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I've always been a bit of a stress case since I was a child, but I never had anxiety symptoms get out of control. I'm 27, male, and my anxiety has gone out of control.
This all started with a wave of symptomes in July 2015 (Three months ago). I had a severe panic attack where I felt very dizzy. I went to the ER and everything was fine. Since then, I've had the follwoing tests: 3 EKGs, 1 24hr Holter monitor, 1 MRA of the brain, 1 CAT Scan, and blood tests. Everything has come back normal, with the exception of the Holter monitor. The doctor said I had a bit of an arrhythmia, but nothing to worry about.
Since the first time I went to the doctor, the symptoms I have all day every thing day are: lightheadedness at all times (sometimes it gets better but does not go away completely). and stabbing pains in my head, around the eyes, etc.
I've been been a runner since highschool, and when all of this started to happen I turned towards running to cope with the issue. The anxiety got a lot better, although the lightheadedness did not go away completely. Two days ago I went for a 3 mile jog (I usually do 6 to 8 miles on the weekends). When I was almost done, I felt extremly dizzy. Like I was going to die. No chest pains. I stopped to feel my pulse, and I felt my heart skipping (having long pauses). Now I'm not making this up, I know how to take my pulse and I swear on my mom's grave that I felt my heart take long pauses, after running!!! I freaked out and found someone to call 911. The paramedics came and hooked me up to an EKG machine and took my blood pressure. They said everything checked out. heart looked normal and blood pressure was fine. They said that the only abnormality was that my HR was fluctuating from 80 bpm to 120, which was odd. They took me to the ER and did standard blood tests and EKGs. Everything normal.....
I know what I felt was real, and we've had family friends who are perfectly healthy marathon runners have cardiac arrest after races.
The only unhealthy history I have is that I used cocaine and mixed it with alcohol a few times in college. I haven't touched it ever since and I wonder if I made permanent damage to my heart. The doctors say that I coudln't with how much I did. I wasn't an addict but I did do it maybe once a month for a year.
Has anyone expreience a panic attack so bad that you feel your heart stop? I just can't grasp the idea that this episode was a panic attack.
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