I have to be honest, I've had this for months but haven't really told anyone about it. In certain moments in the day, all of a sudden, and it will mostly be when I am standing, I will feel like I have stopped breathing. I will then become lightheaded, my knees will become weak and I will feel like hitting the floor. It is *especially* worse when I am standing still after doing some sort of activity, I feel like I have to force my breath out in order to breathe at all. The feeling also happens when I am walking and I feel like I have to force my breath out when I am walking as well because I am breathing too slowly. During these episodes, everything tends to look and become unreal. This happens to me periodically during the day. I took my BP and HR at Rite Aid after/during one of these episodes. My BP was fine but my HR was through the roof at 117. When I was walking before standing in line, my HR was up but when standing....and during one of these episodes where I felt like I wasn't breathing and was gonna hit the floor, my HR seemed to go from beating really hard to falling substantially.
I am also fighting a cold [sore throat and cough are my main complaints], so this may be a contributing factor, but this has been going on and getting worse during the month. I was standing in line at the grocery store and thought that I was gonna collapse because it felt like I wasn't breathing, so I forced my breath out. It was scary as hell and I usually rock back and forth during these episodes in my boots, which doesn't help very much. I do think that this is a heart rhythm issue that may end up hurting me.
I've never actually fainted, but I've come very, very close. I keep having left arm pains [even tingling in my upper left arm earlier today], anxiety/doom feelings, and a squeezing feeling in my chest on and off as well.
I'm only 16 and my EKG, which was done around the time I had one of these *first* near fainting episodes, was normal. This was June 2013. I feel like it keeps getting worse. I am nervous. Anyone else relate? I am uninsured now, but I really want to see someone.