Warning ⚠️ trigger. Health anxiety servere
Hi i been dealing with health anxiety very servere with physical body sensation which lead me to keep thinking stroke blood clots heart attacks.its like I have head and neck pain arms went heavy was still able to move around then the brain fog kicked in I started getting really shakey and scared oh here we go again .I've had blood tests CT scans ECG x-rays you name it I've had it.and when I seem to get results as everything is normal I think that it's not true or there's been a mistake....I been to the hospital this year 256 times for all the same things chest pain tingling pins needles and I think in my mind set I'm really going to have a str oke ....or something else is going on .......I just want to be me again.
Because I had the brain fog coz I also have fibromyalgia and perimenopause and ibs and generalised anxiety.depression it's all so scary to me physical body sensation which I feel and then the trigger kicks in by then it's to late.can someone else related to this please
I just wanted to send you support. I too am going through perimenopause and the anxiety is utterly extreme. I also have fibromyalgia as well as an autoimmune liver condition. However, while I’ve had health concerns the anxiety I’m experiencing is not so much health related as linked to early life complex trauma and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. It’s a weird combination of anxiety and depression. I’m doing a bit better today though.
I am wondering if you are getting any psychological support from counselling of some kind? I’m doing therapy where I’m progressively dealing with past traumas and that has been helping me. Perimenopausal symptoms around this time last year and happening again now have thrown something of a spanner in the works though, intensifying a lot of trauma memories etc.
One thing that has helped me is researching what happens in perimenopause. Apparently oestrogen acts to regulate fear, so if it significantly drops it is like the fear regulating hormone isn’t doing its job and anxiety can go wildly out of control. Some women seem a lot more affected by this than others. So I think even just knowing that can help a little.
Strong anxiety involves the activation of the fight-or-flight response and potentially the freeze response which can cause all the symptoms you described. If you can understand that it is your autonomic nervous system trying to protect you from a perceived threat that actually isn’t there, that may also help a bit.
I know it is like a runaway train and just horrible. How is your sleep? With each of my strong perimenopausal episodes I’ve been getting about 4 hours a night. Lack of sleep can make anxiety worse too.
I think knowing you have been checked out many times at the hospital with normal results, see if you can realise your body is just in overdrive. Are you able to exercise at all, such as do some walks? I know even that can be hard. I had several days where my body just curled up in a freeze response, but eventually I went for a longish walk a couple of days ago which helped me sleep a little better, then more exercise yesterday and some today. Is there anything you find soothing that you connect with, such as some favourite music, being in nature etc?
Please know you are not crazy! Our bodies do crazy stuff to us sometimes. I’m learning to realise my body is just trying to sort stuff out and protect me. Happy to chat if it helps. Take care.
P.S. I’m just wondering if you have found any medical support yet for the perimenopause symptoms? I haven’t had much help yet but my liver disease is a complicating factor with treatment options. I found there is a UK doctor, Louise Newson, who specialises in perimenopause and menopause. She has a podcast and other info on the internet that is quite informative. She’s very kind in her approach which is helpful and encouraging.