So, hello there! I am new here, and I guess I should share my story?
So back in November, I was at work when I had a bit of shortness of breath, so I went to urgent care where they ran a chest xray, some blood enzyme tests, and did an EKG and I was told that everything looked good and that I was just panicky and was told I possibly have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and was sent home. I was put on Atenolol as a beta blocker to help with my heart rate and stuff, and that was that. Well about a week later, I was at work again when I couldn't catch my breath, and this time I went to the ER. I was admitted and checked for blood clots, had chest xrays done, an echocardiogram, multiple EKGs, and a stress test and all was normal and I was told I have a strong heart and lungs. The cardiologist told me that it is anxiety just like the urgent care people did. It makes sense that I'm anxious/stressed as a 21 year old full time student working a full time job and dealing with the everyday lifestyle, but what I don't get is why sometimes it's constant. Some weeks I won't have any issues at all, but other weeks I almost cannot catch my breath at all, and I begin to almost hyperventilate because I feel like I'm gasping for air - even when I don't feel panicky or in a situation that would cause me to be stressed or anxious. I just worry there is something else going on and that doctors haven't found it or something, so I'm pretty constantly worrying. The worst is when I see an adult that is happy or a family that is happy together, and I freak myself out cause I am convinced I won't make it to an age where I can do that. It's tough to live this way, especially at 21, and I really don't know why I'm like this or what it stems from, but I guess I just came here for support from those that understand because my family sure as hell doesn't, and they think it's all made up, so here I am! Thank you, and I look forward to my time here. :)