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Hey guys, since I'm new to the whole anxiety thing I feel like I should put my story out there just to see I anyone can relate and gain some advice and get things off my chest. This is gonna be pretty lengthy.
So I'm an 19 year old female that goes to college and I've never been so stressed out for a class in my life until my second year of college so I finally compeleted my hard class and passed with perfect grades which I worked really hard for. I was on break finally trying to just relax until one night I felt super weird. I had just had ice coffee and I know coffee causes acid reflux which I had minor issues with gas related problems but nothing I couldn't treat. So after the coffee I felt light headed and weak and I had shortness of breathe so I went to drink some tea and that usually helps me but I had slight relief this time but anyways that night when I went into bed I still felt weird and I had shortness of breathe and some chest discomfort. I've never felt it before so I'm in bed trying to calm myself and I made the mistake of looking up my symptoms and everything I read said HEART ATTACK after that I was terrified I thought it was it for me I started to worry so much I felt sick I told my mom she kept telling me it's just gas it'll go away but I didn't Beleive her so I didn't sleep at all cause I was constantly worrying and felt all sorts of feelings I can't even remember and the next morning she told me she's just gonna take me to the urgent care to calm my mind so we went and they checked everything ( X-rays, blood work and ekg) everything was perfect and while I was there I felt at ease. The doctor told me that I have anxiety and minor acid reflux so I don't need to worry so I went home fine and I noticed I kept on burping non stop as well. As weeks past I went through a lot of worrying because the shortness of breathe, burping and weakness still persist I ended up going to the urgent care again because of the shortness o breathe and burping and the whole time I was there I was shaky. They gave me this breathing treatment and this drink to settle my stomach which neither helped and I was so jittery they gave me Xanax that sorta calmed me down. Wells passed by still felt the same they gave me Pepcid to help with indeigeston issues but It had bad side effects. When I finally got insurance I went to my regular doctor and told her what happened in the past month and she said that it might be some sorta stomach virus and that it'll go away within 5 days so I hoped for that but no change. Within the times I was just going day by day I felt all sorts of feelings like pain in different parts of my body, headaches, numbness, tinglyness, feeling like I'm so detached from everything else and palpitations I just became so scared of what was going on with me. When I went back to the doc and explained to her that I still feel the same she said my symptoms like the shortness of breathe, pressure in chest, dull pains in chest have to do with acid reflux so she prescribed me to a GI doc and I saw him within a week and I told him everything and he explained to me how stress plays a big role with your body especially your stomach and that I'm so young and having this happen to me must've traumatized me (which I feel like it has) which I've developed some sorta PTSD and I basically am frightened by it. He personslly thinks what I'm dealing with is stress related and I do have mild acid reflux but with the symptoms I think the worst of it which leads on to worry and anxiety so he gave me Prilosec for the acid reflux which has helped. I've been dealing with this for like 4 months now and some days I feel good and other days I feel like depressed because my symptoms act up and when it deals with the chest it scares me a lot, I think I'm having some sorta heart or lung problem. But that's my story. I constantly try to tell myself to think positively but sometimes it's not enough.
Sorry for it being so long. Thanks guys.
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