I am a Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran. I suffer from combat related PTSD as well as MST (Military Sexual Trauma--meaning rape within the military). I've done pretty well through therapy and for a while thought I was doing just fine. Then suddenly I seem to have developed hypochondria. At times it can be very gripping--anxiety panic attacks that make me break down and weep, depressed, and feel like I'm dying. I've never had this issue before--I've always been a healthy person. In fact, even now I've an avid Crossfitter and strict paleo diet eater--my doctors tell me I'm in perfect physical shape.
So my question is, can my PTSD from the military be in some way related to my hypochondria? Have those two ever been linked together? It doesn't seem to make sense to me as they seem to be totally different kinds of fears. I know it sounds silly, but I'd almost prefer if my hypochondria was somehow related to my PTSD. I've never quite been the same since the military, and there are distinct reasons for that. I can't find the distinct reasons for these hypochondria panic attacks.
My veteran's benefit advocate wants to me apply for a higher disability rating because of these crippling panic attacks, but I don't feel comfortable doing so until I know, or at least have a clue, if the two are related.
So what do you think? Can Combat PTSD, or MST lead to hypochondria? Even if its been several years since the events?
Thank you for your time