problem.
  5. Offblue
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    1 posts
    30 May 2019 in reply to Misshy

    You're most certainly not alone. I feel the same way completely. I've had a dry cough for 10 weeks, finally went to the doctors as I have suffered acid reflux for years (and in the back of mind now believe I have esophagus cancer) and once I read the symptoms and the doctors asked if i could swallow correctly, I now cannot swallow correctly, food gets stuck, I have pain in my upper abdo and upper back and my cough persists - although it is getting slightly better with antibiotics... The point is - once I Dr googled the symptoms, I went white, my heard started to race and I am struggling to even get through the day... It is so damn hard.

    My thoughts are with you because if you do not suffer this type of anxiety you cannot understand the struggle it is to get through the days.

    I've also done CBT but once again I'm stuck in this rut.

    Take care of yourself too

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  6. Dave***
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    1 posts
    16 July 2019 in reply to Offblue
    It is so hard. It is like a black sludge that starts at my toes and overwhelms me. I also go to the doctor and yes google is not my best friend. I have a lot of people around me who are dealing with sick partners, parents and work colleagues. I hear what is wrong with them and focus on every feeling and sensation. I sometimes feel strong but I get overwhelmed. I wish I could just take each day as it comes as it is exhausting. I am currently dealing with stomach and bowel issues and am feeling very scared about what tests my doctor thinks I should have. Take care everyone
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  7. Gingy#75
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    14 posts
    16 July 2019 in reply to Lizzie M

    Hi Lizzie,

    I’m new here & was just scrolling through the forums and came across your post. I know it is over a year ago, but I’m just wondering how you are doing? I to suffer with health anxiety and am experiencing some of the symptoms you have mentioned relating to auto immune diseases. Have you over come these fears or are your symptoms still persisting? Have you had any tests done to rule out these diseases? I’m feeling your pain right now & it’s horrible feeling this way... hope you are doing better?

    Gingy#75🧚‍♂️

  8. Elley111
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    2 posts
    27 August 2019

    Hi everyone my name is elley, I just turned 30 this year and I’ve been suffering with Health Anxiety for the last 2 years, but recently it’s been so severe and I’m so scared all the time that I have an STD That can’t be cured but I’ve sleeped with one man this year and that was about 4 and a half to 5 months ago and I went to the doctor and got every blood test know to man, twice, one at the 3 month mark and then at the 5 month mark and both times the tests came back normal with absolutely no STDs and all my red blood count is normal and all my white blood count is normal except my neutrophils and platelets are a bit high but the doctor said they will go down by themselves and they have nothing to do with an STD because my STD tests all came back negative but even with this reassuring the gremlin in my head is telling me Not to believe the doctor because he might be lying or withholding important stuff from me which is stupid I know but yeah I still feel so scared and I’m always on dr google looking up symptoms that would be normal aches and pain for normal people but for they mean something more so I try to diagnose myself and my head is just falling deeper and deeper down that rabbit hole and then I keep going over every sexual encounter I’ve had from years ago which just does more damage to my mind.

    sorry for the rambling I just wanted to give you guys a bit of background on my situation anyway I just want to know if anyone feels like me and how to believe the doctor when he says I’m healthy and if there are any natural remedies to help get rid of that voice in my head when he’s telling me Ive got some horrible disease so any advice would be gladly appreciated.

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  9. liz30
    liz30 avatar
    3 posts
    30 August 2019 in reply to Elley111
    Hello! In recently went through a crazy heath scare. had my first panic attack (reasons still unknown) ended up in ER multiple times with everything coming back clear. Spend an enormous amount of money getting my heart/brain/lungs checked - all to come back clear as well. I think its nice to rule out serious medical conditions but what seemed to calm me down is buteyko breathing. I have been working closely with with my naturopath to find an exercise regime thats right for me. When my breathing is good, my anxiety is at extremely low levels. I can also recommend lavender oil capsules. For me they work well and they are all natural and non addictive
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  10. Ash81
    Ash81 avatar
    54 posts
    31 August 2019 in reply to liz30
    Hi... anyone ever had anal/rectum pain?? It’s freaking me out even though three drs have checked and say theirs nothing there!! I hate HEALTH ANXIETY.. I’m always so scared thinking of anal/bowel cancer even though I had a blood test last month that was normal and a stool test to look for microscopic blood 5 months ago that was normal thank god!!
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  11. Elley111
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    2 posts
    5 September 2019 in reply to liz30
    I’m so glad I’m not the only one experiencing this thank you for replying to me, I’ve never heard of lavender capsules do you take them or rub them in to the skin either way I would love some recommendations of the best lavender capsules to take, I’ve haven’t heard of buteyk breathing either but definitely would like to try it though, I wish I was like a normal person and could just believe the doctor whole heartedly when he tells me I’m healthy, I’ve felt so isolated and like no one understands me or thinks I’m crazy for the last two years but after find this forum I’m feeling a little better because I feel like I’m not alone as much or crazy now
  12. ReynaudLunaire
    ReynaudLunaire avatar
    1 posts
    5 September 2019
    Hi I'm new to the forum. Over the past few weeks Ive been having trouble speaking on and off. I'll be speaking normally then all of a sudden I cant get my words out. At my GPs advice I went to the hospital and they did CT scans etc no sign of a stroke. They have referred me to have a MRI which i am very frightened about....I of course stupidly googled and came up with ALS and MND. I have severe health anxiety and am finding this to be an extremely awful time. Has anyone else heard of anxiety causing a speech issue?
  13. Cat67
    Cat67 avatar
    17 posts
    11 October 2019 in reply to rmcg
    I know your post is two years old....but yes....I made my dr send me for a CAT scan as I was convinced I had a brain tumour! Instantly felt better when it came back clear.
  14. LouB
    LouB avatar
    2 posts
    13 July 2020 in reply to Offblue
    Hello, I’m just reading through this thread and stumbled on yours as I can relate. I’m experiencing the same. Sore throat from acid reflux and a tight feeling in my neck. I had to buy a wedge pillow because I can’t lie flat. I’m awaiting results of a thyroid scan and the wait is torturous.
    hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety so when you already have anxiety it’s through the roof. It’s good to know this burning in the throat is common in worriers around health issues. I’m trying everything to calm myself. The doctor isn’t worried it is anything sinister but I fear surgery and getting more unwell. All adds to the anxiety which causes more physical symptoms. Anyway hope you got it sorted. I wish there was a group therapy for health worriers like us.
    1 person found this helpful

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