Tweet about an unnecessary trip to the ER and jeans

25 Hypochondriacs Share Their Best “This Is It, The Big One” Stories

Because human beings are afraid of death, we can be unfortunately prone to health-related hysteria. Every time there is news of a viral outbreak, people have a tendency to overreact a tad, like when they were packing their bags to flee to the wilderness after one American contracted Ebola in 2014. With the coronavirus outbreak in China, which is, fortunately, a lot less dangerous than Ebola, it’s more of the same.

So it was good timing on the part of Mark Shrayber when he shared a story of the time he went to the ER because his legs turned blue.

Thankfully, as Shrayber put it, he only had “’dumb*** who doesn’t wash his new jeans before wearing them’ disease” and was fine. These kinds of stories are even more common in the age of the internet when you can type in any kind of symptom and in seconds find out which type of cancer you definitely have. All of this helps explain why so many people were able to share similar stories of medical embarrassment.

Nearly 2,000 people have commented since he posted the story on January 24, with over 378,000 liking the tweet and 33,000 sharing. Many of the responses were from people who went to the ER due to panic attacks, prompting Shrayber to follow up and assure them that their anxiety is real and they have nothing to be embarrassed about.

He also promoted the human right to accessible healthcare, even if you only have blue dye on your legs and were tricked by Web MD into thinking you were about to die. Here are some of our favorite funny hypochondriac stories:

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