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So a little background info: I'm 19 about to be 20 in a few days, completely healthy, no history of any sort of heart disease in my family, no heart attacks, nothing. I was diagnosed with OCD as a child, anorexia at 14 and anxiety about 8 months ago. Since my anxiety diagnosis I have been to the ER 11 times (I'm actually in the ER as I type this) convinced I'm having a heart attack. The symptoms differ but lately the most prevalent one is a crushing feeling in chest that's impossible to ignore. It comes out of nowhere and can last for hours or even days hence why I tend to think it's a heart attack because anxiety isn't supposed to last that long. I also can feel dizzy, dreamlike and nauseous and occasionally get a weird feeling in my left shoulder. I also get heart palpitations. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I KNOW these are heart attack symptoms so my anxiety produces them. I have been to multiple cardiologists and even an ER that specializes in chest pain. Every single test has come back clear. But I've read articles online about how women are often sent home while having a heart attack because the doctors think it's anxiety. I also think "well I was fine last time but what if this time I'm not?". In the back of my mind I know it's anxiety but it's so hard to convince myself that anxiety could make me feel like this. It's really starting to get to me and it would be reassuring just to hear that anyone else is dealing with something similar or has any ideas.. determined to beat this!
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