Hi all. I've been suffering for some time now (3 years or so) with what I can only assume is something related to anxiety. I've always been quite physically fit, but about 3 years ago I managed to get the end of two of my fingers bitten off by a dog (it wasn't the dogs fault, and they put the finger tips back on ... all is fine). Since then I have had an almost daily battle with surges of feeling feint and light-headedness. I also have trouble swallowing certain things (bread, steak etc) that I never had before. I get the feeling that it's going down the wrong hole sometimes. These are all things that I never had before. An initial visit to the doctor suggested that it could be some form of post-traumatic stress based on the accident with the dogs which was a huge, and unexpected, shock. I thought it would go away with time, but apparently not.
I have recently had my yearly health-check at work, and everything checked out fine. Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar/Glucose etc ... all fine. I am not as fit as I used to be by any means, I walk a lot, but my current job and location prevents me from doing a lot of the sport that I used to do. I am not overweight though, actually underweight!!
The worst part of the symptoms though is the sudden feelings of light-headedness, as if I am about to black-out. It's never actually happened, but my legs have almost buckled beneath me before and I can feel my back-teeth go cold (I know that sounds weird). I try to hide it when I'm around people, but sometimes it feels like I am walking on cotton. It usually happens when I am walking, or doing something active, but it sometimes also happens when I am just sitting down at the PC. It also seems to get worse when I am more active. I think part of the reason that I have lost some of my fitness is that I am scared I will get this feeling when I am done. For example, if I run any sort of distance, as soon as I stop I will get light headed. But recently I went on a paintball event which was very physically intense, and I was fine. My feeling is that when I THINK about what could happen, it means that it does. But with the paintball I was focused on something else (not getting shot) and it seemed to be fine.
I am sorry for such a long post, it's just gone on for so long that I would love to hear if anyone else has/had similar symptoms, and what can be done to get back to how I used to be. I am a very calm, positive and relaxed person. It annoys everyone I know because I rarely get angry or flustered. I have a comfortable life, permanent job, acceptable wage etc. I think that's another reason why I never really thought of stress/anxiety before because I have no real reason (compared to other people) to have it!!
Thanks very much, and sorry again for the novel!!