Hello! Well, I'm not sure where to begin. I suppose I'll start with a little bit about myself. I am a 25 year old male working the night shift at a retail store. About 4 months ago I had my first severe panic attack. I was not living a very healthy life. Mountain Dews, cigarettes, junk food, etc. One night I was laying in bed and my heart started pounding against my chest. I started sweating, breathing hard, and felt completely detached from my body. I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER, and after an hour or so I calmed down and ended up falling asleep. The panic attack had exhausted me so much.
The doctor told me I was fine, but strongly suggested I start making healthier choices before it was too late. So I quit smoking, quit caffeine, and started eating healthier and becoming more active. I figured that would solve all my problems, but I think the traumatic experience of thinking I was dying lingered, and I have had health anxiety ever since. I am always concerned about my heart rate getting high, which makes exercising tedious and problematic, and I am constantly self-diagnosing, checking symptoms on WebMd, taking my pulse constantly, and measuring my blood pressure.
I have been on this healthy path for about 4 months, and the anxiety has gotten much better. I feel healthier, look better, but that health anxiety/mild panic is always lingering at the back of my mind, waiting to jump out at any little symptom my body presents. I haven't had an actual panic attack in a few weeks, but the uneasiness is always there. I am hoping to get some relief and knowledge from like-minded individuals here.
Thank you all for having me!