|weird how body can mimic symptoms
Oct 19, 2007
I find it fascinating how when one thinks they have HIV their body sort of follows suit and seems to mimic the symptoms you are worried you have.
I cant tell you how many times I imagined having swollen glands just to be told it was a expanded saliva gland, or just a normal enlagement.
or how I misjudged what exactly a night sweat was. turns out I was really just so stressed out lying in bed at night thinking about possibly being positive and flushed with being scared I was sweating all right, but not an HIV related sweat.
you start feeling bumps and things. your mind runs wild.it seems so sure you;ve got it. I was feeling all these lumps in my body just to find out later they were soemthing called fatty lipids or somethin.
I guess what I just want to say, is get tested, but realize, your body in tandem with your mind has the ability to give you what you fear on a silver platter.
but take a step back and use this as a wake up call to change what your mind is subconciously telling you is risky behaviour. or in my case, a sort of irrational fear for no rational reason.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Psychosomatic symptoms induced by anxiety and fear are actually extremely common. Just browse through the extensive archives of this forum for at least a gazillion examples.
Your advice is spot on target. Testing is really the only option for folks who feel they've placed themselves at risk for HIV.
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