I have been doing very well with my health anxiety for the past few months but recently my cardiac fears have re-emerged. I am desperately trying to get back into exercising. When I was 22/23, I was in the best shape of my life. I went to the gym almost daily. I had small issues with anxiety (GAD) mostly because I lived alone but was otherwise in excellent health.
When I was 24, I was in yoga class one day during a shoulder stand and felt a small "crack" followed by intense pain. I immediately collapsed into a full blown panic attack. My whole lower body went numb and I thought for sure I had broken my neck and paralyzed myself. I was rushed to the ER where all tests came back normal and the doctor ruled it as "overexertion caused by exercise".
Ever since that yoga event, exercising has been extremely tough for me. I tried going to boot camp shortly after that incident but found I could not. I experienced another full panic attack and my legs felt heavy and rubbery.
I am 26 now and am trying to get back into shape again. Every doctor or therapist that I've ever had always recommends exercise as a means of managing anxiety symptoms but for me it's tough because a good work out very closely mimics a panic attack.
Lately in the gym, my cardiac fears have re-emerged. I am experiencing palpitations during workouts, dizziness, lightheadedness, some chest discomfort and yesterday I was yawning constantly during my workout (Of course I broke the golden rule and looked up yawning during workouts and found this could mean a cardiac condition!!!) I'm desperately trying to reassure myself. The dizziness is caused by my inner ear problems from my seasonal allergies, the lightheadedness is from being dehydrated, the chest pain is anxiety, the yawning is because I haven't been getting enough sleep, etc.... but it's tough. I should mention I have had countless EKGs over the past 2 years (the last one was in March), an echocardiogram 2 years ago, and have been to the ER at least 6-7 times. I have also had multiple blood tests and heart problems do not run in my family.
Does anyone else find exercising tough either because of cardiac fears or the fact that exercise can feel like a panic attack?