|Hey, I know exactly what you mean. Read my thread a couple down about understanding compulsions and obssesions. I found a lump a month ago and worrying about that developed into acute anxiety syndrome. When you couple this with OCD it is not good news. I am getting increasingly paranoid about my health and often think I've got some serious undiagnosed medical condition.
The strange this is, it dawned on me a couple of days ago that I do actually have an illness and it is anxiety. Ultimatly, I may or may not have another medical condition, all the evidence and GP advise suggests not but having the worry is causing me real world issues with anxiety that need to be addressed. It is a vicous circle but I am feeling that having a better understanding of knowledge as to how and why anxiety strikes and also the underlying reasons why I worry inordiantly about my health is helping me.
You are totally right Pan, the disease is Anxiety. Constantly checking your body for signs of cancer and other diseases is not normal, healthy behavior. Searching for information on the internet and talking to other anxious people about it only validates your anxiety. Anxiety is a big liar, it makes you believe crazy stuff. I know it is hard to believe that when you are in this anxious state, but it is true. Not to say we will never get sick, but 99.9% of the symptoms i read about here on this forum are straight up anxiety.
As Pan said, we need to treat theunderlying mental issues. Talk therapy, CBT, and medication are all fantastic ways to deal with worry or anxiety disorder. Anxiety will not go away on its own, it is part of who we are. It is not just being nervous. It may be not be as bad sometimes, but it always comes back until you deal with it.