Hi everyone! I've been reading this site for a while, but my problem is not getting any better, so why not join the community?
I am 32 years old, and substantially over weight. I am ready to lose the weight (again), but I have this setback precluding me from exercising, though I hope it's all in my head.
My situation looks like this:
Over two months ago, on January 21, I woke up from sleep having what for all intents and purposes ended up being a panic attack - at least I hope that's what it was.
My heart was pounding, and I started sweating. I was scared to death, and was afraid I was having a heart attack. I live alone, but for some reason, I ended up calling my mom before I called an ambulance. She asked me my symptoms, and talked me down. When I initially called her, my pulse was 111, and my blood pressure was 171/109. After drinking some chamomile tea, and talking to her, my blood pressure was down to133/86, and my pulse was 81. We determined that I was doing better, and would call the cardiologist the next day.
I had not ever been to a cardiologist, but I made an appointment, and was able to get in the same day. He said my EKG was normal, and that I most likely did not have a heart attack. He scheduled a stress test, and an electrocardiogram for the next day. After testing he said my results were normal, and I should have a sleep study. The sleep study was also normal.
Since this happened, I have had the same weird thing happen at night (though maybe not quite as severe) a couple of times, and I'm completely scared that I'm going to have a heart attack. Sometimes I have some mild chest/arm pain, and what feels like shortness of breath. It has happened when I've been around my parents, and they both say that I'm not really short of breath, although it feels like it to me.
Lately, it feels like this is really controlling my life. I worry that I'm going to die, and just not be around. I find it hard to get excited for future events, because I hope I will still be alive. I often wake up after just falling asleep at night, and think I am having a heart attack. It only takes me a few minutes to realize that I'm not, but it's still super terrifying. I went back to the cardiologist two weeks ago, and he told me that it really is not my heart, and I should see a therapist, and a GI doctor. When I am able to think rationally, and not having an episode, I can understand that a lot of my symptoms can be explained by various GI problems, and I try to do my best to focus on that. I'll be seeing a GI doctor soon.
I guess I'm wondering if anyone has had problems similar to this, and if I need a second opinion, or if I just need to accept the diagnosis, and work on trying to get through this.
I truly appreciate any feedback, it means a lot to me. Thank you!