Gingivitis, Swollen Gland, Abnormal Cells and Health Anxiety!

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wxnderingolive

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or the past two weeks I have been in over my head with health anxiety.

I had gingivitis last year (localised) which never fully went away, but has come back strong in the past two weeks. I then started feeling that my neck was tight, which led me down the (apparently common) swollen gland (on one side) rabbit hole, which a simple google search revealed MUST be throat cancer. Worse yet, after more digging I found out this is linked to HIV, which spiralled my mind even more. Research in that area has made me feel happier that it's highly unlikely thats the case though. I now have a sore throat on one side and I am panicking a little about that, not sure if I am imagining it because I was prodding my glands all day yesterday before it happened. It was find this morning but as the day is going on I feel it's worse.

Next up, a clickbait news storyline hooked me, what was it about? Cervical cancer of course! I skipped my HPV vaccine in school which doesn't help me (never knew the importance of it when I was 16 sadly), my first smear at 20 was negative (hooray) but my second one at 23 was returned 'Mild Abnormalities', nothing about HPV however. I have had yearly smears since then (now almost 25), the last one I never received my results (forgot about). Around the same time as my abnormal result, I had an STD and BV, which I've read may flag up changes in the cervix, and as my second yearly test never came back, I assume there was nothing to worry about.

My BV has also returned, and my rib cage on my left has went funny with a little boney bit sticking out, which I have an x-ray booked for next month. My dentist last year informed me that anxiety and stress can trigger gingivitis, as well as poor diet and nutrition. I've never flossed in my life until last week, and due to my mental health, I haven't been eating well for around 2 years, haven't really been taking care of myself at all. Even with my gingivitis last year, I still sometimes would get drunk and forget to eat or brush my teeth. I've been told by the dentist about the possibility I have a vitamin deficiency, which funnily enough could account for all my issues, but still feel that thats leaving me open to the possibility I'll be randomly dying soon, especially since my anxiety is suppressing my appetite.

There is no history of any major health problems in my family, only dementia. I have a fantastic immune system and I am aware I have health anxiety, but theres always a 'What If', I'm driving my family and friends mad with this.
 
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wxnderingolive

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Swollen glands are also a sign of infection too, remember that. Gingivitis is a long, ongoing infection and the longer it lingers..the more it will affect your immune system and get into your blood system and spread. Please go to the GP and get it checked if you haven't already.
I've been to the dentist a few times with, next appointment is Friday morning. May go see GP about health anxiety and a blood test to put my mind at ease.
 
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Hi I’m new here. I also suffer with Heath anxiety and recently I have been to the doctors for easy bruising ( obviously convinced myself it was cancer) full blood count test came back normal and she said there was no reason for it. Also have been bleeding randomly so convinced myself I had cervical cancer or cysts or something terrible. Turns out it was just my contraceptive pill causing the bleeding and I’ve had none since I switched it. Anyway since then my kids have been ill so I’ve been stressed with that and have spiralled in to an anxious state again so have restarted my medication. Have you tried medication? I’m on paroxetine and last time it really helped I mean I literally didn’t think about my health at all
 
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Hey Leah! I have had ovarian cysts in the past, I've had fairly regular periods the past few months but here and there. I have an extremely out of date implant which is lodged in my arm (waiting on general anaesthesia sadly). I've been to the doctors many years due to health anxiety and general fear of death etc, only been offered counselling which is like an 18wk wait. Will probably go this year though as I feel quite isolated and think it will benefit me. Havent been for bloods or anything yet, got a sexual health checkup in two weeks and the dentist tomorrow. Hopefully nothing bad, I've been staying off the old Dr Google though and thats helped slightly. Not sure if my mind is imagining half my issues but still a worry! Eating better and taking my multivitamins so ensure the best possible outcome though.
 
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Hey Leah! I have had ovarian cysts in the past, I've had fairly regular periods the past few months but here and there. I have an extremely out of date implant which is lodged in my arm (waiting on general anaesthesia sadly). I've been to the doctors many years due to health anxiety and general fear of death etc, only been offered counselling which is like an 18wk wait. Will probably go this year though as I feel quite isolated and think it will benefit me. Havent been for bloods or anything yet, got a sexual health checkup in two weeks and the dentist tomorrow. Hopefully nothing bad, I've been staying off the old Dr Google though and thats helped slightly. Not sure if my mind is imagining half my issues but still a worry! Eating better and taking my multivitamins so ensure the best possible outcome though.
That’s good, I agree that google is the devil lol! My main worry is death too since my aunt died of sepsis 4 years ago my health anxiety has gotten bad! I really think that most of the things are worry about are all in my head health wise. I hope you feel better soon