Hi there Jamie,
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, I really am.
Hypochondria is certainly a terrible thing to have, but it does go away with proper therapy over time, it may take a while but just stay persistent with it.
Gynecomastia is normal in some young men, if you are overweight than I would think it is rather common and nothing to have concern over, it goes away with losing weight. Or it just goes away with time. If your bowel movements are becoming irregular, I would suspect that you examine your diet and see what you are eating on a daily basis as that is usually the prime culprit in non-normal bowel movements, but certainly as well, anxiety can cause it. Anxiety can easily stir up your digestive tract and cause anything from upset stomach, to nausea, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux and so on. Anxiety can also interfere with the way you eat and this can be causing your digestive upsets.
As for you heart (which responds exceptionally well to anxiety-provoking stimuli) palpitations can result and these are completely harmless in and of themselves. A palpitation can range from a flutter, to a skipped beat, or a thud, a double beat or just a very fast heart rate. They won't do anything other than make you aware of your heart. Anxiety or stress is a major trigger for them, sometimes they can be caused by bending over as well, or even influenced by diet. The ones you are experiencing are most likely from anxiety.
About your constipation: Are you drinking enough water? If not, that can cause constipation for sure. Six to eight glasses per day is adequate, if its hot or if you are out doing things, even more is necessary. Water and good fiber intake is key.
You can control your panic, but you need to re-train yourself. I would suggest doing something very simple like daily relaxation, set a certain amount of time each day to totally let go and relax, just chill out for half hour or so. Be constructive, read a book, take a drive, go for a walk and keep your mind busy. If you have anxiety or hypochondria and you are not busy, its easier to get into some worry mode about "x" whatever it may be.
I hope everything gets better and do take care. ;-)
Jamie, I am pretty sure somebody is going to answer you. I saw your post because I started posting yesterday because I am having some symptoms and I am thinking as you, that I have this or that. I also don't have anybody to tell it. I never before pay attention and did not think how bothering are anxiety symptoms. For me , is something real. I was reading last night here some posts and think I found a good page...keep coming and hope you could get help to cope with your anxiety...I also hope I could get some relief because its the first time in my life that this is happening to me....
Hi, thanks very much for your response.
I decided to see a different doctor last week, because it didn't seem like my primary was taking my anxiety seriously. The new doctor was very helpful and she said a lot of the things you said. And she put me on paxil and ativan. Which I am happy to report are really helping me calm down. I am also going to start seeing a therapist for my anxiety. She scheduled me to see a G.I doctor just in case anything was actually wrong. But since I got started on this medicine my bowels have started to get back to the way they were. So it was most likely all due to anxiety.
This all could of been avoided if my primary would have understood the severity of my anxiety. I'm very happy to have a new doctor who actually listened to what I had to say.
Thanks again for your reply!