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    Hi all,

    has anyone ever had presumably somatoform (anxiety-induced) physical symptoms, but recognised that they are not real?

    I am currently going through some investigations for a liver problem and was initially really worried about it but then managed to reassure myself that it would be benign. But literally 2 days after I started feeling better about it, I had a feeling in the back of my throat like something was stuck there. Ever since I have been worried about it and constantly conscious of swallowing.

    Today, I woke up and felt like my right leg was weak, but I have tested it properly and it definitely isn't weaker than the other side, it just feels strange when I'm sitting down. and lo and behold - the swallowing is back to normal!

    Any similar experiences? I'm wondering whether my body is just forcing me to have things to worry about?
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    Hi all,

    has anyone ever had presumably somatoform (anxiety-induced) physical symptoms, but recognised that they are not real?

    I am currently going through some investigations for a liver problem and was initially really worried about it but then managed to reassure myself that it would be benign. But literally 2 days after I started feeling better about it, I had a feeling in the back of my throat like something was stuck there. Ever since I have been worried about it and constantly conscious of swallowing.

    Today, I woke up and felt like my right leg was weak, but I have tested it properly and it definitely isn't weaker than the other side, it just feels strange when I'm sitting down. and lo and behold - the swallowing is back to normal!

    Any similar experiences? I'm wondering whether my body is just forcing me to have things to worry about?
    It's basically a form of health anxiety. I've managed to convince myself I had some rare incurable disease eventhough I knew logically that I was fine. My advice would be to try to ignore the worries rather than logic them away (your brain will always find a way around the logic). When I say ignore, I do not mean it will be easy or anything and the thoughts won't just disappear- just try your best not to get dragged in. Your body tends to try to justify anxiety by presenting symptoms it shouldn't have. Kinda like a placebo pill- your brain says "you have this condition and this condition causes this symptom" and your body presents the symptom it's supposed to have just like if you were given a sugar pill and told it would get rid of your headache you would notice an improvement. Try telling yourself that yes there is always a slim chance of something bad, but it is unlikely and worrying about it wouldn't help you.

    I would also suggest you tell a doctor. It's linked to anxiety and they can help you ovecome or improve it through therapy or other advice. You are by no means alone- it's really common- so please don't be embarassed.
 
 
 
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