My health anxiety has convinced me I have lung cancer
DEAR DEIDRE: I GOOGLED my symptoms and now I’m convinced I’ve got lung cancer.
I’m a 38-year-old man and worry constantly about my health – and my wife’s.
Recently, I’ve been having chest and back pain and a fuzzy feeling in my head.
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I know this could just be anxiety or stress. But what if it’s more serious?
I don’t smoke, but non-smokers can get lung cancer, too.
When I’m busy at work, the symptoms go away.
As soon as things are quiet and I have time to think, they start up again.
It’s impossible to get an appointment at my doctor’s surgery. I feel sick with worry.
DEIDRE SAYS: Although it is tempting to use Dr Google, internet research can raise unfounded health concerns so is best avoided.
Do keep trying to get a doctor’s appointment, for your peace of mind.
In the meantime, my support packs on nervous stress and panic attacks should give you guidance.
You may also find it helpful to contact Anxiety UK (anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775774) who can offer support and advice.
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