First of all, all those people struggling with health anxiety, let me open with a thought - it does pass and it does get easier. It's been twelve months since my last bout and I know this one will pass too.
I'm a fairly healthy, though overweight, young lad of 29. I've been dieting and exercising for a month or two and hitting the gym, and I was doing great, no problems with breathlessness. I was walking quickly on the treadmill when suddenly I couldn't get my breath. I stopped, went home, took a wee while to get my breath right but thought nothing more of it, though I haven't been back since. Since then, I've been getting very short of breath and heart has been racing lately when I've been walking even a little amount, which isn't great, but I thought I might have pulled a muscle and wasn't too worried. Plus, the guy opposite me at work had a stinking, coughing cold which he brought into work, so I thought it might have been that.
Went to docs this morning, blood pressure checked and all fine, oxygen level tickety boo (I presume that's what the thingy they put on the finger is for), but she referred me for a chest xray and ECG.
Now, I had my chest x-ray, and she couldn't tell me if it was clear (not allowed, has to go to doctor) but she did say there was nothing in there that requires urgent attention (which I took as an all-clear - see, health anxiety can be controlled). Went for my ECG. That's where it went badly wrong! Upon analysis, the nurse said I'd had a minor heart attack! I had one inverted T thing on my ECG. She then backtracked a bit to say that if it had been a heart attack, it would be mirrored elsewhere in my ECG. She also said it was nothing to worry about, but CHRIST,a heart attack! I'm going to be referred to a cardiologist for further tests.
My worry is, all I can think about is if I bend over, I'll have a heart attack, or any little twinge is a heart attack. My rational mind, which is still winning but it's becoming harder to listen to, says that I've pulled a muscle, or got a slight chest infection, hence the breathlessness. The spike on the ECG could have just been as a result of my recent tight-chestedness. Or, even if it was a heart attack, if there was a major concern, they'd have me whisked away to hospital.
But any thoughts welcome...!