Are you a hypochondriac, or is your body in poor condition and that's why you are in pain and feel bad - and therefore are constantly worried about your health?
Results from a go-ogle to define "hypochondria" include: "An abnormal chronic anxiety about one's health". "Excessive concern about one's health especially when accompanied by imagined physical ailments".
Hypochondria is considered a mental disorder. Nothing physically wrong, it's all in your head kind of approach. But what if the symptoms aren't imagined? What if there is an over-looked physical basis for unexplained symptoms, and resulting anxiety about your health?
After decades of shifting symptoms, of never feeling healthy, of always having something wrong with me, of constantly being in pain, I wondered if I was hypochondriac. Was it just all in my head? I couldn't possibly be as bad as I was?
Some cases of 'hypochondria' may be purely psychological but unless you are in peak physical fitness with a full range of natural movement then I would not rule out a physical source for any perceived pre-occupation with health and many other 'mental' issues associated with pain and tension. If your body in not in a good condition then how do you expect to feel well?
Hypochondria is the plural form of hypochondrium.
Hypochondrium: Either of two regions of the abdomen, situated on each side of the epigastrium and above the lumbar regions, overlying the costal cartilages.
The hypochondrium ≊ The top of your Base-Line, where your rectus abdominis muscles attach.
Could "hypochondria" be caused by weakness in your Base-Line, and the resulting effects all over the body, and not just "all in your head"?
Could this be the origin of the 'hypochondriac' label? A whole list of symptoms, pains and niggles. Always something wrong. Never feeling 'healthy' All because of of a misusage of the rectus abdominis and other main muscles of movement?
When little is found on clinical examination, having pains that are unexplained, leads to increased worry and mental stress.
Self-doubt abounded. I was always in pain, always something wrong. I wondered if I was a hypochondriac - after all isn't pain said to be in the head and all my symptoms couldn't possibly real, could they?
I felt like a fraud, like I was making it all up somehow. Without much to see wrong - because nobody ever examined me in the right way.
When I was filling out medical forms - have you got X Y Z? "No, No, No". Therefore there wasn't anything wrong with me - I must be healthy.
Results from a couple of blood-tests over the years were unremarkable. Nothing to see, no evidence to explain the pain and other symptoms.
The thoughts of 'what if it's...?' with lumps and bumps, chest pains and coughs. Over the years the worst-case scenario was always lurking in my mind.
I was stressed and depressed, I hardly expected to feel physically great. I thought the depression was a fundamental flaw with 'me', I never considered it was because of my body.
"How are you?" was a horrible question to be asked, especially when I knew the person asking actually cared. I usually answered with a superficial "Yeah, OK, fine." If I stopped to think about how I was, the tidal wave of everything wrong would have overwhelmed me, and who really wants to hear all my woes? Pretending I was OK (not showing weakness or admitting I was hurt) was a trait from my early childhood. Gritting my teeth and getting on with it, never asking for help but sometimes resentful that help wasn't offered - I was in so much pain couldn't someone just see that??
There was always something causing me pain, shifting aches and symptoms. I tended not to mention specifics, I used my 'bad back' as the covering term from my early teens. I didn't want to come across as a hypochondriac/melodramatic attention seeker with all my symptoms, aches and pains.
I did a lot of research into my symptoms, for example all the different muscle syndromes - psoas, piriformis, tight TFL etc. Everything was sore - could I really have them all? I tried various muscle release techniques but I couldn't bear the pain they caused.
The pains and other symptoms were real. My body was wrecked, tense and restricted, constantly generating pain signals. I know that now that I have healed.
Many months into healing (when I knew I had discovered the reason for my pain) I still had that strong feeling of self-doubt. Picking up a frying pan and crying out in pain. I had no audience, no reason to be faking, yet I still felt I was being overly dramatic despite the searing pain shooting up my arm. Acknowledging my pain was real, and forgiving myself (accepting it wasn't my fault), were bit steps in my journey back to physical adn mental good health.
Read this website. Keep thinking about how you use your body.