Health Anxiety

Anxiety is fear for unknown or non-occurred events. In health anxiety, there is fear of having severe medical conditions without any proper symptoms or evidence. This condition is known as hypochondria. Treatment is done with the help of psychotherapy and antidepressant drugs.

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What could be the reason for tightness in the head, chest, and abdomen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sensations of tightening in my head, face, chest, and abdomen on and off several times a day. I had them last week and it lasted a couple of days and went away for a week until now. Today, I have them more. It is like a light contraction feeling that lasts for a few minutes.  Read Full »


Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A tightening sensation requires a little more description. It is difficult to comment upon without more information. Are you going through any stress. There cannot be a single neurological cause for your symptoms. Most likely it is benign. So do not worry. But, if y...  Read Full »

My heart rate has been fluctuating after being infected with COVID-19. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from health-related anxiety. I got infected with covid, today is my first day experiencing the symptoms, and the heart rate scares me. It is over 100 when resting and relaxed. After that, it goes up to 140 and sometimes to a low value like 80. I want to know if this is someth...  Read Full »


Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. However, I do not find any reason for you to worry about your heart rate. When the temperature rises by one degree, the rate will increase by 10 to 16 beats per minute. I suggest you drink plenty of oral fluids and keep yourself hydrated....  Read Full »

Is Prozac a better alternative for Paroxetine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from severe anxiety disorder for the past two years. It all started with a severe panic attack then I was diagnosed with acute hypochondriac. I have been always worrying about my heart health and fearing that any time I may get an attack. This has reduced my quality ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Hypochondriasis is a serious anxiety condition which cause severe symptoms and fear about health condition. Both Paroxetine and Prozac (Fluoxetine) are the drugs belonging to SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor...  Read Full »

I have severe anxiety despite taking Celexa. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have severe anxiety due to a recent health scare. I currently take 40 mg of Celexa daily. The Celexa is not helping the anxiety at all. What else can I take to ease the anxiety? I have Xanax and can take 0.25 mg every four hours. That helps, but I still have extremely se...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You are taking a sufficient dose of Celexa (Citalopram), and if the 40 mg dose is not acting properly. the symptoms should be re-evaluated properly. The addition of some another antidepressant as an augmentation agent can help contr...  Read Full »

How to come out of the frequent intrusive thoughts and anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, and perhaps OCD as well (but I have not been diagnosed with that yet) since I was 11. However, I had been completely anxiety-free for about four or five years until three months back, when I got a horrible panic attack that started it...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it appears to be ruminations. Following differentials are likely: Health anxiety disorder. Hypochondriasis. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It is unlikely to be psychosis, as you are well aware of the absurdity of these thoughts. But a confirm...  Read Full »

I have anxiety and stress issues. Can it make me feel dizzy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 years old male. I have had anxiety for six years now and panic attacks from even before. I have been feeling dizzy for a week now all day, a little bit of pressure on my head. I have alternate periods of sweating and chills. I have been to the hospital a few times because I t...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, anxiety could present with symptoms like dizziness, increased sweating, and negative thoughts. Anxiety causes the activation of the sympathetic nervous system and thus present with these symptoms. Sweating is one of the most common s...  Read Full »

How to reduce anxiety caused due to health issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old. I do not smoke or drink. I am suffering from a health anxiety. Recently I got an ECG and blood test done, the results of which I have attached for your consideration. I have an elevated RBC count. Could this be blood cancer? Also kindly note that I was very anxious du...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports that you posted (attachments removed to protect patient identity). Firstly, I would like to know the indications for which so many investigations were done. Did you have any symptoms or was it a general checkup? Do revert if you have an...  Read Full »

Is ALS or MS the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am experiencing some symptoms. I am concerned about ALS and MS. Twelve months back. I started to have pain in my left thumb after applying some force with it. I started to have a similar issue with the right index finger too. My thumb issue persisted but the fi...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra Kumar Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fasciculations are not seen in MS (multiple sclerosis). ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) occurs with fasciculations accompanied by weakness and loss of muscle mass. They do not subside spontaneously. Pain in fingers on applying pressure indicates tenderness. They are...  Read Full »

I have anxiety due to HIV even after getting negative results for it. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a high-risk exposure two years back. I tested HIV using HIV PCR qualitative and I got a negative result. I tested it again after three months, six months, and fourteen months. All the results showed me a negative result. Still, I am worried about HIV. I am married and I have fear of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not be worried as you have a negative result for HIV. Kindly send me the reports. You have confusion and anxiety due to continuous searching of symptoms due to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). It causes extreme worries. Kindly avoid it.   Read Full »

Why do I have severe panic attacks without reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. Recently, I had a breakup. Currently, I do not have a job and so, mentally I am feeling insecure. I am getting severe panic attacks for no reason. Even, I do not want to go out of my room. I feel sleepy all the time. Whenever I go out, I feel that I am going to...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Recurrent severe panic attacks should be evaluated. Thyroid function tests should be done to rule out hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an important cause of panic attacks. You have a fear of getting stroke or heart attack and this could b...  Read Full »

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