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Did you ever have an EKG or blood test to see if your heart muscle was damaged?

I had an EKG once in a doctor's office after I was certain there was something wrong with my heart. I was having periods of being unable to tell whether I was warm or cold, palpitations, moments where it felt like my heart was skipping beats for seconds at a time, pain in the left arm, numbness... but it must be noted this was when I was in the throes of addiction, and I wasn't getting good sleep at all. I don't recall what days in particular I was using drugs, just that there was a stretch of days where I was feeling very badly.

So I thought this episode was serious enough that I would go to the doctors anyway, whether I was an addict or not, and just "dodge" questions about substance use. I needed to have my vital signs checked to know for sure. So I went to the doc's in the morning. By then the heart palpitations seemed to have decreased, but I still felt psychotic and I was feeling quite ill.

So I had the EKG and blood pressure checked, that checked out fine except blood pressure was slightly high. Then they had me get my blood drawn to check for Sed rate (the doc explained the Sed rate would pick up something if anything was "really wrong with me"). The Sed rate test came back weeks later, and that was fine.

The doc seemed to think it was an anxiety or panic attack.

When did your brain fog start?Did your sx all start around the same time?I am interested in your case very much so.Also the last time you saw a dr. did he think it was mostly anxiety-related?

Do you ever take your pulse to see what your heart rate is?I's about 72 in am when I wake up and then during the day it's 84...if I have a cigarette it goes up anywheres from 88 to 92.I only smoke half pack or less a day.I cut down last January...before that I was smoking a pack and a half a day.Do you smoke also?I don't use alcohol at all...last time I had a drink I was only 18 yrs. old...this is true.

It's a very confusing case. Suffice it to say, I have never smoked, and I don't use drugs or alcohol anymore. I've been sober from booze for 2+ years and haven't used drugs for 6 years.

When i go to the supermarket BP machine, my BP is usually on the low-normal end, while my heart rate is usually in the 80s or 90s. Last time, however, it was about 75.

My brain fog has been around in varying degrees ever since I had the head pressure, and that started about 6 years ago when I was still an addict and in poor health. It does seem that the brain fog has "magnified" itself in the last 2-3 years however.

I really don't think you should ask for too many details about my case, cuz you'll probably end up getting confused... I myself can't keep it all straight!

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