Is it my heart??? Or EXTREME panic attacks???

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I'm 30 years old and fairly active I play a ton of softball and coach youth sports. About 3 months ago I had my first "episode" I had my wife rush me to the ER my blood pressure was rising above 200 and dropping every 10 mins or so below 90/60 it felt like I was running a marathon and then passing out all within 5 minute intervals. Since my first episode I have had intense pressure over my heart area and feel like I'm short of breath. I know my breathing changes when all of this starts to happen I definitely notice since this all began that my tongue is constantly pressed to the roof of my mouth to the point I feel like it blocks my breathing. I have had 2 ekg's and both came back clear. I hate going to the hospital they instantly say I'm having a panic attack and give me something to knock me out. About 3 nights ago I had the most extreme "attack" yet I woke my wife up at 3am begging her to call 911 she wouldn't she put on a breathing exercise and talked with me until I fell asleep. I definitely feel like I'm 50/50 either something is really wrong with my health or I devoloped a panic disorder at 30 years old after never having any symptoms before. Any help or replies would be appreciated as this has effected my every day life drastically I barely drive anymore and it's a daily reoccurring problem now. I feel like I don't know who I am anymore and I'm losing out on what should be some of the best years of my life. I have spent days researching everything from heart attacks and heart disease to panic and anxiety disorders but the symptoms are so close to one another I would like to hear from both sides.

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    Hi there X we are all here if you need to chat.

    I can relate to this and it is panic and anxiety

    I too deal with my life and have just got in with it in the past and I had a bad time at 21 anxiety and panic attacks... Got through it and survived 16 years without meds and the symptoms then all of a sudden Christmas Day 2015 of all days it started. Since I have had ups and downs

    It's horrible and so deliberating. I could understand if I wasn't coping with stress but I feel I am and my body is not listening to me!

    It's the worst thing out there and we worry about anxiety which causes anxiety!

    Come in here and chat if you feel low x

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    I feel for you I started panic attacks when i was in my twenties and now I'm 52 and struggle everyday with heart pain/pressure and fear heart attack. I can feel good for hours and then all of a sudden I feel like I'm going to pass out and very fatigue feeling. I get these sudden waves of hot flush thru out my inner body. It's scary. I would say see your doctor and try a low dose of meds to try and help you cope and get thru it. I know medicine isn't always the answer but it does help. It's no different then a person with other medical issues that have to take meds. We just have a chemical imbalance and need a little extra help. My daughter is the same as your wife I want to run to er and be sure again and again I'm ok and she says mom it's panic your fine I will talk and walk with you to get you thru it. Best of luck to you. 

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    I have been going through similar experiences as you for the past two months. I'm a 32 year old female that works out all the time and eats relatively healthy. About 2 months ago I noticed I was having on and off chest pressure. I have asthma so I just assumed it was that and would take my inhaler which seemed to help at the time. The chest pressure kept reoccurring more frequently to the point it was constantly there (still is).

    I went to see my doctor and she said my lungs sound clear, but I had developed a dry cough from it. My blood pressure was also high as well as my pulse. She had me go to the hospital to get a chest X-ray which came out normal. She also has me get a blood test for possible blood clot in my lungs (this scared me) but it also came out normal.

    I was rushed to the hospital the following day because the pressure was so severe I felt I couldn't breath. I could even hear myself wheezing. My oxygen levels were fine, but I still had high blood pressure and high pulse. I got sent home and met with a lung specialist the next day.

    The lung specialist has me so a breathing test and checked my lungs. My lungs are clear and I passed my breathing test but again high pulse and high blood pressure. I was sent to the hospital for a CAT scan to rule out blood clot. It was normal. Later that day I had an echogram done for my heart to make sure my heart was functioning properly. It was also normal.

    Relieved tests came out good but still scared and frustrated to what is going on. So one day I had heartburn that would not go away. I saw my dr and she put me on anti acid meds thinking I have gerd. I started taking them a few weeks ago and met with a gastrologist.. I can say the meds helped some at first so I was like okay this is what it is. However the pressure and cough was still there just not as severe.

    I started feeling the pressure and cough come back more intensely despite being on acid reflux meds. I was sent for a barium swollow which came back normal! I'm so frustrated. So then I get sent to my endocroblogist to have my thyroid checked because I do have an underachiever thyroid. She also checked my cholesterol and both came out normal. I still have high blood pressure and pulse.

    So I've been through all this in a month. I cried in her office because I can't figure out what's going on. She mentioned to me I may be suffering from severe stress and anxiety where it's manafesting itself physically. She told me stress and anxiety can create havoc for your body. It causes weird symptoms. Basically your symptoms are created by your anxiety and your anxiety is created by your symptoms. It's an awful feeling. She put me on 10mg of Prozac but I've only been on it for a week and haven't noticed a difference yet..

    I'm not entirely convinced it's anxiety either, but when all the medical tests come back normal what else is left? This too has affected my life so negatively. I stopped going to the gym because I feel so awful. I don't want to do much other than be at home because it takes too much effort and energy to do anything else. I'm also scheduled for an endoscopy but feel at this point it probably won't show anything. All I can do is wait and see if the Prozac helps and if it does I will be doing things to help me mentally.

    I will keep you posted on what happens. Good luck I hope you feel better. You're not alone!

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      Sounds like it is due to gerd causing slight irritation to your lungs . The gerd posssibly triggered by stress etc. This will settle in time. Have you been  advised about diet? I believe there are GERD diets online.

      ​Take care xxx

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      Hi thank you for the reply. Yes I changed my diet dramatically.. it's been horrible. I have trouble eating and sleeping as well. I've lost 13 pounds since all of this started.

      I'm on 20 mg of omprazole twice a day, but I don't feel it's working for me. It did sort of help at first but recently my symptoms have come back to how they were before. My barium swallow came back normal and I'm scheduled to have an endoscopy done in a couple weeks. I would love for that to show the cause of my symptoms, but I feel if it is gerd the meds should be helping me.

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      Hi again The dose of omprazole may need increasing as it is a small dose. There are other PPIs such as pantorprazole which may be more effective. Speak to your GP about this. He needs to know anyway whether or not you are responding to treatment. These drugs vary in effect accrding to the dose.

      Take care.

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    Thankyou for your replies... I honestly feel like doctors don't understand my situation at all. The moment the Dr decides it's anxiety it's like they are blind to everything else. 5 minutes in the emergency room and the doc said your having a panic attack and never came back to check on me again.. that's the main reason my wife refuses to let me go back to the emergency room when I'm in the middle of a panic attack. I feel like if I had to I could deal with the attacks but what is scaring me the most is knowing my blood pressure is up above 180 to 200 almost everyday and I know sooner or later the anxiety is going to cause something more serious like heart attack or stroke. I am taking blood pressure meds and working on a diet plan. I will definitely get my thyroid checked after reading about it here. Thanks again for all the replies it feels good knowing I'm not the only one suffering from this God awful anxiety. One last question when your blood pressure spikes and drops have any of you noticed changes in your vision?? My vision seems cloudy and different even 48 hours after the attack??

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      Do you mind if I ask you some personal questions? How is your lifestyle? Do you eat well, exercise and in good shape? I only ask to get a better picture of your situation.

      Do you check your blood pressure regularly or are you only getting these high readings during one of your episodes? My blood pressure is normally 120/80 but it's been in the 140/90 range every time I've had it checked in the last 2 months. I bought a blood pressure machine so I can track it at home which is something you might want to do as well. Obviously when we are feeling anxious it's going to be higher than normal. I've never noticed much of a difference between my blood pressure fluctuating like you mention but again, mine hasn't gotten as high as yours that I'm aware of.

      Also, are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?

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