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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I've suffered from health anxiety for months. In last couple of months, I've developed constant bloating, abdominal buldges and pressure, what is it?

I've suffered from health anxiety for months. In last couple of months, I've developed constant bloating, abdominal buldges and pressure, what is it?

Check up: It's really hard to say. Are you conflicted because you don't know if it is anxiety or something else? Are you worried about getting it checked out by a physician because you are so anxious about your health? In either case do get it checked out. Tell your physician about your anxiety, it will help you to know. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sharp pain above belly button that comes and goes I used to get the pain in my lower right stomach, I have health anxiety but don't think it's anxiety?

Sharp pain above belly button that comes and goes I used to get the pain in my lower right stomach, I have health anxiety but don't think it's anxiety?

Many possibilities: For the pain you describe- most of them benign. Health anxiety is epidemic in the population between 18 and 30 years old. In fact your peers worry more about health than the baby boomers, most over 60. No one knows why this generation has such a high prevalence of anxiety about health. Best thing for you to do is see your doctor and ask about the pain you are having. ...Read more

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Bad health anxiety. Everyday I hve pain somewhere different, 2day I hve bak/ stomach cramps and night sweat r these symp 2 anxiety! Worry 24/7 gets wors?

Bad health anxiety. Everyday I hve pain somewhere different, 2day I hve bak/ stomach cramps and night sweat r these symp 2 anxiety! Worry 24/7 gets wors?

Health anxiety: This sounds miserable, but understandable. Your anxiety causes your muscles to tense. Then they hurt. Then this sensation is frightening which leads to all sorts of worry about what is causing it. This cycle just gets worse and worse. This is a situation where cognitive behavioral therapy can really help. Consult the nacbt. Org website to find a specially trained therapist. ...Read more

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I have a dull ache/pain in my upper stomach in the middle that lasts all day everyday I think I have stomach cancer isuffer with health anxiety?

Not cancer but...: As your age this is unlikely and this isn't how cancer announces itself. I suspect you have reflux esophagitis and you need to be evaluated and treated. How is the pain affected by over-the-counter antacids or other proprietary remedies that your pharmacist might recommend? ...Read more

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Had rt leg pain, now gone. Thought maybe DVT don't really have any risk factors but now abdomen area hurts? Could it travel? I have health anxiety to

Had rt leg pain, now gone. Thought maybe DVT don't really have any risk factors but now abdomen area hurts? Could it travel? I have health anxiety to

Let me see: Having leg pain could be from many sources including blood clots especially if used oral contraceptive. Some time you do not have pain and still get blood clot. For the clot to travel to the abdomen it must be serious one and you will feel it. For this reason I do not think so.
Always be careful if you having blood clot and go have it checked. ...Read more

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Recently been told I have ibs & have health anxiety I've been noticing flutters in my stomach & back and also the odd one in my leg and it's worrying?

Twitching: It appears that you're experiencing muscle twitching and this muscle irritability can be caused by deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Apparently you haven't been having muscle cramps, however it might be advisable to see your physician who can order the appropriate tests for these deficiencies just to be sure. ...Read more

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I keep getting twitches by my left rib cage and in my leg stomach and sometimes my back I have health anxiety and it's scaring me. It's not everyday?

I keep getting twitches by my left rib cage and in my leg stomach and sometimes my back I have health anxiety and it's scaring me. It's not everyday?

Random twitches: That do not follow any known anatomical pathway or sequence are highly unlikely to be from a disorder of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction or muscle fibers. What can hurt you - & your fetus, should you become pregnant - is chronic anxiety. Ask your GP for referral to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for proper evaluation, therapy & possible medications. ...Read more

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I hear lub-swish-dub ONLY when laying on my stomach. The clinical nurse doesn't listen in this position and she told me to get tested for health anxiety. Is it possible to hear a heart murmur only in certain positions?

Yes,: Several cardiac auscultation maneuvers make quiet murmurs louder or bring out intermittent ones. One is kneeling on hands & knees (pts think you are kidding or nuts...Until you find the murmur.) I forget which valve sound that enhances, but someone here will tag on that I am sure. Prone is same basic position, just harder to get stethescope under. (rn=2-4yrs, cardiology=4+3+2or3yrs). See cardiol. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be cured without ssri's? I have health anxiety because of ulcers in my stomach and a fatty liver scared to take ssri due to serotonin syn

Yes, it can: Anxiety can be treated w/ other drugs than SSRIs (you're already taking one) - usually, for health anxiety I urge targeted talk therapy sessions that your Behavior Therapist might do or refer for. Benzodiazepines (short-term) might be an option. I'm glad you are thinking about common after-effects of taking medications. Good for you!
Link: http://www. Adaa. Org/finding-help/treatment ...Read more

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Insomnia, irritable bowl. Stomach growling body shakes and twitching tension headach all started after having bad health anxiety the last two months.

Insomnia, irritable bowl. Stomach growling body shakes and twitching tension headach all started after having bad health anxiety the last two months.

Anxiety Disorder?: You need to see your physician, a therapist or a psychiatrist to be evaluated for an anxiety disorder. The first that comes to mind is gad (generalized anxiety disorder) mainly because I also suffer from it ; had many of the symptoms you describe before seeking treatment. Treatment can include counseling, medications or both. Anxiety ; depression often go together also. ...Read more

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I suffer chronic anxiety, currently I'm fixed on my health and have a uncomfortable feeling in my abdomen only when pushed, What could this be?

I suffer chronic anxiety, currently I'm fixed on my health and have a uncomfortable feeling in my abdomen only when pushed, What could this be?

The important: Thing is if it's impeding your freedom of movement or if you spike any fever (101F or near) to then see your primary care physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do I have anxiety issues for my health, always feel like somethin bad is gonna happen. Example Now I m scared from stomach to explode after I ate?

Many possibilities: Can be your childhood experiences conditioning you to expect bad things or genetics if you family has a tendency to be fearful--most likely s combination & usually treatable with therapy & meds. ...Read more

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I have lower left abdominal pain and green stools. The green stools have been on and off for some time. The abdominal pain has been only for 1 day. I do suffer from anxiety, particularly health anxiet?

I have lower left abdominal pain and green stools. The green stools have been on and off for some time. The abdominal pain has been only for 1 day. I do suffer from anxiety, particularly health anxiet?

See a doctor: Your abdominal pain may be due to diverticular disease or half a dozen or more other issues. The color of your stools is probably of little if any consequence and is often dependent upon your dietary intake. Suggest you see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to deal with your anxiety issues. Amazing how helpful this may be. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause mild nausea or knot in stomach?

Can anxiety cause mild nausea or knot in stomach?

YES!!: There are many "physical symptoms" that one experiences with anxiety and that is why anxiety is often confused with a physical ailment. Make sure it is not something else though like an ulcer. ...Read more

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On Citalopram for anxiety but just lately work has been very stressful and the knot feeling in my stomach is back and I feel like crying.

On Citalopram for anxiety but just lately work has been very stressful and the knot feeling in my stomach is back and I feel like crying.

Non- pharm tx?: There are a # of ways to address anxiety: Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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My body and mind feel tired, stomachs in knots, my heads dizzy and I keep worrying about everything. I can't sleep without racing thoughts. Can anxiety seriously make you feel like this all day?

My body and mind feel tired, stomachs in knots, my heads dizzy and I keep worrying about everything. I can't sleep without racing thoughts. Can anxiety seriously make you feel like this all day?

Yes: Talk to your physician to see if there is a physical basis for anxiety, work on finding out what makes you anxious. Try to establish daily routine to bring some predictability in your day; practice deep breathing, relaxation/ guided imagery (you can find scripts on the web); you can work with a therapist to help you guide through the process. Consider medication, if symptoms become overwhelming. ...Read more

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How to overcome health anxiety?

How to overcome health anxiety?

You mean: Concerns regarding your health, I suppose. One little step at a time, direct your attention on what your health allows you to do well. Like breathing, talking, laughing, walking, etc. Take two or three deep breaths and enjoy feeling alive. If you find yourself too worried and anxious about your health, talk therapy can be very helpful to help u overcome your anxiety. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hypocondria or health anxiety?

Yes, there is: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for this problem. It helps you learn your triggers and manage certain thinking patterns that lead to health anxiety. Also, sometimes medications can help with the symptoms as needed. It's best overall if you have a trustworthy primary care physician as part of your team, to work with you on any physical health concerns also. ...Read more

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I'm a 16 y/o male & I have alot of health anxiety about cancer. I am really healthy and fit. I was wondering what are some of the most common symptoms r?

I'm a 16 y/o male & I have alot of health anxiety about cancer. I am really healthy and fit. I was wondering what are some of the most common symptoms r?

Different types: So many cancers - they don't share symptoms except for very generally if at all. A basic full exam w/ blood work and other basic labs would raise flags for deeper work - if there's no flag - you can relax. This is especially true for young healthy folk. Unexpected weight loss and internal bleeding, lumps or moles that are unusual, sore throat, etc. That lasts long w/ dry coughing may alert you. ...Read more

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Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Atenolol Side effect: Per Drugs. Com, side effects may include: "Discouragement, feeling sad or empty, irritability, lack of appetite, loss of interest or pleasure, trouble concentrating
trouble sleeping, anxiety". ...Read more

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Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

See below: Link to a california state psychological association. The website has "find a psychologist" tab. Good luck!
http://www. Cpapsych. Org/. ...Read more

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Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

See below: Link to a california state psychological association. The website has "find a psychologist" tab. Good luck!
http://www. Cpapsych. Org/. ...Read more

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Have health anxiety and check blood pressure to often. Need to break cycle. How often should I check my bp?

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Have health anxiety and check blood pressure to often. Need to break cycle. How often should I check my bp?

Blood pressure: If u r not hypertensive or on medications that alter your bp, then once a week should be sufficient. Also, recording your BP readings will give you reassurance if readings are consistently normal and similar. ...Read more

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Docs think I have health anxiety on 39mg citlopram they refered me to cbt didn't work they think I need berevment?

Docs think I have health anxiety on 39mg citlopram they refered me to cbt didn't work they think I need berevment?

Bereavement: Bereavement counseling is something most therapists can offer. If cbt "didn't work" for you, other forms of therapy may still help. Also, if grief is a large part of your difficulties, the therapist should be able to recognize that and include this work in your treatment. Some use cbt as more of a "manualized" treatment, but an experienced therapist will be able to individualize for your needs. ...Read more

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I am dealing with severe health anxiety. I have seen a therapist and taken celexa (citalopram) for a week. What else can I do?

I am dealing with severe health anxiety. I have seen a therapist and taken celexa (citalopram) for a week. What else can I do?

Options.: It takes a while for your serotonin levels to increase with selective serotonin reuptake inhibits - so don't worry that the Celexa (citalopram) is not yet effective. Check out progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, qigong, taichi, acupuncture and acupressure as adjuncts to your treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is more helpful most of the time for anxiety, health anxiety... Hypnosis, cbt (or other therapy) or meds? Scared of side affects...

What is more helpful most of the time for anxiety, health anxiety... Hypnosis, cbt (or other therapy) or meds? Scared of side affects...

Ask your doctor: It depends on your particular situation. I usually begin with hypnotherapy and cbt, then add meds, but if the situation warrants, all of the above just to help the person asap. Hypnosis and cbt have no chemical side effects but when the risk is worth it, the medicines are started. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more