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Where do I start..I have diagnosed myself with 'health anxiety'. I'm 29 years old and I have a constant fear of getting a sudden heart atttack(and dying), especially at night when I'm getting into bed. It's challenging for me to sleep in complete darkness, so before I got married I used to sleep with the tv on as well as the light. This was somewhat of a distraction for me to keep my powerful mind from wandering. It's gotten worse over the past couple of months. High cholesterol is in my family and I was the lucky one to have this passed on to. I found out I have high cholesterol about 5/6 years ago and ever since that day I've experienced heartburn and indigestion. Once again I only ever feel these symptoms when I sleep, so the heartburn wakes me up during the night. My dad too has high cholesterol and has had 2 heart attacks in the past(1 being a double heart attack and they had to use the shocker machine to bring him 'back to life'. Both these heart attach incidents were during the night..which is where I think mine is coming from. I've gone to the ER twice before thinking I was getting a heart attack as I had all the symptoms : chest pain, dizziness, arm pain left side , couldn't breath, and couldn't stop shaking. All tests were done and there was nothing wrong. But my mind thinks it's more clever than docs and I still always think I'm going to get a heart attack, even thought I know it's all in my head. Convincing yourself that it's just anxiety when you think you are going to die is almost impossible! If you don't have anxiety problems , you will never understand what the person is going through.
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