I am 32 and have had no health problems my whole life.
About a month ago, late on a Tuesday night as i was playing guitar, my chest and left arm went numb. It wasn't overly painful but it was enough that I went to urgent care. They gave me an EKG, and said I was fine and sent me home.
The following Saturday after having a few beers and a cigar, something I do infrequently but helps me relax, I was woken up by my chest, left arm and jaw going numb. Again, scared that I was having a heart attack, I had my wife call the ambulance. They took me to the hospital where I had several EKG's and they said I was fine and they discharged me. I have close friends who are both nurses and they were appalled no blood work was done so I went to the the ER again and told them what had happened. They took me in and did blood work, an EKG and took some x-rays. All were negative.
I was discharged and given some Pep-Cid for Acid Reflux. (Which I have never had in my entire life). The next two weeks were absolute hell. I started having panic attacks where my whole body would go numb and my chest would be on fire. My back hurt, arms hurts, you name it.
I followed up with my primary doctor and he scheduled a stress test and I took it. I had no issues. Everything came back negative.
A few weeks after this appt, I went to my primary doctor to follow up after the stress test and he said I was depressed and had anxiety. He gave me zoloft. I took it for a couple of days and had horrible side effects. I called and said I was going to stop taking it. During this time, I scheduled an appointment with a psychologist. Her and I met and we had a long discussion. Long story short, I am not happy at my job, my wife recently had told me she was pregnant with our second child and one of my best friends died in a sudden car accident.
This was helpful to talk about these things but the following evening, I drove myself to the E.R. because I was having the same symptoms I was having a few weeks earlier.
The ER took blood, gave me several EKGs, took X-rays, the whole nine yards. Everything was fine. The ER doctor gave me Oxycodone and Ativan and sent me home as he thought it was anxiety as well.
I was scheduled to meet with my primary doctor again and we talked for over an hour. He said that he doesn't believe I have an issues other than depression and anxiety. I have a strong family history of heart related issues:
* Grandmother (Smoker and Overweight)
* Grandfather (Smoker, Diabetic)
* Father (Diabetic, Heart surgery)
* Uncle on Mother's Side (Died of Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure)
* Grandmother of my Mother's Side (Died of Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure)
However, I do not have high blood pressure and I do not smoke. As far as I know I am not diabetic and I could stand to lose a few pound but I am relatively active and coach high school soccer.
So long story short, I continue to struggle. I went for a run last night as my doctor wanted me to exercise a lot to help with this anxiety and I woke up this morning and I felt very tired. I felt like my blood sugar was low and I was in a fog. I am not eating much do to large amounts of gas that I get sometimes which i have been told is related to my breathing due to the anxiety. I can function during the day but the nights are terrible. I wake up all of the time and my mind is racing. There are times when I have some much energy I feel like I can run a marathon. I go for walks and jogs to clear my head but doing that at 10 p.m. wakes me up.
My primary doctor has put me on some sleep medication and prescribed Prozac. He seems to feel the depression is causing my anxiety. He doesn't think I need to take ativan or the other medication I was given by the ER. He wants to get me on a regular sleep schedule and he thinks this will help.
So I guess the biggest issue I have had for the last month is I have had 5 people tell me I have anxiety problems (which I have never had) that just manifested out of nowhere and I cannot stop thinking that I have some sort of heart ailment that they are missing. I just can't stop focusing on it. I firmly believe that I am in the early periods of a heart attack coming because of the constant pains and ups and downs of energy levels I have. I just don't ever feel like myself anymore and I can't stop thinking that I am the only one listening to my body. Like its trying to tell me something is wrong, ALERT ALERT ALERT and no one hears it. My wife is upset with me because she thinks I am overreacting but this fear and worry is just consuming.
So I guess, Am I losing my mind? Does anyone else feel this way constantly? For 32 years, I had no cares. I dealt with my stress, I have been successful in my career, I have grown a family and bam, the first week in November my whole mind and body change. I can't understand this and I want to. I want to know what this happened! I can't get answer other than you are depressed and it causes anxiety. It just seems so sudden and I can't rationalize to myself.
I plan on having this conversation with my therapist on Wednesday next week but I just want to reach out and see if anyone has dealt with this and give me some words of wisdom. Thank you.