Over the last several months, I have been experiencing pain in my calves. It will alternate legs. I have see my doctor a number of times about it. Each time by physical exam he did not believe there was a DVT but he has sent me for 3 dopplers (2 on 1 leg and 1 on the other) just to reassure me. The pain seems to come and go every few weeks. Yesterday it was somewhat like a burning but last night, it woke me up a few times with a cramping/pain type discomfort. I don't want to go back to the doctor with the same complaint as he seems to think it is muscular. I just worry each time that it is a blood clot.
I have beem getting more headaches lately and I asked my doctor about that. I am peri-menopausal and after doing an exam, he did not think the headaches were significant. The headaches are not terrible and are short lived, I am just noticing them more.
It is important to mention that I suffer from health anxiety. I am always worried about my health and if you see from other questions I have asked, I have been to the doctor a lot and had a lot of work ups. (I had a brain CT scan in 1/07 after a bout of vertigo which came back fine. I also had an auditory brainstem response test at the same time to rule out an acoustic neuroma and that also came back fine).
I have a hard time knowing what is just a normal ache or pain that everyone experiences from time to time and what is actually something serious.
Thank you. What you said was reassuring. My problem is since I worry so much about my health, I do not know when something is serious or when it is a common ache or pain that most people in the general public experience. Like today, I have some soreness in my arm and I worry it is something serious. Like it may be some kind of neurological symptom. I worry that about the calf pains too.
Also, I have been to doctors so many times and had so many tests done that I am afraid my doctors don't take me seriously anymore. I am concerned they think I am a hypochondriac and may miss something serious.
I am working with a therapist on CBT techniques but they are so hard to do when it comes to my health. I am afraid I may be ignoring a symptom that may turn out to be something serious. Yet, I can't run to the doctor every day for every ache and pain.
I sometimes think the head aches are stress/tension then I get afraid that they are indicative of something more serious. It is so hard for me to judge.
Thank you again.