Another hypochondriac freaking out. Should I see a doctor?
Let me start by saying that I have a lot of issues with anxiety regarding my health. One symptom and I automatically have some awful disease. However, knowing that doesn’t stop me from scaring myself to death when symptoms do appear.
On Saturday, I went to the river with my boyfriend. That night, I noticed two bruises: one small one on my knee and one perfectly circular medium-sized one on my arm. I know it’s the river and there’s rocks and plenty of ways to get bruises, but I don’t remember bumping myself. It’s only been two days, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Then last night my boyfriend and I were playing round and I slammed my hip into the bed frame by accident; this morning, I have a bruise there. That’s not unexplained, but I don’t normally bruise easily.
Of course, my mind automatically goes to that “unexplained/easy bruising = leukemia” place. I’m a 21 year old female and I know it’s unlikely, but it’s possible. Last night when I flossed my teeth, which I normally don’t do, my gums bled. I didn’t see the blood but I tasted it. I know it’s totally normal for gums to bleed after flossing if you don’t normally floss, but I tasted a little bit of blood in my mouth after brushing my teeth this morning.
Finally, when I woke up this morning, I had this feeling of dizziness and nausea. I laid back down and got an hour more of sleep, but I still felt kind of nauseous and sweaty when I got ready this morning. I thought maybe I was dehydrated so I drank a bottle of water. I feel a little better an hour later, but I still feel a little sick to my stomach.
I don’t have health insurance and if I went to the doctor every time I had a symptom like these, I’d be living in the poor house. Do these symptoms even warrant a visit to the doctor? How long does it take a bruise to heal on a healthy person?
I’m sick of living my life constantly worried that I’m sick.
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