Possible PTSD Anxiety

Hi all, brand new user here.. exactly a minute after signing up I am posting... wheres my medal, I joke! Anywho enough with my bad jokes and onto why I am here and why I am posting. (You may see this exact post on other threads)

I was envolved in a bad motorcycle crash 4 months ago, I was going 60mph and a guy in-front of my on the left lane (slow lane in the UK) suddenly swerved into me and smashed me off my bike. Luckily I came off uninjured (or so I thought) and the guy was very good, admitted fault and gave me all his details. The Police attended and told me to go hospital A&E, I refused. I could feel my fingers and my toes, head did not hit the car or the road and my bike was okay. I didn't feel the need so I said to them "If you think my bike is road worthy (all that was damaged is the brake light and some minor scuffs) id rather continue my long journey home". They allowed me to, fast forward to the next day and I've got the usual aching muscles after an injury but nothing else. Lets fast forward a month and make it simple as this has been diagnosed and is now fixed, cured whatever you want to call it. I had somehow damaged my inner ear which was constantly causing dizziness and nausea. One morning I woke up (about 2 and a bit months after the crash) and the dizziness had completely gone (thank god it was like I was drunk 24/7, not as fun as you think!!) but I tried to breathe through my stomach and it felt like I was bloated, since then till now so like 2 months I've been burping every single day, every single hour, every single minute. Id also have these episodes where my heart will suddenly race and ill feel like I can't breathe. I hate going A&E but I legitimately felt like I couldn't breathe (felt the same as when I got severe chest infections when I was a heavy smoker, 4 months free, quit the same day I crashed... coincidence...). When the ambulance came they connected some machine and it showed my o2 levels were 98%. Skipping the hospital visit as nothing really happened there, they told me to go to my GP. I would get these rapid heart beating and unable to breathe episodes every day, currently having a minor one as I type but I know my o2 levels are going to be normal so I don't focus on it or let it scare me if that makes sense. Anywho this is going on far too long, sorry if I have bored you. To cut a long story short as this is a really long story!!! Doctors have unofficially diagnosed me with anxiety related to my crash, the reason I say unofficially is because they can't say until I see the Therapist and Gastroenterologist. Currently on Omeprazole and Amitriptyline Hydrochloride.

My main question is, has anyone gone through something similar and what was the outcome?

I don't see my accident as traumatic but everyone else is saying it is.

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  • Hi I have been through something similar and just like you I thought it wasn't traumatizing. But then I had symptoms just like yours but I also had depression come back. I realized something was very wrong and even though in my mind I was fine, I really wasn't. I thought if I didn't think about it, it couldn't bother me but I started getting really upset/angry/sad at things I normally wouldn't. I had to confront my true feelings about the incident, write about it or talk out loud even if I'm alone. Speaking things out loud helps me work through stuff a lot even without someone listening because you have to try and explain it. I thought I wasn't effected, I'm totally fine! I would think but I'm not. I just wasn't letting myself feel how I truly felt. I'm still working at it every day and I'm considering therapy but the only thing stopping me is insurance. I can't clearly tell you what to do or how to handle it but that is my experience. Not sure if that will help at all but there it is! I hope you find peace soon.

  • thankyou for such quik helpful response. X thankyou