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I Constantly Worry Something Is Wrong With Me Medically

Published: July 20, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hello I am a 17 year old male and I am not sure if I am in good health considering I haven't been to the doctor in years. However, I never have, and currently do not suffer from anything physically or mentally. I have never had anything wrong with me, but well heart attacks have been a recurring factor in my life lately. By that, I mean I think about if I'm going to have one and wonder what the signs are. One day I looked up a video about what it's like to suffer one and ever since I learned about the signs, I now feel like every little small discomfort or pain that I feel in the directed areas, will lead to an attack. And other things too, like if I feel something in my lower back I feel im on the verdge of getting a kidney stone. I constantly worry about these tiny things and there is no explanation as to why they happen. I tend to just feel a small discomfort here and there in the parts of my body sometimes and it makes me think that it will lead to something horrible and I seriously freak out and cause stress for myself and my mom and yet nothing ever happens to me (which I am glad for). My mom says I have anxiety but I don't think so. Im actually scared right now as I am typing this. Another note I should add is that my family has a history of heart problems and I also have eaten extremely horribly, not to mention, vast amounts of junk food, and just snacks over the years but I am under 140 lbs and I go for walks every other day and I ride my bike across town. My question is, am I fine? Am I just overthinking all these tiny minor discomforts that occur? Is something bad going to happen to me? Im sorry this was long but I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you.
Signed: I Constantly Worry Something Is Wrong With Me Medically

Dear I Constantly Worry Something Is Wrong With Me Medically,

TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear that you are experiencing so much fear and stress about all of this. The types of issues you seem to be worrying about are not medical issues commonly seen in teens, such as kidney stones and heart attacks. So that leads FX to believe that your concerns are stemming more from an emotional place rather than being due to any kind of underlying medical problem. That said, FX recommends the following:

  • Since you mentioned that it has been years since you met with a doctor, FX wants you to meet with your primary care physician or adolescent medicine specialist for a well-visit. Children and teens should be meeting with their doctor once a year so the doctor can track normal growth and development, provide needed immunizations and address any questions or concerns that may come up. In having a physical examination with your doctor, he/she can help ease your worries about the medical conditions you are worried you have.
  • If you haven’t been to the doctor because of insurance reasons, check with your doctor, your school nurse, or a child/teen clinic at a local hospital about options to ensure this does not get in the way of your getting the medical attention you need.
  • FX is wondering if you have had a loss in your family or have seen family members struggle with serious medical issues that have contributed to your being so concerned about these issues in yourself. If so, please reach out to your parents, a school counselor or a private therapist to get the guidance and support you need to deal with this.
  • FX would recommend meeting with a reputable mental health professional, such as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist, to address whatever is contributing to these fears and anxieties about your physical well-being. Once you have a better understanding of what is driving these fears, that issue can be addressed so that these worries and fears are not so powerful and consuming.

TeenHealthFX can appreciate how difficult it is to be constantly feeling worried and to be so preoccupied with these thoughts. So please reach out to your doctor and to a therapist as soon as possible so you can get the support you need.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX