5 Ways My Fear of Being Sick Has Affected My Health

I shared in a recent post how I have a severe fear of being sick and how that lead me to be diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in the end.

Although it led to something that allowed me to adapt my life for the better, my fear of being sick has been a debilitating part of my life for years and although I’m so much better now, it still affects me everyday.

Having a fear of being sick has taken its toll on my mental and physical health, so I thought I’d share with you 5 ways that has happened in a hope to offer someone else in the same situation some comfort that they’re not alone or maybe if you’re not sure what’s going wrong with your body and mind, this could help.

1. Refusing Medication

One of the biggest ways my fear of being sick has affected my health is that I refuse a lot of medications I need because I’m too scared they might make me sick.

That sounds irrational but the fact that very few medications can make you be sick as a side effect, I’m too scared to take them.

I’ve ended up avoid antibiotics, contraceptive pills, even vitamin tablets because I’m scared of being sick.

2. Avoiding Key Foods

For many years I avoided some key foods as I was always scared they’d make me sick if they weren’t cooked properly and therefore couldn’t stand to eat them.

I avoided chicken in all forms for over a year which is a really healthy source of protein and more than that, really tasty.

I’d avoid various foods that were perfectly cooked and in date if I wasn’t sure, hence I lost a lot of weight at one time.

3. My Skin

I’ve struggled with acne for years and you can read my acne journey on my beauty blog, Life With Ellie but one thing that still flares my skin up is stress.

My fear of being sick is extremely stressful and emotional for me and one thing that always breaks me out is stress, so although I’m so much better than I was, whenever I’ve gone through a bad patch, I could see my skin reacting.

4. Headaches/Migraines

Similarly to my skin, I get terrible headaches and migraines when I’m stressed, so if ever go through a long period of being anxious, I get such bad headaches.

5. Joint Pains

For a long time I didn’t eat the right nutrients when I was at my worse of being so scared to eat and that has had a prolonged affect on my joints.

I do have Coeliac Disease which causes joint and bone problems but for a long time I’ve suffered with all kinds of aches and pains as a result of not eating the correct nutrients for so long and to a certain extent, still not eating everything I need for fear.

A fear of being sick is no joke and it affects every decision I make pretty much everyday, some not even food related but I am getting so much better and stronger at ignoring my worries and doing what I want to do and what is best for me.

I always love speaking to people in the same situation, so if that’s you, feel free to drop me a message!


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