I know i'm probably not dying but I'm neurotic about my health.
June 15, 2012 12:32 PM Subscribe
How does a hypochondriac know he really should go see the Dr.? How should he talk to him about his anxieties?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I’m 35 with a history of GAD, IBS, ADHD, high blood pressure, and a family history of Bipolar disorder and high blood pressure.
One and a half years ago, due to stress at work and a horrible relationship with my supervisor I started showing signs of depression. I didn’t sleep well, lost my appetite only in the mornings, slight apathy (especially regarding my job which was a very toxic workplace). The most significant symptom was I became very irritable. After screaming at another employee I decided to see my general practitioner. I went to the doctor on a morning in which my supervisor did something to really anger me. At his office when the assistant took my blood pressure she thought the machine was broke my blood pressure was so high. (I don’t have the BP levels at this moment). The doctor was very concerned and put me on Metoprolol for two weeks. In addition, I had been taking Adderall for several years and the Dr, ordered my off of it immediately. It had been noted once before that my blood pressure was high in the past but it was never discussed as a immediate concern by my Dr. After two weeks off the Adderall and on the beta-blockers I returned to the Dr. and she said my BP was normal for me. I then saw my psychiatrist who thought that I may have some low-level bipolar disorder explaining the irritability and low-level depression and he put me on Lamictal I took some time off work and my mood improved dramatically. I’ve been on the Lamictal since.
However, I have become neurotic about my health since that incident. I know I don’t take the greatest care of myself. My diet is horrible. I don’t exercise. I’m in decent shape regardless of what has been stated previously in this post, but I know this will eventually catch up to me.
Now I have this recent tendency to see Dr. Google starting about 6 months ago when I thought I caught an STD. (Some advice, DO NOT research STD’s online!!!!!) I saw the Dr. and it was fine. (There was one time several years ago that I was very concerned about oral cancer. It was my saliva glands but I feel my Dr.’s assistant overreacted and gave me the scare).
I just got back from three month’s abroad in Europe. About two weeks into the trip I noticed my stool was pale, very loose, and my urine a bit dark. I went to Dr. scared myself and called my Dr. He told me through his receptionist that I should go to a local Dr. if I had a concern. I waited a week or so and it improved. I didn’t take into account that I was eating new foods, drinking different water, I was dehydrated, and have suffered from various bowel problems in the past.
Still a little concerned I continued to monitor my bathroom outputs and 6 weeks ago noticed my urine was very foamy. At the same time I started getting persistent muscle twitches during the day and muscle jerks when falling asleep. With my history of high blood pressure it is of course kidney disease I’m concerned about.
I watch myself for other vague symptoms. I understand that if they are vague they are probably nothing to worry about.
I know the muscle issues a symptoms of about 1000 different illnesses and the most common would be anxiety. I know my actions and concerns also fit hypochondriasis and it is unlikely that I have a one serious illness back to back with another imagined serious illness. I know this intellectually but I’m still concerned and embarrassed to visit my physician, cry wolf, and pick up the reputation of a hypochondriac.
I am going to speak with my psychiatrist about this in a few weeks when I have my medication check for the Lamictal. I will also get a physical from my general practitioner in a few weeks when that can be scheduled by his office. I think it is most likely prudent to be seen but I think a good compromise between my embarrassment and concerns would be to visit a different Dr. just to be safe. (also, I don’t like to see his assistant due to her previously mentioned overreaction. I’ve heard another patient make similar comments about her).
In the future how can I know when I should really see the Dr.? What would be the best way to discuss this with him?
I appreciate all of your thoughts.