So I am a hypochondriac. I'm known to feel something and I would blow it out of proportion and think that it's something more serious. I go online, look things up and BAM! I think it's something serious. Case in point—I had a huge obsession over my head. I had headaches (like a normal person) but I began to notice that it was only on the left side of my head. Of course, I consulted with WedMD and the first thing I saw was "brain tumor." I panicked and called my dad, who's a doctor. He's convinced I was fine..but I was not convinced. So I rushed to see a neurologist who specialized in tumors. He said I was okay and that the headaches were stress-induced. I was apparently stressing over my health too much. He didn't let me get an MRI since I had just gotten a full body scan and it showed up fine.
Fast forward to more recent times. I began to have an obsession over HIV. I noticed that I was sickly and I'm aware that I had a promiscuous streak. So tested and it came out fine. Unconvinced, I had myself tested over and over and over again (3 month, 4 month, 5 months etc. since risk event). Of course, negative. I'm now pretty much celibate because i'm genuinely terrified of catching anything.
Now, I think I've developed an obsession with my mouth. It all started when I had an aphthous ulcer. I FREAKED OUT. So I had my dad look at them and he said they're fine and that it could be an effect of my weakened immune system (had an eating disorder, was emaciated). I've been recovering rapidly from the eating disorder. But now, I'm still obsessed with my mouth. Any bump or sensation I feel, I run to the bathroom to look and 98% of the time, there's nothing there. Also, I'm known to grind my teeth at night or when I'm at work.
Is anybody else here facing health anxiety? What solutions do you suggest? They say that seeing a doctor will help. Well, my dad is a doctor. My mother is a nurse who was a dentist (double whammy with my oral concerns). And my aunt who lives with us, is also a nurse. So I have access to three trusted resources. But i still cannot seem to settle my mind at peace.