Hi, I'm new to this site. I've stumbled upon it because I have what I believe people are saying is PTSD or Health Anxiety so I google all day long and search, but it only creates worry.
Here's my story:
I'm a 35 year old male, married with two beautiful daughters who are 4 & 3.. I have a family history of heart disease. I see a cardiologist just to stay ahead of the game after losing a grandfather and uncle extremely young to heart attacks. With that being said, I'm currently on bp meds and cholesterol meds. I'm not overweight, I run 3-5 miles daily, but it's just something that ingrained in my genetics.
On February 18th I started having chest discomfort, a headache, and thought I was going to pass out at a luncheon. I started to panic and my cardiologist couldn't see me. They stressed that I go to the Heart Hospital with my symptoms. I went and the did an EKG (which was fine), chest x-ray (which was fine), and blood work. Here's where the snowball grew and grew and grew...An E.R. nurse comes in and inadvertently states that I had a slightly elevated Troponin Enzyme level and that it looks like I "Suffered a Major Cardiac Event" and that I'd be staying overnight for more tests. Well, this floored my wife and I. All I could think about was my two young girls and leaving this earth with them so little. I started thinking about how my dad passed away with cancer in 2001 when I was 20 years old (I thought that I was way too young to lose a father at that age). I also linked it to my cousin being 2 when she lost her dad to a heart attack (she never knew him). So all of these thoughts are going through my head and it was devastating and excruciating to lay in a hospital room for answers.
They gave me two bags of I.V.'s because some other levels were elevated as well. Finally my cardiologist comes in the next day and says, "Looks like you're good to go. You were extremely dehydrated due to your exercising and also being on a diuretic the he was using to help control my blood pressure." I made them do a angiogram since I was already there (It took some convincing because most people can't just get one). The angiogram showed like 10% blockage in an artery and my cardiologist was not concerned due to my family history and said as long as I continue my healthy lifestyle of exercising, etc. I'll never have any problems. He says that he will change my meds (removing the diuretic and another bp med) but when I get to the pharmacy all of my previous meds were called in along with an addition to one of them......FOR 2 WEEKS I WAS EXTREMELY OVERMEDICATED ON BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS AND COULD BARELY DRIVE, WORK, OR STAND UP. I started thinking that I was actually dying from something serious. Finally we got the medicines corrected and I started to feel a little better, but still dizzy and "off". I went do more testing at my GP (3 different blood panels) all came back fine. I had a 24 hour heart monitor, that came back fine. I went and did vertigo testing at a specialist, that was fine. I had a CT-Scan, that was fine. Everyone is telling me that I'm fine, but for 2 months now, I'm just not the same person. Everyday at work I try to chase down answers on the internet but this keeps this vicious cycle alive. My aches and pains have changed. Currently it's a headache, back pain, uneasy stomach, and just an "unwell" type almost flu-like symptom w/out the fevers, etc.
My doctor thinks I'm struggling with health anxiety or PTSD from the events at the heart hospital. They prescribed me Xanax 0.5mg. I take it as needed and feel that it takes the edge off, but I'm still not myself and WANT TO GET BACK TO NORMAL.
The only times that I feel like myself is when I'm jogging (which I do everyday), sleeping, or having a few beers at a sports event or cookout.
I'm seeing a therapist/counselor and she's great. I just would love to hear any similar stories and thoughts on what's going on with me....? I was NORMAL two months ago w/out any worries, now I wake daily and FOCUS on my symptoms and solutions 100% of the time.
Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing from this community!