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question about mind-body connection from hypochondriac.
I've been suffering terribly from health anxiety for the last couple of years. Currently, my fears are of neurological disease, as I've had some left shoulder weakness. I'm told it is a rotator cuff injury, and I've gone so far as to have neurological testing completed (which was normal), but am still so concerned, and cannot seem to get off of it.
The professional evaluation of my shoulder weakness is "mild", or 4.5/5, but there are times where I feel it difficult to even just lift a glass. Obviously, there seems to be a disconnect. What i'm wondering is, is the mind powerful enough to make me feel that my shoulder is much weaker than it objectively is?
Already done that. His evaluation was also that I have a rotator cuff issue going on, and that the strength difference was mild. And yes, he knows about my health anxiety and is really trying very hard to reassure me, but to no avail.
It just didn't make much sense to me that on one hand, I'm being told the issue is mild in nature, but my own perception is that it's far from mild. That's where there is the disconnect.
I'm really, really struggling right now, and so afraid - both of actually having something awful wrong, or if not, always being held prisoner by this condition. I simply am at the end of my rope, and don't know what to do.
I've tried CBT, which didn't seem to work, and I've tried Lexapro. The problem with medication for health anxiety, is that the side effects often cause us to spiral further into the abyss.
From your professional experience, do you find anything else particularly helpful in treating this disorder?