Last night was awful. Did my first run for 5 months, a very slow 3 miles. Felt heavy and my foot injury hurt but I got through it ok, afterwards I had a cpl of beers and a jacket potato and salad for dinner. Watched tv with H until 8.15 and then put him to bed. Still felt ok, nothing weird. Watched some tv with L and then went up to bed about 10.30, read for a while and then fell asleep reading. Woke up about 30 mins later and can hear H coughing and sniffing away in the other bedroom, start getting adrenaline surges. Hear a couple of wheezes through my breathing which clear with a cough. then chest hurts just a little, breathing becomes shallow and restricted, throat feels like someone is very gently squeezing it and slightly restricting airflow. Heart rate increases. I am really worried that the run has triggered something and my lungs are collapsing or heart is going to go bang! Things start spiralling out of control and I feel myself starting to panic and think that this is the end.
Thoughts such as spending a lot of time with H on my last day alive was nice but the fact that M is away overnight means she will come back to find dad gone and this is awful. I then try to get a grip, I log on to the anxiety forum and read the sticky which has all the symptoms on it and slowly but surely
things start to become a little better. The whole episode went on for a couple of hours and I think I finally drifted off to sleep about 1.30 am. But had a restless night as H joined me in bed with his cough.
This morning I am afraid to go out and do exercise in case it was a trigger but I am so heavy now I need to get going again.
There, felt the need to share for a couple of reasons:
1. Might give some hope/help to others with similar symptoms, I am alive this morning :-)
2. Hoping that someone reading this can relate and give me some perspective.
Thanks for reading.