Hypochondriac Nurse Student Needs Diagnosis

  1. Please tell me I'm not the only one who became a hypochondriac after starting nursing school! Every time I read about a disease process, I'm convinced I've got it, but this time I've got some real symptoms to complain about. I thought about asking my instructor about it, but decided I'd rather embarrass myself here.

    Anyway, here goes. Everytime I laugh, I get this horrible stabbing pain in my head. A lot of the time I begin to feel dizzy and faint, like I might fall out of my chair. The instant I stop laughing, it goes away.

    Now what on earth could be causing that?? It's driving me NUTS!

    Thanks......and just send me the bill....
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   moonshadeau
    I became a nurse because I was a known hypochondriac. Thought it might cure me, but it almost killed me when I was going through nursing school. Abd. pain could be endometriosis, pylonephritis, strangulated bowel, cancer. Just to name a few. Relax..............
  4. by   StaceRacer1
    I did the same thing through out Nursing school, NurseStudentFall01!! I even started to diagnose all of my family members!!!

    Just wait til you get to Psych!!!

    You won't know whether you are coming or going.
  5. by   Stargazer
    NurseStudent, my guess is sinus congestion and/or dehydration.

    No bill, but feel free to send me homemade cookies.
  6. by   prmenrs
    Can you go to an MD? or even a nurse practitioner?

    I don't like the feeling faint part. Where does it hurt, ie which part of your head?
  7. by   NurseStudentFall01
    You're all so nice about not making me feel like a psych patient myself! LOL I really can't go see anyone because I have no insurance. But, the pain generally goes from the temporal to occipital lobes - just behind my ears, then up and out. It wouldn't be so bad if my buddies at school weren't such lunatics, they just make me laugh too much! I also get a tingling, numb feeling in my extremities that contributes to the feeling like I'm going to fall. Again, it goes away instantly or within just a few seconds of when I stop laughing. It's really making me crazy wondering what could be causing it.

    Thanks again for letting me know I'm alone in my hypochondria!
  8. by   thisnurse
    sounds like anxiety....
    or maybe sktizophrenia...(hooked on phonics)
    somebody PLEASE spell that for me...i am at this time brain dead...thanks...
  9. by   Jen911
    If in doubt, at least see your doctor. I thought I was just having a bit of a hypochondriac episode about my headaches, so went to my physician about my 5 month history of headaches and multiple other little symptoms that I thought I was just dreaming up in my little nursing peabrain. Well, 3 MRIs, an MRA, a CT, Visual Field, and endless Blood Work later, I'm now one more pills than I've ever been on. I ended up having to go to a neurologist and an opthalmologist because I had swelling in my optic nerves which could indicate a brain tumor (all scans negative), and have since been diagnosed with intracranial hypertension, aka pseudotumor cerebri!

    Soooo...even though we're known to be hypochondriacs, at least follow-up with your doctor and make sure there's nothing going on. I'm not trying to scare the begeezus out of you, but your head isn't something to laugh about. (pardon the pun)



    Jenni
    Last edit by Jen911 on Nov 8, '01
  10. by   prmenrs
    When you laugh, you increase your intracranial pressure; it also happens when you cough or do any sort of vagal maneuver. I'm just an old fuddy duddy, but I think an visit to the old MD might be in order.

    Just because you're studying all these crazy things doesn't mean you DON'T have something!!

    Humor me, ok?
  11. by   canoehead
    Just tell your doc you are going through nursing school, and you need to put your fears to rest. The docs go through the same thing in medical school so they shouldn't make fun.
  12. by   nurs4kids
    You know, it's so funny. Do we all go through this, but it's like taboo to mention it WHILE you're in nursing school?? I don't remember any of my buddies from nsg school mention that they thought they were dying, yet the entire time I just new each day was my last.

    Heck, when I was taking OB, I thought I was pregnant...wasn't even having sex!! LOL
  13. by   nur20
    Evidently we all do go through this. I certainly did. Every disease i studied i was sure that i had it. I'm glad to know i was not alone.I think you should check out your symptoms with your physician. PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE
  14. by   thisnurse
    on our very first day of nursing school our instructor assured us that we were going to have every disease we studied.
    this is something we all go thru and i think it is worth mentioning at the onset of classes. im so thankful i had such a great instructor.

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