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My Husband has anxiety, please help

My husband use to have horrible anxiety 6 years ago and he just had sinus surgery 5 weeks ago and man ever since he has become a hypochondriac. His doctor keeps on scaring him. His doctor wanted him to take some test for his heart since they said that he was 40 pounds from what his weight should be n thats ridiculous n they made him take an echo test halter test and ekg and the tech said that he had a leaky valve and that he should be very careful not to play sports or anything and that wasn't even the doctor. So my husband freaked out and went to a cardiologist and all the same test were done and they came out normal but now he still has that doubt in his mind he says he has shortness of breath sometimes and the cardiologist said its just anxiety it hurts me to see him thinking that something is always wrong with him how can I help him convince himself he's fine. please help...
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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I had horrible anxiety and it turned out to be a symptom of celiac disease. It's an autoimmune disease where anti- gluten antibodies attack your intestines causing damage. Most of the serotonin in your body is located in your intestines so if they're damaged it can't use it. It's super common (about 1 in 100 people have it) and it can have random symptoms. I have actually spotted a few people on the celiac message boards who said that everyone thought they were hypochondriacs because they always felt sick but the doctor told them there was nothing wrong with them. Anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms of it. The anxiety mixed with feeling vague symptoms will do that. I think you should have him try a gluten free diet. It's the one autoimmune disease that is treated by diet, so if he has it, his symptoms go away. Even if he doesn't have it, he has something to focus on and will believe that his disease is going away because he is treating his "disease". I also lost 20 pounds when I cut out gluten, so it might help with his weight as well. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
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