Severe health anxiety
Ok had the worst night of sleep since this nightmare began at my 6 mo diagnostic mammo a few weeks ago. My background is that I suffer from intense health anxiety and have a long history of panic attacks. I do not medicate because I have an intense fear of medications. (was once given pain meds after a c section and had the worst panic attack of my life)I felt calmer during the day after getting the confirming call from my pathology report. But the minute would drift off I would wake up in a panic feeling like I couldn’t breath. With health anxiety my fears manifest in bodily symptoms so every ache and pain is making my head spin off to cancer everywhere in my body. The path report really seems to show a very small and slow growing cancer but anxiety trumps logic in the moment. Lack of sleep, lack of enough fuel because I’m having trouble eating… and I feel like shit today. Making my anxiety worse and it’s a vicious cycle. I’m mostly venting but if any of you are suffering from anxiety what is helping(besides medication)? Sorry for this long whiney post!!