Hey everyone, I've been responding to posts for the past few days but haven't introduced myself. My name is Zach and I have been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks since 07. Also had a brief stint with agoraphobia for 6-8 months. I have had many ups and downs, and for 4-5 years things seemed WINDERFUL except for the 1-3 panic attacks a year.
Fast forward to this past Halloween and I had one hell of a setback. Ended up at the hospital for what I thought was something other than anxiety or panic. I had been dealing with this for 10 years before my first and only hospital visit. Long story short my blood pressure was REAL high and my heart rate was elevated in the 130s-140s. Had my 2 ecg's complete blood work up. Multiple doctors listen to my heart, and the conclusion was anxiety/panic. Followed up with my GP the next day and blood pressure was back to normal for me about 135/80 and heart rate in the 80s. Although I've been reassured time and time again that there's nothing physically wrong with me, I'm still having strong anxiety quite often and it's now always based on my heart rate, or random palpitations mostly. I'm doing ALOT better than I was in November and December. But I still have a ways to go to get back to where I was. I know it can be done because I have done it before, just this setback has tasked a toll on me.
Always willing to talk to anyone who wants too, try to help anyway that I can. Hopefully can find some like minded people.