Hello everyone. I figured that I should write an introduction post to let everyone know who I am. I guess I could post this either in the HA forum or the GAD forum but I figured since all my worries are always health related I'd post it here.
I am 36 years old and I have Aspergers Syndrome, that pretty much makes me prone to anxiety in some levels and it certainly has always played a role in my life but after I turned 30 I noticed an increase in horrible anxiety, and the panic attacks that I would only seldom get were hitting me every week, sometimes multiple times a week. I was convinced that there was something wrong with my heart but ER visits and tests including a stress test confirmed my heart was fine. I finally got exhausted after fighting it for a year and spent about 2 years on medication and once I had about a year stability I came off, have had recurrent episodes since but none as bad as that year.
Fast forward to now, I'm 36 and life is pretty good but my father just had his own real heath scare. He had to have a kidney removed due to cancer, he is fine and they got the tumor it was totally contained but since then I have had the same heart scares happening. I even visited an ER and they confirmed that I was not in fact having a heart attack when I was beginning to get worried that I was(tight chest, rapid heart rate, you know the drill) My Dr thinks I am fine but to put my mind at ease he is sending me in for another stress test. My BP has been tad high but nothing that is all that alarming especially considering my anxiety. When I was at the Dr it ran 145/85 but a few weeks before, with no anxiety my BP was great 120/78. I weigh about 295 but I used to be a lot heavier. 3 years ago I dropped 89 lbs and I am fairly active though in the last few month my activity level has fallen off some.
Today at lunch I walked a mile with no issue but then when climbing stairs I pushed myself into full blown painic/thinking I was going to have a heart attack. It lessened though and since then I've ran down and back up the same staircase without issue.
I am pretty sure that on Weds when I have the stress test the Dr will find that I have a strong heart with no issues and my issues are going to be primarily anxiety and stress related. My question is what in the heck am I going to do with my brain then? I don't want to fall into the cycle of allowing this anxiety to stop me from enjoying life.
Ugh, that's all I got to say about it is ugh. Thanks everyone.