Hi there, I am new to posting here but read all the time. I am 33 years old, Female, 3 beautiful children. When I was 19 I was diagnosed with GAD, and put on Zoloft. For years I suffered and barely left my home. I had my oldest daughter and after that I seemed to do so much better. My panic attacks were gone, and I just dealt with mild anxiety that I could manage without medication.
About 4 months ago my father passed away, and since then I have been in a downward spiral. I started to have panic attacks but could quickly calm them with self talk and distraction. I started having pains here and there and would take Ibuprofren like candy to ward off any pain I might have to thawrt the anxious feelings. About a week ago, we were driving home from a shopping trip and I started to feel like I couldn't breathe. It threw me into a major panic attack, shaking, feeling the need to run, dizzy....it was awful. Since then I keep having panic attacks every day and It seems I am left with the symptoms of anxiety, my chest feels really tight, it is really hard to explain ..it feels empty, along with my stomach...i feel dizzy when I sit upright, the empty feeling gets worse. I can't eat and I am so sick to my stomach. I keep feeling like I might stop breathing or that I am having trouble breathing and might go into an asthma attack (Ive never had asthma.) I went out and bought a pulse ox and my heart rate seems to drop into the 60s inthe evenings and that scares me because it usually beats really fast. My oxygen level stays around 98 even when I Feel like I cant breathe. At times I Feel a warmth spread across my chest and I just know thats it, I am going to die any minute.
Many years ago when I had bad anxiety and panic they did EKGs and my heart checked out fine. Now I am thinking maybe giving birth to my son 8 months ago somehow damaged my heart. The empty feeling in my chest and stomach is really getting to me and making me feel awful. I bought a blood pressure cuff and my BP is a little higher than my BP usually runs, around 115/80 . SO my vitals are all good,but why do I feel like this. I feel like I am being tortured. Not to mention we have a disney trip planned next week and I dont think I can do it. I am ready to tell my poor kids that I just cant. Please help. I know go to the drs, and I will..thats another anxiety hurdle I need to cross.