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Hello there. I've been going through a lot these past couple months with my symotoms and I'm really trying to cope. Not sure what else I can do to get better.
I'm a 32 year old female, married with kids. I'm a stay at home mom so you can imagine that can be stressful at times. My symptoms started a couple months ago where I would get chest pressure in my chest on and off. I have asthma so I assumed that's what was going on. I'd take my inhaler and be fine. I noticed when sleeping I'd have to sleep on my back because it felt more uncomfortable than laying on either side.
So as time progresses so do my symptoms. The chest tightness was there constantly and my inhalers weren't helping. I then developed a cough with it and felt out of breath. My pulse started to increase as well. I went to the my doctor she listened to my lungs they sounded clear, but I had a high pulse and high blood pressure I'm normally 120/80 and it's been about 140/90 for me lately. She sent me to have a chest x-ray which came out normal.
I went to the ER the next day because I felt so bad I swore I was having a heart attack from the pressure. They did an EKG which came out normal. They also hooked me up to a nebulizer because I felt I couldn't breath and since I have asthma they felt it was a good idea. My pulse was still high as well as blood pressure.
My doctor sets me up with a lung specialist the next day. I do a breathing test and he listened to my lungs are they were clear! I also passed my breathing test. I still had the pressure in chest and the cough with high pulse and blood pressure. He sent me for a CAT scan for possible blood clot which scared me to death but turned out to be a normal scan. Later that day I had an echogram done on my heart to rule out a heart problem this test also came out normal. I had tons of blood work done including allergies alllll normal!
So during these hellish weeks I developed heartburn very badly that would not go away. Saw my doctor and she thought I could be suffering from GERD. She put me on 20mg of Omprezole (sp?) twice a day and sent me to a Gastrologist. I can say that my symptoms did subside when I first started the meds but not completely. I still felt some pressure and coughed here and there. So I start my meds and then I developed a new symptom. I had a choking sensation and felt like I couldn't swallow for two weeks! I was sent for a barium swallow it came out normal.
So at this point I'm aware I'm very stressed and anxious about everything that I've been through. I can't eat much, not sleeping well and I've lost about 13 pounds since this started. I made an appt with my endocronlogst because I have hypothyroidism and figured I should have it checked. Well my thyroid and cholesterol levels couldn't be more perfect! She felt my neck and throat which all felt fine. I cried in her office because I felt so defeated by my symptoms. What is wrong with me then? She suggested I might be suffering from anxiety and stress and it could be causing my symptoms. She put me on 10 mg of Prozac which I started a week ago. I can say that day when I went home my throat problems went away so obviously I was causing that myself with my anxiety, but my chest pressure and cough has come back just like it was before despite being on the GERD medication. The chest pressure is always there but comes in waves where it will feel really intense then not so bad. The cough is also happening more frequently. It doesn't matter if I'm resting or walking up the stairs it's always there.
I have no idea what is happening to me and it has really taken a toll on me physically and mentally. I'm scheduled for an endoscopy in a couple weeks, but feeling like it will just come out normal and my symptoms will continue. I might add that I have suffered from anxiety, depression, panic attacks my whole life, but have never had it cause symptoms like this. I've now started experiencing panic attacks in my sleep as well as night sweats. I wake up suddenly out of a deep sleep jump out of bed having a panic attack. It's just so awful.
I realize this post is so long and I apologize for that I've just been through so much hell these last couple months and I'm feeling very defeated lately. If anyone can relate or have suggests feel free to respond. Thanks for listening.
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