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I was diagnosed with anxiety almost a year ago after initially thinking my physical symptoms were something much more serious. To be clear, I was relieved to find it was just anxiety and have been trying to manage my symptoms with hard excercise and a positive attitude, reducing stress around me as much as poss etc.
However, my symptoms have become worse and I wanted to find out of anyone else has these same symptoms or if I should be worried it is something else.
I have persistent shortness of breath, it literally feels like i cannot get enough air in my lungs. I never hyperventilate or have what others would describe as panic attacks, my breathing is always shallow and becomes worse if I do high impact exercise like running, skipping, jumping.
I have persistent chest pain on one side, shoulder and back pain on the same side. Pain in all of these areas can be worse on some days. Sometimes my chest and surrounding muscles are so tight that my breathing is reduced even more.
I am more tired and have lost muscle strength and overall fitness - this was the first sign all them months ago that scared me. I am a very active person who trains each morning with a personal trainer. My fitness levels decreased rapidly, from the point of being able to bust out 50 press ups in one hit to struggling with just 5 a few short weeks later, despite no gap in training. Despite still training daily, I have still not recovered the level of fitness I had before I was diagnosed with anxiety.
My voice is hoarse and breaks. I used to be able to sing but now I cannot because I do not have enough breath to hold a note and my voice cracks/breaks if I try to go high.
My throat is sore, even though im not sick with a cold/flu or anything, it hurts to swallow.
I have a mild cough which has not gone away.
My GP made me feel like a freak with massive health anxiety, so I am reluctant to go back and bother her again, but I am worried it is something more serious. The last 3 symptoms I am certain are not anxiety related and i've had these for several weeks now.
For the record, I have never suffered with any illness, physical or mental, before. I have always been a healthy, strong person. This is now frightening me and imparing my life.
I am really keen to hear from other anxiety sufferers who can normalise this for me. As I said, anxiety I can cope with because it isn't life threatening, but despite my best efforts my symptoms are not abating and I am fearful I have been misdiagnosed.
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