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I worry I may have cancer

08 Apr
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User's Question

Hello sir/madam,

  I have a habbit of frequent clearing of throat from more than years. Recently I started worrying about it. I search on internet and read daily more than few years and I worry that I may have some serious illness. I got properly checked with Throat surgeon and gastro doctor and everything is fine. Can this worry be a psychological issue?

24 Apr
Dr. Ibrahim Abunada

Doctors Answer

Apr 24, 2016 07:05 PM

Dear, Yes of course, as long as you visited different medical doctors from different specialties and you found no medical evidence or proof for your complains, it certainly warrant psychological background which most probably HYPOCHONDERIAS. Hypochondriasis refers to worry about having a serious illness. This debilitating condition is the result of an inaccurate perception of the condition of body or mind despite the absence of an actual medical condition. An individual suffering from hypochondriasis is known as a hypochondriac. Hypochondriacs become unduly alarmed about any physical or psychological symptoms they detect, no matter how minor the symptom may be, and are convinced that they have, or are about to be diagnosed with, a serious illness. Often, hypochondria persists even after a physician has evaluated a person and reassured them that their concerns about symptoms do not have an underlying medical basis or, if there is a medical illness, their concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the level of disease. In the light of the above mentioned information I strongly recommend you to consult a psychologist for further psychological instructions and interventions. Take Care

24 Apr
Name Confidential

Follow up Question

Apr 24, 2016 08:59 PM

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your reply, I have still few concerns as below

1) if my all medical tests are normal, then why i have this(throat clearing) symptoms.

2) Gastro Doctor did endoscopy and found mild level of reflux and said it is very nomal even i have it but i dont have such symptoms, so, you should also consult a psychiatrist, how this is related to psychiatrist problem?

3) Sometimes symptoms get worsed and sometimes mild, so, can it still be linked with psychiatrist problem ?

 

Thanks

25 Apr
Dr. Ibrahim Abunada

Doctors Answer

Apr 25, 2016 06:34 AM

Dear user, one of the main symptoms of Hypochondriasis is doctor revolving to receive satisfying answer and appropriate convince for the existing symptoms. However, the client usually looks for more and more interpretation of his condition which is not medicinally one. Therefore, the medical doctors refer this person to a psychiatrist. In general, I strongly suggest to consult a psychiatrist soon and to stop looking for medical interpretation for your symptoms. Take wise decision.