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Hey, I'm new here
Apr 6, 2009
Hey, just wanted to share a little info with you. I'm not a stranger to anxiety. I've suffered from panic attacks for nearly 3 years, but I believe it is at it's worst stage right now. For the last year, I was doing ok. I was able to go out to stores and such and when I was at home, I was perfectly fine and didn't worry about panic. However, things have changed for the worst this year. About a month ago I had a full blown panic attack. My first full blown panic attack in over a year. It was brought upon me thinking I was going to have a heart attack. It happened while I was trying to go to sleep. Throughout the day, the left side of my chest was hurting and for a time it reached into my shoulder. I was scared something bad was going to happen, but I continued to ignore it the rest of the day. I went to sleep and finally couldn't helpit and got right away and was convinced I was having a heart attack. It cooled down a bit about 10 minutes later but they symptoms were still around and were very strong. We went to the ER just to be safe. I took some tests and finally calmed down a bit and was told nothing was wrong with my heart. So for the next few weeks I was fine.

Then, I went to this doctor and have to have a physical. I was nervous going and was happy when it was finally my turn to go in. I had to wait for the doctor for a good 20 minutes before the doctor came in. Everything was fine and then all of a sudden I was hooked up to this monitor thingy where they connected my body with a bunch of things (I'm not sure what they are called) to check out my heart rate. The reading came back abnormal and to say the least, I was afraid. Now, I'm going to a cardiologist in Mid May to do some more tests on my heart. I'm hoping that the test that was done on my heart that came back abnormal was just a false reading, but it has made my anxiety much worse.

Ever since then, I've been thinking that I'm going to have a heart attack and my anxiety has built up quite a lot since that doctor visit. I've almost had a few full blown panic attack a couple of times because I was convinced I was having a panic attack and couldn't breathe. However, yesterday about 7:30 AM I was trying to go to sleep, but my heart was racing so it made it hard for me to lay down so I decided to walk around a little bit and was hoping my heart would slow down a bit before I went back to bed. Well, things didn't go according to plan and I was on the verge of having a full blown panic attack. I had all the symptoms of it and was convinced I was going to die soon. I thought I would never get over this one. But this Panic attack was a bit different from my past ones. I was constantly focusing on my heart beats and if they would skip and such. I had strong symptoms for about 2 hours before I was finally able to get some sleep and even while I was trying to sleep, the symptoms were still there. I woke up a few minutes hours later and when I tried to go back to sleep, but it was a bit hard. And the thing about it was I wasn't close to having a panic attack this time, but I was focusing on my heart beat and I couldn't enjoy trying to fall asleep, but I did get to fall asleep thankfully. Now, I'm scared that I won't be able to get regular sleep without constantly worrying about this strong feeling that was happening in my stomach/chest area. Does anyone by chance no what what I mean? I even tried going to sleep a few hours ago, but couldn't because I was focusing on this strong uncomfortable feeling in my chest and heart. This was the first time that this 'feeling' occuered for hours. Then my heart started beating faster and it's been hard for me to sleep because I have been thinking about this feeling constantly. It's just been so tough this past day and it really sucks.





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