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A 26-year-old male asked:

Health anxiety..slight loss of appetite and weight...feels like food stuck in chest but no difficulty swallowing..shortness of breath when anxious which resolves 5 to 10 secs after walking..burping flatulence and sweating alot.anxious about esophagus?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
About that...: That is the curse of having health anxiety. Normal bodily sensations and abnormal bodily sensations all are perceived as signs of illness... making it very difficult for either the patient or the doctor to tell when the patient is actually sick (other than suffering the sickness of health anxiety). The patient must teach himself which of his pains, his cramps, his sniffles, etc., are normal.
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Last updated Nov 10, 2020
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