Our expert says:
It's interesting to hear from someone who recognizes, or at least considers, themselves to be hypochondriacal, without being persuaded of the validity of that diagnosis by a bothered doctor ! That's a sign of unusual good sense by you, and suitability for successful treatment ! This would best be achieved by counselling / psychotherapy, preferably of the CBT( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) format which is best placed to help us revise unhelpful habits of thought.
An underactive thyroid ( hypothyroidism ) can both mimic Depression and increases the risk of Depression ; and Depression can encourage the development of hypochondriasis even in someone not otherwise having this habit of excessive concern about their health.
Also, depression is a most effective amplifier of any mild symptom one may have, leading to further anxiety, and thus a vicious circle. And both depression and anxiety can cause and exaggerate muscle pains which may feel very sinister even if safe though uncomfortable.
So, with assessment by a competent psychiatrist or psychologist, and appropriate treatment ( medication and counselling if there is significant depression or anxiety, and CBT for the habit of hypochondriasis ) there's actually rather a lot of hope for you !
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