Jenni Prokopy, Editor of Chronic Babe wrote an interesting post about hypochondria:
Am I a Hypochondriac?
I think that many of us with chronic illness can relate to this, as our symptoms (and/or diseases) are often met with skepticism from our family, friends, and even our doctors.
I know that when this has happened to me, it has been a very degrading experience. Especially when you live with an invisible illness, it’s often hard to “prove” to people that you are “truly” ill. You could shove your medical records in their face, but that might just scare them away.
I think it’s also easy to become obsessive about every little symptom when you have a chronic illness. For my own body, I really am unable to gauge what is normal anymore. But Jenni has a really practical and easy solution to this, that she dubs “The 24-hour rule.” She only calls her doctor if symptoms last longer than 24 hours. I think that’s a pretty good maxim to have.