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My name's Angie, I am 19 years of age..
It all started when I was at work experiencing neck and shoulder pain as I have previously been checked out for, me being me, I googled every symptom I had which was the worst route to go down! Self-diagnosed also, so I had every illness you could imagine! I really drove myself insane, I drove my family, my friends and my boyfriend crazy all because of how worried and overwhelmed I was.
The symptoms carried on and varied, I was experiencing palpitations, shortness of breath, a tight feeling and pressure in my chest, I thought I was having a heart attack! My eyes would go blurry, I would experience frequent headaches, some days more pressure and tension on one side. I then google those symptoms and apparently had a brain tumour. I honestly freaked myself out, I went back and forth to my GP only for them to tell me it was anxiety! I sat in A&E for 6 hours, to see 2 nurses and a doctor, they took blood tests, gave me an ECG checking my heart rate, everything was fine but I still wasn't convinced.
I didn't want to leave my house, I didn't want to work. I felt as if I stepped out, something would happen to me. If people looked at me or told me I looked rather pale or unwell, it would instantly trigger off in my brain that I was seriously ill and that I looked it. This really depressed me, as I laid in my bed throughout the day crying and worrying about my health. I feared being left alone, fear of dying.
I was adviced to stay away from caffeine and smoking as those two are the biggest triggers, it was hard but I managed to stay consistent because I was seriously worried about my health. I've done alot of research, watching youtube videos, reading books, keeping my mind occupied. The best of all os exercise as it releases serotonin (happy hormones), just take up a new hobbie or interest, do whatever you can to keep yourself occupied and just know you are NOT alone, I'm still going through it, we all are. You want to overcome this and you will, don't let it get the better of you! Would really appreciate your thoughts and feedback, thanks guys x
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