Health anxiety

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In my younger years I had trouble with health anxiety. I would feel a slight stabbing in my chest and think I was having a heart attack, and of course every swollen lymph node was cancer.

Growing up with Google didn't help matters, but I also had a mother who was big into health and would sometimes use scare tactics to make me feel worried, even at a very young age.

Over time I've been able to let go a little more, but sometimes I do still think the worst when faced with a medical problem that I can't easily figure out.

Anyone else like this at all?
 

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In my younger years I had trouble with health anxiety. I would feel a slight stabbing in my chest and think I was having a heart attack, and of course every swollen lymph node was cancer.

Growing up with Google didn't help matters, but I also had a mother who was big into health and would sometimes use scare tactics to make me feel worried, even at a very young age.

Over time I've been able to let go a little more, but sometimes I do still think the worst when faced with a medical problem that I can't easily figure out.

Anyone else like this at all?
I think this is more common then you think.

When I was in my twenties there was a news story that a soccerplayer had dropped dead on the field because of heartproblems. He was my age, but he was a sportsman and I was smoking and drinking at that time. Therefore my mind concluded that if he dropped dead, it surely must be my turn soon.

The next few years were a nightmare. If I felt the sligthest twitch, I was convinced my heart was going to pack up. I hardly dared do anything, because everything I did would cause an extra strain on my heart.

This lasted for a few years and was very unpleasant to say the least. After a few years I started flying and needen ofcourse a medical. Because I went for a professional pilot licence, the medical was pretty heavy to say the least. I went, but was convinced that because of my poor heartcondition I did not really make a chanche.

To my surprise I did pass the medical and the cardio specialist told me I had the heart and the lungs of a horse so nothing to worry about. I felt in a way disappointed, because my mind could not work out how I could be healty when that same mind had told me for years I was on the verge of dying.

The good news is that this sort of things usually plays up when you are relatively young and funny enough, the older you get the more it disappeared. At least in my case.

Usually it's all tricks of the mind but very annoying none the less, because it feels real.
 

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Nah I am pretty relaxed about that kind of thing. If it's my time, it's my time.
Does this mean that everything is predestined in your opinion, or does the free will of humans play a certain role?

Suppose it is decided somewhere in the heavens or elsewhere that you should stay on this earth until 2040 because you have a certain mission. So, therefore, whatever you do, you will not die before that time.

But, what if you decide to go for a walk on traintracks?
 

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Nah I am pretty relaxed about that kind of thing. If it's my time, it's my time.
That's the healthiest way to look at things, and I'm becoming more like that too. It took many years to reach that place though.
 

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