I've just joined up with this forum. I'm a long time reader, first time poster (even the thought of posting makes me feel anxious, but here goes...)
I've had HA for approximately 4 months and it really is ruining my life. It all began when I first came back from a short holiday and I felt a tingling in my right leg. I was convinced I had DVT, despite the fact that I was only on a one hour flight. Admitting this to the doctor was embarrassing, believe me... however he seemed pretty patient.
I now have severe cardiophobia (it interchanges with brain tumour paranoia)... and to make it worse, I now feel an ache in my left arm, neck pain and I'm constantly paranoid about whether or not I can breathe properly. My chest as been tickly the last few days and I have this awful suffocating feeling. I've had blood tests and and ecg and the only issues found was low iron and my cholesterol was a tad high. Due to my age (26 yo), the doctor was fairly confident that I didn't have any heart issues and no one in my immediate family has any heart problems . However, like so many others with HA, I still can't accept that everything is ok. Part of me wants to ask the doctor for more tests, the other part of me feels too embarrassed because there are people who have real diseases who need the doctors time.
I used to enjoy concerts and going out with friends. These days I can barely get myself to work and when I do I'm unproductive anyway.
I have my first session with the psychologist next week, I 'm hoping and praying for good things.
Much love to you all