I know this board is for people like me who suffer migraines and the effects of all the neurological symptoms but I, on the other hand, also have an anxiety disorder (GAD) with panic attacks and agoraphobia. I just wonder sometimes if because I obsess over my health and am extremely hypervigilant, that perhaps I blow my symptoms out of proportion. I mean, I can’t even get a common cold without worry that it might be something worse or that it just couldn’t simply be a cold. And so everything becomes magnified to me.
I’m not sure I would qualify myself as a hypochondriac, surely I fit some of the description but I don’t always think I have something that I see on TV or that someone I know is suffering from. I just tend to take the symptoms that I do have and, as i said, obsess. It’s a vicious cycle because once I’ve conquered a symptom and when I say conquer, I mean I’ve accepted and no longer worry about it and it dissipates, I tend to get another bizarre symptom. Almost like, “OK, so my foot hurts…I don’t have bone cancer, it’s because I stubbed my toe earlier…but now my knee hurts…”
My anxiety has always, just as it is with most of us panicky people, a fear of losing control…whether it be mindfully or physically…is mindfully a word? It is now! But anyway, I wonder how much of my dizziness and vertigo are anxiety related, psychogenic/somatic, however you want to clarify. Because if someone were to ask me what I see as the ultimate loss of control, it would be being dizzy or suffering vertigo.
It IS a total loss of control, when you think about it. What other symptom, other then something life threatening such as a heart attack or stroke, could cause you to become so incapacitated having your world seem like a carousel or a constant moving ship? Nothing, really.
So, in theory it seems that maybe the symptoms that I do have, and I do have them, are magnified by my overactive mind and some emotional issues I’ve not dealt with. What those are, I’m not sure but something is wrong with me, mentally.
As I write this, I wonder if any of you may have those same thoughts. That maybe you aren’t as physically ill as your mind makes you believe. And not that I’m saying that any of us make this stuff up. I know that what we suffer is real, but I really do wonder how much of it is magnified? Any thoughts?
Another thing, has any of you ever heard of and/or tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)?